Hanson Lecture Series
Sponsored by the Hanson Lecture Series through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities
Co-sponsored by the Martha E. Church Center for Civic and Community Engagement
Established by Barbara Esmer Hanson ’45 and Robert D. Hanson through the Foundation For Enhancing Communities to provide annual support for a lecture by a prominent national or international speaker. It is the intent that students from Gettysburg College, Robert’s alma mater, will travel to Hood for the lecture, and students from Hood College, Barbara’s alma mater, will travel to Gettysburg.
Janice R. Black is the president and CEO of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, based in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
An Evening with Nikki Giovanni
Renowned Poet and Author
Tuesday Feb. 22, 7 p.m.
Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall
Nikki Giovanni is one of this country’s most widely read poets and one of America’s most renowned poets worldwide. Her poem, “Knoxville, Tennessee,” is arguably the single literary work most often associated with that city. During the late 60’s and early 70’s, Ms. Giovanni lived in New York and began earning an income through her lectures and poetry readings. She became one of the most popular and recognizable poets of the Black Arts Movement. In 1971, Gemini: An Extended Autobiographical Statement on My First Twenty-Five Years of Being a Black Poet was a finalist for the National Book Award. In 1987, she began teaching at Virginia Tech, where she was named a University Distinguished Professor in 1999. Ms. Giovanni has received numerous awards in the course of her career, including seven Image Awards from the N.A.A.C.P., more than two-dozen honorary degrees, the first Rosa Parks Woman of Courage Award, the Langston Hughes Medal for Poetry and the Carl Sandburg Literary Award; additionally, Oprah Winfrey recognized her in 2005 as one of twenty-five “Living Legends.” She continues to teach, write and publish books, the most recent of which is A Good Cry. Her newest collection, Make Me Rain, was released in October of 2020.
Previous Lectures sponsored by the Hanson Lecture Series through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities