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Coming to campus

- November 14, 2005

Coming to Campus is a section announcing visiting speakers of note.

Those who wish to submit items for this section should send a brief description (maximum 300 words) of the event, including the date, time, and place, and giving the name, title, outstanding accomplishments and, if available, a color photo of the speaker to: Visiting Speaker, Advance, 1266 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06269-4144 or by e-mail: advance@uconn.edu, with Visiting Speaker in the subject line.

The information must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, a minimum of two weeks prior to the event.

Publication will depend on space available, and preference will be given to events of interest to a cross-section of the University community.

“Growing Up Southern: White Men I Met Along the Way,” will be the title of a talk by award-winning anchor and reporter Joyce King on Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 4 p.m. in Konover Auditorium.

King has worn many broadcasting hats, including talk show host, producer, and writer. She was the only journalist to cover all thee trials in the James Byrd truck-dragging death, and she produced a book called HATE CRIME: The Story of a Dragging Death in Jasper, Texas. Her latest memoir, Growing Up Southern – White Men I Met Along the Way, a limited edition title, will be available during a book signing session following her presentation.

King’s talk is sponsored by the Women’s Center, with the the Center for Academic Programs, the Institute for African American Studies, and the African American Cultural Center.

A benefit reading for The Covenant Soup Kitchen of Willimantic – Creative Sustenance-Storrs – will take place at the William Benton Museum of Art on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 5 p.m.

The event, featuring readings by authors Robert Cording, Joan Seliger Sidney, and Brad Davis, is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program and the Benton Museum.

Robert Cording is a poet with four published collections: Life-list, which won the Ohio State University Press/Journal award; What Binds Us To This World, Heavy Grace, and Against Consolation.

Joan Seliger Sidney’s first book of poems and nonfiction, Body of Diminishing Motion, was published recently. Seliger Sidney’s honors include fellowships from the Connecticut Commission on the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center.

Brad Davis’s first book, Though War Break Out, is published by Antrim House Press. He directs The Writers Studio, and has published widely in journals including Poetry, The Paris Review, and DoubleTake.

Those who attend are asked to make donations of any amount for the Covenant Soup Kitchen. Donations are tax-deductible. In-kind donations are also welcome. The Covenant Soup Kitchen has posted a wish list at www.covenantsoupkitchen.org.

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