Jack Smith’s most current work of fiction is Icon, published by Serving House Books in 2014. His satirical novel Hog to Hog won the 2007 George Garrett Fiction Prize and was published by Texas Review Press in 2008. He has published stories in a number of literary magazines, including Southern Review, North American Review, Texas Review, X-Connect, In Posse Review, and Night Train. His creative writing book,Write and Revise for Publication: A 6-Month Plan for Crafting an Exceptional Novel and Other Works of Fiction , was published in 2013 by Writer's Digest Books. In addition to his writing, Smith co-edits The Green Hills Literary Lantern, an online literary magazine published by Truman State University.
College of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences
Andrew Stollenwerk, assistant professor of physics, will present a research talk titled, "Achieving Charge Injection into Finite Layered Materials."
Aaron Walck will defend his thesis: "Changes in the proteome of the barley spike under drought and well-watered conditions."
Patrick Hicks, Writer-in-Residence at Augustana College (SIoux Falls, S.D). will read from his novel about the Holocaust and Operation Reinhard, as well as discuss how he used historical fact to create literary fiction. The Commandant of Lubizec has received rave critical reviews across the country. Aside from reading key passages from his novel, he will also answer questions about such camps as Treblinka, Sobibor and Belzec.
Patrick Hicks went on three separate research trips to Poland in order to get the history correct for his first novel, The Commandant of Lubizec, which was recently chosen for National Reading Group Month. In this presentation, Hicks will discuss how his research influenced his writing process and offer a short history of the death camps.
Cara Burnidge, assistant professor of religion, will present "Does a President's Faith Shape Policy? Woodrow Wilson as a Case Study for Today." This lecture will examine how faith has and has not shaped a president’s domestic and international policies and reform; it will conclude by offering insights on how to think about religion in policy making today. The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Philosophy and World Religion and the Department of History.
See the blockbuster film "Armageddon", provided with accurate scientific commentary by Siobahn Morgan, Professor of Astronomy. The event is free and open to the public.
See the blockbuster film "Twister", provided with accurate scientific commentary by Alan Czarnetzki, Professor of Meteorology. The event is free and open to the public.
See the blockbuster film "Jurassic Park", provided with accurate scientific commentary by Alexa Sedlacek, Assistant Professor of Geology. The event is free and open to the public.
Biology undergraduates will discuss their research from our Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) in 20 minute presentations. Research topics vary from field ecology to microbiology to cell development. The presentations are for general audiences and snacks will be provided.