Languages and Literature
Cedar Falls native Laura Farmer, author and director of Cornell College’s Writing Studio, is November's featured reader. She will be reading her short story, "A Lesson in Geography," which details a widower trying to navigate the world--and raise his daughter--without his wife. Like many of her stories, it is set in a fictional amalgam of Cedar Falls and Waterloo, where Farmer was raised.
Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Creative writers are invited to bring five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction to share. Singer-songwriters are also welcome to use the Hearst Center’s grand piano. Farmer takes the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a short question and answer period as time allows.This event is free and open to the public.
As Walt Whitman, re-enactor Bill Koch, languages and literatures, performs his multi-media one-man show that explains Whitman's life and times, reciting his poetry. Especially relevant as the country marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War are Whitman's reflections and poetry on the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln. Open to the public free of charge.
Kate Pullinger, digital and print novelist, will present "Literature Online: How the Internet is Transforming Fiction." She has co-authored the young adult digital novel, Inanimate Alice and was named a 2012 Best Website for Teaching & Learning by the American Association of School Librarians. Her print novel, The Mistress of Nothing, fictionalizes the experience of Sally Naldrett, a Victorian-era lady’s maid who accompanied Lady Duff Gordon to Egypt. It was awarded the 2009 Governor General’s Award. Pullinger is currently a professor of creative writing at Bath Spa University in England.
The Meryl Norton Hearst endowed fund was established in 1988 by a donation to the university by James S. Hearst in honor of his late wife, Meryl Norton Hearst. James S. Hearst, a poet, served as a professor of creative writing at UNI from 1941 to 1975. Sponsored by the Department of Languages & Literatures in the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences.
This month's FTRS features Adrianne Finlay, assistant professor of English at Upper Iowa University, whose young adult novel-in-progress in titled Feedback.
Season 13 of FTRS kicks off with Julianne Couch, author of Traveling the Power Line: From the Mohave Desert to the Bay of Fundy. Couch is a journalist and essayist whose work also includes Jukeboxes and Jackalopes: A Wyoming Bar Journey and Waking Up Western: Collected Essays. Check out a sample of Traveling the Power Line at: http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/Traveling-the-Power-Line,675636.aspx.
The Final Thursday Reading series is a monthly event that features published authors and gives all creative writers an opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a live, friendly audience. Bring your best five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. Open mic signup starts at 7 p.m. with open mic beginning at 7:15 p.m. Featured reader Julianne Couch takes the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a Q&A session after the reading, time permitting.
The Final Thursday Reading Series is sponsored by Final Thursday Press, The Hearst Center for the Arts, and the University of Northern Iowa College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences. Coffee is provided by Cup of Joe.
FTRS returns in September with featured reader Adrianne Finlay.
The Final Thursday Reading Series of 2012-13 concludes with a reading by Jen Percy, author of Demon Camp: A Soldier’s Exorcism. The book details the story of a Special Ops soldier returned from Afghanistan with PTSD who seeks solace in people who profess to be exorcists. In so doing, it tells a story about the United States in an era of war, exploring the lives of soldiers and widows in the fragile period after the war.
Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Share your best five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. Singer/songwriters are welcome and can use of the Hearst Center's grand piano. Percy will take the stage at 8 p.m. followed by Q&A as time allows.
Presentation by Carl Wilkens: “I’m Not Leaving!": Stories of Hope and Healing from the One American Who Stayed Through the Rwandan GenocideSubmitted by Anonymous on Fri, 04/19/2013 - 11:00am
As a humanitarian aid worker, Carl Wilkens moved his young family to Rwanda in the spring of 1990. When the genocide that eventually took more 800,000 lives was launched in April 1994, Carl refused to leave, even when urged to do so by close friends, his church and the United States government. Thousands of expatriates were evacuated, and the United Nations pulled out most of its troops. Carl was the only American to remain in the capitol city of Kigali. Venturing out each day into streets crackling with mortars and gunfire, he worked his way through roadblocks of angry, bloodstained soldiers and civilians armed with machetes and assault rifles in order to bring food, water and medicine to groups of orphans trapped around the city. His actions saved the lives of hundreds. For nine years now, Carl has been speaking in schools on nearly every continent about his experiences in Rwanda and how to build bridges with “the other.”
Howard Reich, arts/jazz critic for the Chicago Tribune and the child of Holocaust survivors, will show excerpts from and discuss his film, "Prisoner of Her Past," based on his book The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich (recently republished as Prisoner of Her Past). The film documents his mother's late-onset PTSD resulting from her experiences during the Holocaust and Howard Reich's own journey to learn about his parents' stories of survival. The presentation will be followed by a question-and-answer period and a book-signing and reception. Free and open to the public.
The Department of Languages & Literature will host several speakers. Elaine Tarone, University of Minnesota, will present "Second Language Speaking Activities for Critical Thinking;" John Levis, Iowa State University, will present "Flipping the Classroom: Language Teaching in Hybrid Formats;" Judith Liskin-Gasparro, University of Iowa, will present "Things Teachers Need to Know about Pronunciation;" and Cheryl Roberts, University of Northern Iowa, will present "Native American Language Revival: The Case of Meskwaki."
For the seventh consecutive year, the entire Cedar Valley community is invited to participate in a Holocaust remembrance ceremony, organized in conjunction with the 2013 National Days of Remembrance (April 7-14). his year's ceremony, organized by UNI's Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education in collaboration with Sons of Jacob Synagogue of Waterloo, the Cedar Valley Interfaith Council, Catholic Parishes of Waterloo and other organizations, will be dedicated to the theme of this years' National Days of Remembrance: "Never Again: Heeding the Warning Signs." This interfaith community event will feature one or more guest speakers, readings, musical performances, candle lighting and other activities.