Monday, March 9, 2020 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
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CANCELED: The Gift: An Evening with Lewis Hyde

Join The Constellation Project for a special screening of the film GIFT, based on the book by Lewis Hyde, chronicling gift-based cultures from around the world. A tribute to the values of creativity, sustainability, and generosity in a culture increasingly governed by money and the view of art as commodity. Lewis Hyde will be discussing both his book and the film, followed by a panel discussion on the social, spiritual, and environmental implications of embracing a gift-giving culture moderated by HDS writer-in-residence Terry Tempest Williams with Joan Naviyuk Kane and Samuel S. Myers. An audience Q & A will conclude the evening.

Lewis Hyde is a poet, essayist, translator, and cultural critic with a particular interest in the public life of the imagination. His 1983 book, The Gift, illuminates and defends the non-commercial portion of artistic practice. Margaret Atwood called it “A masterpiece.” David Foster Wallace said, “No one who is invested in any kind of art can read The Gift and remain unchanged.” Hyde’s most recent book, A Primer for Forgetting, explores the many situations in which forgetfulness is more useful than memory—in myth, personal psychology, politics, art & spiritual life. A MacArthur Fellow and former director of undergraduate creative writing at Harvard University, Hyde taught creative writing and American literature for many years at Kenyon College.

Joan Naviyuk Kane is a 2019-2020 Radcliffe Institute Fellow. She is the author of seven books of poetry, Milk Black Carbon (2017) among them. A graduate of Harvard, she is Inupiaq with family from King Island and Mary’s Igloo, Alaska.

Samuel S. Myers is the director of the Planetary Health Alliance. A graduate from Harvard College, he received his MD from Yale Medical School, and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Principle Research Scientist at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Terry Tempest Williams is writer-in-residence at Harvard Divinity School. She is the author of 16 books, most recently, Erosion - Essays of Undoing (2019).

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