This month's featured reader is Taylor Brorby, co-editor of "Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America." Open mic sign up begins st 7 p.m. Taylor Brorby will take the state at 8 p.m. followed by a short Q&A session.
Languages and Literature
Wendy Hoofnagle, languages and literatures, will read from her book "The Continuity and the Conquest: Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman Imperialism." Hoofnagle explores the Carolingian aspects of Norman influence in England after the Norman Conquest, arguing that the Normans’ literature of kingship envisioned government as a form of imperial rule modeled in many ways on the glories of Charlemagne and his reign.
Michael Luick-Thrams will present an eyewitness account of the varied responses, in the spring and summer of 2015, by Germans to the arrival in their country of more than a million refugees fleeing war, poverty and ecological disaster. He will discuss Germany’s postwar history with refugees, the political consequences of Angela Merkel’s refugee policies and the implications for the United States as we struggle with refugee issues.
Michael Luick-Thrams will present an overview of the many ways that Iowans were connected to and responded to the Holocaust and an exploration of the lessons of Iowa’s response to the Holocaust for our world today. A short film on the Scattergood Hostel near West Branch, which offered a haven for refugees from Nazi Germany, will be shown.
A one-hour visit from the famous American poet, Walt Whitman, portrayed by Bill Koch, languages and literatures. Using multi-media, Koch brings the life and times of Walt Whitman to life, reciting his poetry and describing the great social moments of his day.
It's a book release reading for "Under a Night Sky," the latest poetry collection from Paul M. Hedeen. Hedeen is the author of several works, including "When I Think About Rain" and "The Knowledge Tree." Open mic signup begins at 7 p.m. with open mic starting at 7:15 p.m. Hedeen will begin his reading at 8 p.m.
Bradford Tice will give a public reading of his work from "What the Night Numbered." He will be on campus in recognition of LGBT History Month. His book weaves together classical mythology with the events surrounding the Stonewall Riots, which is credited with having jump started the gay and lesbian civil rights movement.
Grant Tracey will launch his new mystery novel, Cheap Amusements, at the first Final Thursday Reading Series of the season. Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Tracey will take the stage at 8 p.m. Click here to check out the book trailer for Cheap Amusements.
Athena Kildegaard, University of Minnesota-Morris, will read from a collection of her poetry, Ventriloquy. Kildegaard is the author of several books of poetry. Her poems have appeared in journals, anthologies and on The Writer's Almanac.
UNI Faculty, staff, students and Cedar Valley community members will read Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, August Wilson's play on the legendary blues singer, blues music and race relations in 1920s Chicago. The reading is sponsored by UNI's Diversity Council. The play is the second in Wilson's American Century Cycle on the African-American experience in the 20th century. A discussion of the play, music and race relations, then and now, will follow the performance.