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February 2021 Virtual Discussion

February 25, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Inspired by Amanda Gorman’s poem from the Biden inauguration, we’ll discuss three inaugural poems. Our selections are:

  • “The Hill We Climb” by Amanda Gorman: 2021 Biden inauguration
  • “Praise Song for the Day” by Elizabeth Alexander: 2009 Obama inauguration
  • “Of History and Hope” by Miller Williams: 1997 Clinton inauguration
Note: Poetry at presidential inaugurations is a relatively recent addition. Only four presidents  — John F. Kennedy in 1961, Bill Clinton in 1993 and 1997, Barack Obama in 2009 and 2013, and Joe Biden in 2021 — have had poets read at their inaugurations.
Zoom Meeting Details
To join the meeting, at approximately 4:55 p.m. Pacific on February 25, click this link:

  • Allowing extra time to join the meeting ensures we can start at 5:00 p.m. for the 90-minute discussion.
  • If you’re new to Great Books, we recommend you review our practice of Shared Inquiry™.


February 25, 2021
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm