Wednesday, April 30th, 2008, Weber
Reading Room, Main Library, 3:30-5:00 pm
Presenter: Northern Eclecta (Staff
Release of Volume 2
Northern Eclecta , NDSU’s literary journal, is scheduled for
release in May, 2008.
Northern Eclecta features fiction, nonfiction, poetry,
photography, and art created by NDSU undergraduates. Additionally, the
current edition will include the best work submitted by Cass County high
Students in English 213, 313 and 413 classes were responsible for putting
out the call for submissions, selecting the content, designing and producing
This seminar will discuss the process of producing a literary journal.
Many contributors will also be present to read and talk about their works.
Dr. Kevin Brooks and Joseph Akol Makeer
African Soul, American Heart: The Presentation
This last December, 2007, Joseph Akol Makeer, a Sudanese Lost Boy and
Fargo émigré, traveled to his native village of Duk Payuel for the first time
in twenty years. He is working to repair that community, devastated by
22 years of civil war and now struggling, like much of South Sudan , to
rebuild its basic human resources and traditional culture.
Accompanied by Kevin Brooks, Associate Professor of English at NDSU,
Makeer documented his African trip, which included investigations into the
lives of Duk Payuel's orphans and plans for a desperately needed
This multi-media talk will include a short history of Sudan and its civil
war, a brief account of Joseph's life as a refugee in Ethiopia then Kenya ,
stories about adapting to life in the US , and an overview of the orphanage
he plans to build.
Makeer is one of the growing ranks of Sudanese refugees in Fargo , having
arrived and settled here with his family in 2003. Fargo couldn't be
more different from his home terrain, where he lived in grass shelters,
experienced the genocidal aggression of northern Muslims, and became, at age
10, one of the 20-30,000 young boys who walked out of the Sudan to Ethiopia .
Carol Pearson, Associate Professor of Modern
Title: "Infinite Divisions:
Mexican-American Women's Voices in the Northern Plains"
March 22nd, Beckwith Recital Hall,
Linda Helstern, Assistant
Professor of English
Title: "Within Living Memory: Gerald Vizenor'sHiroshimaBugi
and Japanese-American Cultural Exchange after World War II"
Helstern will examine the
forgotten aspects of Japanese-American cultural exchange through a study of
Gerald Vizenor's novel, HiroshimaBugi: Atomu 57. She
will discuss the implications and images of the aftermath of the atomic
bombings in Japan
with those of the Japanese people that appeared in popular American magazines
in the postwar.
Helstern's presentation is jointly sponsored by the Department of English
Cosgrove Seminars and the North Dakota Humanities Council Remele
Fellowship Lecture Series.
29th, Beckwith Recital Hall,
Mark Aune, Assistant Professor of
Title: “A British
Invasion?Shakespeare, the Guthrie and
American Regional Theater"
Aune will discuss how many former
British colonies continue to wrestle with the legacy of colonialism and England’s
use of Shakespeare as an instrument of that colonialism. Examining two historic
performances of Hamlet at Tyrone Guthrie’s historic theater in
Minneapolis (1963 and 2006), Aune uncovered Shakespeare as an element of
British colonialism in post-war American culture. His discovery raises the
question, “Is the United States a post-colonial nation?”
Aune's presentation is jointly sponsored by the Department
of English Cosgrove Seminars and the North Dakota Humanities Council Remele Fellowship Lecture Series.