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Scholars, Hermits, and People of the Land

William and Jane Torrence Harder 20th Anniversary Lecture

Gary Snyder, Poet, scholar, cultural critic, and Professor Emeritus of English, University of California at Davis 
Wednesday, August 24; 5:30 p.m.

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Describing his own works, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Gary Snyder has written, “I try to hold both history and wilderness in mind, that my poems may approach the true measure of things and stand against the unbalance and ignorance of our times.” According to The Poetry Foundation, many of Snyder’s poems aim to instill an ecological consciousness in the reader, and reflect “a concern for the environment and the plight of the American Indian as well as insights engendered by his role as a husband, father and steward of the land.” In this lecture, he will explore the concept of “bioregionalism” through the literary works of Daoist and Buddhist hermits and other peoples of the land, and how that perspective relates to the mission of Cornell Plantations. Snyder will read several of his ‘Cold Mountain’ translations of poems by the Tang Dynasty poet Han Shan, as well as some of his own poems for different landscapes.

Date/time: Wednesday, August 24; 5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free and open to the public
Location:Call Auditorium, Kennedy Hall

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Free Garden Party to follow at the Botanic Garden