March 14 through 18.
Prairie Gate Previews
Free public programs, dubbed Prairie Gate Previews, are being held at the Morris Public Library to introduce the featured writers at the first annual Prairie Gate Literary Festival to be held on March 25 and 26. The last of a series of five Prairie Gate Previews will be held on Monday, March 21, at 7 p.m. with an introduction to the work of novelist Eric Gansworth. Books by the authors are available for checkout at the Morris Public Library and for purchase at the campus bookstore, John's Total Entertainment, and the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. See http://www.morris.umn.edu/prairiegate/ for more information.
Pianist and music faculty member Ann DuHamel performs on Tuesday, March 22, at 7:30 p.m. in HFA 160.
Asking the Big Questions
Barbara Burke will lead a discussion on Judaism on Wednesday, March 23, as the campus/community discussion group continues to explore spirituality. Social time with snacks and refreshments starts at 6:30 p.m., and discussion begins at 7 p.m. in the Briggs Library's McGinnis Room.
Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo'amaadiwin Film Series
The "Films with Knowledge" series presents "A Thousand Roads" at 7 p.m. and "Search for the World's Best Indian Taco" at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 24, in Imholte Hall 109. For much of the 20th century, American Indian identities were shaped, at least in popular culture and public imaginations, by advertising imagery, Edward Curtis photographs, and Wild West shows. In the past few decades, American Indian artists and filmmakers have extracted their own image from these external forces, challenging the established codes of representation. The goal of the Mazinaatesijigan gekinoo' amaadiwin Film Series is to re-educate its audience through the use of film to examine and discuss the issues of culture, identity and stereotypes of American Indian people. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 589-6097 with questions.
Gallery Exhibit Opening Reception
The Annual Juried Student Art Exhibit opens with a reception on Thursday, March 24, at 7 p.m. in the HFA Gallery. Contact Michael Eble at email@example.com or 589-6285 for more information.
Prairie Gate Literary Festival
The inaugural Prairie Gate Literary Festival will be held on Thursday, March 24 through Saturday, March 26. The festival will bring together literary enthusiasts, aspiring writers, published authors, editors, and other professionals through public readings, workshops, and panel discussions designed to celebrate the literary arts. Many of the festival events are free of charge to the public, while a minimal registration fee will be required for workshop sessions. Free festival public events: Thursday, March 24, at 7:30 p.m., an open mic kickoff event, and Friday, March 25, from 7 until 9 p.m. poet Tom Hennen will read from his work and a discussion will follow. Hennen has family ties to the region and ran the Prairie Gate Press on campus for many years. The evening also includes a Prairie Gate Press display and reminiscing. Both events will be held in the McGinnis Room of Briggs Library. On Saturday, March 26, from 10:45 until 11:45 a.m. in Imholte Hall 109, novelist Eric Gansworth will read from and discuss his work. From 3 until 4 p.m. at the Morris Public Library, memoirist and poet Mary Rose O'Reilley will read from her writings followed by a book signing and reception for the featured festival writers hosted by the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance from 4 until 6 p.m. The festival continues into the evening with readings and music beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities Fine Arts Recital Hall on campus. Novelist Kiese Laymon will read and talk about his work. The Meiningens student organization will provide a staged reading of the literary contest winner. Finally, poet Phil Bryant will read, accompanied by Joe Carucci, jazz musician and assistant professor of music. A reception will follow the program. Workshops for writers: Appropriate for writers at any stage of the journey. On Saturday, March 26, from 9 until 10:30 a.m., participants may attend a poetry session with poet Philip Bryant or a nonfiction session with memoirist and poet Mary Rose O'Reilley. From 1 until 2:30 p.m., participants may attend a drama session with novelist and playwright Eric Gansworth or a fiction session with novelist Kiese Laymon. Registration prior to the festival is appreciated. If space remains, walk-ins will be welcomed. Register online at http://www.morris.umn.edu/prairiegate/ or call 320-589-7002.
8th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week
The 38th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week begins on Saturday, March 26 and continues through March 31. Events to be announced. World Touch Cultural Heritage Week began in 1973 for the specific purpose of sharing and celebrating the diversity and culture of multi-ethnic student groups through a sequence of educationally diverse programming. These various ethnic groups include American Indian/ Alaskan Native, African American, Asian American and Latina/o. Events are open to both the campus and Morris community. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spoken Word/ Open Mic/ International Café
As part of World Touch Cultural Heritage Week, the Spoken Word/Open Mic/ International Café will take place on Sunday, March 27, from 7 until 9 p.m. in the Student Center's Turtle Mountain Café. Open to all students, staff, faculty and individuals from surrounding communities who would like to showcase their talent through spoken word, poetry, song, and/ or artistic performance, everyone is encouraged to express thoughts, feelings, issues, or inspirational ideas.