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We invite you to join us on Wednesday, February 22, at 6:00 PM for the annual Carol Rothstein Oral Poetry Program, a performance and conversation with award-winning poet José Olivarez, hosted by Excelano member Andrés González-Bonillas (C’23). The son of formerly undocumented Mexican immigrants, award-winning poet José Olivarez writes poems that use the lenses of immigration, in-betweenness, gender, class, and family to examine and praise the world. In his poems, Olivarez investigates the humor, joy and intimacy of the Latinx identity, calls out mental health, makes you think about gender and teaches about love. Free books will be available to the first 30 Penn students in attendance. Books available for purchase in cash, check, or PayPal.

José Olivarez is a writer from Calumet City, IL. He is the author of Promises of Gold and Citizen Illegal. Citizen Illegal was a finalist for the PEN/ Jean Stein Award and a winner of the 2018 Chicago Review of Books Poetry Prize. It was named a top book of 2018 by The Adroit Journal, NPR, and the New York Public Library. Along with Felicia Chavez and Willie Perdomo, he co-edited the poetry anthology, The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNEXT. His poems are featured alongside photographs by Antonio Salazar in the multi-disciplinary poetic work, Por Siempre.

In honor of their daughter Caroline, whose longstanding presence and participation in Penn’s spoken-word community helped inspire a resurgence of oral poetry on campus, Steven and Nancy Rothstein (CW’75) established a fund to support an annual oral poetry program at the Writers House. Each year we host a program or project featuring oral poetry in one of its many forms: spoken-word, slam, or sound poetry, to name only a few possibilities.

Co-sponsored by La Casa Latina, The Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies, the Creative Writing Program, & CSERI

W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture in Public Social Science
A Conversation with Dr. Brent Staples

Moderated by Tukufu Zuberi, Lasry Professor of Race Relations, Penn

Thursday, February 23, at 5 pm
Annenberg School for Communication
Room 110

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The Inaugural W.E.B. Du Bois Lecture in Public Social Science is a continuation of efforts to recognize one of the foremost academic and intellectual voices in the 20th century.

The University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Sociology, in collaboration with Annenberg School for Communication and The Center for Africana Studies, will host a lecture in Dr. Du Bois’ honor on his birthday. Drs. Brent Staples and Tukufu Zuberi will engage in a conversation which focuses on Dr. Du Bois’ ideas about race and public discourse that continue to impact our world and work today.

This event will also be live streamed for attendees who cannot attend in-person. The livestream can be viewed by visiting this webpage: https://www.asc.upenn.edu/livestream

About The Speaker:

Brent Staples has been a member of the Times editorial board since 1990. In 2019, Mr. Staples won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing, The New York Times’ first winner for editorial writing in 23 years.

In his Pulitzer Prize-winning portfolio, he highlighted racism in the women’s suffrage movement, showed how newspapers were complicit in Southern lynchings and denounced myths about “crack babies.”

Editorials and essays from throughout his career are included in dozens of college readers throughout the United States and abroad. Before joining the Editorial page, he served as an editor of The New York Times Book Review and an assistant editor for Metropolitan news. Mr. Staples holds a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Chicago and is the author of “Parallel Time,” a memoir, which was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and a winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.

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Reproduction of Inequality
In honor of Annette Lareau

April 28, 2023
9:30 – 5:00
Hall of Flags | Houston Hall
3417 Spruce Street
University of Pennsylvania
Join us in honoring Annette Lareau at a conference on the

Reproduction of Inequality. Guest speakers will discuss inequality in how people are seen; inequalities in the world of education; families and institutions; and wealth, class reproduction, and mobility (see full program).