March’s Final Thursday Reading Series will feature Jonathan Stull and Rachel Morgan. Stull, a graduate of the University of Iowa’s Writers’ Workshop, has taught creative writing at the University of Iowa, Upper Iowa University, the University of Northern Iowa and Wartburg College. He has published two books of poetry, Kyrie and Singing the Lake’s Desire. His poetry has also been published in magazines such as The Kansas Quarterly, The North American Review, Christianity and Literature and many others. Rachel Morgan, also a graduate of the Iowa Writer’s Workshop, lives, teaches and writes in Cedar Falls. Morgan is co-editor of Fire Under the Moon: An Anthology of Slovene Poetry. A chapbook of her poems, Things We Lost in the Fire, was published by Flag Pond Press. Her poems and reviews have been published in Fence, Volt, Denver Quarterly, Hunger Mountain and other journals. Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Bring your best five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction to share. Singer/songwriters are also welcome and can make use of the Hearst’s grand piano. Stull and Morgan will take the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a brief Q&A as time permits.
Languages and Literature
As Walt Whitman, re-enactor Bill Koch, adjunct instructor in the Department of 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.
Ellen J. Kennedy will present “Burma: Democracy or Genocide?" This is the story of Burmese activist Ang San Suu Kyi, whose life
encompasses Burma’s political and ethnic turmoil, including her father’s assassination; the targeting of the Rohinga, Karen and Karenni people; and the powerful pro-democracy movement. Kennedy is the founder and executive director of World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minn. She is a winner of the Anne Frank Center’s Outstanding Citizen Award.
This presentation is in conjunction with the "Tents of Witness" exhibit at various places across campus during the week of March 11. These events are organized and sponsored by UNI-STAND and the UNi Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.
"Tents of Witness: Genocide and Conflict," created by World Without Genocide at William Mitchell College of Law (St. Paul, MN), will feature six tents, each featuring the story of a different genocide or other mass atrocity crime: American Indians, Argentina, Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda. This exhibit, which will be on view at three different locations across campus, is free and open to the public.
The UNI Center for Holocasut and Genocide Education and the Grout Museum District present a traveling exhibit from the White Rose Foundation in Munich. This exhibit focuses on the most famous non-violent student resistance movement during the Nazi era. In 1942-1943, a small group of students and a professor in Munich distributed leaflets calling for the overthrow of Hitler and his government. The efforts of their group, which they called the White Rose, have left an enduring legacy for today’s generations of Germans, who consistently place the members of the White Rose among the Germans whom they most admire.
On Saturday, March 9, at 2 p.m. in the Jean and Clair Parker Theater in the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum (Grout Museum District), there will be a free screening of "Sophie Scholl: The Final Days," a 2005 dramatization of the capture and trials of Sophie Scholl and other members of the White Rose.
For more information, contact the Grout Museum District at (319) 234-6357 or www.groutmuseumdistrict.org or visit the Grout Museum District on Facebook.
Jeffrey S. Copeland, Department of Languages & Literatures, will read from his most recent book, Shell Games. Set against a backdrop of murder, intrigue and industrial labor conflict in the early 20th century pearl button industry, Shell Games graphically portrays one of the most important battles in the fight for safe and humane working conditions. Open mic signup is a 7 p.m.; open mic begins at 7:15 p.m. Bring your best five minutes of poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction to share. Singer/songwriters are also welcome and can make use of the Hearst’s grand piano. Copeland will take the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a brief Q&A as time permits.
This month's Final Thursday Reading Series features a book release reading by Jason Bradford, a UNI alumnus and author of the new poetry chapbook The Inhabitants. Bradford's reading will be preceded by a creative writing open mic. This event is co-sponsored by the College of Humanities, Arts & Sciences.
The UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education's Faculty Book Reading Group will meet to discuss David Livingstone Smith's Less Than Human: Why We Demean, Enslave, and Exterminate Others (2012). Winner of the 2012 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Nonfiction, Less Than Human" draws on a rich mix of history, evolutionary psychology, biology, anthropology and philosophy to document the pervasiveness of dehumanization, describe its forms and explain why we so often resort to it."
As part of Reaching for Higher Ground events “Critical Conversations: Voices of the Cedar Valley” will showcase the work of students in teacher Mirsa Rudic’s 6th grade class for English Language Learners at Carver Academy in Waterloo. These students, as a part of a service-learning partnership with a Wartburg College course, participated in a PhotoVoice project where they took photos and wrote about their conceptions of the American Dream. The event will include a panel of speakers following the showcased photography that will promote rich dialogue about the hopes, dreams, and needs of English Language Learners in our community. The overall goal of the forum is to address the implications the students' stories have for practice, research, and policy change in the local, state, and national educational arena.