The Lorenzo Society and its reading series has been a tradition on campus since 1975, when it was founded by a former professor, William Prouty. The society was named after Lorenzo de Medici, a fifteenth century ruler, poet and patron of the arts who supported such artistic talent as Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Today The Lorenzo Society, like its namesake, supports and promotes artistic up-and-comers along with established talent, and shares it with the campus and the community. One way in which the society shares art and culture at UNBSJ is through The Reading Series, this year titled, Stepping Stones: Words Between Us.
Margate Anne Smith is an English professor on campus and the coordinator for The Reading Series. Her job is to organize, oversee and promote the series. One of her goals for the year is to get students more involved. “We would really love students to come out,” says Smith, “it’s really designed to be a bridge between the university and the community,” and students are a part of the university.
Smith is really excited about the 2012-2013 line up for The Reading Series, “It showcases some of the best local talent,” including UNBSJ’s own Dr. Robert Moore and his volume of poetry entitled, The Golden Book of Bovinities, which he will be reading from on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in Irving Hall 107.
Other authors that will be featured on campus this semester include: Vincent Lam reading from The Headmaster’s Wager on Oct. 26, Margot Livesey reading from The Flight of Gemma Hardy on Nov. 9, Stephanie Bolster reading from A Page from the Wonders of Life on Earth and Barry Dempster reading from Dying a Little on Nov. 19. More fantastic authors will be reading in 2013.
Everyone is welcome to attend the readings, and students in particular are encouraged to come out. It’s a great way to enjoy a night with friends and be in the presence of some inspiring talent.