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.
Languages and Literature
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.
The UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education's Student Book Reading Group will meet to discuss Peter Eichstaedt's Consuming the Congo: War and Conflict Minerals in the World's Deadliest Place (2011). Students interested in purchasing a copy of the book and participating in the discussion should contact Stephen Gaies, director, CHGE (email@example.com) or Rachel Tish, president, UNI-STAND (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Final Thursday Reading Series features Scott Cawelti reading from his book, Brother’s Blood: A Heartland Cain and Abel. Cawelti delves into the untold story of the 1975 Mark family murders, which occurred in rural Cedar Falls.
This series provides a forum where local writers can share their own work at an open mic. Attendees are invited to share their best five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The open mic begins at 7 p.m. and the featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m. There is a short question and answer period as time allows. The event is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.
FTRS presents Mary Swander, the Poet Laureate of Iowa, for a special book release event. Farmscape: the Changing Rural Environment brings together the script of Swander's docudrama, Farmscape, along with selected essays on the play and on the state of rural America. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by open mic at 7 p.m.; Swander takes the stage at 8 p.m.
The Department of Languages and Literatures will host an informational meeting and film screening for language majors, minors and interested parties. The informational meeting will be followed by the multilingual film, "L'Auberge Espagnole."
"Emigration Road" , exploring the complex emotions surrounding Irish emigration, will be performed by the Irish duo of Tegolin Knowland and Sean Coyne. Emigration has been a constant throughout much of Irish history. This drama by Eamon Grennan, one of Ireland’s foremost poets, sketches out the consequences of leaving “home” to makes one’s way elsewhere. In a performance that covers a range of emigration experiences, Knowland and Coyne give voice to those whose stories are too often lost to history. The performance is free and open to the public.
The University of Northern Iowa "Writers Talk" Reading Series will host a reading by poet, James Cihlar, at 3:30 p.m., Friday, September 28, in Baker 161 on the UNI campus. This event is free and open to the public.
James Cihlar is the author of the poetry books Rancho Nostalgia (Dream Horse Press, 2013), Undoing (Little Pear Press, 2008) and chapbook Metaphysical Bailout (Pudding House Press). His writing has been published in the American Poetry Review, The Awl, Court Green, Smartish Pace, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, Lambda Literary Review, and Forklift, Ohio.