Philosopher-poet John Koethe of the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee will present both sides of his acclaimed work on Thursday, Nov. 7, at Hope College.
He will present a paper on "Wittgenstein and Epistemology" at 4 p.m. in room 110 of Lubbers Hall. Then, switching hats, he will give a poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.
The public is invited to both events. Admission is free.
Koethe received his Ph.D. from Harvard University, and teaches courses on the philosophy of language, the philosophy of mind, epistemology and Wittgenstein. He is the author of "The Continuity of Wittgenstein's Thought" (Cornell University Press, 1996) as well as a collection of essays on literary criticism, "Poetry at One Remove: Essays" (University of Michigan Press, 2000).
His award-winning poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, including "Brooklyn Review," "Cream City Review," "Epoch," "The New Republic," "Paris Review," "Southwest Review," "TriQuarterly" and "The Yale Review." He has published several collections of poetry, including "Blue Vents" (1969), "The Late Wisconsin Spring" (1984), "The Constructor" (1999) and, most recently, "North Point North: New and Selected Poems" (HarperCollins, 2002).
His 1973 book of poems, "Domes," won the 1973 Frank O'Hara Award for Poetry, and his 1997 collection, "Falling Water," received the 1998 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award from Claremont Graduate University. In presenting the Tufts Award to "Falling Water," the award's panel of judges cited Koethe's "precise, unpedantic pavanes and sarabandes, written with a philosopher's ear for the spare beauty of abstraction... They move the reader both as music and as meaning."
Koethe has received Guggenheim and NEA fellowships and, in February of 2000, was named Milwaukee's first poet laureate.
Lubbers Hall is located at 126 E. 10th St., between College and Columbia avenues. The Maas Center is located on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.