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The Life of the Spoken Word

February 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm


The Pell Center at Salve Regina University invites the public to this powerful presentation by MIT Professor and award-winning author Dr. Joshua Bennett who will share selections from his most recent book—Spoken Word: A Cultural History—alongside original poems, as well as his reflections on the art of storytelling and his individual journey as a writer and educator. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Joshua Bennett is a Professor of Literature and Distinguished Chair of the Humanities at MIT. He is the author of five books of poetry, criticism, and narrative nonfiction: Spoken Word: A Cultural History (Knopf, 2023), which was named one of The New York Times’s 100 Notable Books of 2023; The Study of Human Life (Penguin, 2022), which won the Paterson Poetry Prize, was longlisted for the Griffin International Poetry Prize, and is currently being adapted for television in collaboration with Warner Brothers Studios; Owed (Penguin, 2020), a finalist for the New England Book Award; Being Property Once Myself (Harvard University Press, 2020), winner of the MLA’s William Sanders Scarborough Prize, and The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016), winner of the National Poetry Series and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award.

Dr. Bennett earned his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, and an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick, where he was a Marshall Scholar. He has recited his original works at the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House. For his creative writing and scholarship, Joshua has received fellowships and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Whiting Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He lives in Massachusetts with his family.

This event is in partnership with Salve Regina University’s Office of Multicultural Programs and Multicultural Education Week.


February 27
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Bazarsky Lecture Hall, O’Hare Academic Building, Salve Regina University
36 Ochre Point Avenue
Newport, RI 02840 United States
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