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Conrad Nelson Speakers are Christo and Jeanne-Claude

Christo and Jeanne-Claude will deliver the 2009 Conrad Nelson lecture on Tuesday, March 24, at 4:30 p.m., in the Roschel Performing Arts Center.

The artists, who are married, are known for their temporary, large-scale environmental works of art that incorporate elements of painting, architecture and urban planning, and often use fabric.

They will speak about their two projects in progress: “Over the River, Project for the Arkansas River, State of Colorado” and “The Mastaba, Project for the United Arab Emirates.”

President John Fry will award them honorary degrees on behalf of the College.

Tickets to the event are no longer available, but there is a waiting list.

Poetry and the Prophet

Poet Adam Sol comes to the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House on Thursday, March 26, at 8 p.m., for a poetry reading.

Sol writes poems that deal with Jewish subjects from the inside—not as an alienated witness, but as a participant— “and to explore the inherent difficulties of allying oneself with any community, religious or otherwise,” he said.

Sol’s new novel in verse, Jeremiah, Ohio, reconceives the Biblical prophet Jeremiah as a modern-day protagonist, embarking upon a road trip through rural America just before the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

Sol is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Jonah’s Promise, which won Mid-List Press’ First Series Award for Poetry, and Crowd of Sounds, which won Canada’s prestigious Trillium Award for Poetry.

The visit is co-sponsored by the Department of Scientific and Philosophical Studies of Mind and is free and open to the public.