The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, September 21, 1988, Page 9, Image 9

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    Arts & Entertainment
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Reading series open to creative Nebraskans
By Michael Moeglin
Stuff Reporter
The John H. Ames Reading Series,
which began on Sept. 15, is aprogram
for those interested in listening to
poetry as well as reading it.
Since its commencement in the
spring of 1984, the series has featured
such prominent writers as Nebraska
Poet Laureate William Kloefkom and
Prairie Schooner editor Hilda Raz.
The poet must be a Nebraskan, but
otherwise, the criteria for participa
tion in the series is fairly relaxed,
need only have published six items of
poetry or prose to be considered.
This year’s roster of readers boasts
eight poets and short story writers and
one novelist, including David
McCleery, Tamora Whitney, Nancy
Peters Hastings and Kent Haruf.
The purpose of the series is to draw
attention to what the Heritage Room
is and does, Gulick said, as well as
showcasing a mixture of novice and
established Nebraska writers.
Audience composition and size
according to Heritage Room director
James Gulick. A prospective writer
varies widely with the featured
speaker. Past programs have attracted
groups of between 10 and 70 people,
approximately one-fourth of whom
are usually students, he said.
The series, which is sponsored by
the Nebraska Literary Heritage Asso
ciation, will have its next reading on
Oct. 20. The scheduled guest is
Glenna Luschei. This reading, and all
subsequent readings, will be Thurs
day evenings at 7:30 p.m.
Another program of interest run
ning through this academic year is
entitled “Celebrating Nebraska
Women.” Beginning on Sept. 22, the
11-part lecture series will feature
women whose important literary
contributions and achievements have
been largely overlooked. For that
reason, well-known authors like
Willa Cather and Marie Sandoz will
not be included in this series, Gulick
The lectures include such tides as
“Contemporary Nebraska Women
Fiction Writers,” “Tillie Olson,”
“Nebraska Women in Sociology:
1890-1925,” and “Black Women of
the Great Plains,” and will be pre
sented by eminent scholars — all
Nebraskans — on each subject.
Major funding for this lecture se
ries is provided by the Nebraska
Committee for the Humanities, an
affiliate of the National Endowment
for the Humanities.
Dr. Anne Diffendal will give the
first talk of the series, entitled “The
LaFlesche Sisters,” Thursday at 7:30
All the programs in both series will
be held in the Heritage Room, 3rd
floor, Bennett Martin Public Library,
at 14 th and N streets,
Plains women featured in series
Celebrating Nebraska Women:
A Lecture Series
The lecture series features
speakers giving scholarly accounts
of women who made important
contributions to Nebraska but have
not been widely recognized.
“The LaFlesche Sisters,” Anne
Diffcndal, Sept. 22.
“Contemporary Nebraska
Women Fiction Writers,” Emily
Jane Uzcndoski, Sept. 29.
“Tillie Olsen,” Linda Pratt, Oct.
“Nebraska Women in Sociology:
1890-1925,” Mary Jo Deegan, Oct.
“Louise Pound,” Evelyn Haller,
Nov. 10.
“Black Women of the Great
Plains,” Bertha Calloway,Feb. 23,
“Edith Abbott (1876-1957); Her
Sociological Career,” Mary Jo
Deegan, March 2.
“Documenting Women Photog
raphers Working in Nebraska,
ca. 1879-1970,” Martha Kennedy,
“Anna Louise Strong 1885
1970,” Katharine Riddle & Laura
Weymouth, March 23.
“Jean Potts and Patricia
McGerr: Mystery Writers,”
Betty Levitov, April 6.
“Dorthy Thomas: The Woman
and the Work,” Sherrill Daniels,
April 13.
All programs will be held at
7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Room at
Bennett Martin Public Library,
14th & N Streets.
to include quartet
The New World String Quartet
will open the Lincoln Friends of
Chamber Music's 24th season with a
performance in the Sheldon Art Gal
lery Auditorium at 8 p.m. on Sept. 30.
Formed in 1977, the New World
String Quartet has performed
throughout North America in con
certs, chamber music series and
summer festivals. They won the 1979
Naumburg Chamber Music Award.
In 1989, the group will make its
Kennedy Center debut and its first
European tour.
At the Sheldon, the group will
perform Mozart’s “Quartet in B-flat
Major,” Dvorak’s “String Quartet in
E-flat Major” and "Ainsi La Nuit” by
20th century composer Henri Du
The group consists of Curtis Ma
comber, violin; Vahn Armstrong,
violin; Benjamin Simon, vinla; and
Ross Harbaugh, cello.
The other concerts will feature the
Talich Striae Quartet of Czechoslo
vakia, the Alexander String Quartet,
Michala and Hanna Petri on recorder
and karpsichoi<*wi tfcl M#lnck»Mfi/
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