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Muldoon to present second talk in President's Lecture Series, Dec. 8

Paul Muldoon, the Howard G.B. Clark '21 University Professor in the Humanities, will present the second talk in this year's President's Lecture Series on Thursday, Dec. 8.

The event, titled "In the Horse Latitudes," will feature the author reading from his new poems at 4:30 p.m. in 101 Friend Center.

Muldoon won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for poetry for "Moy Sand and Gravel," his ninth collection of poems. His tenth collection, "Horse Latitudes," is due to appear in the fall of 2006.

"The title refers to the area 30 degrees north and south of the equator in which sailing ships tend to be becalmed, in which stasis (if not stagnation) is the order of the day," Muldoon said. "From post-Agreement Ireland to George W. Bush's America, these poems present us with fields of battle, and fields of debate, in which we often seem to have come to a standstill, but in which language that has been debased may yet be restruck and made current to our predicament."

The lecture series was initiated by President Shirley M. Tilghman in 2001 to bring together faculty members from different disciplines. The final lecturer of the year will be Katherine Newman, the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941, Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs, on Monday, April 10.

The lectures will be Webcast; for viewing information, visit

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