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Prairie Gate Literary Festival

The inaugural Prairie Gate Literary Festival (PGLF) will be held through Saturday, March 26. The festival will bring together literary enthusiasts, aspiring writers, published authors, editors, and other professionals through public readings, workshops, and panel discussions designed to celebrate the literary arts. Many of the festival events are free of charge to the public, while a minimal registration fee will be required for workshop sessions. The Saturday schedule is as follows:

Free readings by Eric Gansworth at 10:30 a.m. in the Cow Palace (Imholte Hall 109) and Mary Rose O'Reilley at 3 p.m. at the Morris Public Library, followed by a reception and book signing with all the authors at the library hosted by the Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance. Kiese Laymon and Philip Bryant will read at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. Joe Carucci will play a jazz accompaniment to Bryant. Between the readings the Meiningens will perform a 10-minute staged reading of the PGLF contest winner.

Two workshop sessions on Saturday, March 26: choice of poetry with Philip Bryant or non-fiction with Mary Rose O'Reilley at 9:00 a.m., and choice of fiction with Kiese Laymon or drama with Eric Gansworth at 1:00 p.m. All workshops are in Imholte Hall. The fee for one or both includes lunch at the LaFave house with the writers.

Registration prior to the festival is appreciated. If space remains, walk-ins will be welcomed. or call 320-589-7002.

8th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week

The 38th Annual World Touch Cultural Heritage Week (WTCHW) begins on Saturday, March 26 and continues through March 31. "Unweaving the Journey of Our Ancestors" will be a series of events celebrating the diversity of the ethnic minority groups on campus and throughout the country. Most events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

27th Annual Circle of Nations Indian Association Powwow: Grand Entries in the P.E. Center at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Spoken Word and Open Mic/International Café is open to individuals who would like to showcase their talent through spoken word, poetry, song, and/ or artistic performance at 7 p.m. in the Turtle Mountain Café.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Unweaving the Journey of our Ancestors: Exploring Identity through Writing (Culture, Gender, and Politics in Literary Arts). This joint World Touch Cultural Heritage Week/Prairie Gate Literary Festival special event features a panel discussion on the topics of harnessing the creative process, opportunities and challenges in sharing your story, and conflicts with identity. Panelists: Kiese Laymon, assistant professor of English, Creative Writing and African Studies at Vassar College; Georgina Lightning, a First Nations film director, screen-writer, and actress; and Argie Manolis, Coordinator of Community Engagement and instructor of English at UMM. At noon in the Student Center Alumni Room.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Film screening: Older than America (2008, 108 min.) featuring guest filmmaker Georgina Lightning. This film delves into the lasting impact of the cultural genocide that occurred at Indian boarding schools across the U.S. and Canada. Georgina Lightning is a First Nations film director, screen-writer and actress. She was born in Edmonton, Canada and is a Mushwatchees Cree of the Samson Cree Nation. In 2007, she was featured in Filmmaker Magazine as one of 25 new faces of independent film. Screening at 7 p.m. in Edson Auditorium. http://www.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

For Colored Girls (2011, 133 min.). In 1974, Ntozake Shange's choreopoem "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf" made its stage debut combining poetry, dance and music, and most significantly, placing the black female experience center stage. Filmmaker Tyler Perry adapted this landmark work for the big screen, integrating the vivid language of Shang's poems into a contemporary narrative that explores what it means to be a woman of color--and a woman of any color--in this world.

Following the film screening, a student panel will discuss what it means to be a woman of color today. Film at 7 p.m. in Edson Auditorium.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Keynote Speaker: From African American to African Princess:  One Woman's Search for her Roots" featuring Sarah Culberson, stage, film and television actress. Born in West Virginia to an African father and a white mother, Culberson was given up to foster care and adopted by a loving white family. She grew up contemplating her identity and biracial roots and eventually learned that she is from a royal family, a Mahaloi, the granddaughter of a Paramount Chief, with the status of a Princess. 7 p.m. in the Student Center University Room. http://www.

Community Meal

Morris Community Meal serves warm, made-from-scratch meals each month, which are open to all members of the Stevens County community free of charge. The March community meal will be held on Monday, March 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Morris Senior Community Center at 603 Oregon Avenue. The Morris Area Student Leaders will help serve pizza. Food options for people with special diets, such as gluten-free, diabetic, vegan and vegetarian, are always available, as are child friendly options. The last of the spring community meals will be served on April 18. Contact Argie Manolis at with questions or to get involved.

Concert Choir

The Concert Choir presents its Home Concert on Tuesday, March 29, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall.

Soup and Substance

The monthly dialogue about social issues affecting campus and local community will take place on Wednesday, March 30, at 5 p.m. in the Student Center Moccasin Flower Room.

Morris Healthy Eating Initiative Film Series

"What Will We Eat? The Search for Healthy Local Food" by Chris Bedford may be viewed on Thursday, March 31, at 7 p.m. in the Cow Palace, Imholte 109.

Mixed Student Recital

Various music students will perform on Thursday, March 31, at 7:30 p.m. in the HFA Recital Hall. Free admission.

Student Recitals

On Sunday, April 3, in HFA 160 Mary Keller will present her senior recital at 2:30 p.m. and Elizabeth Halaas will perform her senior voice recital at 5 p.m.