US Poet Laureate Billy Collins – Tuesday April 14th @ 7:30pm

Zoellner Arts Center’s Notations Series Features
US Poet Laureate
BILLY COLLINS

TUESDAY, APRIL 14 at 7:30 PM in Baker Hall

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“Billy Collins writes lovely poems…Limpid, gently and consistently startling, more serious than they seem, they describe all the worlds that are and were and some others besides.” — John Updike

Zoellner Arts Center at Lehigh University continues its fifth year of the innovative series–Notations: Lectures and Other Presentations–with highly-respected representatives from a variety of literary genres. Former (2001-2003) U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins will give a presentation on Tuesday, April 14 at 7:30 pm. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Paris Review and The American Scholar. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a New York Public Library “Literary Lion” and a former US Poet Laureate. His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry. Tickets are $10 for the public; Free with Lehigh University ID; Tickets required for all; Visit http://www.zoellnerartscenter.org.

Collins has published ten collections of poetry, including Questions About Angels, The Art of Drowning, Picnic, Lightning, Sailing Alone Around the Room: New & Selected Poems, Nine Horses, The Trouble With Poetry and Other Poems, Ballistics, and Horoscopes for the Dead. A collection of his haiku, titled She Was Just Seventeen, was published by Modern Haiku Press in fall 2006. He has also published two chapbooks, Video Poems and Pokerface. In addition, he has edited two anthologies of contemporary poetry: Poetry 180: A Turning Back to Poetry and 180 More: Extraordinary Poems for Every Day, was the guest editor of The Best American Poetry 2006, and edited Bright Wings: An Illustrated Anthology of Poems about Birds, with paintings by David Allen Sibley (November 2009). His most recent book is Aimless Love: New and Selected Poems 2003 – 2013.

Here is a video illustration of his poem, “The Art of Drowning,” directed by Diego Maclean.

Included among the honors Collins has received are fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He has also been awarded the Oscar Blumenthal Prize, the Bess Hokin Prize, the Frederick Bock Prize, and the Levinson Prize — all awarded by Poetry magazine. In October 2004, Collins was selected as the inaugural recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Mark Twain Prize for Humor in Poetry. In April 2013, Collins was selected as the fourth winner of the Donald Hall-Jane Kenyon Prize in American Poetry.

In June 2001, Collins was appointed United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003. In January 2004, he was named New York State Poet Laureate 2004-06. Collins is a Distinguished Professor of English at Lehman College of the City University of New York, as well as a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Winter Park Institute at Rollins College.

All lectures are presented in collaboration with the Visiting Lecturers Committee and the Lehigh University Creative Writing Program. Billy Collins is supported by the Ann Neitzel Endowment Fund for Poetry and Creative Writing with additional support from the Friends of the Lehigh University Libraries.

For more information, call 610-758-2787, ext. 0 or visit Zoellner Ticket Services, Tuesday 12-6 pm, or online at www.zoellnerartscenter.org.

For readers interested in getting to the bottom of this page, here is Billy Collins’ TED talk:

Legendary Journalist Bill Moyers to Deliver Tresolini Lecture April 7 @ 8 PM

The multiple Emmy award-winning veteran journalist Bill Moyers has been selected as this year’s Tresolini Lecture speaker. Moyers’ talk, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 8 p.m.Tuesday, April 7, in Baker Hall of the Zoellner Arts Center. Metered street parking is available near the center, or for $4 in the attached garage.
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The Rocco J. Tresolini Lectureship in Law was established in 1978, in memory of one of Lehigh’s most distinguished teachers and scholars, Rocco Tresolini (1920-1967), who served as professor and chair of the department of government. Moyers will be the latest in a long line of luminaries to deliver the Tresolini Lecture. These include former U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, legendary investigative journalist Seymour Hersh, former Vietnam War-era strategic analyst Daniel Ellsberg, Presumed Innocent author Scott Turow, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, former Watergate-era White House Counsel John Dean, Bush v. Gore attorney David Boies, and Innocence Project founder Barry Scheck.

Tresolini Lecture co-organizer Richard Matthews, NEH Distinguished Professor and Chair of Political Science, said he can think of no social critic better qualified to discuss the current state of democracy in the United States.“Over the course of decades, Bill Moyers has been for the United States what Socrates was to Athens: a voice of reason challenging citizens to pursue a more just political community,” Matthews said.

Distinguished University Professor of Political Science Ted Morgan, who sought Moyers as a speaker, said that he frequently employs Moyers’ videos, and that they have been critically important in his teaching, particularly in his class on the relationship propaganda, Media and American Politics.”

“For a verylong time,” Morgan said, “Moyers has been about the only option for television viewers interested in getting important critical information and perspectives on the enormous problems we face as a society. His very presence has been a model of what our democratic society so desperately needs from its mass media.”

‘An essential voice in our national conversation’

A broadcast journalist for more than four decades, Moyers has been recognized as one of the unique voices of our times and one that resonates with multiple generations. He’s earned praise from many colleagues, including NBC newsman Brian Williams, who described him as not only an essential voice in our national conversation, but also “the living antithesis to an era of shocking superficiality in our discourse and media.”Moyers began his journalism career at age 16 as a cub reporter for his hometown daily newspaper in Marshall, Texas. He was a founding organizer and deputy director of the Peace Corps and special assistant to President Lyndon B. Johnson. He later served as Johnson’s press secretary from 1965 to 1967.As publisher of Newsday from 1967 to 1970,

Moyers is credited with bringing aboard extraordinary writers such as Pete Hamill and Saul Bellow, and led the paper to two Pulitzer Prizes. In 1976, he was the senior correspondent for the distinguished documentary series CBS Reports and later a senior news analyst for The CBS Evening News.With his wife and creative partner, Judith Davidson Moyers, Bill Moyers has produced such ground-breaking public affairs programs as NOW with Bill Moyers (from 2002 through 2005) and Bill Moyers Journal (from 2007 through 2010). Since the company’s founding in 1986, other notable productions have included the landmark 1988 series, Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth; as well as Healing and the Mind; The Language of Life: A Festival of Poets; Genesis; On Our Own Terms: Moyers on Dying; Moyers on Addiction: Close to Home; America’s First River; and Becoming American: The Chinese Experience.

His latest media venture is Moyers & Company, which is available on air and online at BillMoyers.com. The program provides “conversations on democracy” and explorations of contemporary culture, with a focus on activism and social justice.

Moyers has received multiple awards for his body of work, including more than 30 Emmys, two prestigious Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia University Awards, nine Peabodys, and three George Polk Awards. In the first year it was bestowed, Moyers received the prestigious Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts by the American Film Institute. A Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he also received the Career Achievement Award from the International Documentary Association and has been honored by the Television Critics Association for outstanding career achievement.

Moyers was elected to the Television Hall of Fame in 1995. A year later, he received the Charles Frankel Prize (now the National Humanities Medal) from the National Endowment for the Humanities “for outstanding contributions to American cultural life.” In 2005, Moyers received the PEN USA Courageous Advocacy Award for his passionate, outspoken commitment to freedom of speech and his dedication to journalistic integrity. He has also been honored with the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Lifetime Achievement Award.

Moyers’ books include such bestsellers as Listening to America; The Power of Myth; Healing and the MindThe Language of Life; Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times; and Moyers on Democracy. His most recent book, Bill Moyers Journal: The Conversation Continues, was published in May 2011.

With more than 95,000 follows on Twitter, Moyers has taken advantage of the social media platforms to offer ongoing commentary on current events. Click here to follow Moyers on Twitter. Click here to see his Facebook page.