Legendary Folk Singer Pete Seeger to Speak at Manhattanville College

Seeger will give a talk on writing and social justice at the college on Sept. 20.

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Editor's Note: The following announcement was submitted by Manhattanville College.


Purchase, NY—Legendary American song writer, folk singer and activist Pete Seeger will be featured in a public conversation on writing and social justice on Friday, Sept. 20,  at 7 p.m. in the West Room, Reid Hall, Manhattanville College.

The unique program, in which Mr. Seeger will be engaged in a conversation with Mark Nowak, director of Manhattanville’s Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing Program, is free and open to the public.  Mr. Seeger will address what it means to be a creative artist in times of social upheaval and social change, and will examine the role writing and language have played in his career.

"Pete Seeger is one of the few giants in American folk song history. He has, quite simply, made some of the most significant recordings in the past half century. Seeger’s songs have inspired generations of activists and profoundly addressed the universal human condition.  While his concerts are in themselves the stuff of legend, hearing what Pete Seeger has to say about the creative song writing process will be a once in a lifetime experience," said Nowak.

Seeger, now 94 years of age, is internationally known as the author or co-author of folk song classics such as “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,”  “If I Had a Hammer,” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.”  He plays the banjo and 12-string guitar to accompany songs. He is involved in the environmental organization Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, which he co-founded in 1966.  He lives in Beacon, NY.

Call 914.323.5239 for more information.

About Manhattanville College:

Manhattanville College (www.manhattanville.edu) is an independent, co-educational liberal arts institution dedicated to academic excellence and social and civic action. Manhattanville prepares students to be ethical and socially responsible leaders in a global community. Located just 30 minutes from New York City, Manhattanville serves 1,700 undergraduate students and 1,000 graduate students from more than 50 countries and 30 states. Founded in 1841, the College offers more than 50 undergraduate areas of study in the arts and sciences, and offers graduate programs in Education, Business, Creative Writing, as well as Continuing and Executive Education programs.


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