Although Carl Sandburg is known as poet of the people, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, biographer, novelist, collector of folk songs and author of children’s literature, it was the guitar that held a nearly life-long fascination.
Come hear the music that Sandburg loved to listen to, what he wrote about the guitar and how the guitar inspired him: “The Guitar and Carl Sandburg: A Story, Performance and Tribute,” performed by Dr. John C. Akers from 5:15 – 6:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in Recital Hall 101 in the Humanities and Performing Arts Center.
Akers is an associate professor in foreign languages at nearby Wofford College. He is a cum laude graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and earned his Ph.D. in Hispanic languages and literatures from UCLA.
Akers has been the author of articles on Spanish and Mexican American literature, has presented research to the Modern Language Association, the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, the Philological Association of the Carolinas, and the state language organization of North Carolina.
An avid classical guitarist, Akers has performed at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Notre Dame University, Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. He also has been a featured performer at the Carl Sandburg Home during the annual Poetry Celebration.
This program is presented by the College of Arts and Sciences along with the Departments of Fine Arts and Communications Studies and Languages, Literature and Composition.