In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Arizona Humanities Council is proud to present Rita Dove as the keynote speaker for the Lorraine W. Frank Lecture & Humanities Awards, Sharing Words, Changing Worlds. Rita Dove will share poems from her most recent book, Sonata Mulattica, about a young mulatto violinist's encounters with Beethoven.
Discussing the research that went into the book, she will reveal how she came to be uniquely suited to the task of rescuing the mixed race violinist George Augustus Polgreen Bridgetower from the shadows of history, and how history comes alive through art.
The lecture and awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, April 12, 2012 in Tempe, Arizona from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
The 2012 Humanities Awards honoring individuals, organizations, or businesses for their contribution and advancement of the humanities will be presented at Sharing Words, Changing Worlds.
The two awards given are the Dan Shilling Public Humanities Scholar Award which recognizes a humanities scholar who has enhanced public awareness and understanding of the role that the humanities play in transforming live and strengthening communities and the Juliana Yoder Friend of the Humanities Award recognizes individuals, organizations or businesses that have made a lasting contributions to the cultural life of Arizona through their active support of and involvement in promoting the humanities.