February 2012 Archives

Minnesota at AWP Conference

Creative Writing Program faculty, students, and alumni are heading southeast next week for the annual Association of Writers & Writing Programs (AWP) conference in Chicago. Many are reading, participating on panels, and/or representing at the book fair, including Program Director Julie Schumacher and Professor Maria Damon. A sample listing here.

Nuruddin Farah Staged Reading

Image of Nuruddin FarahNovelist Nuruddin Farah, the College of Liberal Arts Winton Chair hosted by English, will receive a public staged reading of his latest play, A Stone Thrown at the Guilty, February 18 and 19 at 7:30 pm. The reading will be directed by University of Minnesota Assistant Professor of Theater Dominic Taylor, featuring a a cast of professional actors. The play is inspired by two historical uprisings in Somalia under British rule, during 1922 and 1939-40. The free event takes place at the Rarig Center Stoll Thrust Theatre; no tickets necessary.

Nabil Matar to Receive AMSS Award

Professor Nabil Matar will receive the 2012 Building Bridges Award from the Association of Muslim Social Scientists on March 28 at Cambridge University. The award is given in recognition of Professor Matar's pioneering scholarship on the relationship between Islamic civilization and early modern Europe, which has helped to raise awareness of the historical roots of Western perceptions of Islam. More on Professor Matar.

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