Puget Sound English Department

September 28, 2010

On campus this week: Fahad Al Naser

Tonight (Tuesday, September 28) at 6 p.m. in Trimble Forum: Fulbright Faculty visitor
Fahad Al Naser of Kuwait University will speak on issues of family in Muslim Culture.

Professor Al Naser will also be featured at a screening of “Abraham’s Children,”, a documentary about Muslim children in the New York area living out the promise of the American Dream. That event will also take place in Trimble Forum at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 30.

February 18, 2010

On Campus: “My Name is Rachel Corrie”

A dramatic reading taken from the writings of Rachel Corrie, the 23 year old activist and Evergreen College student killed in Gaza in 2003. Edited by Alan Rickman and Katherine Viner.

Performed by Angelica Duncan, directed by David Domkowski. With Michael Storslee as The Reporter, and including a post-performance discussion with Rachel’s parents, Cindy & Craig Corrie and Assistant Dean of Students at UPS, Kate Cohn.

ONE-NIGHT ONLY, Wednesday March 3rd, 7 PM in UPS’ Kilworth Chapel . Doors open at 6:30. Seating is first-come, first-served.

January 26, 2010

Library Doings

From Jane Carlin, exciting information about what’s shaking at our library:
1. Collins Memorial Library hosts local author Erica Bauermeister as part of Pierce County Reads.

Ms. Bauermeister holds a PhD from the University of Washington and is the author of 500 Great Books by Women: A Reader’s Guide and Let’s Hear it for the Girls: 375 Great Books for Readers 2-14; she has also taught writing and English at the University of Washington. The School of Essential Ingredients is her first work of fiction, and has already been published in 19 countries. She describes the book: “It’s about food and people and the relationships between them – about taking those “unimportant” bits of life and making them beautiful..” The book has received an abundance of critical acclaim: Publisher’s Weekly described it as a remarkable debut. We are so fortunate to have this talented local writer with us on Thursday evening January 28th from 7 to 8 in room 020 Collins Memorial Library. Light refreshments will be served.
Please bring a non perishable food item to the event.

Learn more about Erica here.

2. The Library has lots of new ways to connect with students, including two blogs: Collins Unbound offers news and updates about services, books, and reading.
Library Logged features student comments.
Our tech-savvy Library also offers a YouTube site, Facebook and Twitter feeds. Find links to all of these new tools on the main library site.

January 21, 2010

Upcoming events

Professor Geoff Proehl, Theater, forwards the following information on three upcoming events of great interest to the campus community, especially as we approach Black History Mont:

1. A Dialogue about August Wilson’s Plays Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and The Piano Lesson

Exploring History, Culture, Politics and Race: The 1920’s and 1930’s Through the Eyes of August Wilson

Rehearsal Hall

Sunday, January 24, 2010 from 2pm to 4pm

Tickets: FREE Community Event

This dialogue will be facilitated by Dr. Dexter Gordon, Professor of African American Studies at the University of Puget Sound and C. Rosalind Bell, Playwright and Director of August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle IV: The Piano Lesson and other plays in the August Wilson Series. Both presenters are also co-founders of Tacoma’s The Conversation, an ongoing dialogue and race and social justice group. Complimentary snacks and beverages will be provided for dialogue participants.

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2. August Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle IV: The Piano Lesson
Saturday, February 6, 2010 at 3:00 p.m.
Washington State History Museum
Tickets: $14

August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize winning fourth installment, The Piano Lesson is an appropriate reminder of the importance of heritage during Black History Month. Set in the 1930s Great Depression, the story follows a family divided by the fate of their heirloom piano. Boy Willie, a sharecropper from the South, wants to sell the piano so he can purchase more land. His sister, Bernice, insists on keeping it as their great-grandfather carved onto it the faces of his wife and son-who were sold into slavery in exchange for the piano.

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3. from Hans Ostrom: “A Musical Evening With Langston Hughes,” featuring soloist Awilda Verdejo, who will be accompanied by a pianist and cellist—Feb. 19, 7:30, in Schneebeck. It is part of the Jacobsen Series but is also in honor of Black History Month.

The Adelphians will also perform, and Rosalind Bell and I will read a few of Hughes’s poems. All the compositions are based on his poetry or were co-written by him. Sponsors are Af. Am. Studies, School of Music, the BSU, Race and Pedagogy, Chief Diversity Officer, and the Dolliver Professorship.

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