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An Evening of Poetry and Music with Dana Gioia A VISIONS AND VOICES SIGNATURE EVENT Tuesday, September 27, 7 p.m. Bovard Auditorium

Photo: © Lynn Goldsmith

Please join USC President C. L. Max Nikias and Provost Elizabeth Garrett in welcoming internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet Dana Gioia to USC in his new role as Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture. This celebratory evening will feature Gioia in conversation with University Professor Kevin Starr to illuminate Gioia’s unique and influential career, comprising his fifteen years as a marketing executive at General Foods; his provocative 1991 essay “Can Poetry Matter?,” in which he argued that poets and poetry are necessary ingredients of an educated society; his poetry collections, literary anthologies and opera libretti, including his collection Interrogations at Noon, which won the 2002 American Book Award; and his two terms as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, where he created initiatives such as The Big Read and Poetry Out Loud. Readings by Gioia and musical performances will be interspersed throughout the evening. Special guest artists will include Grammy-nominated baritone and USC Thornton School professor Rodney Gilfry.

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VISIONS AND VOICES

Visions & Voices 2011-2012  

Visions and Voices is a USC-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. President C. L. Max Nikias establi...

Visions & Voices 2011-2012  

Visions and Voices is a USC-wide arts and humanities initiative that is unparalleled in higher education. President C. L. Max Nikias establi...