Writers’ Union hosted an informal reading on the Lit House porch to welcome spring and take advantage of the beautiful (if temporary) warm weather. Writers’ Union members and the club’s advisor, Prof. James Allen Hall read (or recited) from the likes of Rilke, Louise Gluck, Wordsworth, Elizabeth Bishop, Chaucer, and more.
Alumni, friends and family gathered in the McLain Atrium to celebrate the retirement of Dr. James Siemen, Professor of Psychology for over 30 years. Guests enjoyed Lays potato chips and glass bottles of Coke; two of Dr. Siemen’s favorite things.
The “American Pictures” series at the Smithsonian continued with its fourth and final installment when memoirist, novelist, and musician James McBride explored a dynamic 1969 photograph of soul music legend James Brown performing at the Shrine Auditorium. The photograph that McBride chose to speak about, “Singer James Brown During a Performance at the Shrine” (1969) memorialized the legendary performer at the height of his career, bringing funk music to an audience eager to embrace the new sound.