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Languages and Literature

CHGE Faculty Book Reading Group

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."

Reaching for Higher Ground event: Critical Conversations: Voices of the Cedar Valley

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.

Final Thursday Reading Series: Scott Cawelti

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. 

Final Thursday Reading Series: Mary Swander & Farmscape Book Release

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.

Polyglot Film Night

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: a Dramatic Recital for Two Voices

"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.


"Writer's Talk" Reading Series to host James Cihlar

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

Final Thursday Reading Series featuring Dave Gibson

Dave Gibson, author of the new collection, Pallet King and Tales from the File will take the stage at this month’s Final Thursday Reading Series on September 27 at the Hearst Center for the Arts. 

The title story “Pallet King,” is based on true events involving a local controversy regarding wooden pallets that spun out of control. Gibson notes that most of his writing is “based on real events or thinly veiled reality” and he writes essays and stories about “things that really happened.”  Mostly, he tries “to find humor in my goof ups.” Attendees are encouraged to share their best five minutes of poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction.  The evening will begin at 7p.m. with an open mic sign-up and open mic beginning at 7:15.  Dave Gibson will read at 8:00.  Published work by Gibson as well as other regional writers will be available for purchase. 

More information on the Final Thursday Reading Series is available at  The Final Thursday Reading Series continues its 12th season on October 25 with Iowa’s Poet Laureate Mary Swander.

One Million Bones Project

The One Million Bones Project is being held in the Hemisphere Room, Maucker Union a large-scale social arts practice, which uses education and hands-on artmaking to raise awareness of genocides and atrocities going on around the world, this very day.

The goal is to collect artwork bones made by students and other citizens for a collaborative installation of 1,000,000 bones on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in the spring of 2013. This installation will serve as a collaborative site of conscience to remember victims and survivors, and as a petition to raise awareness of the issue and call upon our government to take much needed action.

The visit of the One Million Bones Project to UNi is sponsored by UNI-STAND and the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education.


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