Monday, October 22, 2012

Country Boys and Nazi Comedy

Sarah Wells Reading: Monday October 29

On Monday, October 29, poet and essayist Sarah M. Wells will be reading from her work.  Sarah is the author of Pruning Burning Bushes from Wipf and Stock Publishers (2012), and a chapbook of poems, Acquiesce, winner of the 2008 Starting Gate Award through Finishing Line Press (2009). Poems by Wells have appeared or are forthcoming in Alimentum, Ascent, Christianity & Literature, JAMA, Literary Mama, Measure, New Ohio Review, Nimrod, Poetry East, Puerto del Sol, Rock & Sling, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published by Ascent and River Teeth.  The reading will be held in 138 Schar College of Education at 4:30.

Sarah's poetry has been honored with two Pushcart Prize nominations. Her essay, "Those Summers, These Days" was named a notable essay in the Best American Essays 2012. She has received scholarships to attend the Key West Literary Seminar and West Chester Poetry Conferences. The beginning of her essay "Country Boys, City Boys" can be found here.  For more about Sarah, visit her blog at

Studies Lecture: Friday, 11/2, 3:00 pm, 115 Dauch

If you saw Quentin Tarantino's last film, you know that there was a Nazi film industry during World War II.  But have you ever wondered what Nazi-era German film comedy was like?  Dr. Valerie Weinstein of the University of Cincinnati will give a talk entitled "Laughing Matters:  Film Comedy and the Politics of Race in Nazi Germany."  Dr. Valerie Weinstein is an Assistant Professor of German Studies at the University of Cincinnati. She has also taught at Williams College, University of Nevada--Reno, and Tulane University. She earned her Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2001 and has published articles on Weimar and Nazi Cinema and on other aspects of nineteenth- and twentieth-century German literature and culture. She is currently working on a book-length project on Antisemitism and Third Reich Film Comedy.