The Judith Lee Stronach Memorial Lectures on the Teaching of Poetry was established in 2003 in memory of a poet and an inspired teacher of poetry to children and to the underprivileged. She is also remembered for her generosity in support of actions, world wide, to safeguard and to further Human Rights. This series of lectures on teaching poetry by distinguished poets was conceived of by her family as a contribution to the role poetry plays at Berkeley in occasions that bring the public and academic communities together.
Philip Levine's most recent book of poems, News of the World, 2009, was published by Knopf. Levine is the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, two National Book Awards, the National Book Critics Award, the Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, and more. He recently retired as Poet-in-Residence at New York University.