Monday, August 18, 2008

Fall '08 Visiting Artists Symposium Lecture Series Set

Chester College of New England will open its 2008 Visiting Artists Symposium Lecture Series on Tuesday, September 9 by welcoming author Kevin Keck to campus. Keck will give a lecture in the Wadleigh Library conference room at 2:30 p.m. and then a reading in Powers 29 at 6 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public. His visit is co-sponsored by the Chester College Department of Writing & Literature.

Keck is a frequent contributor to and is the author of Oedipus Wrecked, a collection of autobiographical stories about his sexual coming of age, which Entertainment Weekly called "The short memoir of an amazingly perverted—and funny—young writer." The Dallas Morning News said of his second book, Are You There God? It's Me. Kevin., “Reading this book is a lot like talking with one of your buddies over a beer. Are You There, God? is a good read for anyone whose life is in upheaval or ever has been, and that covers just about all of us," and Time Out Chicago praised it as “Highly engaging...” His work has been anthologized in Best Sex Writing 2008 and his poems have appeared in numerous literary journals. A native of the south, Keck currently resides in Denver, North Carolina. 

The Visiting Artists Symposium Lecture Series will feature guest speakers throughout the fall semester. Lectures are held at 2:30 on Tuesdays in the Wadleigh Library conference room. After the public session, the artists will be available to the students formally registered in the College's Visiting Artist Symposium (Course #IDS.301). The Fall 2008 series is coordinated by Darrell Matsumoto, Chair of the Department of Photography/Media Arts and Design.

The full schedule is as follows:

Sept. 16
Kathleen Campbell, photographer

Sept. 23
Sheri Wills, experimental filmmaker

Sept. 30 
Stephen Niccolls, painter

Oct. 7
Jeffrey Silverthorne, photographer

Oct. 14
 Zeljka Himbele, curator

Oct. 21
Jonathan Bonner, sculptor

Oct. 28 
Diane Ayott, painter

Nov. 4
William Martin, sculptor

Nov. 11
Jonathan Kirk, sculptor

Nov. 18
Pipo Nguyen-duy, photographer

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