Arts Week Schedule Packs in Poetry, Philosophy, Music and More

School of Arts and Humanities events cover a wide swath of pursuits this week, including theater, poetry, philosophy and music.

Alex Lemon
April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Jonsson Performance Hall

Alex Lemon

Alex Lemon

Kick-starting the week is a reading from poet and memoirist Alex Lemon. Lemon is the author of Happy: A Memoir, as well as two poetry collections, Mosquito  and  Hallelujah Blackout. His writing has appeared in Best American Poetry 2008, the Kenyon Review, Esquire and Gulf Coast,  among other publications. He was awarded a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts and a 2006 Minnesota Arts Board Grant. He co-edits LUNA: A Journal of Poetry and Translation. Lemon is assistant professor of English at Texas Christian University. The reading begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 11 in the Jonsson Performance Hall. Other events for the week include:

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

April 12 – 13 at 8 p.m. in the University Theatre

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

This comedy about overachievers’ angst chronicles the experience of six adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. The Tony Award winning show, with music and lyrics by William Finn and a book by Rachel Sheinkin, also gives the audience a chance to participate as spellers in the bee. The play is directed by Kathryn Evans, head of vocal and choral music at UT Dallas. “The musical is about winners and losers – and how winning isn’t everything and losing doesn’t make you a loser,” said Evans.


Science-Policy Interactions and Social Values: A Symposium
April 13, 14 McDermott Library (all day event)

To wrap up the 2011-2012 public lecture series on Funded and Forbidden Knowledge: Science, Politics, and Cultural Values, the Center for Values in Medicine, Science, and Technology presents an interdisciplinary conference. Topics will include science and technology studies, history and philosophy of science, science and technology policy studies, ethics and political philosophy, education, and science policy in exploring the interactions between science and policy-making, with special attention to the role of values in those interactions. Keynote speakers for the Symposium are Dr. Kevin C. Elliot of the University of South Carolina and Dr. Jonathan Pluckers of Indiana University. Registration is available online. The symposium is free to UT Dallas faculty and students.

Classical Music Concert: Emanuel Borok with Steven Harlos
Saturday, April 14 at 8 p.m. in the Alexander Clark Center

Violinist Emanuel Borok

Emanuel Borok

Violinist Emanuel Borok has enjoyed a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader of the Israel Chamber Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic, the Boston Pops, and most recently, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. He will showcase his solo skills, accompanied by Steven Harlos on piano. Harlos is a faculty member at the University of North Texas and staff keyboardist for the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.


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