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Monday Noon Series

monday noon series

A Free Arts & Cultural Series Presented by the UMSL Center for the Humanities.

Check out below the Feb. 5 - Apr. 30 schedule for the Spring 2018 season of the Monday Noon Series.                      

  • When: Mondays | | 12:15–1:15 PM usually*
  • Where: Gallery 210 in Campus Police Building |  (usually)*
  • Free and Open to the Public – No Registration Required

Parking for Gallery 210 in Millennium Student Center Garage North (MGN), across street.


Feb. 5 "Simply Different" The Furniture of Peter Voss: An Artist Talk

Peter Voss has been involved with furniture for 40 years as a retailer, contract furniture salesman, designer, and builder.  Gallery 210 is hosting about 35 pieces of his work past and present.  This Monday, Voss discusses his design methods, traditional woodworking techniques, and aspects of his designs unusual in commercial furniture. He shares his thoughts on current furniture trends—how and why quality furniture is "sustainable"; and why he sees his pieces as functional art.

Peter Voss: St. Louis Furniture Design opens in Gallery 210 January 27, 2018, 4:00-7:00 pm with a slide lecture and public reception. The exhibition runs to March 24, 2018. See Gallery 210's website


Feb. 12 Humanities in Prison

Humanities in Prison

Jennifer Hudson is program manager for the Washington University in St. Louis Prison Education Project and lecturer affiliated with the Political Science Department and Interdisciplinary Project for the Humanities. The Prison Ed. Project began offering WUSTL credit courses at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center in 2014. Over 20 Arts & Sciences faculty members have taught archaeology, drama, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, and writing at the medium-security facility. Dance and other fine arts classes will follow. Hudson holds a PhD in Political Science from Columbia University and teaches political and social theory. She came to St. Louis after teaching at Bard Prison Initiative at Bard College in New York. Hudson shares how liberal arts in prison can reinvigorate higher education in the humanities at a time when it can seem that universities are no longer in the education business. Join us to explore the importance of the Arts & Humanities in preparing for any career and for our lives in a democratic society.


Feb. 19 Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

Lisa Çakmak, associate curator of ancient art at the Saint Louis Art Museum, previews the exhibition Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds. The Saint Louis Art Museum is the 1st North American art museum to tell the epic tale of a major find in underwater archaeology history, a revelation of 2 lost ancient Egyptian cities submerged in the Mediterranean for over 1000 years. More than 200 artifacts, including colossal 16-foot sculptures of a pharaoh, queen, and god will be shown. Objects include gold coins, jewelry, bronze vessels, objects inscribed in ancient Egyptian or Greek languages, and statues from the sunken ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. They will be alongside Egyptian artifacts from museums in Cairo and Alexandria, many of which have never visited the US.

Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds opens at the Saint Louis Art Museum March 25, 2018 with a free lecture by underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio, 2 pm in the Farrell Auditorium; tickets required for Museum event.


Feb. 26 Gates: The Music of You, Vibrating—An Artist Talk

Basil Kincaid is a St. Louis artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across the country. He photographs, collages, writes, make installations, and invents games as avenues of questioning. His work is primarily composed of culturally contextualized, found, or donated materials. Kincaid characterizes his stylistic approach as “influenced by the innovations, practices, and cultural products of Black Americans, and West Africans.” Quilting is Kincaid’s current top interest, which he sees as a way to collaborate with ancestral energy and as a method of empowerment, nurturing creative family traditions and honoring his predecessors.

Gates: The Music of You Exhibition opens in Gallery 210 February 24, 2018, with a slide lecture and public reception, 4:00-7:00 pm. The exhibition runs to May 5, 2018. See Gallery 210's website


Mar. 5 Identity: Poetry from Around the World

Faculty Members of the UMSL Department of Language and Cultural Studies share international perspectives as they read poems from various cultures that are focused on the theme of identity. They share the poems in the original Spanish, Japanese, German, French, and Ancient Greek and Latin. The language faculty members hold this annual Monday Noon Series event in recognition of National Foreign Language Week, March 4-10, 2018.


Mar. 12 The Music of Turlough O’Carolan

David Griesedieck, UMSL Philosophy Department, discusses the Celtic harp tradition, harper and composer Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738), and performs O’Carolan’s music.  Since the middle ages, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales had a vibrant culture of harp music so central to Irish identity that the harp was the nation’s symbol. Its musical tradition was embodied by itinerant harpers travelling to play at castles and manor houses. During Carolan’s era Ireland became more integrated in broader European musical trends. He was acquainted with baroque music, especially the Italian masters, a few of whom visited Dublin. Some of his compositions have a baroque quality; others express ancient Celtic traditions. Harping thrived in Carolan's time, but its days were numbered. The decline of the Irish and Anglo-Irish aristocracy deprived harpers of major support. By 1800 the tradition was moribund and now struggles to recover.

*Location: Unity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 8454 Glen Echo Drive, Bel-Nor, 63121.


