(1) Energy and American Cultural Values; (2) Contemporary Spanish Poetry and Poets; (3) Black English

Harvey Brooks and Sanford Lakoff discuss the cultural risks and rewards associated with coal, nuclear, and solar energy, especially as it pertains to the United States. John Agresto joins the conversation.

In the next segment [20:25], Andrew Debicki talks about modern Spanish poetry and poets and shares some of his approaches to teaching poetry.

Concluding the program [26:15], Charles Davis speaks on the phenomenon of black English and its urban roots.

At the time of this interview, Brooks was a trustee of the National Humanities Center, a participant in the Center’s seminar “Energy and the Values of Modern Society,” and professor of technology and public policy at Harvard University. Lakoff, a Fellow at the Center (1980-82) and also a participant in the seminar, was professor of political science at the University of California San Diego.

Debicki,  a Fellow at the Center (1979-80, 1992-93), was professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas.

Davis, a trustee of the Center, was professor of Afro-American studies at Yale University.

This edition of Soundings was conducted by Wayne J. Pond.


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