Award-winning poets and novelist headline Fall 2014 Reiberg Reading Series

INDIANAPOLIS — The Fall 2014 Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis features poets Marcus Wicker and Marianne Boruch and novelist Randa Jarrar.

The Department of English in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI is the series sponsor. All events, which take place at various locations on the IUPUI campus, are free and open to the public.


Marcus Wicker

The series kicks off with poet Marcus Wicker at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 9 in the IUPUI University Library Lilly Auditorium, 755 W. Michigan St. This event is co-sponsored by the O­ffice for Academic Affairs at IUPUI.

D.A. Powell selected Wicker’s poetry collection, “Maybe the Saddest Thing” (Harper Perennial), for the National Poetry Series. Wicker received a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship and his work has appeared in American Poetry Review and many other magazines. Wicker is an assistant professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana.

Wicker served as the final judge for the 2014 IUPUI Poetry Contest. Contest winners and finalists will share their original poems in an awards ceremony preceding the Wicker reading.


Marianne Boruch

Poet Marianne Boruch will read her work at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 30 in the Emerson Hall Anatomy Lecture Hall, 545 Barnhill Drive. This event is co-sponsored by the IU School of Medicine, the Medical Humanities and Health Studies Program in the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI, and the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute.

Boruch is the author of the recently published poetry collection, “Cadaver, Speak,” along with eight other books of poetry. Her poetry has been anthologized in the 1997 and 2009 editions of “The Best American Poetry.” Boruch, a Fulbright visiting professor at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 2012, currently teaches creative writing at Purdue University.


Randa Jarrar

Novelist Randa Jarrar will conclude the fall series with a reading at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, at the Herron School of Art & Design Basile Auditorium, 735 W. New York St. This reading is part of the Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here Symposium and is co-sponsored by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute in collaboration with the IUPUI Library. This event is free but registration is required.

Jarrar is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and translator. She grew up in Kuwait and Egypt, and moved to the United States after the first Gulf War. Her novel, “A Map of Home,” was published in half a dozen languages and won a Hopwood Award, an Arab-American Book Award, and was named one of the best novels of 2008 by the Barnes and Noble Review. In 2010 Jarrar was named one of the most gifted writers of Arab origin under the age of 40.

The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Series was founded in 1997 in honor of former IUPUI Department of English chair and Professor Emeritus Rufus Reiberg and his wife, Louise. The series is made possible by the generous support of the Reiberg Family; the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute; the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research; the Office of Academic Affairs; University College; and University Library.

Visitor parking for the readings is available in the North Street Garage, 819 W. North St.; the Vermont Street Garage, 1004 W. Vermont St.; and the Sports Complex Garage, 875 W. New York St.

For additional information, contact Terry Kirts at or 317-274-8929 or visit Facebook user can “like” the series’ page at The Rufus & Louise Reiberg Reading Series @ IUPUI.

Peter Bailey-Roller Skates to Ragtime: Americans and Americanisation in Victorian Britain

Well before the global invasion of Hollywood and the movies, American popular recreations and entertainments established a substantial beachhead in Victorian Britain, a lesser known but historically significant adjunct to the growth of American economic power. This illustrated presentation opens with a case study of the roller skating boom or ‘rinkomania’ in 1870s Britain, an American transplant of its distinctive technology, business practice and social manners. The study reanimates successive American showbiz genres, artists  and their influence on the British music halls and popular stage, from minstrelsy to the sensational song and dance of ragtime – -  ‘Everybody’s Doin’ It’ – - on the eve of the World War. The Americanisation of Victorian Britain, it is argued, was no one-way process but a complex interaction of modernising cultures, providing a revealing take on an emergent ‘special relationship’, its harmonies and discords. While it intensified the grip of American consumer capitalism, it generated greater expressive freedoms, aesthetically, socially and sexually, in the British host culture.

Peter Bailey is a historian, writer, and jazz musician.  An Emeritus Professor at the University of Manitoba, Bailey is currently based in Bloomington, Indiana.  His area of specialty is the social and cultural history of modern Britain, especially the history of the Victorian music hall, jazz, and stage.  He is the author of many articles and books including Leisure and Class in Victorian England, Popular Culture and Performance in the Victorian City, Music Hall: The Business of Pleasure.

April 11, 2013, 7-8 pm
IUPUI Campus Center, CE 405 (Yale Pratt Meeting Room)

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