To mark the centenary of Muriel Rukeyser’s birth and celebrate her life and work, we organized a Symposium and three public events on March 14/15/16, 2013, at Eastern Michigan University.

Presentations, performances, and lively conversations took place all day Friday and Saturday (9am-5pm March 15/16, 2013). Attending this part of the symposium requires registering.

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There were also three evening events free to the public:

A poetry reading with Tyrone Williams, Catherine Taylor, Judith Goldman, and Carla Harryman, who will present a performance of “Book of the Dead.”
(7 pm March 14, 2013, Dreamland Theater at 26 N. Washington Street, Ypsilanti, Michigan).

An evening of poetry and song dedicated to women poets and composers, with MeeAe Nam and Monica Swartout-Bebow.
(7pm March 15, 2013, Alexander Recital Hall, EMU)

Alicia Suskin Ostriker gave the closing lecture on “Daring to Live for the Impossible: Rukeyser and the Idea of Freedom” (7pm March 16, 2013, Student Center).

The symposium and public events have been co-sponsored with generous funds from the College of Arts & Sciences; Jewish Studies; English Language and Literature; History and Philosophy; Women’s and Gender Studies; Communication, Media and Theater Arts; Music and Dance; the Honors College; General Education; Journal of Narrative Theory; and the BathHouse Reading Series.

Eastern Michigan University is located in Ypsilanti, Michigan, 35 miles west of Detroit and 8 miles east of Ann Arbor.