Poetry, lectures and children's theater highlight Fanfare's third week


Tuesday, October 8, 2019
by: Tonya Lowentritt 

     HAMMOND – Poetry readings, lectures and children’s theater highlight the third week of Fanfare, Southeastern Louisiana University’s annual fall arts festival.
     Fanfare’s third week begins Tuesday, Oct. 15, with the first of three events, courtesy of the English Department, to help students prepare for the upcoming Common Read program. Common Read provides students and community members the opportunity to read selected works and then meet their contemporary authors. This year’s author is Kaveh Akbar.
     First up is David Armand, Nat Fisher and Tommy Parrie, who will present “Speaking the Unspeakable: Using Poetry to Express Difficult Topics.” The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in The Writing Center, located in D Vickers Hall, room 210.
     The second event is scheduled Wednesday, Oct. 16. Canese Jarboe, a poet from rural southeastern Kansas, and Southeastern poetry students will discuss “Orchids are Sprouting from the Floorboards: Optical and Textural Immersion in Kaveh Akbar’s ‘Calling a Wolf a Wolf,’” from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in The Writing Center.
     Also on Oct. 16, Fanfare’s Then and Now lecture series continues with recent Southeastern graduate Rosemary Flynn. She will present “If a Ceorl Prospered: The Legal Status and Social Mobility of Anglo-Saxon Ceorls Before and After the Norman Conquest” at 1 p.m. in Pottle Auditorium.
     Flynn will use surviving Anglo-Saxon laws to show that ceorls or freemen of the seventh century were most likely to advance to “thegnhood” or nobility, the “Anglo-Saxon Chronicle” to demonstrate that the Viking invasions of the ninth and 10th centuries impoverished the ceorls and prevented them from gaining greater social status, and a document known as the “Gepnycoo” to prove that by the 11th century the status of ceorls had declined from a former era of prosperity.
     The third Common Read preparation event is scheduled Thursday, Oct. 17. Presented by Southeastern’s Ann Babson, Sherri Craig, and Randall Frederick, “Sin, Salvation, and the Experience In-between: Exploring Themes in the Common Read” will take place from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the Writing Center.
     Also on Oct. 17, the Southeastern Concert Choir will present a free concert titled “Canto” at the First Baptist Church, located at 401 W Morris Ave., Hammond at 7:30 p.m.
     Rounding out the week is the return of Missoula Children’s Theatre with “Jack and the Beanstalk” on Oct. 19 at 2 p.m. at Columbia Theatre. A non-profit educational theater troupe, Missoula Children’s Theatre has been a hometown arts favorite since 1992.
     Tickets for “Jack and the Beanstalk” are $20 for adults and $13 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the Columbia Theatre Box Office at 220 East Thomas Street in Hammond, which is open 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, online at columbiatheatre.org, or by phone at 985-543-4371.
     For a complete Fanfare schedule, contact the Columbia/Fanfare office at 985-543-4366 or visit columbiatheatre.org.

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