Emma Lazarus Live!


If you’ll be passing through New York City this fall, we’ve got a great tour for you–and a great tour guide.

The Museum of Jewish Heritage’s newest exhibit, “Emma Lazarus: Poet of Exiles,” opened October 26. It showcases the poet’s life, her work, and her involvement with the construction of the Statue of Liberty, where her poem “The New Colossus” appears. The exhibit also includes a much larger area outside the museum–historical sites throughout the entire lower Manhattan area. Using a free downloadable iPhone and Android app, visitors can walk around the neighborhood and be guided through Lazarus’ perspective on the city. The application is GPS-enabled, which means that, in addition to telling you where to go, your phone will know when you’ve arrived at a particular site.

The audio tour is hosted by Julianna Margulies, star of The Good Wife. It also features Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep reading “Colossus.” Hearing Streep’s version while standing in sight of the Statue herself is a breathtaking experience that’s simply–dare we say?–colossal.

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