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Final Thursday Reading Series featuring Dave Hoing & Roger Hileman

Dave Hoing and Roger Hileman are the co-authors of the new historical novel "A Killing Snow," as well as other works. Open mic sign up begins at 7 p.m.; open mic begins at 7:15 p.m. Creative writers are invited to bring five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction to share. Singer-songwriters are also welcome to utilize the Hearst Center’s grand piano. Hoing and Hileman will take the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a short question and answer period as time allows. Copies of A Killling Snow will be available for purchase.

Book launch and reading by Wendy Hoofnagle

Wendy Hoofnagle, languages and literatures, will read from her book "The Continuity and the Conquest: Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman Imperialism." Hoofnagle explores the Carolingian aspects of Norman influence in England after the Norman Conquest, arguing that the Normans’ literature of kingship envisioned government as a form of imperial rule modeled in many ways on the glories of Charlemagne and his reign. 

"A Continent Divided: Europe and Its Refugee Crisis

Michael Luick-Thrams will present an eyewitness account of the varied responses, in the spring and summer of 2015, by Germans to the arrival in their country of more than a million refugees fleeing war, poverty and ecological disaster. He will discuss Germany’s postwar history with refugees, the political consequences of Angela Merkel’s refugee policies and the implications for the United States as we struggle with refugee issues.

"Schindler's List on the Prairie: Iowans' Response to the Holocaust as It Unfolded"

Michael Luick-Thrams will present an overview of the many ways that Iowans were connected to and responded to the Holocaust and an exploration of the lessons of Iowa’s response to the Holocaust for our world today. A short film on the Scattergood Hostel near West Branch, which offered a haven for refugees from Nazi Germany, will be shown. 

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