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(PDF) (DOC) (JPG)March 6, 2008

(Mahwah) – Ramapo College of New Jersey, as part of its AIS Colloquium Committee, will sponsor a reading and discussion by the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Natasha Trethewey, Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Trustees Pavilion located on campus.  The event is free and open to the public.  For more information contact Deirdre Lynch at 201-684-7407 or dlynch@ramapo.edu.

Trethewey’s prize-winning book, Native Guard, for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize, focuses on historical erasure and memory by investigating the role of African-American soldiers during the Civil War and the murder of her mother.  Her work is equally tough and tender, intelligent and accessible.

She is also the author of Bellocq’s Ophelia, which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association, and Domestic Work.  She is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

Her poems have appeared in such journals and anthologies as American Poetry Review, Callaloo, Kenyon Review, The Southern Review, New England Review, Gettysburg Review and The Best American Poetry 2000 and 2003.  Currently, she is the Phillis Wheatley Distinguished Chair in Poetry at Emory University.

The AIS Colloquium Committee is comprised of faculty in Ramapo College’s School of American and International Studies.  The event is supported with a grant from the Ramapo College Foundation.  The Committee sponsors an annual colloquium.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey is the state’s premier public liberal arts college and is committed to academic excellence through interdisciplinary and experiential learning, and international and intercultural understanding. The College is ranked #1 among New Jersey public institutions by College Choice, has been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful College Campuses in America by CondeNast Traveler, and is recognized as a top college by U.S. News & World Report, Kiplinger’s, Princeton Review and Money magazine, among others. Ramapo College is also distinguished as a Career Development College of Distinction by CollegesofDistinction.com, boasts the best campus housing in New Jersey on Niche.com, and is designated a “Military Friendly College” in Victoria Media’s Guide to Military Friendly Schools.

Established in 1969, Ramapo College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts, business, data science, humanities, social sciences and the sciences, as well as in professional studies, which include business, education, nursing and social work. In addition, the College offers courses leading to teacher certification at the elementary and secondary levels, and offers graduate programs leading to master’s degrees in Accounting, Business Administration, Creative Music Technology, Data Science, Educational Technology, Educational Leadership, Nursing, Social Work and Special Education, as well as a post-master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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