Carol Birch retells “The Grapes of Wrath” : Chapel, 11.45

One of the world’s most celebrated and inspiring storytellers, Carol Birch will perform her award-winning interpretation of John Steinbeck’s THE GRAPES OF WRATH, which transforms this seminal work into an exhilarating revelation.  Almost eighty years after it was written, the novel resonates with themes ripped from today’s headlines, ricocheting from head to heart to fists thrown in the air! This is a unique event that you will not want to miss.

(THE GRAPES OF WRATH copyright © 1939 by John Steinbeck, copyright renewed 1967.)

MU Libraries Special Collection: Stamper Commons, 1.00

Step into the world of Charlotte Brontë’s childhood in this presentation on an original manuscript containing two short stories she wrote at the age of seventeen.  Attendees will hear about the history of the manuscript, how it ended up in Missouri, and its relationship to Brontë’s other works.  There will also be a rare opportunity to view the manuscript, which is smaller than an index card and written in an almost microscopic script. The Brontë manuscript is among the most valuable and culturally significant materials in the collections of the Special Collections and Rare Books department at the University of Missouri Libraries. The department houses rare and unique manuscripts, books, photos, maps, comics, artifacts, and art that span over four thousand years.
Kelli Hansen is a librarian in the Special Collections and Rare Books Department at the University of Missouri Libraries, where she teaches and does reference work, outreach, and web development.

OneMic: Warehouse Theatre, 2.30

OneMic is a spoken word collective based out of Columbia, MO. Founded in 2014 by T'Keyah Thomas and Andrew Hutchinson, OneMic started as an open mic series geared towards fusing both sides of the poetry spectrum: poetry of the page and poetry of the stage. Embracing the power of collaboration, OneMic has partnered with several community groups, including the after school program, Moving Ahead, and LisaMona Live, an underground jam session featuring local poets and musicians.  Finding homes within the walls of the Tiger Hotel, Orr Street Studios and Cafe Berlin, OneMic has tapped into art as a method to build diverse solidarity among age and racial groups. You can find the OneMic team on KOPN (89.5) every Saturday from 2-4pm, bringing you jazz, hip-hop and live poetry.

Performance: “The Hearing Test”: Warehouse Theatre, 4.00

This concert reading of Willy Conley’s gripping, award-winning one-act play about the misguided treatment of a young deaf man is produced and directed by David Crespy of MU’s Department of Theater. A question-and-answer session with the playwright and director will follow the performance.