The 2014 January Speaker Series presents Robert Hass, one of the nation's most celebrated poets, a distinguished UC Berkeley professor, environmental activist and the author of many books of poetry, including the collection Time and Materials, which was honored with the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
A Saint Mary's alumnus, Hass '63 is also the co-founder of the River of Words program, a 19-year old education initiative that integrates nature and the arts into K-12 classrooms nationwide, and the International Youth Creativity Awards, the largest youth poetry and art competition in the world.
In keeping with the 2014 Speaker Series theme, metamorphosis, Hass will speak on concepts of metamorphosis in nature, society, and art. On the subject of his talk, entitled "Thinking about Ovid in the 21st Century: Metamorphosis, Myth, and the Carbon Cycle," Hass writes "Nature is about change; both literature and science try to understand it, so it is interesting to hold up Ovid's magical stories of mythic transformation to modern literature, the development of ecology, and 21st-century imperatives. We can't speak about community anymore, nor community service, without talking about all of life."
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