Entitled BLY, POEMS, and TALK ABOUT MANHOOD the event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a presentation by David Pichaske, Professor of English at Southwest Minnesota State University who will talk about the history of Robert Bly’s life as he grew from Madison Minnesota area farm boy to become a nationally acclaimed poet, activist and leader of a men’s movement.
At 6:30 p.m. various poems written by Bly will be shared and discussed.
At 7:00 p.m. there will be a world premiere screening of the new web series “Manhood in Rural America” by Pioneer Public Television intern and University of Minnesota, Morris student Brendan Stermer exploring what it means to be a man in today’s changing world. After a screening of the new web series, a discussion will be held about how local men are experiencing the evolution of gender roles in their daily lives and local communities.
The event is conceived and organized by Susan Armington, who, in cooperation with the Lac qui Parle County Historical Society, is embarking upon a year-long exploration of the art, history and legacy of Robert Bly and the impact of his ideas and words.
This event is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Pioneer Public Television is a community partner in this project and Pioneer’s Manhood in Rural America web series is supported, in part, through student assistance provided by the University of Minnesota, Morris Center for Small Towns with funding from the Otto Bremer Trust.