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Poet, Author Ackerman Continues Pursuit of Knowledge

Poet, Author Ackerman Continues Pursuit of 'Knowledge'

October 23, 2007 - The 2007-08 Collin College Distinguished Speaker Series -- "Knowledge" -- continues at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 6 with poet and author Dr. Diane Ackerman.

Dr. Ackerman will present "Creative Intelligence or What a Poem Knows" at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. From 10-10:50 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, the college will host A Conversation with Dr. Diane Ackerman in the conference center.

Dr. Ackerman will explore the act of artistic creation, the psychology of artists, how artists solve problems to create art and what truths art teaches about the world. The purpose of this series is to bring the pursuit and understanding of knowledge to life with a series of speakers.

Dr. Ackerman received a master of arts, master of fine arts and doctorate from Cornell University. Her works of nonfiction include The Zookeeper's Wife, An Alchemy of Mind, Cultivating Delight: A Natural History of My Garden, Deep Play, A Slender Thread and others. Her poetry has been published in the books Origami Bridges: Poems of Psychoanalysis and Fire, I Praise My Destroyer, Jaguar of Sweet Laughter: New and Selected Poems and others Dr. Ackerman holds a doctorate of literature (D. Litt.) from Kenyon College, and has received a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Other scheduled speakers include Dr. Joan Fujimura, professor sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tuesday, March 4, and Dr. Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine and executive director of the Skeptics Society, Tuesday, April 15. The Distinguished Speaker Series is sponsored by the Collin College Center for Scholarly and Civic Engagement.

For more information about the Distinguished Speaker Series, contact Regina Hughes, director, at or call 972.881.5900. Or visit the series webpage at

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