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Languages and Literature
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.
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.
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.
Steven Johnson will speak as part of the Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series. Johnson is a best-selling author of works including Everything Bad Is Good For You: How Today’s Popular Culture Is Actually Making Us Smarter and Future Perfect: The Case for Progress in a Networked Age. In Fall 2014, he will star in the new PBS Series, How We Got To Now with Steven Johnson.