Month: October 2016

Author Heather Webb at the UConn Bookstore

Author of two historical fiction novels Becoming Josephine and Rodin’s Lover, Heather Webb will be at the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center on Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 6:00pm. She taught high school French for nearly a decade before taking up writing fiction. Passionate about travel, culture, and languages, she is a member of the Historical Novel Society and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. This event is a benefit for the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic. Audience members are invited to make monetary or canned food donations  after the reading.

UConn’s Graduate Association for Literary Artists hosts Literary Salon

UConn’s Graduate Association for Literary Artists (UConn GALA) hosts this year’s very first Literary Salon. We welcome creative writers from all backgrounds to come and share their work and learn more about GALA’s mission to provide support for graduate students who wish to do more with their creative work. The event is on Tuesday, Nov. 1 at 6:45pm in the Stern Lounge (Austin 217). Snacks included.

Clare Costley King’oo Discusses “Reading Tyndale’s Obedience in Whole and in Part”

From 2-4 pm on October 31, Clare Costley King’oo will discuss “Reading Tyndale’s Obedience in Whole and in Part”, an article she co-authored with Susan Felch of Calvin College. The event takes place in the Humanities Institute on the fourth floor of the Babbidge Library. Forthcoming in Reformation, the article examines the early reception history of Tyndale’s Obedience of a Christian Man. King’oo will discuss the article, the broader NEH project, and the future of Tyndale studies.

Chris Vials on CBC Radio

AMERICAN FASCISM: IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE? Donald Trump has been called a buffoon, an entertainer, a circus clown. He’s also been called a fascist. But he’s aiming to called Mr. President. What does the Trump campaign, and the voters it’s mobilized, have in common with Fascism, not only in Europe but in America’s own dark past?

Chris Vials was interviewed on the history of fascism in the U.S. on CBC Radio’s national show Ideas with Paul Kennedy October 28.


Fred Roden on Religious Diversity

Professor Fred Roden from the Stamford campus published “UConn Reads: Interfaith in America” in UConn Today. The piece discusses how UConn offers opportunities for students of many different faiths—or none—to explore religious diversity. Roden writes about growing up in a religiously mixed family with both Christian and Jewish elements. His background gave him a deep understanding of the definition of “interfaith,” and this harbored his interest in religious studies in graduate school. Experiencing UConn as a university that honors many different faiths, Roden explains the value of religious diversity and how different groups may learn from one another.

Author and UConn Grad Lynda Mullaly Hunt on Oct. 26

New York Times best-selling author and UConn/NEAG graduate Lynda Mullaly Hunt will speak on October 26 in Austin 164 at 6:00 pm. Hunt has followed up her award-winning debut novel, One for the Murphys, with another New York Times bestselling middle-grade novel, Fish in a Tree, which is an ALA Schneider Award winner, ALA Notable Book, Global Read Aloud, and a NYC stage show. Hunt’s books appear on thirty-seven state award lists and are published in more than twenty languages. For more information about her, go to

Gene Luen Yang at the Student Union

On October 27 at 4 pm, acclaimed author Gene Luen Yang will give a talk in the Student Union Theater. Recently named a MacArthur Genius Fellow, Yang is presently the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, an appointment given by the Library of Congress, Every Child a Reader, and the Children’s Book Council. Currently, Yang teaches creative writing through Hamline University’s Writing for Children and Young Adults.

Yang’s first book, American Born Chinese (2006), was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award; it was also the recipient of the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album-New. His second book, Boxers and Saints (2013), was also nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. A leading figure in contemporary comics, Yang has been affiliated with Dark Horse Comics’ continuation of Avatar: The Last Airbender and D.C. Comics Superman!.