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Dr. Bennett is an author, professor and artist whose work focuses on African American literature, black poetics, and the intersection of theory and performance in the literary arts.  Beginning this winter, Dr. Bennett will visit humanities classes, give assembly presentations to each division, hold faculty workshops, and give a full community evening presentation. We look forward to our students getting to know Dr. Bennett and his work and for him to enrich our students' knowledge of the rich history of black literature in America.  

Joshua Bennett is the Mellon Assistant Professor of English and Creative Writing at Dartmouth. He is the author of three books of poetry and criticism: The Sobbing School (Penguin, 2016)—winner of the National Poetry Series and a finalist for an NAACP Image Award—Being Property Once Myself (Harvard University Press, 2020) and Owed (Penguin, 2020). Bennett earned his Ph.D. in English from Princeton University, and an M.A. in Theatre and Performance Studies from the University of Warwick, where he was a Marshall Scholar. In 2010, he delivered the Commencement Address at the University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated with the distinctions of Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude.  
Dr. Bennett’s writing has been published in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, The Paris Review, Poetry and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ford Foundation, MIT, and the Society of Fellows at Harvard University. He has recited his original works at venues such as the Sundance Film Festival, the NAACP Image Awards, the Clinton Global Citizen Awards and President Obama’s Evening of Poetry and Music at the White House. His first work of narrative nonfiction, Spoken Word: A Cultural History, is forthcoming from Knopf.  

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The Visiting Scholar Program at Friends Seminary is made possible through an endowment generously created by an anonymous donor to bring to campus outstanding practitioners in their field to enrich the academic and artistic experiences of our students. The program augments the curriculum by exposing students to scholars and artists who would not normally be accessible to pre-collegiate students. The impact of this experience will further inspire and motivate students to go out and “bring about a world that ought to be.”

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