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On Extended Wings: American Birds and American Writing

A conversation with Olivia Gentile, J. Drew Lanham, Andrew Rubenfeld, and Sidney Wade

Thursday, June 17
6:00 pm ET

Like their counterparts in English Romantic poetry and elsewhere, American poets and writers have been fascinated by birds, compelled by their beauty, their strangeness, their mysterious, fleeting presence. From the colonial period to the present they have sought to evoke the ways birds enchant us, connect us with nature’s wonder, fragility, and sometimes savagery, and offer moments of transcendence.

We invite you to a virtual cocktail party in celebration of summer and American birds. Mix a bird-themed cocktail (recipes here) and join Olivia Gentile (Life List), poet Sidney Wade, wildlife biologist and author J. Drew Lanham, and Andrew Rubenfeld, co-editor of the Library of America anthology American Birds: A Literary Companion, for an exploration of the mystery and magic of birds and the imaginative flights they’ve inspired.

Presented in partnership with Alachua County Audubon, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, the American Ornithological Society, ALSCW, BirdWatching Magazine, Orion Magazine, Subtropics Magazine, and the University of Florida


Joan Didion: The Art of Storytelling
(May 19, 2021)

E. O. Wilson: An Earth Day Tribute
(April 22, 2021)

Richard Wright’s The Man Who Lived Underground
(April 15, 2021)

The Great American Western on Page and Screen
(March 30, 2021)

Women’s Liberation! Feminist Writings That Inspired a Revolution and Still Can
(March 18, 2021)

Reading James Baldwin Now: Gabrielle Bellot on If Beale Street Could Talk
(March 3, 2021)

Poet of the People: The Greatness of Langston Hughes
(February 18, 2021)

American Democracy: The Task Before Us
(January 27, 2021)

Peanuts at 70, with Sarah Boxer, Jonathan Lethem, Clifford Thompson, and Chris Ware, moderated by Andrew Blauner
(December 16, 2020)

The Genius of Hemingway: Robert W. Trogdon, Lynn Novick, and Sarah Botstein
(December 2, 2020)

The Nineteenth Amendment Turns 100: A New Look at the History of Women’s Suffrage, with Susan Ware and Stefanie Peters
(November 19, 2020; video not available)

Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, with Ruth Franklin, Francine Prose, and John Guare
(October 29, 2020)

The Paranoid Style in American Politics: Revisiting Richard Hofstadter in the Time of Trump, with Sean Wilentz, Eric Foner, Arlie Hochschild, and Ira Katznelson
(October 13, 2020)

Reading James Baldwin Now: Eddie Glaude Jr., on “The White Man’s Guilt”
(September 23, 2020)

Thirteen Days: Abraham Lincoln and the Crisis of Presidential Succession, with Ted Widmer
(September 10, 2020)

It’s a New World, Golde: Classic American Musicals in the 21st Century
(August 26, 2020)

The Fate of the Earth: Jonathan Schell and His Legacy
(August 6, 2020)

Who Tells Your Story: Joanne B. Freeman on Hamilton and History
(July 28, 2020)

Reading James Baldwin Now: Darryl Pinckney on No Name in the Street
(July 16, 2020)

Reading James Baldwin Now: Farah Jasmine Griffin on “Sonny’s Blues”
(June 25, 2020)

Harold Bloom and the American Canon from Emerson to Toni Morrison, with David Mikics
(June 16, 2020)

What Is American Conservatism?, with Andrew J. Bacevich and Sean Wilentz
(June 4, 2020)

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