Center Stage brings Atwood to speak on human rights

Award-winning author Margaret Atwood will come to Derryberry Hall Auditorium to speak about literature, human rights and how they influence each other, Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 6:30 p.m.

Center Stage is bringing Atwood to Tennessee Tech, because her work is the paragon of modern literature. Her satirical novels, poetry, essays and environmental activities have changed the pre-conceptions of our time, including, but not limited to, feminism.

Atwood has published more than 40 volumes of fiction, nonfiction, poetry and children’s literature, though she's most known for her novels, including “The Edible Woman,” “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “The Robber Bride.” Her works have been published in more than 40 languages and are read on university campuses.She is known for the satirical and witty voice she uses both in her literature and on the stage.

This is the attitude found in her work. She manages to make heavy topics of feminism, sexual oppression and politics easy and even enjoyable. This is why she’s acclaimed by critics and adored by the public.

“We want students to have more cultural programming in general,” said Kurt Eisen, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “We want our programs to highlight international issues and qualities, as well as matters of diversity at the national level.”

Aside from winning many literary awards, such as the prestigious Booker Prize and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, Atwood is an inventor. She co-invented the LongPen and founded the company Unotchit Inc., now renamed Syngrafii Inc.

The company develops, produces, and distributes her technological inventions, such as the LongPen. The LongPen is a device that allows someone to write in ink anywhere in the world through a tablet and the Internet, without the writer having to be physically present.