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CCPH Events


Organized in conjunction with P-20 Education Initiatives at UCD


Event Schedule



Reading by Novelist and National Book Award Finalist Dana Spiotta

Date and Time: Monday, February 27th at 6:00 PM
Location: Turnhalle Room in the Tivoli Center, Auraria Campus Denver

The major sponsor for this event is the UCD Creative Writing Visiting Writers Series. Public Humanities is co-sponsoring the event, along with Copper Nickel, The Women and Gender Studies Program, and the UCD Department of English.

Spiotta will read from her latest novel, Stone Arabia. Writing in the New York Times Book Review, Kate Christensen described Stone Arabia as “Evocative, mysterious,…gritty, intelligent, mordent, and deeply sad...Spiotta has created, in Stone Arabia, a work of visceral honesty and real beauty.”

Spiotta’s second novel, Eat the Document, was published in 2006 by Scribner. It was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Award and a recipient of the Rosenthal Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Michiko Kakutani wrote in her review in The New York Times that Eat The Document was “stunning” and described it as “a book that possesses the staccato ferocity of a Joan Didion essay and the razzle-dazzle language and the historical resonance of a Don DeLillo novel.”

The reading is free and open to the public. A reception in the upstairs portion of the venue will follow the reading immediately.


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Lecture by Marc Shell, Irving Babbitt Professor of Comparative English and Professor of English, Harvard University

Title: Multilingualism and the Contemporary University
Date and Time: Monday, April 16th at 12:30 pm
Location: Room 440/540 (Adirondack Room), Tivoli Center, Auraria Campus Denver

Professor Shell’s work in the area of nationhood and language difference includes Children of the Earth: Literature, Politics, and Nationhood (Oxford UP 1994) as well as several studies of bilingualism and language rights in Québec, New Brunswick, and elsewhere in the world.

Professor Shell’s research has also focused recently on non-English languages & literatures of the United States. In 1995 he co-founded (with Professor Werner Sollors), The Longfellow Institute at Harvard. He also co-edits The Longfellow Series, which publishes books at four presses. The series includes The Multilingual Anthology of the United States (New York UP 2001), co-edited by Marc Shell and Werner Sollors; Mark Twain's Multilingual “Jumping Frog” (Johns Hopkins UP forthcoming); and American Babel: American Literatures from Abnaki to Zuni (Harvard UP 2002).