Buoyed by high attendance and an overwhelming response in the recent past, the George T. Hunter Lecture Series returns with a lineup of nationally renowned experts for 2011-2012. Michelle Rhee, Armando Carbonell, Robert Pinsky and Michael Pollan are speakers for the series that begins Sept. 20, the Benwood Foundation.
Robert Pinsky is a writer, literary critic and former U.S. poet laureate — the first to serve three consecutive terms from 1997-2000. His lecture, “Placing Value on the Arts in Tough Economic Times,” will be at the Roland Hayes Concert Hall on Feb. 7, 2012.
Pinsky has published 27 books, including his acclaimed translation of Dante’s Inferno, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker and The Atlantic magazines.
In 1998 the poet laureate created the Favorite Poem Project, a one-year call for Americans to submit their favorite poems. Though he initially expected a modest response, more than 18,000 people contributed to the project. The submissions became the subject of several well-attended public readings, and many of the poems were collected into two anthologies, Poems to Read and Americans’ Favorite Poems.
Pinsky is the poetry editor at Slate and teaches in the graduate writing program for Boston University.