The first Monday of the month, March 7, features “The Lyric of Laughter.” Members of the Faculty of Languages and Cultures, in the UMSL Department of Anthropology, Sociology & Languages, read poetry with humor and laughter in Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin and Spanish, along with translations in English. This annual event is in recognition of National Foreign Language Week.
The following week, March 14, presents “Good Fathers v. Bad Fathers: Hollywood Superheroes and the American Way.” Ezra Claverie, UMSL alumnus teaching English at University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign, focuses on political dimensions of the superhero coming of age stories where the hero must choose among competing visions of adult masculinity and competing modes of relating to the imagined communities of city and nation.
The final event of the month, on March 21, is titled “Chinese Art: The Lotus and the Landscape.” Marilyn Mackris, Chinese brush painting teacher and artist, discusses how Chinese painting and philosophy of art has been shaped by Chinese history and tradition. She briefly describes how Confucianism and Buddhism are reflected in Chinese painting and shares some paintings to illustrate her insights.
Following UMSL’s spring break the week of March 28, the Monday Noon Series will pick back up on Monday, April 4 and continue through April 25. All events are free, open to the public and no registration is required. Light refreshments will be served. The Missouri Arts Council, the Regional Arts Commission of Saint Louis and Gallery 210 have provided financial assistance for this season.
For more information and the complete Spring 2011 schedule, please visit the Monday Noon Series website at http://umslce.org/
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