National Poetry Month (April)

Speaking Truth to Power: The Thunderous Messages of the Hebrew Prophets and What They Mean Today

Posted: October 31, 2019 at 6:14 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 5:58 pm

In all of literature there are few parallels to the soaring rhetoric and poetry of the Hebrew prophets. They speak to us clearly today after almost three millennia: Amos in 800 BC crying seeking help for the poor and the disenfranchised (“let justice flow like a river”); Hosea comparing his country to a prostitute; Isaiah […]

A/V requirements: LCD Projector, Screen, Laptop

Steve Ruth

W. H. Auden

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 5:59 pm

A brief overview, with sample poems, of one of the sanest and wittiest poets of the 20th century.

A/V requirements: None

Roger Lathbury

Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece: Philosophy, Poetry, Drama

Posted: September 29, 2014 at 2:59 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 5:57 pm

What if the leaders in politics, business, science, and the military had spent their youth as “eye candy,” escorts, and “sugar babies” (young people admired and sexualized for their looks, and often rewarded for sexual favors or dates)? What if the second most powerful person in the country, the top advisor and speechwriter to the […]

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen (or equivalent other ways of projecting PowerPoint slides and other images) for in-person meetings; Zoom or equivalent platform for virtual meetings.

Rose Cherubin

Hiawatha in History, Legend and Poetry

Posted: September 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm, Last Updated: September 13, 2021 at 5:58 pm

Most of us know about Hiawatha from Longfellow’s long poem. But there was a historic Hiawatha as well as Iroquois legends embellishing this person’s career. How did Longfellow come to pick Hiawatha for his poem?

A/V requirements: LCD, Screen

Mary McCutcheon