Lecture 1: The River | Laurie Anderson: Spending the War Without You


Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 5:00pm


Virtual via registration

Date:Wednesday, February 10, 2021, 5:00pm

Location: Online Event

The Norton Lectures

SPEAKER: Laurie Anderson


The first in a series of six lectures, looking at the challenges we face as artists and citizens as we reinvent our culture with ambiguity and beauty. The first lecture will consider spending time in the slowdown – time in music and stories.


About the Speakers

Presented by Laurie Anderson, one of America’s most renowned – and daring – creative pioneers. Known primarily for her multimedia presentations, she has cast herself in roles as varied as visual artist, composer, poet, photographer, filmmaker, electronics whiz, vocalist, and instrumentalist.

Introduced by Suzie Clark, Director of the Mahindra Humanities Center and Morton B. Knafel Professor of Music at Harvard University and Carol Oja, William Powell Mason Professor of Music at Harvard University.

Moderated by Claire Chase, Professor of the Practice at the Harvard University Department of Music.

About the Norton Lectures

The Charles Eliot Norton Professorship in Poetry was endowed in 1925. Harvard’s preeminent lecture series in the arts and humanities, the Norton Lectures recognize individuals of extraordinary talent who, in addition to their particular expertise, have the gift of wide dissemination and wise expression. The term “poetry” is interpreted in the broadest sense to encompass all poetic expression in language, music, or the fine arts.