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Languages and Literature

Guest Lecture: "Communication, Language, and Preparing for the Work Place"

Lynda Yates, Macquarie University, will address issues faced by adult second language learners as they seek to master not only the language but also the professional and community cultures’ underlying expectations about how they should talk at work. Recent research into the demands of three professions--childcare, teaching and medicine--will be considered.

Sponsored by the TESOL Club, the Anthropology Club (NISG) and the Department of Languages & Literatures.

Final Thursday Reading Series featuring Larry Baker

The Final Thursday Reading Series will host Larry Baker, author of the new novel The Education of Nancy Adams. Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Participants are invited to share five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m. followed by a short question and answer period as time allows. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Final Thursday Press; Hearst Center for the Arts; UNI College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences; and Cup of Joe.

Final Thursday Reading Series featuring Letitia Moffitt

The Final Thursday Reading Series will host Letitia L. Moffitt, author of the new novel Sidewalk Dancing. Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Participants are invited to share five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m. followed by a short question and answer period as time allows. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Final Thursday Press; Hearst Center for the Arts; UNI College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences; and Cup of Joe.

Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series: "Modeling Cultural Networks in the Hispanic Baroque"

Juan Luis Suarez will discuss "Modeling Cultural Networks in the Hispanic Baroque." Suarez is the director of the CulturePlex lab, an innovative and interdisciplinary digital humanities research center at Canada's Western University, where he is also a professor of Hispanic Studies in the Modern Languages and Literature Department.

Cheryl Ball: "Boutique Data in Writing Studies"

The Digital Turn returns with rhetoric scholar Cheryl Ball.  Ball is the editor of the online, peer-reviewed, open-access journal Kairos: Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.  Click here for a short video introduction to her talk. A reception will follow the presentation. The Digital Turn: the 2013-14 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series is hosted by the Department of Languages & Literatures. Follow the series online or on Facebook.  

Final Thursday Reading Series featuring Vince Gotera

The Final Thursday Reading Series will host Vince Gotera, author of the poetry collections Fighting Kite and Ghost Wars. Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Participants are invited to share five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m. followed by a question and answer period as time allows. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by Final Thursday Press; Hearst Center for the Arts; UNI College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences; and Cup of Joe.

Poetry Reading: Eduardo C. Corral

Eduardo C. Corral's first book of poetry, Slow Lightning (2012), won the Yale Younger Poets Prize, making him the first Latino recipient of the award. Corral has received numerous honors and awards, including the Discovery/The Nation Award, the J. Howard and Barbara M.J. Wood Prize, a Whiting Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. A CantoMundo Fellow, he has held the Olive B. O’Connor Fellowship in Creative Writing at Colgate University and was the Philip Roth Resident in Creative Writing at Bucknell University. He lives in New York City. 

Poetry Slam!

A Poetry Slam is a competition in which poets perform their original work. Similar to basketball's March Madness, poets read off against one another with the winner proceeding to the next round. The winner of this slam will receive a $50 gift card. The top three finishers get gift cards and all eight poets will receive a selection of poetry books donated by Final Thursday Press.  All UNI students are eligible to read/perform.

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