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Articulations of America

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Reception to follow
Fernique, Albert, Model of the Statue of Liberty from Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberté, 1883. The New York Public Library.
Fernique, Albert, Model of the Statue of Liberty from Album de la construction de la Statue de la Liberté, 1883. The New York Public Library.

Articulations of America

Danielle Legros Georges

In 1782, Frenchman-turned-American Jean de Crèvecoeur asked “What is an American?” in his Letters From an American Farmer. Beginning with de Crèvecoeur’s question, Georges will explore the work of noted American poets, including Emma Lazarus, Langston Hughes, and Joy Harjo, who all pursued and tested the idea of a national ethos, and looked to America for a reflection of it and of themselves.

Danielle Legros Georges, the current Poet Laureate of the City of Boston, is a professor in the Creative Arts in Learning Division of Lesley University. Her poems have been widely anthologized, and recent essays of hers have appeared in Others Will Enter the Gates: Immigrant Poets on Poetry, Influences and Writing in America (ed. Abayomi Animashaun) and Anywhere But Here: Black Intellectuals in the Atlantic World and Beyond (eds. Kendahl Radcliffe and Jennifer Scott).

The Boston Athenæum presents this event in Credit Priscilla Harmelcelebration of National Poetry Month. Discover some of the works and authors referenced in Danielle Legros Georges’ lecture, including Letters from an American Farmer, Langston Hughes, and Joy Harjo.

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