August 14, 2006

Rita Dove to give Case's 2nd Annual Anisfield-Wolf Lecture

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CLEVELAND—Former U. S. Poet Laureate and consultant to the Library of Congress Rita Dove will speak about her writing career when she gives the Second Annual Anisfield-Wolf Lecture on Friday, September 8 at 11:30 a.m. in Severance Hall. The free, public lecture is sponsored by Case Western Reserve University’s Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities, SAGES (Seminar Approach to Undergraduate Education) and the College of Arts and Sciences, with support from the Cleveland Foundation’s Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

Originally from Akron, Dove has had an award-winning writing career that spans poetry, short stories, essays, newspaper columns, a novel and a play. Among her notable works are the poetry collections of The Yellow House on the Corner, Museum, Thomas and Beulah, Grace Notes, Mother Love and On the Bus with Rosa Parks.

Her acclaimed work has earned her numerous awards, among which are the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry in 1987, the 2003 Emily Couric Leadership Award, the 2001 Duke Ellington Lifetime Achievement Award, the 1997 Sara Lee Frontrunner Award and the 1996 National Humanities Medal.

Dove held the Poet Laureate honors from 1993-95. She currently has the title of Poet Laureate for the Commonwealth of Virginia and also is the Commonwealth Professor of English at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

The lecture is being held in conjunction with the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, now in its 71st year. The award recognizes recent books that have made important contributions to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures. This lecture, now in its second year, is geared for students in Case’s undergraduate SAGES program of small interdisciplinary seminars that explore a range of topics that allow students to gain knowledge and analytical skills that prepare them to solve real-world problems.

Registration is recommended, but no tickets are needed. Visit http://www.case.edu or call 216-368-8961. Please be advised that Case will open the doors at 10:45 a.m. to seat Case students with identification, with general public seating at 11:10 a.m.

Posted by: Kevin Adams, August 14, 2006 09:53 AM | News Topics: College of Arts and Sciences, HeadlinesMain, Lectures/Speakers, Lectures/Speakers, Lectures/Speakers, Lectures/Speakers, Provost Initiatives

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