University of Arizona Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry- Everyday Poems Everyday Songs: The Path to Populism in American Poetry

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Everyday Poems Everyday Songs:

The Path to Populism in American Poetry

Creative Collaborations with Dr. Paula Fan and Special GuestsSaturday, Jan. 26 at 11 a.m.
UA Student Union Memorial Center Bookstore, lower level

“Creative Collaborations,” Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry’s series with pianist and Regents’ Professor Paula Fan and guest scholars and performers in a musical exploration continues this Saturday at 11 a.m.  The event is free.



Susan Hardy Aiken, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor of English, teaches and writes in the fields of 19th- and 20th-century British and American literature and culture, women and literature, gender theory and poetry.  Along with pianist, Dr. Paula Fan, she will explore the evolution of the American poetic voice and the role of poetry in our lives. Baritone Seth Kershisnik will sing Tom Cipullo’s All-American song cycle “Another Reason I Don’t Keep A Gun in the House” to poetry by Billy Collins, former U. S. Poet Laureate, and other selections from the Great American Art Songbook.

Susan Hardy Aiken Ph.D. teaches and writes in the fields of 19th- and 20th-century British and American literature and culture, women and literature, gender theory, and poetry. One of the founding members of the Women’s Studies Program (now the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies), she has received many teaching awards and honors as well as numerous research grants, including fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities, among others.  An internationally recognized scholar, she has authored numerous articles and book chapters and has published four books: Isak Dinesen and the Engendering of Narrative (University of Chicago Press, 1990),   Dialogues/Dialogi: Literary and Cultural Exchanges Between (Ex)Soviet and American Women (Duke University Press, 1994), and the interdisciplinary co-edited collections Changing Our Minds: Feminist Transformations of Knowledge (SUNY Press, 1988), sponsored by NEH, and Making Worlds: Gender, Metaphor, Materiality (U. of Arizona Press, 1998),  sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation. In 2006 she was honored as one of the “Feminists Who Changed America.” She is currently completing an archivally-based book on antebellum plantation culture, masculine identity, and slavery, The Creation of a Southern Planter.

Paula Fan, D.M.A. is the first Regents’ Professor from the College of Fine Arts. She teaches piano and coaches vocal and instrumental chamber repertoire and offers a course on the history and development of Art Song, which has been the catalyst for her series of “Time Travelers Concerts,” in which guest artists and faculty members appear as historical figures who both converse and perform. Paula has recorded 19 albums and has broadcast for the BBC, National Public Radio, Radio Television China and other international networks. She has coached and accompanied singers from the world’s great opera houses, and, as a specialist in wind chamber music, has performed with leading clarinetists at international festivals. She is passionate about bridging the gap between the scientific and musical worlds and is a founding member of Solar Storytellers, a solar powered piano trio, and she has produced four “Music of the Sphere” events at Biosphere 2.

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