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"The Story of 'Shelley v. Kraemer'" documentary film premiere

The Shelley v. Kraemer U.S. Supreme Court decision, perhaps more than any other ruling in modern times, literally and figuratively changed the face of our nation. This 1948 case ended the practice of "restrictive real estate covenants" that dictated where people could, and could not, live based on issues of race, color, creed and national origin. The documentary will explain and describe the events that led up to this milestone ruling and the actions of the individuals who banded together to help bring it about. Jeffrey Copeland, languages and literatures, will give a brief talk about how this historic ruling changed the country. There will also be film clips of some of those involved in the case and their relatives speaking about their experiences.

Immigration Forum: A Conversation about Immigration in Iowa

The forum will feature a moderated discussion about immigration issues in Iowa. Panelists include Ali Alnasser, UNI international student; Miryam Antúnez de Mayolo, immigration attorney; Edis Beganovic, Bosnian immigrant; Brook Boehmler, Hampton mayor; Juan Carlos Castillo and Elise DuBord, languages and literatures; and Tony Thompson, Black Hawk County sheriff. There will be a Q&A session. Refreshments will be served. Open to the public.

A poetry reading with Wyatt Townley

Join Poet Laureate of Kansas Emeritus Wyatt Townley in an exploration of home: what is it, where is it and how does it intersect with poetry. Wyatt Townley’s work has been read by Garrison Keillor on NPR, featured in US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s “American Life in Poetry,” and published in journals including The Paris Review, North American Review, and The Yale Review. Her books include four collections of poetry: Rewriting the Body (forthcoming in 2018), The Breathing Field, and The Afterlives of Trees, a Kansas Notable Book and winner of Nelson Award. (

Screening of 'The Good Lie'

"The Good Lie" (2014) tells the story of four of the 20,000 “Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan” who walked thousands of miles to find refuge from the Second Sudanese Civil War and who eventually resettled in the United Staes.

This film screening has been organized by UNI RISE (Refugee Support and Empowerment) and the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education. The event is free and open to the public.

"Dr. Seuss Wants You" and "Facing Prejudice"

The seventh annual collaboration begtween the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Educaiton and the Grout Museum District is bringing two exhibits to the Grout Museum of History and Science. "Dr. Seuss Wants You," highlighting the political cartoons of Dr. Seuss that warned Americans of the growing threat of Nazi Germany, and "Facing Prejudice," which encourages viewers to examine, in a constructive, non-threatening way, the complexities of prejudice and stereotypes that reside in all of us.

Joseph Scapellato fiction reading

Joseph Scapellato will give a public reading from his book of short stories "Big Lonesome." Reinventing a great American tradition through an absurdist, discerning eye, Scapellato uses these stories to conjure worlds, themes and characters who are at once unquestionably familiar and undeniably strange. "Big Lonesome" navigates through the American West—from the Old West to the modern-day West to the Midwest, from cowboys to mythical creatures to everything in between—exploring place, myth, masculinity and what it means to be whole or to be broken.

The Sigma Tau Delta Lecture

Jeremy Schraffenberger, poet and editor of "The North American Review,"  has been selected by Omega Rho to give this year's Sigma Tau Delta Lecture. The title of the lecture is "How Poetry Will Save Your Life." The lecture is sponsored by the Omega Rho (UNI) chapter of the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. All are welcome.

Staged reading of The Piano Lesson

As part of the August Wilson Festival, a community group of collaborators from UNI, Cedar Falls and Waterloo are staging a reading of The Piano Lesson, by playwright August Wilson, author of Fences. A discussion of race and community follows, featuring Lou Bellamy, artistic director of the Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, the largest African-American theatre company in the U.S.


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