"What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open!" Fifty years ago, the cutting-edge writer and activist Muriel Rukeyser asked and answered this question. She documented some of the key issues of her time, from the failed Republican uprising against Franco in Spain, to the civil rights and anti-war movements in the United States, to the welcoming of Vietnam into the United Nations. The instructor, a colleague of and collaborator with the late poet, will give students a view into the life of this visionary creator.
Dennis J Bernstein is a widely published poet and the author of the award-winning poetry collection, Special Ed: Voices from a Hidden Classroom. He has taught at all levels of the public education system from preschool to college. Bernstein was a student and friend of Muriel Rukeyser, and hosted the Rukeyser Reading Series on public radio.