NPR’s Codrescu to Speak Sept. 24

Andrei Codrescu. The photo is courtesy of

Andrei Codrescu. The photo is courtesy of

National Public Radio (NPR) commentator Andrei Codrescu will speak on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 6:00 p.m. in the USF St. Petersburg University Student Center Ballroom. His presentation, “Avida Dollars: Art is the New Currency,” will speak to the commercialization of art and Dali’s contribution to this phenomenon. The event is free and open to the public.

Best known as a regular commentator of NPR’s All Things Considered, Codrescu received a Peabody Award for writing and starring in the film Road Scholar. He also has taught literature and poetry at several major universities, including Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, and Louisiana State. Codrescu was born in Sibiu, Transylvania, Romania. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1996.

In partnership with the Dali Museum, a post-lecture VIP book signing of “The Posthuman Dada Guide: Tzara and Lenin Play Chess” will take place at the Dali Museum at 7:30 p.m. Event goers have the option of purchasing a premium ticket for $25 that will include priority seating at the lecture, a copy of the book, and an exclusive invitation to the post-lecture signing. Space is limited to 100 guests.

“This is a great opportunity to continue our work with the Dali, which has become a really cool partnership,” said Matt Morrin, director of Student Life and Engagement. “This is particularly beneficial for our writing students who have a chance to meet and learn from an author of Codrescu’s caliber.”

The event is one of more than 50 events that will be held throughout the year in celebration of USFSP’s 50th Anniversary event. View other upcoming 50th Anniversary events.