(Feb. 19, 2013) -- The Creative Writing Program in the UTSA Department of English will host author Teju Cole as the featured speaker in the Creative Writing Reading Series at 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 22 in the University Center Harris Room (2.212) on the UTSA Main Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
A writer, art historian and street photographer, Cole is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, the New Yorker, the Atlantic, Qarrtsiluni, Granta, Aperture, Transition and A Public Space. He also is a contributing editor at New Inquiry.
An active social media promoter, Cole's most recent Twitter project "small fates" involves compressing a person's life and death to 140 characters. Most recently, he received national attention with his Twitter postings regarding individuals killed in drone attacks. Cole also uses Twitter to rewrite news reports from New York newspapers from 1912 in ironic and epigrammatic styles.
Cole will read from his first novel "Open City" (Random House, 2011), which won the PEN/Hemingway Award for First Fiction, the New York Society Library Award for Fiction and the Rosenthal Award of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The book also was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the New York Public Library Young Lions Award.
"Open City" was cited in more then 20 publications' best book end-of-year lists including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The Economist, Newsweek/The Daily Beast, The New Republic, Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, The Seattle Times and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
A New York Times review described the book as "an indelible novel that does precisely what literature should do. It brings together thoughts and beliefs and blurs borders… A compassionate and masterly work."
Cole also wrote "Every Day is for the Thief" (Cassava Republic Press, 2007), a novella with photographs, and he is working on a book-length non-fiction work about Lagos.
Cole was born in the United States to Nigerian parents and raised in Nigeria. He attended Columbia University in New York, where he received a master's degree in philosophy in 16th-century northern European visual culture. He has taught art history and literature at Hofstra University, New York University and Columbia University. He is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at Bard College and is pursuing his doctoral degree in philosophy.
For more information, visit the UTSA Creative Writing Program website.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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