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Learning How to Read a Poem

July 17, 2020

Napolitano, Janet (President, University of California)

Poetry; Writing; Students; Humanities; Citizenship

Janet Napolitano, President of the University of California, reflects on her life growing up in New Mexico and how a low grade on a poetry analysis assignment in college encouraged her to master the craft of writing. She notes how her writing abilities and exposure to the humanities served her well in a career in government and higher education.

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