Mar. 19 MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) gives us a sneak peek at their project ALIVE INSIDE presented by PNC Arts Alive. Aging, disabilities, and Parkinson’s? These sound like heavy topics for dance. But MADCO artists turn it into an entertaining experience that will leave you changed by what you see and feel. The full show premieres April 6 & 7 at the Touhill Performing Arts Center. For more information, go to MADCO's website or call 314-516-4949.

*Note this Monday Series event Location and early start Time: Touhill Performing Arts Center, Whitaker Rehearsal Hall, 10:15-11:30 am. Park in Lot K on West Dr., UMSL North Main Campus. 


Apr. 2 Opening Day, 1890: Parades, Bands, and “War to the Knife”

Scott Peterson, UMSL associate professor of English, discusses the 1890 baseball season, that featured two rival organizations—the National League and the Players' League—competing head-to-head in seven cities to decide the future of America's past time. Peterson provides background to the "The Brotherhood War" conflict, discusses St. Louis' role in baseball's labor struggles of the era, and reads from his Reporting Baseball’s Sensational Season of 1890: The Brotherhood War and the Rise of Modern Sports Journalism. He shares with us how three key journalists covered the game and events of that season for the Sporting Life during a major labor dispute. Peterson serves as fiction editor for Aethlon, the journal of the Sport Literature Association, and writes fiction himself.

Books available for signing.


Apr. 9 No Theory: A Reading of Poems by Robert Stewart

Robert Stewart returns to his native St. Louis to read from Working Class poems, reflecting his religious, Sicilian, pipe-trades, city background, but also his editing and writing roles. He is editor-in-chief of New Letters magazine and BkMk Press at Univ. of MO-Kansas City and teaches in its MFA Program in Creative Writing. He offers humor at times, in poems like “Pretty Girls in Tight Jeans in Church” and “Brewer Job” about working as an Anheuser-Busch plumber. His work appears in Iowa Review, Prairie Schooner, and Notre Dame Review, with essays in The Narrow Gate: Writing, Art & Values and Outside Language reflecting his interest in how literary art affects values and lives. Willis Barnstone writes of Working Class, “Bob’s magic floats you along a jungle river to eat manioc root, to discover Byzantine artos bread and wine, while Amazon vultures gossip in the clouds.”

Books available for signing.


Apr. 16 I Am Not Here: Autobiography in Fiction—Nye and Austin

Michael Nye is the author of 2 books: the story collection Strategies Against Extinction and the novel All the Castles Burned. His work has appeared in American Literary Review, Cincinnati Review, Kenyon Review, and Normal School. The former managing editor of Missouri Review, he is currently an associate editor with Boulevard. He lives in Columbus, Ohio. St. Louis native Ron A. Austin is a 2016 Regional Arts Commission Fellow. His stories have been placed in Ninth Letter, Story Quarterly, Black Warrior Review, Midwestern Gothic, and Juked. He has taught creative writing at UMSL’s Pierre Laclede Honors College and is finishing a collection of stories, Avery Colt Is A Snake, A Thief, A Liar. Besides reading from their work, Nye and Austin discuss writing in relation to their past and the reality of their lives. We explore how some of their writing is autobiographical and how they shape actual experiences into fiction.

Books available for signing.


Apr. 23 Eileen G'Sell reading from her book Life After Rugby

Eileen G'Sell reads from her recent poetry. She received an MA from the University of Rochester and an MFA in creative writing from Washington University in St. Louis. Features Editor of pop culture at The Rumpus, her cultural criticism and poetry can be found in Salon, VICE, Boston Review, Hyperallergic, DIAGRAM, Conduit, Ninth Letter, and the Denver Quarterly. G’Sell’s chapbooks are available from Dancing Girl and BOAAT Press, and her first full-length poetry collection, Life After Rugby, has just been published. She currently teaches rhetoric and poetry at Washington University, and creative writing for the Prison Education Project at Missouri Eastern Correctional Center. G’Sell lives in St. Louis and New York. See her website  

Books available for signing.


Apr. 30  St. Louis Storytelling Festival Preview: Storyteller, Author, and Educator Lynn Rubright

Lynn Rubright, co-founder of The St. Louis Storytelling Festival, gives us an insider’s sneak preview of this year’s 39th annual event. As an educator, author, and award-winning storyteller, Lynn not only shares some of her favorite stories, but also describes storytelling’s uses as a versatile tool to engage audiences in many different settings and spark the creative imagination in listeners young and old. The 39th St. Louis Storytelling Festival runs May 2-5 with events for all ages and interests.



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Financial assistance provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; funded in part by the Arts and Education Council; with technical and artistic assistance from Gallery 210.

  • Parking and buildings are disabled accessible.
  • For events in Gallery 210, parking in Millennium Student Center Garage North (MGN)
  • Campus accessible by MetroLink and serviced by free campus shuttle.
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