MIT List Visual Arts Center | Public Program | Catalyst Conversations: Poetry and the Oceans

As sea levels are rising, we are in a moment of global change and climate crisis. Our relationship to the ocean has been altered dramatically and continues to do so. Renowned poet Robert Pinsky and MIT anthropologist Stefan Helmreich will discuss, imagine and invoke the ocean; Pinsky acting as the poetic voice through his choice of poems, will be the hub of the conversation and Helmreichs comments and responses will serve as the spokes. In this way they will summon the rich history of our relationship to the sea, both benign and dangerous. The voice of the poems will iterate the sounds of the water.

This List Center is pleased to host this program by Catalyst Conversations, a non profit organization devoted to presenting provocative conversations between artists, scientists, and the public.