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Former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dana Gioia is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning poet. A native Californian of Italian and Mexican descent, Gioia (pronounced JOY-uh) received[…]

The Aspen Ideas Conference is people from all walks of life.

Topic: The Aspen Ideas Festival

Dana Gioia: What I love about the Aspen Conference is that it’s one of the few places in America where people who have excelled in totally different walks of life meet each other in a very unforced atmosphere and actually converse. We live in a society which is so specialized, most people don’t know very much except in their little occupations. And yet what we need to know is so broad – the amount of knowledge and experience in the world is so vast – that we need occasions like Aspen to in a sense enlarge our sense of the world.

Recorded On: 7/6/07

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