Previous Guest Speakers
Highlighted here are a few of the numerous guest speakers we have invited to past events.
As part of the activities for celebrating the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the Ethnic Studies Program co-sponsored a visit from Li-Young Lee, the author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry.
Li-Young Lee poetry reading, April 28, 2009
Wanda Coleman, a renowned poet from Southern California, met with the Introduction to Ethnic Studies class and a Creative Writing class, gave a public reading on campus, and attended a luncheon with students of the Ethnic Studies and Gender Studies Programs.
Students at lunch with Wanda Coleman
Marilyn Chin is an award-winning poet who was born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon. Her books have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms internationally.
Acclaimed poet David Mura gave an evening reading of poems from his book "Angels for the Burning" and from his first novel, "Famous Suicides of the Japanese Empire." David Mura also gave lectures in two English classes that are part of the Ethnic Studies curriculum.
Afaa Michael Weaver
Afaa Michael Weaver began publishing his poetry while a factory worker before earning his M.A. from Brown University. He is an internationally renowned poet, Pulitzer Prize nominee, Fulbright scholar, and an awarding-winning playwright, short fiction writer and translator of Chinese poetry.
Francisco X. Alarcón
Francisco X. Alarcón is an acclaimed poet and educator, and author of ten volumes of poetry. He is the recipient of the 1993 American Book Award, the 1993 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, the 1984 Chicano Literary Prize, and numerous other literary awards.