Maya Angelou to speak at Whitman College
Poet and novelist Maya Angelou,considered one of the great voices
of contemporary literature, will speak at Whitman April 20. She
is part of an impressive list of lecturers to visit the campus during
the 2001-2002 academic year.
Angelou has written 11 best-selling books including I Know Why
the Caged Bird Sings and the current Even The Stars Look
Lonesome. In 1981, she was appointed to a lifetime position
as the first Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest
University. In January 1993, she became only the second poet in
U.S. history to have the honor of reciting original work at the
inauguration of a U.S. president.
tudents were treated to presentations by a number of distinguished
visitors during the fall semester.
Former U.S. poet laureate Robert Pinsky presented this years
Walt Whitman Lecture. Pinsky, poet laureate from 1997 to 2000, teaches
in the graduate writing program at Boston University. His books
include critical works and the noted 1994 verse translation of The
Inferno of Dante in addition to six books of poetry.
Also during the fall, ASWC sponsored a visit by Green Party candidate
Ralph Nader, who spoke on Democracy, Justice, and the American
Duopoly, and noted civil rights attorney Morris Dees presented
the annual William O. Douglas Lecture. Cofounder of the Southern
Poverty Law Center, Dees has taken on and defeated, primarily through
lawsuits, the most racist organizations in the country including
the Ku Klux Klan, The White Aryan Resistance, and the Aryan Nation.
Christopher Hitchens, columnist in The Nation, visited campus as
this years Henry M. Jackson lecturer. Hitchens is the author
of the recent The Trial of Henry Kissinger, in which he develops
a case against Kissinger for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
Other programs included the 2001 Skotheim Lecture presented by
Ruth Schwartz Cowan, professor of history at State University of
New York at Stony Brook. Her lecture was titled, Can A Eugenic
Policy Be Morally Right and Politically Correct?