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.
Languages and Literature
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.
UNI-STAND, Cedar Valley UNA and Invisible Children present how you can help the conflicts in the D.R. Congo. Also showing a short film "Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth".
This 90-minute film depicts the exploitation by King Leopold II of Belgium of the Congo Free State, its tortured modern history and the catalyst for the first international human rights movement.
Beatrice (Westheimer) Muchman, author of Never to Be Forgotten: A Young Girl’s Holocaust Memoir, will deliver the 6th Annual Norman Cohn Family Holocaust Remembrance and Education Lecture. Muchman’s memoir and public speaking engagements emphasize that even in the midst of unthinkable horror, the human spirit can be sustained through the power of individual responsibility. Archive material and artifacts from her family are preserved at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. A question and answer session will follow the presentation; reception after the Q&A session at which time Muchman will sign copies of her memoir. This event is free and open to the public.