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November 18

Guided Tour

Thursday, November 18, 12:15–12:15 p.m.

Finish your lunch then feed your spirit with art of the world. Come in to the beautiful and warm UMMA environment for a tour designed specifically for the lunch hour. Student Docents will offer you 30 minutes of conversation about art in the UMMA galleries around entertaining themes such as life, love, and heroes.

categories: Gallery Talks and Tours

Writers Series

Thursday, November 18, 5:10–7 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

ZZ Packer is the author of the short story collection, Drinking Coffee Elsewhere - a PEN/Faulkner finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. Her stories have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Story, Ploughshares, Zoetrope and The Best American Short Stories 2000 and 2004, and have been read on NPR's Selected Shorts. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and was recently named one of America's Young Innovators by Smithsonian Magazine, as well as one of America's Best Young Novelists by Granta.

UMMA is pleased to be the site for the Department of English Program in Creative Writing Zell Visiting Writers Series, which brings outstanding writers each semester. The Series is made possible through a generous gift from UM alumna Helen Zell ('64). For more information, please see

categories: Writers Series


Thursday, November 18, 7:30–9:30 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Superbly adapted and directed by Tim Robbins from the nonfiction book of the same name by Sister Helen Prejean, this spiritually enlightened drama is too intelligent to traffic in polemics or self-righteous pontifications against the death penalty. But in examining the issue of capital punishment from a humanitarian perspective, the film urges thoughtful reflection on the justifications for legally ending a human life. Although it features a fine supporting cast, the film maintains its sharp focus through flawless lead performances by Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon as the Catholic nun Prejean, and Sean Penn as the death-row killer she struggles to save. The real-life Sister Helen Prejean will be speaking on campus about her life and work on Thursday, December 2 at 7 pm in the Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business.

These events are part of the LSA Theme Semester "What Makes Life Worth Living?" For more details, please visit the website at

categories: Film

Third Thursdays

Thursday, November 18, 8–10 p.m.

Jazz vocalist Natasha Patamapongs is a Warner Music artist with two self-produced jazz albums under her belt. Among her many achievements: she has toured, recorded, and performed with the top jazz musicians in Southeast Asia, and headlined in major jazz festivals throughout the region. Her most recent solo project involves a collaboration with Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist Bob James. Along with her fellow UM jazz students, Gil Scott Chapman on piano and Kieran Hanlon on bass, Natasha will present a night of vocal artistry in the Eddie Jefferson vernacular and will complete the evening with her own intimate selection of rarely covered jazz standards.For more information please visit: or

This exciting performance series falls on the third Thursday of each month and features different student performers who work in a variety of media including music, comedy, and spoken word. A great way to spend an evening with your friends and to experience the exceptional talent of UM students in an intimate setting. This series is curated and produced by UMMA's Student Programming and Advisory Board. Students interested in performing may view application details at

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs