Community Invited to Lecture, Discussion on Diversity and Literature

October 20 2016
Category: Events

Alex Juffer

How does art spark dialogue across barriers and confront stereotypes through fictional characters? Creative writer, Alex Juffer will address this question in his presentation, "Stirring the Melting Pot: Race, Literature and the Misrepresentation of the American Family" on Monday, October 24, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. in the Tripp Lecture Hall, Gannett Tripp Library.

After reading an excerpt from his short story, "The Lady of El Cobre," Alex will focus the discussion on how to engage with American diversity, in its myriad of definitions, through writing and reading fiction. 

Alex is a recent graduate of the Master in Fine Arts program at Southern Illinois University. His work has been published in Epoch, The Red Line, and Maudlin House. Alex was also a finalist for the 2016-17 Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing fellowship.

This event is free and open to the community. The hour-long event is offered in conjunction with a freshman-year studies class and is a combination of slide lecture, reading and discussion.

Please contact Jan Kather at for more information.