A Certain Clarity

A Conversation with Lawrence Joseph

May 12, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Influenced by his Lebanese and Syrian Catholic heritage, and informed by his work as a lawyer and legal scholar, Lawrence Joseph speaks and writes with uncommon authority about poetry and its engagement with dramatic moments in our common life—from the Detroit riots of 1967, to the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, and now in midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Lawrence Joseph, acclaimed poet and the Tinnelly Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law, discussed his newly-released volume of selected poems, A Certain Clarity (2020), which explores expansive themes of our modern times including global and historical change, war, racism, and ecological destruction. Paul Elie, author and Berkley Center senior fellow, joined Joseph in conversation.

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