'No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency' Author to Deliver Isaac Symposium Keynote

Alexander McCall Smith

April 17, 2013

Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith brings his global perspective as the 2013 Joseph S. Calvaruso Keynote speaker, capping Albion College's Elkin R. Isaac Student Research Symposium. McCall Smith's presentation begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, in Albion College's Goodrich Chapel.

McCall Smith has written and contributed to more than 100 books, ranging from specialist academic titles to children's literature. A master of series fiction, he is best known for his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which to date has been translated into 45 languages, sold over 20 million copies and been adapted for radio and television. As professor of medical law at the University of Edinburgh, McCall Smith helped establish a new law school at the University of Botswana. Among many honors, McCall Smith was named a Commander of the British Empire for services to literature and received the Presidential Order of Merit from the government of Botswana.

McCall Smith's keynote comes one day after Michael Harrington, '85, opened the symposium with the Isaac Alumni Lecture. Harrington has worked for Indianapolis pharmaceutical maker Eli Lilly and Co. for 22 years; he currently serves as the firm's senior vice president and general counsel and is a member of the company's executive committee.

From 8 a.m. through 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, nearly 100 Albion students will present research papers and other scholarship during the Isaac Research Symposium. The Symposium honors alumnus "Ike" Isaac, '48, who served for 25 years at Albion as a coach, professor, and athletic director. Isaac later taught and served as athletic director at the University of the Pacific. The Symposium was established in 1991 by Isaac's former students and team members.

All Symposium events are free and open to the public. For further information, see the Symposium Web page, www.albion.edu/isaac/ or contact Symposium coordinator Michael VanHouten at or 517/629-0382.