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Celebrating Knowledge

THE PUBLIC GOOD: Knowledge as the Foundation for a Democratic Society

Saturday Evening, April 28, 2007

Click here for complete audio of panel (42 min.) Click speaker names for individual audio.

Introduction: Gerald Early (4 min.) is Merle Kling Professor of Modern Letters at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also Professor of English, Professor of African and African American Studies, Professor of American Culture Studies, and Director of the Center for the Humanities. He is the author of several books, including The Culture of Bruising: Essays on Prizefighting, Literature, and Modern American Culture, which won the 1994 National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism; Tuxedo Junction: Essays on American Culture; One Nation Under a Groove: Motown & American Culture; and Daughters: On Family and Fatherhood. He is also the editor of numerous volumes, including This Is Where I Came In: Black America in the 1960s; The Sammy Davis, Jr. Reader; and Miles Davis and American Culture. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and a member of its Council.
Keynote   Address: E. L. Doctorow (28 min.) is Glucksman Professor of American and English Letters at New York University. His novels include The Book of Daniel, a National Book Award nominee in 1972; Ragtime, which received the first National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction in 1976; World’s Fair, which won the 1986 National Book Award; Billy Bathgate, winner of the PEN/Faulkner prize and the William Dean Howells medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1990; The Waterworks; City of God; and The March, which received the 2006 PEN/Faulkner Award, the 2005 National Book Critics Circle Award, and was a Pulitzer Prize finalist. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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  Rosanna Warren (9 min.) is Emma MacLachlan Metcalf Professor in the Humanities at Boston University. Poetry adviser of Dædalus and recent Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets, she is recognized as a distinguished poet, translator, and scholar of modern poetry. She is the author of four books of poetry: Departure; Stained Glass; Each Leaf Shines Separate; and Snow Day, and co-translator of Euripides’ Suppliant Women. She is also editor of The Art of Translation: Voices from the Field. In 2006 she was awarded the Ellen Maria Gorrissen Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

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