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Co-Founder of HBO's Def Poetry Jam, Bruce George, to Speak about "Politics of Artistic Expression"

02/04/2014, 02:40 PM

Hackettstown, N.J. – The co-founder of HBO’s Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam, Bruce George, will be coming to Centenary College to speak about “Politics of Artistic Expression” at 6 p.m. March 3, 2014, in the Ferry Recital Hall. 

George, who is also a poet and activist, will conduct a workshop and motivational lecture on how current issues of race, poverty, unemployment and other social issues affect the structure of society, through a creative process of writing.  Attendees should come prepared to write, reflect, discuss and share.  The event, which is co-sponsored by the Educational Opportunity Program and Social Sciences Department, is free and open to the community.

George has written poetry/prose and nonfiction for over 37 years.  His work has been published in major magazines, anthologies and literary publications. He is the Founder/Managing Editor of “The Bandana Republic, an Anthology of Poetry and Prose by Gang Members and their Affiliates.”  He has won several awards, such as the Peabody, Upscale Showcase, Trailblazer and a Mikey Award for the HBO show. George is also the Founder/Executive Producer of a spoken word documentary entitled “Bone Bristle, A Spoken Word Documentary,” which is in postproduction.  The film features critically acclaimed writers, poets and spoken word artists.

As an activist, George has been and currently is associated with major grassroots organizations that foster and uplift people in struggle.  George has served on numerous panels at places, such as the New School, Fordham University and Harvard University, and judged hundreds of poetry and spoken word competitions.  George is a graduate of Niagara University, where he earned a B.A. degree in Psychology. 

“This is an opportunity that you will not want to miss,” says Dr. Kitsy Dixon, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Centenary College.  “We are so fortunate to have Bruce George come to our campus to talk about such important issues, plus guide our attendees through a poetry workshop.  It will truly be a unique experience.”

For more information, please call (908) 852-1400, ext. 2424.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.