Poetry and Race in America: How the Humanities Engage with Social Problems (Interactive Workshop)

The University Press and the new Center for African American Poetry and Poetics are pleased to sponsor this interactive workshop, featuring poets who engage with America’s deepest and most vexing social and moral problem: race. By offering their deeply humanistic perspective on a set of issues usually regarded as social science terrain, the participants will demonstrate the unique and powerful insights that the humanities can bring to bear on even the most profound human dilemmas.

The University Press publishes the acclaimed Pitt Poetry Series edited by Ed Ochester, which has long been a vehicle for America’s finest contemporary poets, including some of the best African American poets working today, such as Toi Derricotte, Afaa Michael Weaver, Nate Marshall, Ross Gay, and many others.

This event is also sponsored by the University Press, Center for African American Poetry, and Humanities Center. It will be followed by a series of readings and discussions on the Pitt campus on March 21. For more information on the series, click here or email Maria Sticco at mes5@pitt.edu.


Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 5:00pm

Location and Address

Kelly Strayhorn Theater