As "Hunger Games" fans anticipate next month's opening of "Mockingjay Part 1," Kathleen Lacey and Pascha Stevenson, lecturers in UNL's English Department, have joined a growing number of academics across the country who consider Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy worthy of academic study.
How do researchers locate poems among eight million digitized news pages from the past? UNL's Elizabeth Lorang has teamed with Leen-Kiat Soh, associate professor of computer science and engineering, to develop software that will perform image-processing functions to mine the data -- and gain new insights into the role of American poetry through history.
Now in its fifth year, Humanities on the Edge has become notable in scholarly circles and has launched two additional projects in theoretical and critical humanities research at UNL.
Alex Mallory has been named a National Child Awareness Month Youth Ambassador by the Festival of Children Foundation. As an ambassador, Mallory will receive funding and training to lead an initiative to educate native youth leaders on suicide prevention techniques.
A partnership between UNL's Prairie Schooner magazine, University Libraries and the African Poetry Book Fund has established poetry reading libraries in five African countries. The initiative grew from a proposal made by Kwame Dawes, editor of Prairie Schooner.
Jazz Trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis will present a free public lecture, “Sweet Thunder: Ellington, Shakespeare and the Blues,” at 5 p.m. April 14 in 102 Love Library.
For his fifth book, "The Swan Gondola," UNL's Timothy Schaffert ventures to the 1898 Trans-Mississippi and International Exposition in Omaha. And, while fiction, many of the details described in the book are based upon fact.
Robert Bergstrom, emeritus professor of English, died Oct. 19. A memorial service is 3 p.m. Dec. 6 in Bailey Library, room 228 Andrews Hall. Bergstrom worked in the Department of English for 36 years.
A Stanford University researcher will discuss how social media and texting are not eroding students' ability to read and write in a 3:30 p.m. Nov. 4 talk in the Bailey Library in Andrews Hall.