“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore…” While many people recognize this oft-quoted 1883 stanza they may not know its fascinating backstory and its many uses and abuses. When asked to contribute a poem to fund the construction of a pedestal for Lady Liberty, the Jewish-American poet Emma Lazarus initially declined. Join us for a lively, informative and interactive discussion of “The New Colossus,” its placement on the pedestal of “Liberty Enlightening the World,” and its continuing relevance.
Jim Van Buskirk was the founding Program Manager of the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center at the San Francisco Public Library, and currently works as a book group facilitator, writer, editor, public speaker, exhibit curator, and collections manager. He co-authored Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area and Celluloid San Francisco, and co-edited Identity Envy–Wanting to Be Who We’re Not and Love, Castro Street: Reflections of San Francisco. He has contributed to various newspapers, magazines, anthologies, websites, blogs, and radio broadcasts.
Good to know:
We are staying on top of the updates regarding COVID-19 and will continue to follow all CDC recommendations. This program will go on either way, whether in-person or virtually.
Here’s how we’ll stay safe together: We’re so glad to welcome you into our building again! Safety is paramount and we appreciate your patience and cooperation as we follow San Francisco’s healthy and safety requirements.
All staff have been vaccinated and we welcome fully vaccinated patrons to our programs. Just show proof of vaccination before you enter the room where the program is being held on the second floor. And don’t forget your mask – you’ll need to keep it on start to finish.
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