Wednesday, Oct. 30
A STANFORD WRITING COUPLE:
CARL DJERASSI & DIANE MIDDLEBROOK
6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
The Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court, N.W.
$8/person, $12 at the door
6:30 p.m. Reception and light supper
7:30 p.m. Remarks and Q&A
Join Ambassador Dr. jur. Helmut Tuerk in welcoming Stanford
University Professors Carl Djerassi and Diane Middlebrook at the Embassy
of Austria. This special event is sponsored by the Washington, D.C., Stanford
Association and the Stanford Alumni Association. Books by Carl Djerassi and
Diane Middlebrook will be available for purchase and for signing at a substantial
About the Speakers:
Born in Vienna, and raised in Austria and Bulgaria, Carl
Djerassi has had a distinguished career as a chemist, patron of the arts,
and writer. He is perhaps best known for synthesizing the first oral
contraceptive-“the pill,” and is recognized as one of the world’s foremost
At Stanford since 1959, Professor Djerassi’s many scientific
awards include the 1992 Priestley Medal, our nation’s highest honor in chemistry,
as well as the National Medal of Science. After an extraordinarily successful
dual career in academic and industrial chemistry, Dr. Djerassi began his
“third intellectual career” in literature with the 1988 publishing of a first
collection of short stories. His novels include Cantor’s Dilemma; The Bourbaki
Gambit; the newly published Marx, Deceased; as well as the autobiography
The Pill, Pygmy Chimps, and Degas’ Horse. Find out more on the Web:
The other half of this dynamic married couple, Diane Wood Middlebrook, is
a professor of English at Stanford and professional writer. In 1991 her biography
of the poet Anne Sexton was a finalist for the National Book Award, and in
1992, for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Anne Sexton, A Biography
attracted national attention and debate regarding the use of psychiatric
audiotapes for biographical research. Professor Middlebrook’s latest work,
a biography of the cross-dressing jazz musician Billy Tipton, will be published
in 1997. At Stanford since 1966, she has received numerous teaching awards,
as well as the 1989 Richard W. Lyman Award for service to Stanford and the
Alumni Association. Professor Middlebrook has served as director of Stanford’s
Center for Research on Women and chair of the Program in Feminist Studies.
Her professional honors include fellowships from the NEH and the Guggenheim
Event and Location Information:
The Embassy of Austria is located off Van Ness Street, between Connecticut
Avenue and Reno Road, and behind the University of the District of Columbia.
The Van Ness Metro Station (Red Line) is four blocks away. Parking is available
on surrounding streets.
Please make checks payable to the Washington, D.C., Stanford Association.
Please reply by Wednesday, October 23, 1996, to: Monica M. Mulrooney, 3107
Circle Hill Road, Alexandria, VA 22305.
Please include guest name(s) for nametags (include class year if Stanford).
No tickets will be mailed; your name will be held at the door. For more
information about the reception, call Monica M. Mulrooney, ’55, at (703)
548-5467 (daytime only, please).
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