UC Irvines most recent Chancellors Distinguished Fellows Series speaker brought out protesters against a former Mexican president, engaging the community in a perhaps-unanticipated fellowship of which the school might be proud. One hopes for more with this weeks My Pace Provokes My Thoughts: Poetry and Walking by poet/poetry promoter Edward Hirsch. This free, public lecture series is a gift to the neighborhood, plus an opportunity to see the scholars and artists you would otherwise pay for big-time at venues named after real-estate tycoons. Besides being a teacher, poet and essayist, Hirsch famously turned a sometimes-poetry-phobic public on with his best-selling How to Read a Poem and Fall in Love With Poetry. Now, apparently, he wants us all to think. And walk. At the same time.
Wed., May 13, 7:30 p.m., 2009