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Wednesday Night University: Mary Oliver

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Join published poet/ prose writer and workshop leader, Patricia Roth Schwartz, for a tribute to the late greatly beloved American poet, Mary Oliver (1934-2019). Schwartz will speak about Oliver's biography, her body of work, aspects of her unique style, and what makes her poetry and prose so compelling to so many: her deep spirituality through her great love of the natural world, plus her exhortation to us to pay attention to what surrounds us every day. Time will be allotted…

Wednesday Night University: African-American Science Fiction

May 8 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

There has been a lot of talk recently about “Afrofuturism,” which applies to fantastic and speculative content in a variety of media: music, film, visual art, as well as literature. This talk addresses the history of writers of African descent engaging with the genres of Science Fiction and Fantasy, including Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Nalo Hopkinson, Nnedi Okorafor, N.K. Jemisin, and more.

Wednesday Night University: Possible Lives, Past Lives

May 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Author Elizabeth Bodien chronicles her past-life regressions in her newest book, Journeys with Fortune: A Tale of Other Lives (Cosmographia, 2019). Trained as a cultural anthropologist, Bodien approaches these windows into possible other lives with curiosity, intelligence, doubt, and renewed openness. We will learn about possible past lives in 1700s Mexico, Ancient Greece, Atlantis, and many other places and times. The author will share what these lives have taught her about her present life's interests, passions, road blocks, and relationships,…

Wednesday Night University: The Rise of Graphic Novels

May 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Graphic novels are essentially long-format comics and are considered a valid literary art form. They take many shapes but usually demonstrate an often complex narrative within a carefully constructed visual structure, with a concern for strong character development and plot strategies akin to much contemporary prose. Authors/artists working in this form address all manner of serious subjects worthy of study. In this session, we will begin by exploring sequential art from its earliest occurrence to modern fictional and superhero tales…

Wednesday Night University: Frederick Douglass: The Memory of Place

May 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Some thoughts about placing a monument of a black man on the streets of an American city, even if the man is Frederick Douglass and even if the city Is Rochester, New York.

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