West Virginia University at
WVU Parkersburg Spring Mosaic
to illuminate different facets of the world
CONTACT: Rebecca Phillips, associate professor of English, 304-424-8282.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg is presenting a Spring Mosaic featuring a variety of speakers and programs designed to illuminate different facets of the world.
Coordinated by the college’s Humanities Speakers Series, the Mosaic programs are free and open to the public.
The first Mosaic program will feature Dr. Aleya Said, a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at Georgia State University, who will speak on "The Media and Cultural Representation: An Egyptian Perspective." Her presentation will be given at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, in Room 2536 at the college.
At Georgia State, Dr. Said is currently teaching a course in comparative drama focusing on Arab and Western playwrights. She earned her Ph.D. in drama at the University of Georgia in Athens. Subsequently, she received grants for further research in the U.S. and India. From 1996-1998, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses at International Islamic University Malaysia in the Department of English Language and Literature. She regularly teaches courses in the English Department at the University of Alexandria in Alexandria, Egypt, and publishes in the field of comparative drama and literature.
On Monday, March 10, Paul Bibbee, WVU Parkersburg professor of drafting and photography, will give a multimedia program entitled "Composing Life: Improving Your Travel Photographs." The program will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Room 2536.
Aimed at anyone who has ever wanted to improve the quality of the photographic souvenirs brought home from a trip, the program will feature Bibbee’s photographs of central Europe and reflections on his own travels and photographic work. A native of Wood County, Bibbee has traveled extensively and advises the college’s Phi Theta Kappa, the student honorary.
The final Mosaic program of the semester will be on Thursday, April 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Room 2537. In honor of National Poetry Month, poet John Hoppenthaler will read from his recently published book, Lives of Water, which critic David St. John has praised for its "measured composure and quiet wisdom."
Hoppenthaler received his MFA in poetry writing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1988. His poetry has appeared in a number of journals, including Ploughshares, Blackbird, The Southern Review, Pleaides, Connecticut Review, Poet Lore, and The Bloomsbury Review, and the anthology September 11, 2001: American Writers Respond, edited by William Heyen. His reviews, interviews, and essays regularly appear in such journals as Chelsea, Arts & Letters, The Bellingham Review, Pleiades, and Kestrel, where he is poetry editor. Among his honors are an individual artist grant from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts, a fellowship from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, a foreign travel grant from West Virginia University, and six Pushcart Prize nominations. He is currently editing a collection of essays and interviews on the work of Jean Valentine, forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press.
Additional information about the Spring Mosaic may be obtained by contacting Rebecca Phillips, associate professor of English, at 424-8282.
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