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Diversity In America With Elizabeth Alexander

Steve Scher
04/26/2011 at 9:00 a.m.

Obama gave a speech about race in the middle of his run for the presidency. Why was that necessary? How often does the average American think about the intersection between race and culture? What is an "average" American anyway?

Elizabeth Alexander wrote and delivered President Obama's inaugural poem, "Praise Song for the Day." She thinks it's time for a more nuanced civic conversation about race and culture.

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Elizabeth Alexander will speak tonight (Tuesday) at Kane Hall on the University of Washington campus at 6:30 p.m.


Elizabeth Alexander is the chair of African American Studies at Yale University. She has published five books of poems, including "American Sublime," which was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize. She has also written a number of books of essays and has won numerous awards, including two Pushcart Prizes and a Guggenheim fellowship.

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