While "The New Colossus" once welcomed immigrants into New York Harbor from its perch on the Statue of Liberty, this video excerpted from Poetry in America brings the discussion of poetry and immigration into our current moment. Host Elisa New rediscovers the freshness and the still-potent charge of Emma Lazarus' iconic sonnet alongside singer-songwriter Regina Spektor, activist and founder of the United We Dream Foundation Cristina Jiménez, President of the American Federation of Teachers Randi Weingarten, financier and philanthropist David Rubenstein, and poet Duy Doan. This video contemplates the physical—and figurative—journeys charted by all immigrants. This resource is part of the Poetry in America Collection.
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