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The Intersection of Science, Art, Music & Humanities

Powerful Witness the Wound Poetry

Sunday, March 26, 2017


Three years ago I was invited to be one of the speakers at the winter Connecticut Society of Eye Physicians annual continuing education event. One of the thought-provoking, conversation-starter questions Debbie Osborn, the innovative director of the Connecticut Society, asked six of her out-of-state snowed in dinner guests:  "What do you fear the most?"


After fairly intimate round-table discussion over dinner and wine, the five ophthalmologists at the table and I found our collective fears included the growing negative outcomes associated with cultural division, disparity, inequality and opportunity.


The delightful spoken-word rap poetry above, featuring creative writing teacher and published poet Elizabeth Acevedo was recorded last weekend (January 16, 2017) at the bipartisan, 400 attendee, invitation-only Washington DC Aspen Institute Summit on Inequality and Opportunity. 


Elizabeth's "A wound needs a witness" poetry seems perfect for a Sunday Morning Stop at the Intersection of Science, Art, Music and Humanities, particularly for those who have not learned to appreciate the heart, soul and syncopation of storytelling rap. And, specifically for those of us who have become disenchanted with most all politicians and tend to forget how many positive, move-our-country-forward conferences with high impact are happening every month that receive little or no press. 


The nonprofit Aspen Institute has earned a reputation for gathering diverse, nonpartisan thought leaders, creatives, scholars and members of the public to address some of the world's most complex problems, with the goal being major impact beyond the conference room. 


This is positive proof that good people from both parties, with values-based leadership skills, are continuing to communicate respectfully and exchange forward-moving ideas.


Enjoy the day and Elizabeth Acevedo's spoken word poetry. I promise it might change your mind about rap. 


Ellen Troyer, with Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff