WBEZ | Northeastern Illinois University http://www.wbez.org/content/northeastern-illinois-university Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Presidential Lecture Series featuring author Kwame Dawes http://www.wbez.org/presidential-lecture-series-featuring-author-kwame-dawes-106319 <p><p>Emmy award-winning poet and writer, <strong>Kwame Dawes</strong>, will be featured on the next Presidential Lecture Series presentation at Northeastern Illinois University.</p><div>Dr. Dawes will present a talk with readings from his 2010 collection of poems entitled Wheels. Born in Ghana in 1962, Kwame Dawes moved to Jamaica in 1971 and spent most of his childhood and early adult life there. As a poet, he is profoundly influenced by the rhythms and textures of that lush place, citing in a recent interview his &ldquo;spiritual, intellectual, and emotional engagement with reggae music.&rdquo; In Jamaica, he attended Jamaica College and the University of the West Indies at Mona. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of New Brunswick on a Commonwealth Scholarship, and he was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, The Brunswickan. A former Scudder Professor of Liberal Arts at the University of South Carolina, he taught English and was Distinguished Poet-in-Residence, Director of the South Carolina Poetry Initiative, and Director of the USC Arts Initiative. He is currently Professor of English at the University Nebraska, Lincoln. He serves as editor-in-chief of the Prairie Schooner and teaches in the Pacific University MFA Writing Program. A prolific author and social activist, Dr. Dawes is the author of sixteen poetry books and numerous other works, including plays, fiction and nonfiction. In 1994, he won the Forward Poetry Prize - Best First Collection- for his work Progeny of Air. Other awards and honors throughout his career include: a Pushcart Prize for the best American poetry for his long poem &ldquo;<em>Inheritance</em>&rdquo; (2001); the Hollis Summers Prize for Poetry for his book Midland (2002); the Musgrave Silver Medal for Contributions to the Arts in Jamaica (2004); Hurston/Wright Legacy Award for Best First Novel for <em>She&rsquo;s Gone</em>, and the Elizabeth O&rsquo;Neill Verner Governor&rsquo;s Award for Service To The Arts in South Carolina (2008); induction into the South Carolina Academy of Authors, and an Emmy award form LiveHopeLove.com (an interactive site based on Kwame Dawes&rsquo;s Pulitzer Center project: HOPE: Living and loving with AIDS in Jamaica) (2009); the Barnes and Noble Writers for Writers Award (2011); and a Guggenheim Fellowship for Poetry (2012). &nbsp;His forthcoming opus is as editor of an anthology entitled <em>Seeking: Poetry and Prose Inspired by the Art of Jonathan Gree</em>n, due to be published in 2013.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The author will be available to sign his books immediately following his presentation.</div></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/presidential-lecture-series-featuring-author-kwame-dawes-106319 Solitary Confinement & Mental Health http://www.wbez.org/solitary-confinement-mental-health-103645 <p><p>The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, Amnesty International, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the National Religious Campaign Against Torture are hosting Dr. <strong>Terry Kupers</strong> at a national strategic convening on solitary confinement and human rights. Dr. Kupers is institute professor at The Wright Institute and distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.</p><p>Dr. Kupers provides expert testimony in class action litigation regarding the psychological effects of prison conditions, including isolated confinement in supermaximum security units, the quality of correctional mental health care, and the effects of sexual abuse in correctional settings. At this event, he will discuss the psychological damage of long-term isolation and explain how the practice constitutes a human rights abuse.</p></p> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 13:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/solitary-confinement-mental-health-103645 Kristan Cilente Speaks as Part of Northeastern Illinois University’s Presidential Lecture Series http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-11/kristan-cilente-speaks-part-northeastern-illinois-university%E2%80%99s-presidential-lecture <p><p>Kristan Cilente, contributing author of &ldquo;Leadership for a Better World: Understanding the Social Change Model of Leadership Development,&rdquo; will deliver a lecture titled &ldquo;Leadership for Social Change&rdquo; as part of Northeastern Illinois University&rsquo;s (NEIU) Presidential Lecture Series. Cilente also serves the Committee on Measures of Student Success at the U.S. Department of Education. <br /><br /> This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the NEIU Box Office at (773) 442-4636 or <a href="http://www.free-press-release.com/news-kristan-cilente-to-speak-as-part-of-northeastern-illinois-university-s-presidential-lecture-series-1288110332.html">see the press release</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 03 Nov 2010 14:20:14 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/event/2010-11-11/kristan-cilente-speaks-part-northeastern-illinois-university%E2%80%99s-presidential-lecture