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HOSPITALI-TEA

BOOKS AND HOSPITALI-TEA

Join us for this new series where we will feature local artists and authors while enjoying tea, coffee, and treats with silver service from our host, retired general manager of Siouxland Public Media, Gretchen Gondek. In April, we will feature Dr. James Schaap. In May, we will feature Jeanne Emmons. Both will read excerpts from their works and share their journeys with us. 

DR. JAMES CALVIN SCHAAP

Dr. James Calvin Schaap taught literature and writing at Dordt College, Sioux Center, Iowa, for 37 years before retiring five years ago. He has published many short stories and several novels, as well as a variety of non-fiction books, including “Things We Couldn’t Say,” the war-time biography of the Dutch Nazi Resistance fighter, Berendina Eman, a story featured during Sioux City’s Remembrance Week a few years ago. His most recent publications include “Looking for Dawn” (a novel), “Up the Hill: Folk Tales from the Grave” (stories) and “Reading Mother Teresa” (meditations).

Of greatest interest to the Sioux City community and Western Iowa Tech is a series of historical vignettes that KWIT has broadcast for the last two years, “Small Wonder(s),” which air on Monday at 7:44 and 4:44.

He describes “Small Wonder(s)” as little stories worthy of our atten- tion, old stories nearly forgotten that reveal a human character that’s not solely historical. Dug up from around the region, these vignettes bring us into a past that’s not really behind us, stories that are, really, small wonders.

He and his wife Barbara are the parents of two adult children, and grandparents of four. They live just outside of Alton, Iowa, an open field away from the Floyd River. 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3; 10:30 A.M. TO NOON
Location
: Advanced Sciences Bldg., Room L416/417, Entrance 11 
Fee: No charge / Max: 50
Lifelong Learning membership required
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2906-01


FINDING MOTHER BY JEANNE EMMONS

To commemorate Mother’s Day, Jeanne Emmons will present poems about mothers, with emphasis on her work in progress, an exploration of the grieving process in which the poet figuratively descends to the underworld to find her deceased mother. A book signing will follow. Jeanne Emmons is the author of four books of poetry and is Professor Emerita of English and Writing at Briar Cliff University. 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 15; 10:30 A.M. TO NOON
Location
: Advanced Sciences Bldg., Room L416/417, Entrance 11 
Fee: No charge / Max: 50
Lifelong Learning membership required
Course #19/FY-CPDV-2906-02

 

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