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Campus Luminaries Wax Poetically at Lunch Poems Kickoff

Posted August 25, 1999

Science meets scansion and rhetoric meets rhyme on Thursday, Sept. 2, as some of the finest minds from diverse fields join former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Hass to inaugurate the fourth annual Lunch Poems series.

The free kickoff reading, scheduled from 12:10 to 1 p.m., will be the first event to be held in the newly reopened Morrison Library, which closed two years ago for seismic retrofitting.

Each year, the series brings to campus some half dozen of the finest living poets to read from their works.

The annual kick-off reading, however, features invited members of the campus community, who are asked to select and read a poem or poems of personal or professional significance, and to talk about the work's meaning to them.

Among those scheduled to read and share their reflections Sept. 2, are renowned mathematician Kenneth Ribet; rhetorician and theorist Judith Butler; biologist Tyrone Hayes; law professor Rachel Moran; anthropologist Laura Nader; and writer/translator Kyungnyun Kim Richards.

The regular Lunch Poems format begins Oct.7, with Tony Hoagland, whose energetic and insightful work won the 1997 James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets.

All readings are free and open to the public and begin at 12:10 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month in the Morrison Library.

For information, call 642-0137.


August 25 - 31, 1999 (Volume 28, Number 3)
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