Watch 2020–2021 Convocation Series | Kiese Laymon | Thursday, Jan. 28, 11:15 a.m. Central

2020-2021 Convocation Series
Kiese Laymon

Thursday, January 28, 2021, 11:15 a.m.
Virtual Convocation, Interview and Q & A

 

Prelude
Genius Child
Robert Owens
(1925-2017)
text: Langston Hughes

Preston Parker ’23, voice
Mandy Kung, piano

Land Acknowledgement
Jessica Hopkins ’22

 

Welcome
President Mark Burstein

 

Introduction of Kiese Laymon
David McGlynn
Professor of English

 
The Radical Possibility and Democratic Necessity of Navel Gazing
Kiese Laymon

 

Interview with Kiese Laymon
Amy Ongiri
Jill Beck Director of Film Studies and Associate Professor of Film Studies,
Tania Sosa ’24 and
Edwin Martinez ’24

Postlude
Set Me as a Seal
Julius C. Miller, III
(b. 1981)
text: Song of Solomon 8:6, 7

Lawrence University Concert Choir
with members of the Appleton East High School Easterners
Stephen Sieck, director

Q & A with Kiese Laymon
Moderated by President
Mark Burstein

Join us here for the public Q & A

Next convocation:
The Stars: Mansions Made by Nature’s Hand
Megan Pickett
Associate Professor of Physics
Thursday, May 27, 2021, 11:10 a.m.

For more information please see www.lawrence.edu/info/news/convocations

Genius Child

text: Langston Hughes

This is a song for the genius child.
Sing it softly, for the song is wild.
Sing it softly as ever you can –
Lest the song get out of hand.

Nobody loves a genius child.

Can you love an eagle,
Tame or wild?

Wild or tame,
Can you love a monster
Of frightening name?

Nobody loves a genius child.

Kill him – and let his soul run wild!
 

Set Me as a Seal

text: Song of Solomon 8:6, 7

Set me as a seal upon your heart,
as a seal upon your arm;
for love is strong as death.

Many waters cannot quench love,
neither floods can drown it,
no flood can drown it.