On Tuesday, March 12th, at 7 p.m. in the Levan Center for the Humanities, the annual Norman Levan Center for the Humanities/St. John’s College lecture will be given by David Carl, Director of the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His lecture is William Blake and the Metaphysics of Poetic Genius. In his lecture Dr. Carl will explore the question “What is Truth?” Philosophy criticizes poetry for being removed from truth and offering us images and illusions in place of reality. How does poetry respond to this critique? Through an examination of the metaphysical foundations of the poetry of William Blake, Dr. Carl will attempt to defend the poet’s claim that without the imagination there would be no reality, and that truth is more a poetic construct than it is a philosophic construct. Dr. Carl has a BA and MA in philosophy and received his Ph.D in comparative literature from UC Davis. This is a public lecture open to all, and both lecture and parking are free.