speaking to Liberty

January 1, 2020

Emma Lazarus, a prolific poet from earliest childhood, is best known for her sonnet “The New Colossus,” which is engraved on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty.

A new exhibit at the Center for Jewish History in New York explores the poet’s life and story and examines the genesis of “The New Colossus.”

In addition to the exhibit, there is a video, a teaching curriculum, and a poetry contest for student poets in middle school and high school. The contest invites students to write a poem to the Statue of Liberty that expresses a personal vision of America.

This article in The Villager indicates that the exhibition will be open through 2022 (though this is not clear from the exhibition website) and additional displays will be added later in 2020. The deadline for submissions of student poems is Friday, May 1, 2020.

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