The series begins September 10 with Paula Hanssen, coordinator of German Studies at Webster University, exploring Germany’s Cowboy and Indian Culture by discussing German author Karl May’s popular novel Winnetou. May’s novels formed the typical German youth’s view of the American West and Native American culture, reflecting Germany’s interest in America’s wide-open spaces west of the Mississippi. Guests also view clips of films based on the novels.
Events continue with Gina Alvarez, a St. Louis based artist, discussing her contribution to the Exposure 15 exhibition in Gallery 210. Alvarez, who works in printmaking, fiber and sculpture, describes her techniques and reflects on themes prevalent in her artwork, process and materials. This event is in the Gallery 210 Auditorium in the Telecommunity Center at UMSL.
The September 24 event presents “Romance, Rivers and More: A Musical Hour” with Charlene Clark and Deborah Bloom, members of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. They perform elegant classical selections and discuss their selections of violin/piano duos, including music of Mozart, Elgar, Copland, Jerome Kern, and other composers.
Events continue throughout October and November and include topics on literature, film, chess, politics, and architecture. 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 umslce.org/index.php/