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Monday, March 30, 2020

Monday, March 30, 2020 - Lunch Program
Taking the Measure of Xi's China
Lucy Hornby (EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

Xi Jinping is promoting a new development path as the US tries to pull away from its decades-long engagement policy. Will it work? Financial Times journalist Lucy Hornby will explore what Xi's new era means for China, and for the rest of the world.  

Lucy Hornby covered China for 15 years, most recently serving as deputy bureau chief in Beijing for the Financial Times. She has reported from every Chinese province and region for the FT and Reuters, on topics ranging from elite politics to the trade war and environmental pollution. She originally moved to China with Princeton in Asia, and taught English for two years in Wuhan, an industrial city. She is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

In 2018, Lucy led the FT investigation into the ownership of HNA, one of China’s biggest companies, which won the Society of Publishers in Asia’s award for excellence in business reporting. Her coverage has won numerous other awards. Hornby is currently a fellow at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard.

 Ms. Hornby’s Atheaneum presentation is co-sponsored by the International Journalism Lab at the Keck Center for International and Strategic Studies

Monday, March 30, 2020 - Evening Program
Reading and Reflection: An Evening of Poetry with Jane Hirshfield
Jane Hirshfield (EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE)

Described by The Washington Post as belonging “among the modern masters” and by The New York Times as “passionate and radiant,” award-winning poet Jane Hirshfield work ranges from the political, ecological, and scientific to the metaphysical, personal, and passionate.

Author of nine poetry books including “The Beauty,” long-listed for the 2015 National Book Award; “Given Sugar, Given Salt,” a finalist for the 2001 National Book Critics Circle Award; and “After,” short-listed for England’s T.S. Eliot Award, Hirshfield’s ninth poetry collection will be “Ledger” (Knopf, March 10, 2020).   

Hirshfield’s other honors include The Poetry Center Book Award; fellowships from the Guggenheim and Rockefeller Foundations, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Academy of American Poets; Columbia University’s Translation Center Award; The California Book Award, Northern California Book Reviewers Award, and the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry. Her work appears in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Times Literary Supplement, The New York Review of Books, Poetry, and ten editions of The Best American Poetry. 

In fall 2004, Jane Hirshfield was awarded the 70th Academy Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement by The Academy of American Poets, an honor formerly held by such poets as Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, William Carlos Williams, and Elizabeth Bishop. In 2012, she was elected a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets. In March 2019 she was voted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Hirshfield has taught at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Duke University, Bennington College, and elsewhere. Her work has been translated into over a dozen languages and set by numerous composers, including John Adams and Philip Glass; her TED-ED animated introduction to metaphor has received over 875,000 views. An intimate and profound master of her art, her frequent appearances at universities, writers’ conferences and festivals in this country and abroad are highly acclaimed. 

Photo credit: Curt Richter

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