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Languages and Literature

Staged reading of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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. 

Staged reading of Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

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. 

"Anne Frank: A History for Today" Exhibit

Anne Frank: A History for Today is an educational experience for all ages. Examine World War II and the Holocaust through the perspective of Anne Frank. Learn about the dangerous consequences of intolerance for all communities. The narration and imagery of the exhibition serve as inspiration to take action to understand intolerance. Understand how indifference, acceptance and apathy destroy individuals, families, neighbors and entire communities. Anne Frank: A History for Today was developed by the Anne Frank House and is sponsored in North America by The Anne Frank Center USA.

From March 29 through May 28, visitors can also see the exhibit "Iowa's Ties to the Holocaust," which shares accounts and artifacts of a number of individuals with ties to Iowa, including GIs present at the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and of Holocaust survivors who started life anew in Iowa

Normal admission fees to the Grout Musuem District apply.  Several events related to these exhibits have been organized.  For more information, go to: 

facebook.com/unichge or GMDistrict.org

10th Annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony

This year’s ceremony will feature a presentation by Beverly Nagel Ellis of Des Moines, the daughter of Holocaust survivors, who was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany. Nagel Ellis will reflect on her family’s survival of the Holocaust and their experiences after the end of World War II. She will share photographs taken by her brother in the DP camp as well as artifacts related to her family’s experiences. The lecture is free and open to the public. Attendees at the lecture can view two exhibits, “Anne Frank: A History for Today” and “Iowa’s Ties to the Holocaust,” at no charge. The Grout Museum will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. on May 4.

A Celebration of the Life and Work of Jason Bradford

The Deartment of Languages and Literatures will celebrate the life and work of Jason Bradford, M.A. '12. Jason was a talented poet and a gifted scholar, who spoke at UNI last summer as part of the North American Review Bicentennial Conference. He was the author of the poetry chapbook, "The Inhabitants," and a poetry co-editor at Ecotone. He will be remembered by his teachers and friends, who will read selected works from his published and unpublished writings.

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