The conference will look back at the North American Review’s long and storied past while also looking to the future of the literary world as we bring together a wide range of writers, critics, artists and teachers from around the country to share their work. Featured speakers include fiction writer Steven Schwartz, memoirist Patricia Hampl and poet Martin Espada. Registration will in the Thompson Commons of Bartlett Hall.
Languages and Literature
Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure, Dept. of Languages and Literatures, will read from his new poetry collection, "Lamentations on the Rwandan Genocide, 2nd Edition." This book updates Mvuyekure's 2006 collection with new poems reflecting upon the 1994 genocide in Rwanda and its aftermath. This event is part of the Writers Talk series sponsored by the Department of Languages and Literatures.
Holocaust survivor and artist Miriam Brysk will share her story in a presentation, "Survival in the Russian Partisans of the Lipiczany Forest."
Brysk, born in Warsaw, survived the LIda ghetto and and the Partisans of Belorussia. She came to America in 1947 at age 12, with no previous schooling and unable to speak English. Her two dreams in life were to become a scientist and an artist. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from Columbia University and went on to become a scientist and medical school professor at the University of Texas. Since her retirement and return to Ann Arbor, she has become a digital artist and writer depicting the plight of the Jews during the Holocaust. She has created three major art exhibits: “In a Confined Silence”, “Children of the Holocaust”, and “Scroll of Remembrance” and has had nearly 35 solo exhibits. Some of her work is part of the permanent collection of Yad Vashem.
She has published two books: Amidst the Shadows of Trees: A Holocaust Child’s Survival in the Partisans, an autobiography; and The Stones Weep: Teaching the Holocaust through a Survivor’s Art, an art book with lesson plans by co-author Margaret Lincoln. She is completing her third book, Reflections on the Holocaust. Brysk will be introduced by Holocaust educator Margaret Lincoln, co-author of The Stones Weep.
Brysk's latest exhibit, "Scroll of Remembrance," along with selected other works of hers, will be on display at the Grout Museum of History & Science in Waterloo at the time of her visit.
Her presentation is free and open to the public. The presentation will be followed by a book signing and reception.
Guest speakers (including Holocaust survivor Miriam Brysk), short videos, memorial candle lighting and two exhibits on the Holocaust are the main elements of this year's ceremony, which will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the camps and of the defeat of the Nazi Germany.
The Writers Talk Reading Series presents a reading by poet Rachel Morgan, Department of Languages & Literatures and poetry editor for the North American Review. Morgan, originally from Tennessee, is a co-editor of Fire Under the Moon: An Anthology of Contemporary Slovene Poetry. Her work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in Crazyhorse, Fence, Denver Quarterly, Barely South, Bellevue Literary Review, Mid-American Review, DIAGRAM, Barrow Street and Hunger Mountain. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop.
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s traveling exhibition Deadly Medicine: Creating the Master Race examines how the Nazi leadership, in collaboration with individuals in professions traditionally charged with healing and the public good, used science to help legitimize persecution, murder, and ultimately, genocide.
“Deadly Medicine explores the Holocaust’s roots in then-contemporary scientific and pseudo-scientific thought,” explains exhibition curator Susan Bachrach. “At the same time, it touches on complex ethical issues we face today, such as how societies acquire and use scientific knowledge and how they balance the rights of the individual with the needs of the larger community.”
This exhibit is part of the annual partnership between the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education and the Grout Museum District is bring a traveling exhibit to the Waterloo-Cedar Falls area dealing with the Holocaust, genocide and human rights. For information about museum hours and admission fees, visit www.groutmuseumdistrict.org or call 319-234-6357
Christian responses to the Nazi regime reveal much about that era and raise important issues for our own times. To explore the variety and significance of these responses, this program will feature the film “Theologians under Hitler,” which tells of three noted German theologians who, to various degrees, supported Nazism. The session will also include a panel discussion, followed by general discussion.
The March 22 program will offer, for those who are interested, additional opportunities for discussion of issues raised by this history and their relevance to today’s world.
This event is sponsored by the UNI Center for Holocaust and Genocide Education, St. Luke's Episcopal Church and the Department of Philosophy and World Religions. The event is free and open to the public.
The Department of Languages and Literatures will host a screening of the film "Abrazos," followed by a director's talk with Luis Argueta. The film is a documentary that explores the human impact of immigration policies.
Jeffrey Copeland, Languages and Literatures, will discuss his new book, Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil: The Life and Legend of John Fairfield, Abolitionist for Hire. Believed to be one of the most intriguing characters in American history, Fairfield was an unconventional abolitionist who helped slaves to freedom in the decade before the Civil War.
Ted Morrissey is author of the novels An Untimely Frost and Men of Winter. His works also include the novella Weeping with an Ancient God, Figures in Blue and many other short fictions, essays and reviews in national and international journals such as Glimmer Train Stories, Paris Transcontinental, PANK, and the Chariton Review. He is currently an adjunct lecturer in English at the University of Illinois at Springfield and an English teacher at Williamsville High School.
Now in its fourteenth season, the Final Thursday Reading Series features guest regional authors and provides a forum where local writers can share their own work. Open mic signup is at 7 p.m. and begins at 7:15 p.m. Participants may share five minutes of original poetry, fiction or creative nonfiction. The featured author takes the stage at 8 p.m. There will be a short question and answer period as time allows. Sponsored by Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center for the Arts and the College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences. Open to the public, free of charge.