This virtual, lecture series investigates and highlights the influence and collaboration of poets and artists, and the intersections between their chosen mediums. Free admission. RSVP required to receive Zoom details. Joshua Bennett and Cameron Shaw August 30, 7 PM CT Joshua Bennett is a poet and writer whose practice addresses the Black experience in America today. His poem “America Will Be, After Langston Hughes," currently on view at Bemis in All Together, Amongst Many: Reflections on Empathy, is both an immediate response to the temperature of the past several years while also calling up the civil rights movement of Bennett’s father’s generation. Both Langston Hughes, in “Let America Be America Again”, and Bennett speak of a future that holds hope for equity and empathy, a future that is “unfinished, imperfect, and yet alive.” Cameron Shaw was appointed Executive Director of the California African American Museum (CAAM) in February 2021, after serving as Deputy Director and Chief Curator since September 2019. She lectures on topics including values-based institution building, collaboration, translating theory to practice, and creative publishing strategies. In addition to her institutional practice, Shaw is an award-winning writer and editor whose work has appeared in numerous national outlets, books, and exhibition catalogues.