Joni Mitchell Jesus: Pop Songs and the Spirit
Martha Kelly, Department of German and Russian Studies
Patricia Okker, Professor of English and Deputy Provost
Think Academics are all brains and no brawn? Think again, and join us for the first talk of the 2015-16 season.
Artist/curator Anne Thompson discusses her fascinating current project, an engagement with I-70’s motley billboard culture.
Gabriel Fried, Department of English
To commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Dungeons & Dragons, the groundbreaking role-playing game, Speaking of Culture director Gabriel Fried will discuss the game and its essential role in his becoming a writer.
Nicole Monnier, Department of German and Russian Studies
Come hear all about the unforgettable “daughters of Sulket,” guardians of vanishing musical legacy and distillers of Russian moonshine.
Rachel Harper, Honors College
Personal recollections of Nobel laureate Gabriel García Márquez.
Steven Watts, Department of History
Get in the mood for Valentine’s Day with the renowned Steven Watts, Professor of History at the University of Missouri, whose 2009 biography of Hugh Hefner, publisher of Playboy, was deemed “riveting” by the Newark Star Ledger and “illuminating” by the Los Angeles Times.
Valerie Kaussen, Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
Ah, Paris! La ville de la poésie! Come wander its streets and experience its cadences without ever leaving Columbia in the March installment of Speaking of Culture, this month featuring Valerie Kaussen, Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures at the University of Missouri.