March 26 (Fri) 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm | Online Event: Zoom

Haiku and You: Painting Edo and the Arnold Arboretum

Speaker: DAVID ATHERTON, Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
Speaker: RACHEL SAUNDERS, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Curator of Asian Art, Harvard Art Museums
Speaker: SHERYL L. WHITE, Poet, Coordinator of Visitor Engagement and Exhibitions, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Speaker: DAVID GEORGE HASKELL, Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies, The University of the South



Haiku, a concise form of poetry that originated in Japan and was popularized during the explosively creative Edo period (1615–1868), has since been adopted around the world as a means of capturing the ways in which the natural world and humanity intersect. It is made up of just a few words that tell a story about what you see, what you think, or how you react to the world around you. Haiku offers a chance to slow down, look closely, and see from a different perspective.

In this lively program, professor David Atherton and curator Rachel Saunders will explore poetry and painting during the Edo period. Poet Sheryl White will look at how haiku has evolved as a contemporary creative practice in North America and will offer tips for writing your own haiku. Finally, professor David George Haskell will discuss how to awaken your senses to connect with nature and find words to capture the beauty of the world around you.

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