Jamaicas Songs (2000)
Music by Su Lian Tan
Text by Jamaica Kincaid
BRENDA PATTERSON, mezzo sporano
DONALD BERMAN, piano
DAVID BOWLIN, violin
DARRETT ADKINS, violoncello
-Su Lian Tan
As professor of music and former Chairman of the Music Department at Middlebury College, Su Lian Tan is known for her unique musical perspective and connecting to her students through the exploration of all kinds of music. In addition to teaching composition, she also coaches, conducts, and coordinates both student and professional concerts.
The second concert in the Athenaeums Fall 2011 Chamber Music series occurs Monday, October 10th. This concert will also provide a rare and wonderful opportunity to hear a recent work by composer Su Lian Tan, based on a text by Jamaica Kincaid.
Reservations for dinner are available and open to all. The concert begins at 6:45 p.m.
Piano trio in B , Opus 8 (1854)
1. Allegro con brio
Donald Berman, piano
David Bowlin, violin
Darrett Adkins, violoncello
Jamaicas Songs (2000)
Music by Su Lian Tan
Text by Jamaica Kincaid
2. angry . . .
7. stern . . .
Brenda Patterson, mezzo-soprano
Walters has written over 7,500 articles about California and its politics, and his column now appears in more than 50 California newspapers. Walters' articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal and the Christian Science Monitor, among other publications. Walters is also the founding editor of the California Political Almanac, a frequent commentator on California politics for national news shows, and is the author of The New California: Facing the 21st Century (1986), a widely used college textbook about Californias socioeconomic and political trends, and co-author of The Third House: Lobbyists, Money and Power in Sacramento (2002). Walters also contributed chapters to two other books, Remaking California: Reclaiming the Public Good (2010) and The New Political Geography of California (2008).
His talk is sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government.
Professor Lakoff has advised the Democratic caucuses in the House and the Senate, helped Democratic candidates around the country, and worked with hundreds of advocacy groups on issues ranging from the environment and health care to civil liberties and international relations. His best-selling book Dont Think of an Elephant!/How Democrats and Progressives Can Win: Know Your Values and Frame the Debate: The Essential Guide for Progressives (2005) taught a generation of political activists how framing works in politics and had a powerful effect on the national elections in 2006 and 2008. His other books on politics Moral Politics: How Liberals and Conservatives Think (2002), Thinking Points: Communicating Our American Values and Vision (2006), Whose Freedom?: The Battle Over America's Most Important Idea (2006) and The Political Mind: Why You Can't Understand 21st-Century American Politics with an 18th-Century Brain (2008) provide a thorough guide to political thought and language.
In his academic life, Professor Lakoff is renowned for his discoveries on how the mind is embodied, how metaphorical thought works, what meaning is, and how meaning structures language. His current research is on how language and thought work in the brain.
The Goldman Distinguished Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics at the University of California at Berkeley, Professor Lakoff is also one of the worlds best-known cognitive scientists and linguists. He received his bachelors degree from MIT in mathematics and literature in 1962 and his Ph.D. in Linguistics from Indiana University in 1966. He taught at Harvard and the University of Michigan before becoming Professor at U.C. Berkeley in 1972. In addition to his books on mind, language and politics, Professor Lakoff has written widely onphilosophy, poetics, art, and mathematics.
George Lakoff's talk is sponsored by the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and The Family of Benjamin Z. Gould Center for Humanistic Studies.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
In 1999, W.S. Merwin was named Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress for a jointly-held position along with poets Rita Dove and Louise Gluck. He has been honored as laureate of the Struga Poetry Evenings Festival in Macedonia, receiving the international poetry award, the Golden Wreath Award. In the fall of 2004, Merwin received the 2004 Lannan Lifetime Achievement Award. Included in his numerous awards are the Pulitzer Prize (twice), the National Book Award, the Tanning Prize, the Bollingen Prize, and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. In July 2010, William Merwin was appointed United States Poet Laureate by the Librarian of Congress. He lives, writes, and gardens in Hawaii, on the island of Maui. He has spent the last 30 years planting 19 acres with over 800 species of palm, creating a sustainable forest. The property has recently been turned into a conservancy, the Merwin Conservancy.
Nafisi is a Visiting Professor and the director of Cultural Conversations at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., where she is a professor of aesthetics, culture, and literature, and teaches courses on the relation between culture and politics. She held a fellowship at Oxford University, teaching and conducting a series of lectures on culture and the important role of Western literature and culture in Iran after the revolution in 1979. She taught at the University of Tehran, the Free Islamic University, and Allameh Tabatabai before her return to the United States in 1997, earning national respect and international recognition for advocating on behalf of Iran's intellectuals, youth, and especially young women. In 1981, she was expelled from the University of Tehran for refusing to wear the mandatory Islamic veil and did not resume teaching until 1987. Azar Nafisi conducted workshops in Iran for women students on the relationship between culture and human rights; the material culled from these workshops formed the basis of a new human rights education curriculum. She has lectured and written extensively in English and Persian on the political implications of literature and culture, as well as the human rights of the Iranian women and girls and the important role they play in the process of change for pluralism and an open society in Iran. She has been consulted on issues related to Iran and human rights both by the policy makers and various human rights organizations in the U.S. and elsewhere. She is also involved in the promotion of not just literacy, but of reading books with universal literary value.
Azar Nafisi has written for The New York Times, Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. Her cover story, "The Veiled Threat: The Iranian Revolution's Woman Problem" published in The New Republic (February 22, 1999) has been reprinted into several languages. She is the author of Anti-Terra: A Critical Study of Vladimir Nabokov's Novels. She also wrote the new introduction to the Modern Library Classics edition of Tolstoy's Hadji Murad, as well as the introduction to Iraj Pezeshkzad?s My Uncle Napoleon, published by Modern Library (April 2006). She has published a children's book (with illustrator Sophie Benini Pietromarchi) BiBi and the Green Voice (in Italy with Adelphi, as BiBi e la voce verde). Azar Nafisi's new book, Things I Have Been Silent About: Memories, a memoir about her mother, was published in January 2009. She is currently working on a book entitled Republic of the Imagination, which is about the power of literature to liberate minds and peoples. Azar Nafisi's book That Other World: Nabokov and the Puzzle of Exile (Yale University Press) will be published in January 2012. She lives in Washington, D.C.
LUNCHEON 11:30 a.m.; LECTURE 12:00 p.m.
Kravis began his career as vice president of Katy Industries, a New York Stock Exchange company, where he designed and implemented their acquisition program. He then joined Bear Stearns & Co, became a partner and remained there until 1976, when he and two partners founded Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a firm that pioneered the development of private equity. Kravis has been involved in the largest and most successful acquisitions via private equity. These include RJR Nabisco, Beatrice, Safeway, Duracell, Owens-Illinois, Autozone, TXU, First Data, Toys R Us and Dollar General, among others. In total, his firm has completed over 165 transactions with a total acquisition price of approximately $422 billion. KKR has 11 offices in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
Kravis has served or is serving on numerous corporate boards of directors, including RJR Nabisco, Safeway, Gillette, Borden, Owens-Illinois and Tarkett S.A. He is a board member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He founded and is co-chairman of the New York City Investment Fund, which was designed to create jobs and help small businesses in New York City. He is also on the board and was co-chairman of the Partnership for New York City, which represents the business community in its dealings with the public sector. Kravis also serves on the Board of Trustees of Mount Sinai Hospital; Public Television Channel 13/WNET New York, for which he served as chairman of the board; Columbia Graduate School of Business, where he serves as co-chairman of the Board; Rockefeller University, where he serves as vice chairman; and Claremont McKenna College, where he founded the Kravis Leadership Institute and has served as its chairman. In 2006, he his wife, Marie-Josée Kravis, established the Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership, which is awarded annually to an individual or organization that demonstrates leadership, creativity, and sustainability in the nonprofit sector.
Kravis earned a B.A. in economics from CMC and a M.B.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, New York.
RECEPTION 5:30 p.m.; DINNER 6:00 p.m.; LECTURE 6:45 p.m. FOUNDERS ROOM, BAUER CENTER
As Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky founded the Favorite Poem Project, in which thousands of Americans of varying backgrounds, all ages, and from every state, shared their favorite poems. Pinsky believed that, contrary to stereotype, poetry had a vigorous presence in the American cultural landscape. The project documents that presence, giving voice to the American audience for poetry. The anthology Americans' Favorite Poems, which includes letters from project participants, is in its 18th printing. Elegant and tough, vividly imaginative, Pinsky's poems have earned praise for their wild musical energy and ambitious range.
The poetry editor for the online magazine Slate, Pinsky teaches in the graduate writing program at Boston University.
C. K. Williams is the author of ten books of poetry, the most recent of which is Wait (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2010). Collected Poems (FSG, 2007), features the long arc of Williams' career, from the morbid sanguinities of his apprentice work to the careful, moving, stanzaic focus evident in 21 new poems. He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2003, and teaches in the Writing Program at Princeton University.
Williams started writing poetry when he was nineteen, shortly after taking his last required English class at the University of Pennsylvania. "Poetry didn't find me, in the cradle or anywhere near it: I found it," he recalled. "I realized at some point, very late, it's always seemed, that I needed it, that it served a function for me, or someday would, however unclear that function may have been at first." Williams found his voice as a poet in the mid-sixties when writing to a magazine editor about the violence directed against civil rights activists. The process of writing this letter opened up a new way of thinking for Williams, a paradigm for writing all of his poetry.
Williams is known for his daring formal style, marrying perceptive everyday observations to lines so long that they defy the conventions of lyric poetry. His poems often border on the prosaic, inspiring critics to compare them to Walt Whitman's.
Anthony Milosz was born in 1947 in Washington, D.C. He attended public schools and lycee in France, and went on to study linguistics, anthropology, and chemistry at the University of California Berkeley, and neurophysiology and neuropharmacology at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. Currently Milosz is a hardware and software designer, as well as as a composer and member of the Polish Society for Electroacoustic Music. He recently released "Rzeki", an album of Milosz readings set to music. He has also translated his father Czeslaw's poetry, including the "Last Poems" section of Selected and Last Poems (Ecco Press, Fall 2011).
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