Pagan Kennedy

Friday, June 30, 2017

Location Amphitheater

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Author, Inventology

Columnist and author Pagan Kennedy’s most recent book is Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World. That book was a result of her work as a design columnist for the New York Times Magazine, where she wrote a column call “Who Made That,” detailing the origins of everything from the cubicle to the home pregnancy test.

A leader of the zine movement of the 1990s, Kennedy is the author of 11 books, including The First Man-Made Man: The Story of Two Sex Changes, One Love Affair, and a Twentieth-Century Medical Revolution, a biography of Michael Dillon, who in the 1940s was the first successful case of female-to-male sex change treatment.

Kennedy has taught fiction and nonfiction writing at Boston College, Johns Hopkins University, and Dartmouth College, where she was a visiting professor of creative writing. She has written for the New York Times Magazine, Boston Globe Magazine, the Village Voice, Details, the Utne Reader, the Nation, and Ms. Magazine. Kennedy was a 2010 Knight Science Journalism fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and was named the 2010/2011 Creative Nonfiction grant winner by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. She has also been the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in fiction, a Sonora Review fiction prize, and a Smithsonian Fellowship for science writing.

Kennedy is a graduate of Wesleyan University.