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2019 THe Gathering at Keystone College


The Gathering
at Keystone College

July 12-14, 2019
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“Refugees and Immigrants: Who are They and Who am I?”

In 2019 The Gathering will consider “Refugees and Immigrants: Who are They and Who am I?” We will discuss why many Americans, most of whom are descended from immigrants or refugees, favor closing the door on them now. We will look at statistics about immigrants’ cultural and economic contributions to the United States, immigrants and crime rates, and whether Americans have a special responsibility to take in people whose lives have been threatened in their homelands. Speakers include Gail Carson Levine, an award-winning children’s author and poet, who will talk about the expulsion of the Jews from Spain in 1492; Ilya Kaminsky, an award-winning poet and immigrant from Russia; and others who have been refugees or immigrants or who work on their behalf.

What is The Gathering at Keystone College?

The Gathering at Keystone College is an annual three-day symposium on creativity and imagination featuring performances, lectures, discussions, and workshops. People from diverse backgrounds meet to explore the creative spirit that permeates science, literature, and the arts around the world. (read more…)

The humanities – it’s what The Gathering is all about .

Take a look at our last event. 2018 – THE MYTH OF TRUTH
and view last years presentations on our Videos page

News & Events

Ilya Kaminsky’s DEAF REPUBLIC Released March, 2019

Hear Ilya Kaminsky read at
The Gathering, Keystone College
July 13

Read his riveting essay in the NYT Magazine, Aug. 9, 2018:
Searching for a Lost Odessa — and a Lost Childhood

“Ilya Kaminsky’s long-awaited Deaf Republic is a contemporary epic. Evident throughout is a profound imagination, matched only by the poet’s ability to create a republic of conscience that is ultimately ours, too, and utterly his own—a map of what it means to live.”
— Kevin Young, The New Yorker

“How is it that one poet can make the silence visible? How is that one poet can illustrate – and enlighten – our collective deafness? Deaf Republic is a remarkable book of poems from one of the great symphonic voices of our times. A deep bow.”
— Colum McCann

New Publication

Trebbe Johnson, long time friend of The Gathering and presenter in 2013 and 2018, has a new book available now!

Radical Joy for Hard Times: Finding Meaning and Making Beauty in Earth’s Broken Places.

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