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UWF Downtown to host final lecture featuring U.S. Poet Laureate

The University of West Florida will finish its lecture series, UWF Downtown: A Lecture Series Honoring the Arts and Humanities, with a presentation from Natasha Trethewey, United States Poet Laureate, on Thursday, March 28 at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in downtown Pensacola.

Refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m., following by Trethewey’s lecture, “An Evening with Natasha Trethewey” at 6 p.m.

Natasha Trethewey
Natasha Trethewey

UWF Downtown is a four-part lecture series hosted by the UWF College of Arts and Sciences, which promotes the value of the liberal arts in contemporary life. Each of the lectures showcase outstanding teacher scholars who serve the community as UWF faculty, as well as scholars of national prominence who amply illustrate the essential role of the liberal arts in building and sustaining contemporary culture.

Trethewey is currently serving as the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate for 2012-2013, as well as the State Poet Laureate of Mississippi from 2012-2016. She is also the Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing at Emory University. Her works include Thrall; Native Guard, for which she won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize; Bellocq’s Ophelia, which was named a Notable Book for 2003 by the American Library Association; and Domestic Work. She is also the author of Beyond Katrina: A Meditation on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and will be releasing a memoir this year.

Trethewey is the recipient of fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bunting Fellowship Program of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard.

Previous lecturers featured in the UWF Downtown series include UWF President Judy Bense, Jocelyn Evans, associate professor of political science, and Glenn Breed, associate professor of theatre.

For additional information about the UWF Downtown series, visit