A Staged Reading of Kristina Lugn's play "Ruth and Roger" Chicago-based Akvavit Theatre performs a staged reading of a play by Swedish poet and dramatist Kristina Lugn, followed by discussion with the Actors and Director.
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"I Can Gather All the News I Need on the Weather Report," photo by Thomas Hawk via Flickr, CC-BY-NC 2.0
In celebration of National Library Week, American Library Association President Barbara Stripling engages the audience in a town hall style discussion on the state of libraries in America. She shares her national and international perspectives on the greatest challenges and opportunities for libraries to be life-long learning institutions, community builders, publishing partners, collaboratories, empowerment engines, maker spaces, and much more.
Anne Hermann is working on a book about Switzerland — a work of creative non-fiction that engages with questions of citizenship, cultural production and belonging, and the politics of language within a changing Europe. She engages in discussion with Helmut Puff, whose teaching and research focus on German literature, history, and culture in the late medieval and early modern period. Book sales by Common Language Bookstore.
Jean-Christophe Plantin talks about how traditional "critical cartography" assumes that maps can either serve the interests of those in power or empower those seeking social justice, and how this ambivalence in cartography is present in contemporary web-based mapping applications.
A discussion, in Arabic, of Elias Khoury's fiction and writing, as well as his attitude toward classical and Arabic poetry. This event is supported by the Babtain Program for Arabic Language and Literature, in collaboration with the Institute for the Humanities/Author’s Forum.
Author Andrew Jackson O'Shaughnessy challenges the stereotype that Britain should have won the Revolutionary War and that its failure to do so was due to the incompetence of commanders and politicians. He offers a very different explanation of why Britain lost the American War of Independence. O'Shaughnessy is the Saunders Director of the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello and Professor of History at the University of Virginia. Lecture series sponsored by the Clements Library.
Japanese coastal town of Otsuchi days after the earthquake; Al Jazeera English via Flickr; BY-SA 2.0
Michigander Paul Fales shares his experience in Japan when it was ravaged by a huge tsunami, earthquake, and Fukushima nuclear accident three years ago. Fales was serving as an English teacher when the earthquake and tsunami hit the city, Kesennuma, where he was stationed. He was found by CNN a few days after the disaster.
Is there a role for academic institutions in online informal education? Andrew D. Maynard, Director of the Risk Science Center in the U-M School of Public Health, talks about the growing trend in online video being used as an informal education source by individuals. He produces entertaining "Risk Bites" videos, which cover topics that deal with the science behind how we understand and address risks to our health.