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Poet Yehoshua November will kick off Clarion University’s 2013-2014 Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series, themed “In God We Trust?” at 5 p.m. Oct. 29 in Moore Hall. His visit is free and open to the public.

Yehoshua NovemberNovember will read from his poetry and talk about Judaism and mysticism. His debut poetry collection, “God’s Optimism” (2010), won the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award and was a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize, the Autumn House Poetry Prize and the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry. His work has appeared in numerous literary magazines. He teaches writing at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J., and Touro College, New York City.

The Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series will continue through spring 2014. The theme, “In God We Trust?” is expansive enough to embrace a richness of viewpoints and perspectives, from faith to doubt to everything in between, from the eternal questions to those moral issues that influence and inspire our curiosities, choices and values.

The schedule includes:

  • Erika Bachiochi, J.D., “Women, Sex and the Church,” 7 p.m. Nov. 4, Gemmell multi-purpose room

  • Dan Gediman, “This I Believe,” 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Marwick-Boyd auditorium

  • Drepung Loseling Monastery monks, “The Mystical Arts of Tibet,” various events, week of April 7-13

  • Clarion University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers Concert, “In God We Trust: A Choral Perspective,” 7:30 p.m. April 5, Marwick-Boyd auditorium

  • Phil Holtje, “Holocaust Remembrance 2013: Remembering Genocide in Popular Music,” 7:30 p.m. April 5, location TBA

The Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series Endowment of the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., was established to provide the Clarion University community with cultural experiences that inspire learning through thoughtful discussions.

Clarion University is the high-achieving, nationally recognized, comprehensive university that delivers a personal and challenging academic experience.

10/16/2013 9:56 AM

Poet kicks off Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series, ‘In God We Trust?’