Languages and Literature
The Sixth Annual Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony will feature a presentation by Inge Auerbacher, survivor of Terezín (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp. Auerbacher is the author of several books on the Holocaust, including the story of her survival, I Am a Star; and the recipient of numerous awards for her books and work teaching tolerance and human rights. The ceremony will include a performance of music, the lighting of candles in memory of the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides as well as a special presentation to the Grout Museum at the end of the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. Sponsors are the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, Sons of Jacob Synagogue of Waterloo, Cedar Valley Interfaith Council, Catholic Parishes of Waterloo, the Peace and Justice Center of the Cedar Valley and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.
As Walt Whitman, re-enactor Bill Koch, adjunct professor of English, 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.
Diana Joseph, creative writing professor at Minnesota State University, Mankato, will read from her memoir "I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing But True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother and Friend to Man and Dog." This is part of the UNI "Writers Talk" reading series. This event is free and open to the public.
The "Writers Talk" Reading Series will host a poetry reading by Waterloo native Sandy Longhorn, author of the poetry collection Blood Almanac. This book won the 2005 Anhinga Prize for Poetry. Longhorn teaches at Pulaski Technical College and lives in Little Rock, Arkansas. She earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the University of Arkansas in 2003. This event is free and open to the public.
Discussion of Ismael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier, a 2008 memoir about the 11-year civil war in Sierra Leone and the scourge (and rehabilitation) of child soldiers.
The UNI "Writers Talk" Reading Series will host a "Leap Day Poetry Reading" by poet Kim Groninga, the nonfiction editor of the North American Review. Groninga teaches composition and creative writing at UNI, and is the author of the poetry collection Other Things That Grow. This event is free and open to the public.
Are you interested in exploring one of the most dynamic artistic, political and economic centers in Europe? Join us to learn more about the May 2012 Berlin program or contact Brian McInnis at firstname.lastname@example.org, 319-273-2043, for more information.
UNI graduate J. Harley McIlrath will read from his book of short fiction Possum Trot. McIlrath is the founder and proprietor of the Cedar Falls bookstore Bought again Books. Possum Trot has been described as "wickedly funny" by author Ralph Savarese, and as "Americana as the National Resonator guitars the title story is based on" by blues musician Joe Price. This event is free and open to the public; the room is accessible.
Dr. Bill Koch presents his one-man show, Walt Whitman Live!! in Lang Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The 60-minute show presents Whitman speaking on the poet's major themes, observations of American culture, views on Abraham Lincoln and experience with the Civil War. Sponsored by the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Free and open to the public.
Through spoken word and music, Omekongo Dibinga, a poet, motivational speaker and positive rapper, presents "Violence in the Congo and Your Role in It" workshop.