Writer and Human Rights Advocate Maureen Freely 2014 Ida Beam Visiting Professor

Iowa City, IOWA—From September 23 to 27, writer, translator, and human rights advocate, Professor Maureen Freely will engage with the University of Iowa community as a 2014 Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Visiting Professor. 

Freely teaches English and Comparative Literary Studies at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, where she has been instrumental in shaping the pedagogies of Creative Writing as a field. Since March this year she is also the President of English PEN, with which she has worked, over the past 15 years, on issues of freedom of expression in Turkey, speaking out on behalf of imprisoned writers and censored journalists. 

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Jonathan Blum reading

Recorded: June 16, 2014

Jonathan Blum reads from his novella, Last Word.

“Blum’s Last Word explores the lengths one father will travel to know his son’s heart and the distances that son will journey to keep his heart hidden . . . Richly detailed, brimming with warmth, humor, and tenderness, Last Word is a ‘honey... read more

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