Events

September

HYBRID! OPEN MIC AND BOOK LAUNCH WITH 2022 HARTMAN RESERVE VISITING ARTIST SETH THILL
Thursday, September 22 from 7:00–9:00 p.m.
Join in Mae Latta Hall with Hartman Reserve Visiting Artist Seth Thill, as he launches Cover, Recover, a handmade, block-printed chapbook of nature poetry written during his tenure at Hartman. The book explores relationships between the natural world, pop-culture, and identity. Seth will be reading poems from the book and discussing his time as Visiting Artist at 8:00 p.m. His reading will be preceded by an open mic at 7:10 where community members are encouraged to share their own work. Open Mic Sign-up will start at 7:00. All attendants will receive a free copy of Cover, Recover. Local crafted beer and handmade pretzels will be available. Free and open to all!

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HYBRID! FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
September 29 from 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m.

Visit FTRS website here for links to attend virtually. Join us for a community open mic followed by a discussion with a featured author. The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center, the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures. This event takes place on the final Thursday of each month.

Guest Author: Jim O’Loughlin | Jim O’Loughlin is the author of the recently published science fiction novel, The Cord, which takes place on both ends of a future space elevator. He’s also the author of the firsthand account, The Last Caucus in Iowa, and the flash fiction collection, Dean Dean Dean Dean. He is the head of the UNI Department of Languages & Literatures.

October

MIDDAY MELODIES
Second Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
Bring your sack lunch and enjoy classics performed by the UNI School of Music Department students and faculty.

October 14: Stephanie Ycaza directs UNI Tuba Students

EARTH WHISPERERS: ROOTED AND REACHING, AN EXPLORATION OF TREES
Saturday, October 8 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Rooted and Reaching explores our relationship with the natural world through trees. Trees have much
to give and teach us. Join us as we explore the cooperative relationship between us and trees. This
retreat will reflect on how trees impact our physical and emotional well-being. This session will
incorporate meditative practices and creative opportunities to explore how trees physically and
emotionally impact you. Join Sue Schuerman and Felecia Babb in this three-hour retreat to explore our
relationship with trees. The workshop is free with pre-registration is required here.

RED HERRING THEATRE PRESENTS SILENT SKY
Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 p.m.
Written by Lauren Gunderson; directed by Kim Groninga | Red Herring Theatre is sponsored by Jones Law Firm
Join us for a readers theater production of Silent Sky! Synopsis: The true story of 19th-century astronomer
Henrietta Leavitt explores a woman’s place in society during a time of immense scientific discoveries, when women’s ideas were dismissed until men claimed credit for them. Social progress, like scientific progress, can be hard to see when one is trapped among earthly complications; Henrietta Leavitt and her female peers believe in both, and their dedication changed the way we understand both the heavens and Earth.

VISITING ARTIST TWO DAY EVENT WITH IOWA’S POET LAUREATE DEBRA MARQUART
Debra Marquart is a distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at Iowa State University. Her work has been featured on NPR and the BBC. She has received numerous accolades over the span of her career including the NEA Fellowship, the PEN USA Creative Nonfiction Award, Elle Magazine’s Elle Lettres Award, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Fellowship, and the Academy of American Poets Fellowship.

Thursday, October 20 at 7:00–8:30 p.m.
Join us for a live performance with Debra Marquart, Peter Manesis, and Anthony Stevens from the musical group, The Bone People. Experience the storytelling to poetry to song, drawing connections between genres and art forms.

Saturday, October 22 from 9:00–11:00 a.m.
For those looking to jumpstart their creative process, join us for a workshop with Debra Marquart. She will discuss principles and elements of creative writing and lead the group in a series of generative writing prompts.

Saturday, October 22 from 1:30–2:30 p.m.
Join us for a reading of prose and poetry from Debra Marquart’s most recent books, Gratitude with Dogs Under Stars and The Night We Landed on the Moon: Essays Between Exile & Belonging. Books will be sold by the author.

HYBRID! FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m.

Visit FTRS website here for links to attend virtually. Join us for a community open mic followed by a discussion with a featured author. The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center, the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures. This event takes place on the final Thursday of each month.

October 27: Gary Eller | Gary Eller is the author of the novel, True North, which is set in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota. He’s also the author of the short story collection, Thin Ice and Other Risks. His writing has appeared in many publications, and he is the winner of the River City Award in Fiction, the Fowler Prize, and the Minnesota Voices Award, among others.

November

MIDDAY MELODIES
Second Fridays at 12:00 p.m.
Bring your sack lunch and enjoy classics performed by the UNI School of Music Department students and faculty.

November 11: Alex Pershounin directs UNI Bass Students

HYBRID! FINAL THURSDAY READING SERIES
Open mic starts at 7:00 p.m. & featured author talk begins at 7:30 p.m.

Visit FTRS website here for links to attend virtually. Join us for a community open mic followed by a discussion with a featured author. The Final Thursday Reading Series is a collaboration of Final Thursday Press, the Hearst Center, the UNI College of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, and the UNI Department of Languages and Literatures. This event takes place on the final Thursday of each month.

November 17: Anesa Kajtazovic | Anesa Kajtazovic is the author of the children’s book, War Changes
Everything: My Life Leaving Bosnia, a firsthand account of her experience as a child during the Bosnian War. She is also a former member of the Iowa House of Representatives.

December

HOLIDAY CONCERT WITH BEL CANTO CEDAR VALLEY
Sunday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Join us in Mae Latta Hall for our annual holiday concert. Bel Canto Cedar Valley (BCCV) is a premiere community chamber choir serving Cedar Falls, Waterloo, Waverly, and surrounding communities. Bel Canto Cedar Valley contributes to the cultural enrichment of the community by promoting quality choral music, exploring vast and varied choral repertoire, and encouraging music as a life-long passion.