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Whorled: Poetry and the Global Citizen – A talk with Ed Bok Lee and Maria Damon, Tuesday, November 8, 2011

November 8, 2011IASEvents, Video and Audio0

Ed Bok Lee is a professor of Communication, Writing, and the Arts at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul. Raised in South Korea, North Dakota, and Minnesota, he is the author of Real Karaoke People (2005), which won the PEN Open Book Award, and Whorled (2011). Here, he talks with Maria Damon, professor of English at the University of Minnesota, about Whorled and the place of poetry in the modern age.

Selections from this talk and the readings are available to members of the University of Minnesota community and can be viewed here (sign in required) or as an audio download (.mp3 – 18.1 MB) and as a video podcast (.m4v – 102.4 MB).

What does it mean to be a Global Citizen in an era of constant war, rampant industrialization, and ever-advancing technology? In Whorled, Lee’s ever-wandering cultural and spiritual nomads struggle to make sense of what it means to be a citizen of an increasingly homeless world. In a world where “all love is immigrant,” Whorled confronts and celebrates the many complications of global politics through meditations on war, migration, and culture. In settings from San Francisco to Seoul, the Midwest to Kazakhstan, Ed Bok Lee considers what it means to be a citizen in a world where “you can’t win the past / or stalk redemption.”

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