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September 21, 2022, Wednesday | Salt Lake City Main Library Auditorium

We’re sorry to say that due to unforeseen circumstances, Professor Lair will not be speaking at this event However, we are pleased to announce that Dr. Rachel N. Wigigins, also from the University of Utah faculty, will be offering a fascinating lecture at the same place and time. This lecture is entitled:

Can Fiction be Real?

The problem of imitation and poetics in

Free Admission

Charles Sorel’s Le Berger extravagant


Time & Location

Sep 21, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Salt Lake City Main Library Auditorium, 210 E 400 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

About this event

A slideshow and lecture by Rachel N. Wiggins, PhD

FREE ADMISSION /FREE PARKING (Make sure to validate the parking tickets before coming to the auditorium)

Dr. Rachel N. Wiggins received her Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was advised by Dr. Martine Debaisieux, a renowned scholar in the field of 17th Century French Literature. Under her tutelage, Dr. Wiggins studied an early iteration of the French roman called the histoire comique, which is fascinating because of its awareness of its own poetics. In 2014, she defended her doctoral dissertation on Charles Sorel’s Le Berger extravagant (1627) and the subsequent L’Anti-Roman (1633). While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Wiggins also gained valuable experience teaching French language and literature classes. Dr. Wiggins is currently affiliated with the University of Utah, Weber State University, and Utah Valley University, where she works as an instructor in the state’s French Bridge Program. Her routine consists of making the rounds at four area schools to provide high school students with weekly college-level French instruction. She greatly appreciates the opportunity to work with young students who share her passion for the language. Dr. Wiggins is also the mother of two young boys, neither of whom speak French. (They are both in fact students in the Mandarin Chinese Dual Language Immersion program!) When Dr. Wiggins has a moment to herself, she enjoys playing piano (especially Chopin), sipping a beer (especially from Shades) road-tripping (especially to the West Coast), and sleeping (especially late).

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