Monday, August 3, 2015 - 9:00am
Taught by Professor Peter Medine, Department of English  MONDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, 2015 Tuition: $135.00 This seminar begins by putting Dubliners and Portrait of an Artist into their social and literary contexts. We will then spend two meetings on each work. Though in different genres—the short story and the education novel—they are companion pieces in significant ways. Dubliners illustrates the oppression of Irish Catholics by British Protestants and by Irish Catholics themselves through the strictures of the institutionalized Church. A Portrait tells the tale of an individual who refuses to submit to either authority, and who seeks artistic freedom to write. The seminar... Read More
Friday, August 7, 2015 - 9:00am
Taught by Director Melissa Tatum, James E. Rogers College of Law  FRIDAYS 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. August 7, 14, 21, 28, 2015 Tuition: $120.00 In the 1800s the newly created United States of America was seized by what was labeled “Manifest Destiny”--a deep-seated drive to expand from coast to coast. This drive encountered several obstacles, ranging from the challenges presented by geography and travel to the fact that large segments of land were already claimed by America’s indigenous people. The impulse toward a unified continent was also derailed by the Civil War and the division between the states. The military played a significant role in conquering the West and, obviously, in the Civil War. This course will explore how the actions of... Read More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 - 5:30pm
Join us at Hotel Congress for a talk by poet Shelly Taylor about Hick Poetics, the new anthology she co-edited along with Abraham SmithThis event will take place at the Copper Room in Hotel Congress on August 12th at 5:30pm.  Hosted by the Poetry Center's Walt Whitman Circle. Refreshments will be provided.  About the book: "This anthology offers up forty poets, from the globally famed to the emerging, each of whom have been or are now fast-tied to the countryside.  Let us sing to you of this age-old tradition so well we know the woodline. This book will feature not only poems but also aesthetic statements speaking towards our writers’ relationships with the liminal, the rural, the great American wilds. Meet our hicks... Read More
Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - 5:30pm
Arizona State Poet Laureate Alberto Álvaro Ríos gives a talk on "Magical Realism in the 21st Century." This event will be held on August 26th, at 5:30pm at the Copper Room in Hotel Congress, and will be hosted by the Poetry Center's Walt Whitman Circle. Refreshments will be provided.  From the talk:  "Magical Realism is not so much about ghosts as possibility; not so much about the strange as the personal; not so much about science as singular circumstance, what might be called personal science.  It is a literature in continual exception to the rule.  In this country, we think of ourselves as founded upon precepts of individualism, while at the same time individualism—or difference, which is what that really means—is what scares us most."