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City declares May 11 'Hyam Plutzik Day'

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Plutzik Memorial Series at the University, the City of Rochester is declaring Saturday, May 11, as Hyam Plutzik Day. In addition, the City and the University are providing special recognition to the poem "Sprig of Lilac," written by the late Professor of English Hyam Plutzik (1911-1962), in conjunction with the beginning of this year's Lilac Festival.

In recognition of this occasion, a special ceremony with readings and remarks by city and University officials will be held in the Welles-Brown Room of Rush Rhees Library on May 11 beginning at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The Plutzik Memorial Series was established in 1962 shortly after Plutzik's death. It is now regarded as one of America's oldest and most prestigious literary reading programs. The Plutzik roster over the past 40 years boasts such literary luminaries as James Baldwin, Toni Cade Bambara, Robertson Davies, James Dickey, Allen Ginsberg, Adrienne Rich, Anne Sexton, John Updike, and Charles Wright.



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