Sarah VowellSarah Vowell, a Montana State University graduate now recognized nationally as an author, social commentator and the voice of Violet in both “Incredibles” films, will speak at MSU’s 2020 fall convocation set for Aug. 27. 

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Main event will be live streamed and available for remote viewing for everyone.

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Vowell, who graduated from MSU in 1993 with a degree in modern languages and literatures, is a New York Times bestselling author of seven nonfiction books on American history and culture. Her book “Lafayette in the Somewhat United States” will be MSU’s 2020 summer read.

In addition, Vowell frequently appears as a guest on late-night comedy shows and is recognized for her wit and social observations. She was the voice of teenage superhero Violet Parr in the 2004 film “The Incredibles” as well as its 2018 sequel “Incredibles 2.”

Vowell was a contributing editor of the public radio show “This American Life” from 1996 to 2008, where she produced numerous commentaries and documentaries and toured the country in many of the program’s live shows. She is a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times and has been a columnist for Salon.com, Time, San Francisco Weekly, GQ and Spin, among others. Vowell was the president of the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students aged 6-18 in Brooklyn. She is still a member of its advisory board, along with its sister organization in Los Angeles, 826LA.

MSU President Waded Cruzado said she believes Vowell’s personal story will inspire the incoming freshman class as well as members of the MSU and Bozeman community.

“Sara Vowell’s story gives voice to what happens when talent and curiosity meet access to a land-grant education,” Cruzado said. “Montana State is hugely proud of her many accomplishments, and we are overjoyed to have her return to speak to our freshmen students.”

MSU’s Convocation is the formal welcome of the incoming class, where the university focuses attention on the start of the academic, intellectual and personal journey of first-year students. Convocation demonstrates the support of the university and community to help students reach the goal of becoming the graduating class of 2024. Vowell’s lecture will be part of MSU’s 15th convocation.

Common Reading

In preparation for Montana State University's 2020 convocation, students will read "Lafayette in the Somewhat United States" . Explore information aboutSarah Vowell and the common read “Lafayette and the Somewhat United States” on the MSU Library 2020 Convocation page.

 

MSU Library/KGLT - An Afternoon Chat with Sarah Vowell 

Co-hosted by MSU Library and KGLT August 27, 2020, 3-4 p.m.
KGLT/MSU Library Event

 

Montana State University’s Fall Convocation speaker Sarah Vowell will join Rachel Hergett, MSU News Service writer and KGLT volunteer DJ, for an informal conversation. The interview will take place from 3-4 p.m. on August 27 and is one of several activities taking place as part of Convocation.

Vowell, an MSU alumna, is a New York Times bestselling author, is the voice of teenage superhero Violet Parr in “The Incredibles” films and was a contributing editor of the public radio show “This American Life” from 1996 to 2008.

Vowell has written extensively on American history and culture and is known for her wit and social observations. She will discuss her personal journey from MSU student to a successful literary and broadcast career. MSU President Waded Cruzado believes Vowell will be an inspiration to first year students.

“Sara Vowell’s story gives voice to what happens when talent and curiosity meet access to a land-grant education,” she said.

The event will be streamed live from MSU Library Archives and Special Collections. Details will be shared here when they become available.  Link to the livestream coming soon. Face Book event information here.

For additional information, contact Ann Vinciguerra, MSU Library events and communications manager, ann.vinciguerra@montana.edu, 406-994-6857.

Explore information about Sarah Vowell and the common read “Lafayette and the Somewhat United States” on the MSU Library 2020 Convocation page.

Event Information

August 27, 2020

  • 3:00-4:00 – MSU Library/KGLT interview with Sarah Vowell. Will be live streamed by PBS and broadcast and recorded by KGLT. Live stream link coming soon.
  • 7:30 – 8:30 – Celebrate a Virtual Evening with Sarah Vowell. Live stream link coming soon.

Tickets NOT Available to the general public. LIVE STREAM from this page. Details to follow.

 

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More Information

For more information, please contact:

Provost Robert Mokwa
Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
406-994-4460
julia.tietz@montana.edu

Disabled students wishing to request an accommodation may contact 406-994-2824.