Annual Lectures

david grann to speak in coeur d'alene

Out of an abundance of caution, the 2021 North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture has been postponed to 2022.  For those who have already purchased tickets, IHC will be in touch.

Friday, May 6, 2022

Best-selling author David Grann Speaks in Coeur d'Alene on Friday, May 6, 2022

This event has been postponed to 2022.

David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine. He will give the 17th Annual North Idaho Distinguished Humanities Lecture at the Coeur dAlene Resort. He will speak about his newest book The White Darkness.

The event is supported by major support from Idaho Forest Group, Lewis-Clark State College, University of Idaho, North Idaho College, Idaho Public Television, and Coeur d’Alene Press.

The White Darkness is a powerful true story of adventure and obsession in the Antarctic. The nineteenth-century polar explorer Ernest Shackleton is considered one of the greatest leaders in history. A century later, Henry Worsley, a retired British S.A.S. officer who worshiped Shackleton, set out to achieve what even his hero had failed to do: to walk alone across Antarctica. With photographs from Worsley and Shackleton’s expeditions, Grann will examine the decisions these men made under extreme circumstances, and the lessons we all can learn about leadership and courage.

His previous book, Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, documented one of the most sinister crimes and racial injustices in American history. Described by Dave Eggers in the New York Times Book Review as a “riveting” work that will “sear your soul,” Killers of the Flower Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award. 

Before joining The New Yorker in 2003, Grann was a senior editor at The New Republic, and, from 1995 until 1996, the executive editor of the newspaper The Hill. He holds master’s degrees in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy as well as in creative writing from Boston University.

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