Joseph Crespino and Natasha Trethewey along with moderator Kevin Young

Neil Asks, “What do history and poetry reveal about ourselves and our times?”

Noted Emory professors Joseph Crespino (History) and Natasha Trethewey (English/Creative Writing) along with moderator Kevin Young (English/Creative Writing) explore how history, poetry, and a "historical imagination" help illuminate our understanding about ourselves and our times.

"Neil Asks" is a nonprofit founded to continue the legacy of L. Neil Williams Jr., 1936-2012. Neil worked effectively and enthusiastically to further the continuing importance of the arts, higher education, religion, the law, and business. He was known for his insightful questions, which guided groups toward greater understanding, innovation, service and hope. Emory University - particularly Emory Libraries - benefited greatly from Neil's generosity. A native of Charlotte, Neil joined The Duke Endowment's Board in 1977 and served as chair from 2011 to 2012. In addition, served as Chair of the Vasser Woolley Foundation and Trustee of the Halle Foundation, both based in Atlanta. After earning a law degree at Duke School of Law, he spent (most of) his professional career at Alston & Bird in Atlanta.


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