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Poet Billy Collins Speaks March 14

Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series Features Poet Billy Collins

Second of three speakers is the former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins

(February 7, 2006)

Billy Collins, Photo Credit: Juliet Van Otteren  	<br />

Billy Collins, Photo Credit: Juliet Van Otteren

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( -- UC Riverside will welcome former U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins on Tuesday, March 14, as the second of three speakers in the 2006 Chancellor's Distinguished Lecture Series. Collins, who earned his graduate degrees at UCR, will speak at 6 p.m. March 14 in the University Theatre.

The first speaker was Richard R. Schrock, an MIT professor who spent his undergraduate years at UCR and recently shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. The third speaker will be The Honorable Joseph Ghougassian, Ph.D., J.D., former Ambassador of the United States to the State of Qatar. His lecture will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.

The lectures are free and open to the public, and followed by receptions on the patio outside University Theatre. In addition to formal public presentations, each visit by a distinguished lecturer will include associated events, such as seminars with undergraduate and graduate students and visits with faculty.

Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, the distinguished lecture series is an annual event featuring personalities from the letters, the sciences, the arts and other sectors of society. It was conceived to stimulate the region’s intellectual community, to inspire students to think beyond the lecture hall and lab, and to involve members of the community in the academic life of the UCR campus. The theme this year is, "Beyond Boundaries: Explorations and Experimentation in Science, Art, and Statecraft.”

Collins was United States Poet Laureate from 2001 to 2003. He is a Professor of English at Lehman College, City University of New York. Collins received his master's degree in English and Ph.D. in romantic poetry from UCR in 1965 and 1971, respectively. He received a bachelor-of-arts degree in English from Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA. He is known for an accessible style of writing. Collins' books of poetry include Nine Horses (Random House, 2002); Sailing Alone Around the Room: New and Selected Poems (2001); Picnic, Lightning (1998); The Art of Drowning (1995), which was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize; Questions About Angels (1991), which was selected by Edward Hirsch for the National Poetry Series; The Apple That Astonished Paris (1988); Video Poems (1980); and Pokerface (1977). Collins lives with his wife, Diane, an architect, in Westchester County, NY.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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