Poet laureate Natasha Trethewey to speak at Creighton lecture - Omaha.com
Published Monday, September 2, 2013 at 1:30 am / Updated at 8:48 pm
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Poet laureate Natasha Trethewey to speak at Creighton lecture

The 2012 U.S. poet laureate, Natasha Trethewey, is the featured speaker of the Creighton University Center for Health Policy and Ethics' Women and Health Lecture.

The free lecture will be on Sept. 12 at the Witherspoon Concert Hall in the Joslyn Art Museum.

A native of Gulfport, Miss., Trethewey is the 19th poet laureate of the United States and the author of four collections of poetry in which she seeks to explore the private moments of our lives by placing them into a broader context of history.

Register for the free lecture at chpe.creighton.edu.

Peru State College welcomes largest class in its history

Peru State College has the largest freshman class in its 146-year history.

This year's freshman class enrollment is 266, up 28 percent from 2012. The number of on-campus students has increased 28 percent in the past five years, with 1,008 students now enrolled.

More than 12 percent of freshman class members are Board of Trustees Scholars, the most prestigious scholarship offered by the Nebraska State College System for high academic achievement.

Wayne State aims to attract S.D. students with tuition rate

The Nebraska State College System board of trustees has added South Dakota residents to the list of people eligible for a special tuition rate at Nebraska state colleges. It means South Dakotans pay 150 percent of the in-state tuition rate.

The change is good news for Wayne State College. It puts Wayne State's tuition, fees, and room and board costs below those of the University of South Dakota and Dakota Wesleyan and just slightly more than South Dakota State University and Dakota State University.

Museum program will focus on men's roles in quilting

Nationally known quiltmaker, author and musician Joe Cunningham will present “Men and the Art of Quiltmaking” on Friday at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum, 1523 N. 33rd St. on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's East Campus.

The free program begins at 5:30 p.m. and features Cunningham's humor, quilts and music. He will give a general history of the ways men have been involved in quiltmaking over the past 200 years.

World issues forum kicks off with Wall Street Journal editor

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's E.N. Thompson Forum on World Issues will kick off the season Sept. 24 with a presentation by the economics editor of the Wall Street Journal.

David Wessel's lecture, “On Capital and the Capitol,” falls under the forum's theme this year, “U.S. & Them,” which will examine the United States' shifting global influence in foreign policy, economy, education and social classes.

Each of the forum's five lectures will begin at 7 p.m. at the Lied Center for Performing Arts. The free lectures require tickets, which can be reserved online, at the Lied Center box office or by calling the Lied Center at 402-472-4747.

Lied Center to host city's first musical theater workshop

The Lied Center for Performing Arts will host Lincoln's first ASCAP New Musical Theatre Workshop from Sept. 10 through 12.

The prestigious workshop, held annually in New York and Los Angeles, selects new musical theater works from composers and playwrights around the country to be developed by industry professionals.

Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin (“The Wedding Singer”), as well as Broadway veteran Karen Morrow, will host workshops and staged readings of this year's three selected works. A festival will accompany the workshop, featuring master classes and a concert combining the Broadway stars and Lincoln talent. The event is free and open to the public.

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