Wednesday, September 2, 2015 - 5:00pm
A Closer Look Book Club meets for an hour-long conversation about Train Dreams by Denis Johnson. The protagonist is a fictional orphan shipped by train in 1893 into the woods of the Idaho panhandle. He grows up to work on logging gangs, falls in love, and loses his wife and baby daughter to a particularly pernicious wildfire. He is an ordinary man in extraordinary times. “Buffeted by the loss of his family, Robert Grainer struggles to make sense of this strange new world. It’s a love story, a hermit’s story and a refashioning of age-old wolf-based folklore like ‘Little Red Cap.’ It’s also a small masterpiece. You look up from the thing dazed, slightly changed.” Anthony Doerr, New York Times Book Review. Train Dreams... Read More
Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 7:00pm
The Morgan Lucas Schuldt Memorial Reading features emerging and innovative poets. This event is presented annually as part of the Poetry Center’s Reading and Lecture Series, and is named after poet and publisher Morgan Lucas Schuldt (2/11/1978–1/30/2012). This year, we are proud to present francine j. harris and Tarfia Faizullah, who will read from their work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing. Bangladeshi Texan poet, educator, and editor Tarfia Faizullah is the author of Seam (SIU 2014), winner of the Great Lakes College Association New Writers Award, and Register of Eliminated Villages, forthcoming from Graywolf in 2017. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, scholarships and... Read More
Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 7:00pm
Join us for a reading by Annie Guthrie and Richard Siken, two Tucson-based poets celebrating new books: Guthrie's THE GOOD DARK (Tupelo Press, 2015) and Siken's The War of The Foxes (Copper Canyon Press, 2014). The reading will be followed by a Q&A and book signing. Annie Guthrie is a writer and jeweler from Tucson.  She teaches and is the Marketing Director at the UA Poetry Center. She has work published in Tarpaulin Sky, Ploughshares, Fairy Tale Review, Many Mountains Moving, HNGMAN, The Destroyer, RealPoetik, Everyday Genius, Omniverse, The Volta, Spiral Orb, The Dictionary Project, 1913, A Journal of Forms, Drunken Boat, and more. Her first collection of poetry will be published by Tupelo Press in Fall... Read More
Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 7:00pm
Presented in partnership with Kore Press and co-presented by the Jewish History Museum as a part of the “Reclaiming Discourses: Jewish Writers Today” series. Poet Laynie Browne reads from her work, followed by a short Q&A session and a book signing.
Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
Join us for a lecture, “The Raven and the Tomahawk: Poe, Poetry, and the Rise of Popular Criticism,” delivered by UA Associate Professor Paul Hurh, whose new book, American Terror: The Feeling of Thinking in Edwards, Poe, and Melville (Stanford University Press, 2015), explores literary aesthetics, philosophy, and intellectual history. Edgar Allan Poe was a poet, author, critic, innovator. Known best as a master of the mysterious and macabre, he has become an American literary icon, and his work continues to captivate and inspire readers, writers, and performers of all ages and walks of life. Presented in partnership with The Big Read Tucson, a program of the National Endowment of the Arts. The Big Read Connects... Read More
Friday, September 25, 2015 - 12:00pm
As part of the Confucius Institute's 4th Annual Chinese Culture Festival, students from the College of Humanities' Department of East Asian Studies will present the results of their fantastic trips to China in Summer 2015. They will share their reflections on and impressions of the cities they visited including Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Wuzhen among others. They'll explain how the trip affected or changed their perspective on the world as a result of having been exposed to a different environment and country. They will discuss new skills gained while were abroad and their impressions of modern China.
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 10:00am
Family Days is a Saturday open house for youth from 0-13 and their families. Youth and parents are invited to play with language in this series of hour long creative writing workshops (from 10:00 am to 11:00 am) for four different age groups, then stick around for breakfast and an inviting musical performance. More about Family Days:
Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - 10:00am
TUESDAYS 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. September 29 - December 15, 2015. No class on November 10 and November 24, 2015. Register here. Tuition: $150 This course addresses the twentieth-century genocide that was the Holocaust, the attempted annihilation of European Jews and other designated racial and political opponents led by the Third Reich in Germany. We will review the horrific events of the Holocaust and explore the current scholarly understanding of this history: What does it mean to remember the Holocaust today? The Holocaust continues to be relevant, and not only for surviving victims and perpetrators. We will consider how and why the Holocaust has been remembered in the United States and abroad, whether in museums and schools or... Read More
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 9:00am
WEDNESDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. September 30 - December 16, 2015. No class on November 11 and 25, 2015. Register here.   Tuition: $195 By studying literature and cinema, students in this course will learn about various African cultures, traditions, and institutions. The class will show how French-speaking African writers and film-makers use literature and films to build narratives concerning African cultures and societies. At the same time, their work offers a counternarrative to persistent images of life in Africa. Our focus will be on West Africa, which forms a cultural entity, and three themes that correspond to three historical periods: first, “Ancient Africa,” with an emphasis on storytelling and oral traditions; second, “... Read More
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 1:00pm
WEDNESDAYS 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. September 30 - December 16, 2015. No class on November 11 and 25, 2015. Register here. Tuition: $150 How can we best know the past, and how much can we really know of it? This interdisciplinary course will seek answers to these questions in relation to mid-Victorian England. We will read primary material published around 1859, providing a “snapshot” of a particularly important moment in the middle of one of the world’s most interesting centuries. The readings will include two novels and diverse original texts drawn from political, economic, scientific, social, and popular writing. Expect authors as well-known as Karl Marx and as new to modern readers as Isabella Beeton, whose book on domestic... Read More