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Oct 4, 2019

Oct 4, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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By definition, being a writer depends on having speech be free. Yet freedom of speech is understood and valued very differently across historical moments, cultures, and contexts: the concept of "hate speech" stands in sharp contradiction to that of "freedom of expression." What is a writer's responsibility in the domain between the two poles?   Shadreck CHIKOTI (fiction; Malawi) co-directs Pan African Publishers, and is the founder of The Story Club Malawi. He is also the founder of the Ken...

Nov 1, 2019

Nov 1, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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How does travel-induced anxiety, inspiration, or memories made on-the-go influence the writing process? What persona emerges as daily routines disappear? Are there forms and genres more suited to a writer on the move? 

Nov 15, 2019

Nov 15, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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The closing chapter of our weekly community conversation panel series is an opportunity to hear the Residents' belief, but often poignant, observations, in an 'open mic' format, on their experiences in the United States. 

Sep 20, 2019

Sep 20, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Please join us at a special location for this event in our panel series: Riverside Theatre How does a playwright's creation process differ from that of other writers, or other writing? When is the work finished? How do the collaborations of performance impinge on the play, viewed as literature?  KIM Jaehoon (drama; South Korea), the president and artistic director of the theater company TOC, received his BA from the Theater Arts Department at the University of Iowa. His plays [To Heaven; O...

Sep 27, 2019

Sep 27, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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A person's body affects the way they navigate the world, and their experiences in it. How much power does a body (pertaining for instance to race, gender, sexuality, physical ability) have over (or in) an artist's work? And, with what means can a writer navigate issues the body can present?  Yamkela TYWAKADI (fiction, nonfiction, South Africa) is a novelist, publisher, performer, and the founder of Blank Page Edu, a company that develops mobile apps and board games. Often working in South A...

Oct 11, 2019

Oct 11, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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In our ever-more-hybrid world, translation and polylinguality are now ubiquitous. Languages live side by side and commingle; new words, accents, grammars, forms of data, are surging everywhere. A writer may switch between languages within a piece of work, or may, like Ngugi wa’ Thiongo, deliberately refuse to avail herself of a major language for the benefit of a minor one. We’ll hear from those who live and create on a linguistic fault line. Róbert GÁL (poetry, fiction; Czech Republic), a ...

Oct 25, 2019

Oct 25, 2019

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Writers often create characters different from themselves. When such a character “belongs” to a distinct, recognizable group—perhaps a minority—challenges may arise. What is the writer’s responsibility toward representing the “other” accurately? What effort in understanding, empathy, research may be needed? Manuel BECERRA (poetry; Mexico) is the author of five books of poetry, including Instrucciones para matar un caballo [Instructions for Killing a Horse] (2013). A winner of six national p...