The Likhaan: UP Institute of Creative Writing (ICW) invites everyone to attend the lecture “HISTORY OR HAGIOGRAPHY: THE COMMISSIONED BIOGRAPHY” by award-winning fictionist and ICW director Dr. Jose Y. Dalisay, Jr. The lecture will be held on 29 January (Tuesday), 2:30 p.m. at the Claro M. Recto Hall, Faculty Center in UP Diliman.
Aside from his fiction, drama, and popular essays, Jose Dalisay Jr. has written several biographies and histories that have contributed to the growth of Phlippine social and economic history. The most notable of these was “Wash: Only a Bookkeeper” (SGV Foundation, 2010), his biography of Washington SyCip, which won him his sixth National Book Award in 2011. He has also written about the Lava brothers, Marcos crony Rudy Cuenca, the La Salle Brothers, and the Philippine geothermal and natural gas industries, among other commissioned projects.
In this lecture, Dr. Dalisay will discuss the ethical, technical, and political issues embedded in commissioned work, citing both its drawbacks and advantages.
Dr. Dalisay’s lecture marks the return of the ICW’s Panayam Lecture Series, a venue for the ICW fellows and associates’ creative and critical output. The lecture series will continue on 20 February with Dr. Cristina Pantoja Hidalgo, and on 6 March with College of Mass Communications Dean Dr. Rolando Tolentino.