Elizabeth Alexander AIF 2015

A work of art can open questions even as it gives us the feeling of aesthetic satisfaction and fullness.

Elizabeth Alexander Poet; Director of Creativity and Free Expression, Ford Foundation; Wun...
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Poetry, Justice, and Alienation

Poetry, Justice, and Alienation

Show Notes

Can art tackle some of the most difficult social-justice questions we face today? Over the past year we have witnessed images of our country at war with itself; how can poetry dispel alienation and give rise to a new level of citizenship in America? Featuring three of America's most powerful poetic voices: Elizabeth Alexander (author of The Light of the World), Juan Felipe Herrera (current United States Poet Laureate), and Claudia Rankine (author of Citizen: An American Lyric). The conversation is moderated by Eric Liu, executive director of the Aspen Institute Citizenship and American Identity Program.


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