Who Knew WashU?

Question: When the Modern Literature Collection was founded, James Merrill — author of the famous shape poem “Christmas Tree” — was among the first poets to be approached for manuscript materials. In what year was the collection founded?

Answer: B) 1964. Today, the James Merrill Papers housed at University Libraries comprise one of the most extensive literary archives held by any institution. An episode of “Poetry for All,” a podcast co-hosted by Abram Van Engen of Arts & Sciences, discusses that poem.

Congrats to this week’s winner, undergraduate student Jojo Silagi, who will receive an “I Knew WashU” luggage tag!

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University to reflect on St. Louis contributions in honor of King

Washington University will hold its 35th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17. Arts & Sciences’ John Baugh will deliver the keynote address at the virtual event. The School of Medicine will host a week of programs and service opportunities, including a talk by Jonathan Metzl, author of “Dying of Whiteness.”

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A river runs through it

Rock formations called shut-ins confine a section of a river, forcing water to flow between the steep walls of a canyon or gorge. Shut-ins are found in streams and rivers across the Ozarks. But some of the most outstanding shut-ins in the state are located at Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park, where Washington University scientists are studying bedrock river erosion.

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