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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 Sept. 17 - Nov. 12 schedule for the Fall 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.


Sept. 17 Artists for a Cause: Supporting Artists Who Serve Community Needs 

Terry Barber has been a soloist in some of the world’s best venues, from the Metropolitan Opera to Moscow’s Svetlanov Hall and on recordings with artists from Madonna to the London Philharmonic. Terry’s recent solo album was up for 6 Grammy nominations. With degrees from Northwestern University and Trinity College London, and a Duke University certificate in Nonprofit Management, Barber is founder of Artists for a Cause, a nonprofit supporting artists who serve community needs, taking on problems like poverty and illness.  After losing his mother to cancer, Barber partnered with a large national nonprofit in an effort to use his talent to stop cancer. Then he designed an organization to advocate for artists who use their talent to affect change. Barber discusses ways Artists for a Cause programs support culture and meet critical community needs, explaining how artists and community members can be involved with this innovative organization. Learn more at 


Sept. 24 Music, Culture, and Community Engagement 

Matthew Henry, Associate Teaching Professor and Percussion Director in the UMSL Music Department, founded SpecDrum,, in 2017 as a way to give back to the community via his research and study of West African & Afro-Cuban culture and drumming. Henry has performed at numerous musical venues in the greater St. Louis area. Come hear his creative process in action and learn how his vision came to fruition.


Oct. 1 Invigorating Life through Dance Is Our Mission 

Erin Prange, Executive Director of The Big Muddy Dance Company, speaks about the effect of dance on various communities and its capacity to invigorate lives through dance therapy, education, entertainment, and expression.  Prange is accompanied in this program by several Big Muddy Company dancers, who demonstrate an up-close look into the company's work from the “stage.”  


Oct. 8 Animal House 

When not watching films, Cliff Froehlich—Executive Director of Cinema St. Louis—shares his life with a superabundance of pets. Over the 35 years of their marriage, Froehlich and his wife, Ledy VanKavage, have cared for one potbellied pig, 13 dogs, and 131 (or more!) cats. In this talk—an adaptation of an essay that appeared in Washington University's The Common Reader—he recounts his eventful coexistence with these animals.


Oct. 15 Metro Theatre Company, Matt Neufeld

Matthew Neufeld, Metro Theater Company Managing Director, invites you to learn how St. Louis is on the leading edge of professional theater for all ages. MTC is guided by belief in the intelligence of young people to provide platforms that inspire shared reflection, empower youth, and foster stronger communities. St. Louis native Neufeld joined the Company in 2009 with a background as an arts manager, teaching artist, stage director, and actor. He became interested in theater as a child after seeing MTC’s Beowulf production. Under his leadership, MTC expanded the ways it engages youth and families on stage, in schools, and across the community. Theater can be socially conscious, thought provoking, and challenging—addressing questions we all face, elevating conversation and engaging patrons in positive change. But what if the patrons are children?  Metro Theater Company ( has been creating exactly that kind of theater for 46 years to national and international acclaim.


Oct. 22 Writing the New Ozarks: A Reading  

Angela Mitchell is the author of Unnatural Habitats & Other Stories (WTAW Press 2018), a collection focusing on contemporary life in northwest Arkansas and her native southern Missouri. A St. Louis fiction writer, Mitchell reads from her stories and discusses the experience of writing on the “new Ozarks” in the shadow of such landmark books as The Shepherd of the Hills, Winter’s Bone, and others that have defined the region in literature. Books available for signing.


Oct. 29 Breaking Frontiers—Crossing Divides 

Petruta Lipan, Executive Director and Chief Curator of St Louis University Museums & Galleries, briefly introduces the audience to those museums and galleries, which include Saint Louis University Museum of Art and the Historic Samuel Cupples House. She explains how Jesuits visually recorded their encounters with different cultures. Lipan is a specialist in 20th- and 21st-century art and semiotics of art with a particular focus on the process of meaning reconstruction determined by cultural schemata. She teaches courses in Art Appreciation and 20th- and 21st-century art.


Nov. 5 Thank Your Lucky Stars: A Flash Fiction Reading by Sherri Flick 

Sherrie Flick has been exploring the flash fiction form—stories under 1,000 words—for decades. She reads from her new collection, Thank Your Lucky Stars, comprising 50 stories, from micro to long, that use compression and nuance to create fully formed worlds. Dan Chaon praises its stories’ “astonishing scope, as vast as our American states. Sherrie Flick seems to know something about all of us, and she’s telling our secrets.” Her novel Reconsidering Happiness was a semi-finalist for the VCU First Novelist Award and her debut collection, Whiskey, Etc.,was named a 2016 Entropy Best Fiction Book and won a Foreword INDIES bronze prize. Her work has appeared in W.W. Norton’s Flash Fiction ForwardNew Sudden Fiction, and New Micro, along with PloughsharesSmokeLong Quarterly, and Pie & Whiskey: Writers under the Influence of Butter & Booze. Flick teaches in the Food Studies and MFA programs at Pittsburgh’s Chatham University. Books available for signing. 


Nov. 12 Eat Like a Maisel: A St. Louis Jewish Book Festival Joint Event

Anthony LeDonne explores the culinary world of 1950s Manhattan, honoring beloved classics yet offering a fresh take with modern ingredients and techniques. The hit show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel inspired LeDonne’s fun, unofficial cookbook that lets fans drop into the Maisels’ kitchen and see how to eat, drink, and entertain just as they do. LeDonne includes stunning photography, cleverly integrates the comedy world, and nods to eating and drinking in New York City. This event is presented in partnership with the 40th Annual St. Louis Jewish Book Festival, Nov. 4-18, 2018. Books available for signing. Time: 1:00-2:00pm

*Location: Jewish Community Center, Staenberg Family Complex, Arts&Education Bldg., 2 Millstone Campus Dr., Creve Coeur, 63146. Email for information on Monday Noon Series audience ticketing for Nov.12 event.





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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.
  • For more information, email