Philip Roth Lecture 2020 {RECORDING} - Newark Public Library

Philip Roth Lecture 2020 {RECORDING}

What a remarkable evening!! Tracy K. Smith’s lecture encompassed an amazing collection of poems all thoughtfully intertwined to express an inspirational message of hope. It was a wonderful event and we are delighted you could join us!!

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As always, thank you for your continued support of the Newark Public Library!


Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 | 6:00-8:00 PM

You are cordially invited to attend the Newark Public Library’s Philip Roth Lecture on Wednesday, September 30th, with guest lecturer, Tracy K. Smith, speaking on The Role of Art in the Struggle for Racial Justice. 


The Wave After Wave is One Wave Never Tiring.

Tracy K. Smith, was appointed United States Poet Laureate in 2017 and is the author of Ordinary Light and Wade in the Water. Her poetry collections have received multiple awards and prizes. Life on Mars was the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize and Duende won the 2006 James Laughlin Award. She is the Roger Berlind ’52 Professor in the Humanities, and Chair of the Lewis Center for the Arts at Princeton University.

Mayor Ras Baraka will be sharing remarks and introducing Ms. Smith.

The Philip Roth lecture will begin promptly at 6:30PM.  Please tune in any time after 6 PM to ensure there are no technical difficulties.

For more information, call 973.424.1832.

The event is free and will be hosted virtually on Zoom.

The Philip Roth Lecture Committee 
Adam Gopnik, journalist and staff writer at The New Yorker
Nicole Krauss, novelist
David Remnick, Editor in Chief of The New Yorker
Benjamin Taylor, author, most recently, of Here We Are: My Friendship with Philip Roth
Rosemary Steinbaum, NPL Board Secretary
Joslyn Bowling Dixon, Director, NPL

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