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English Festival to feature readings by Nigerian author Tess Onwueme

RELEASED: April 20, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's English department will host its annual English Festival — a celebration of reading, writing and the arts — April 26-30.

Dr. Tess Onwueme
Dr. Tess Onwueme

The English Festival is one of the largest student-run language arts festivals in the nation, featuring guest authors, lectures by faculty members, student panels, capstone presentations and an international poetry reading.

Student poster displays and presentations will be given daily throughout the week. Music also will be performed on the campus mall from noon-1 p.m. through April 29 (rain site: The Cabin, Davies Center.) Dr. Tess Onwueme, an internationally recognized Nigerian author and distinguished professor of cultural diversity and professor of English at UW-Eau Claire, will be this year's featured author.

The schedule for the week is:

April 26

April 27

  • 8 a.m.-6 p.m.: Student Research Day, featuring student-faculty poster presentations, Zorn Arena.
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Music on the Mall, featuring the Heart Pills.
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Eau Claire Area School District gifted and talented student readings, Rooms 159, 160 and 169 of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
  • 8 p.m.: Vocal performance, "A Celebration of American Art Song," by voice students of Dr. Mitra Sadeghpour, associate professor of music, Philips Recital Hall, Haas Fine Arts.

April 28

  • 8 a.m.-noon: Student Research Day, featuring student-faculty poster presentations, Zorn Arena.
  • Noon-1 p.m.: Music on the Mall, featuring Hitide.Lotide.
  • 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and 7-8 p.m.: Novella readings and analyses by students of Dr. Johannes Strohschänk, professor of foreign languages, Presidents Room, Davies Center.
  • 5 p.m.: Readings by winners of Sigma Tau Delta's Children's and Young Adult Writing Contest, Tamarack Room, Davies Center.

April 29

  • Noon-1 p.m.: Music on the Mall, featuring Downer's Grove.
  • 2 p.m.: English awards, The Cabin, Davies Center.
  • 6 p.m.: NOTA open reading, The Cabin, Davies Center.
  • 8 p.m.: "Staging the Invisible: Readings by Tess Onwueme," Council Fire Room, Davies Center.

April 30

  • 11:30 p.m.: Music in The Cabin, featuring Will Hutchinson.

The festival is open to students, faculty and the public. A complete list of events can be found online.

For more information about the event, contact Kristin Frosch, English Festival advertising and public relations committee chair, at froschkl@uwec.edu or 612-716-8427, or Anna Konsor at keelinae@uwec.edu.

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