Poetry in America course featured in TMZ

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On Tuesday, April 4th, 2023, TMZ reported on a HELIX Forum event we organized with Flavor Flav at Harvard Extension School. 

Produced by the HELIX team at Harvard’s Division of Continuing Education, the conversation included songwriter Sam Hollander, Professor Elisa New, and (joining via Zoom), students and course staff in our Spring Harvard Extension School class, “Poetry in America: Whitman and Dickinson.” 

The discussion covered three poems by Emily Dickinson, including “A clock stopped” – which Flav related to his own famous timepieces. 

Later that afternoon, Flav donated a signature orange clock to the Harvard Hiphop Archive in a star-studded ceremony, attended by Alphonse Fletcher University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and his students; Caldwell Titcomb Professor of African and African American Studies and Philosophy Tommie Shelby; rapper  and​ MLK Visiting Professor at MIT Lupe Fiasco; songwriter Sam Hollander; Hutchins Center for African & African American Research Executive Director Abby Wolf, Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellow Dee-1; Professor Elisa New; and Khaliah Ali, daughter of the late boxer Muhammad Ali.