DECEMBER 6, 2021 12:00 P.M.

A conversation between historian Adriane Lentz-Smith and poet Crystal Simone Smith

Join us on Monday, December 6, at noon for an exploration of the role of art in creating knowledge and narratives about slavery, the Civil War, and freedom struggles in the United States. Professor Adriane Lentz-Smith will bring her insights as a historian to bear as she guides this conversation with professor and poet Crystal Simone Smith.

This discussion coincides with the anniversary of the ratification of the Thirteenth Amendment on December 6, 1865.

Author Amber Flora Thomas wrote of Crystal Simone Smith's latest poetry collection, Down to Earth: “Has freedom made us lazy, we might wonder as we read these incredible poems ... Are we tourists in our lives, troubled by a history of enslavement? The voices and stories of black lives penetrate these questions in this collection of poems that don’t coddle or pull away from our earthly struggles to find hope and meaning in our human work. Down to Earth is an asking, a plea to take comfort in the stories and people who anchor our living."

Free and open to the public. Advanced registration required. Sponsored by the Rubenstein Library, Forum for Scholars and Publics, Franklin Humanities Institute, Department of African & African American Studies, Department of History, and MFA|EDA Program at Duke University.

November 16, 2021 – May 14, 2022
Duke University Libraries