In 2007, the Jensvold family founded the Charles Jensvold Memorial Lecture at Occidental College in memory of Chuck’s life and writing, and to foster a lively, thought-provoking literary culture at Oxy like the one that nurtured his talent. The Jensvold lectures are presented under the auspices of the Occidental English department.
Since the inaugural lecture that year, the series has played host to such noted authors as Ben Ehrenreich, Solmaz Sharif, Nina Revoyr, Karen Yamashita, Danzy Senna, and Christopher Hawthorne. Fittingly, members of Chuck’s literary circle at Oxy— Steve Coll, Mark Dery, Bill Mullen, Margot Mifflin—have also delivered Jensvold lectures. The College maintains a Facebook page devoted to the series, which can be found here.
Through the generous financial support of the Jensvolds and Steve Coll and the administrative assistance of the English department, the Charles Jensvold Memorial Lecture provides a forum for serious conversation about writers and writing, one that gives Oxy’s emerging writers and scholars the invaluable opportunity to engage directly with some of the most influential and innovative writers of the day.
Writers of fiction (especially screenplays and short stories, Chuck Jensvold's chosen genres), poetry, creative/narrative nonfiction, the essay form, or literary biographies, as well as working critics or academic scholars whose work deals with writing or writers, are encouraged to contact Professor Zinzi Clemmons, writer-in-residence in the Occidental English Department, with brief (one-page) proposals for lectures on writers, writing, or any related subject in the fields of literature, literary criticism, literary theory, or literary biography. The Charles Jensvold Memorial Lecture provides a modest honorarium to lecturers. E-mail Professor Clemmons here.