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January 20

Writers Series

Thursday, January 20, 5:10–6 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Ish Klein is the author of Union! (2009) and For the New Manchurians (forthcoming in 2011). Her poems have been printed in The Canary, Gare du Nord, The Hat, The Recluse, H NGM N, Saltgrass, Lungfull!, and other publications. She also makes movies, puppets, and plays.

John Beer is the author of the poetry collection The Waste Land and Other Poems, (2010). Associative and imaginative, his work has been compared to that of John Ashbery. Poet Lewis Warsh wrote that The Waste Land and Other Poems "embraces and distills 'the bad dream' and all 'the muck' of the recent past, but the momentum of this book is full speed ahead." Beer's criticism has appeared in Verse, the Denver Quarterly, Chicago Review, and other magazines. He is a theater columnist for Time Out Chicago.

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, January 20, 7:30–10 p.m.
Helmut Stern Auditorium

Paul Tapsell from the University of Otago (New Zealand) will speak about strategies for displaying ancestral treasures of the Maori culture to appropriately reflect the philosophy of the people. The exhibition's design strives to engage all viewers while capturing the ancestral history of this indigenous community.

Presented by the UM Museum Studies Program.

categories: Artists and Curators

Third Thursdays

Thursday, January 20, 8–10 p.m.

Helping you fulfill your New Year's Resolution to see more free improv comedy, the Impro-fessionals will be performing live at the UMMA! Expect a plethora of long and short form games, all never-before-seen, off the cuff, no scripts attached! The performance will last for fifty minutes.

This event is sponsored by UMMA's Student Programming and Advisory Board

categories: Performing Arts, UM Student Programs