This program features a poetry reading by Sarton Prize winner Vanesha Pravin, whose poems have appeared in Slate, Callaloo, Crab Orchard Review, Many Mountains Moving, Prodigal, and Phoebe. Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky observed of Pravin’s first collection of published poems, titled Disorder (University of Chicago Press, 2015): “A central challenge for American art has been the confluence of immigrant histories. Pravin’s Disorder attains a global and historical perspective, uniquely personal yet wide ranging.”

The evening also feature a presentation by Rumford Prize winners Dr. Federico Capasso and Dr. Alfred Cho. At Bell Laboratories in 1994, Drs. Capasso and Cho invented the quantum cascade (qc) laser. As part of their presentation, Drs. Capasso and Cho discuss their invention of this revolutionary new light source as well as some of its common applications.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences