Saturday, March 26, 2016

Acevedo Public Lecture: Celebrating 150 Years of Poetry in America 1865-2015

Presented by: Marsha Nourse, Associate Professor of Literature and Inaugural Acevedo Literary Scholar-in-Residence

April 12, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in Atrium (inside Dean College Campus Center, 99 Main Street, Franklin)
Marsha Nourse
Marsha Nourse

  • FREE and Open to the Public

Which poets were the heartbeat and the spirit of contemporary America in the decades of Dean Academy, Dean Junior College and Dean College? In conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Dean College, a course was developed this Spring to celebrate 150 years of American poetry, studying one poet in each decade from 1865-2015. From the traditional American poets including Longfellow, Dickinson and Whitman, through the journey of the modernists including Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes and Robert Frost, to the souls of contemporary poets Alan Ginsberg, Robert Bly, Jane Kenyon and others, students were immersed in the voices of American poets and their lives. The lecture will feature a multi-media presentation on the poets and poetry in the course, and an historical backdrop on and off the Dean campus.

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