– Poet Emily Dickinson next topic featured by UMF New Commons Project

Emily Dickinson, one of the most important figures in American poetry, is the next topic presented by the UMF New Commons Project. A prolific poet of the 1800s, Dickinson went unrecognized publicly during her lifetime. Although heavily influenced by the poets of 17th century England and her Puritan upbringing, she challenged definitions of poetry and the poet’s work and experimented with expression to free it from conventional constraints.

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March 2, 4 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center

Professor Kristen Case will discuss Dickinson’s striking ability to draw readers into her poetry through her use of elision, omission and negative space. On closer inspection, we will find in the blanks, dashes and silences of his poems the ghostly presence of our own untold experiences.

March 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Emery Community Arts Center

Join us for a day of exploring and celebrating the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

Events begin at 10 a.m. with a student panel featuring Natalka Harris, of Aspinwall, Penn.; and Sylvie Haslam, of Farmington.

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From 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., the keynote conversation on the importance of Emily Dickinson today brings together the scholarly and poetic perspectives of José Alvergue, associate professor of contemporary literature and transnationalism at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire; Benjamin Friedlander, professor of English at the University of Maine; and Michelle Neely, associate professor of English at Connecticut College.

Michelle Nely Photo submitted

Benjamin Friedlander Photo submitted

At 2:30 p.m., we will host a panel discussion on selected poems by Dickinson, with a discussion led by professors and guests: Michelle Neely, Ben Freidlander, José Alvergue, Kristen Case, Wes McNair and Dan Gunn. The symposium ends with a lecture by Aaron Wyanski from 4 to 5 p.m. on setting Dickinson’s work to music.

The UMF New Commons Project has a rich offering of free events, including expert lectures, talks, films, workshops, and more, many of them online, for the education and enjoyment of Maine residents. and by the way. Nominated by individuals from across Maine, New Commons’ selection of artworks has a common thread in representing many of the cultural principles and values ​​that inspire and fascinate Maine residents. The New Commons Project is a public humanities initiative of the University of Maine at Farmington, Maine’s public liberal arts college, in partnership with the Maine Humanities Council. To learn more about the New Commons Project and to see many events for the first 12 topics, visit the website at: https://newcommonsproject.org/.

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