Poetry and Race in America: How the Humanities Engage with Social Problems (Readings and Discussion)

The University Press and the new Center for African American Poetry and Poetics are pleased to sponsor this combination of performances and discussions by 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 speakers 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 preceded by an interactive workshop at the Kelly Strayhorn Theater on March 20. For more information on the series, click here or email Maria Sticco at mes5@pitt.edu.


Monday, March 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

Location and Address

Frick Fine Arts Auditorium