Evie Shockley, RI '19 is the author of three books of poetry—"semiautomatic," which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in poetry; "the new black," winner of the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in Poetry; and "a half-red sea"—as well as a critical monograph, "Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry." Specializing in 20th-century African American literature, contemporary poetry and poetics, and black studies, she is a professor of English at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. In this lecture, Shockley will speak about her new poem in which a group of people, after confronting a barely averted environmental apocalypse, must grapple with what it means to be human in a dramatically changed world. Free and open to the public. For more information, click here.