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September 2014

Phoenix Reading Series: Alan Michael Parker

September 18, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall, One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27262 United States
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Alan Michael Parker, Douglas C. Houchens Professor of English at Davidson College, has written three novels, Cry Uncle, Whale Man, and The Committee on Town Happiness, along with eight collections of poems. He served as Editor of The Imaginary Poets, and co-editor of two other volumes of scholarship.  His poems have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The Gettysburg Review, Kenyon Review, and The Yale Review, among others.  His prose has appeared in journals including The Believer, The New York…

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November 2014

Phoenix Festival – Nathaniel Mackey

November 20, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
Greek Village Conference Center, Ballroom, 833 Montlieu Ave
High Point,
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Nathaniel Mackey is an American poet, novelist, literary critic, editor and jazz aficionado. He is currently the Reynolds Price Professor of English at Duke.  Mr. Mackey is a National Book Award winner for poetry, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poetry for six years, and a winner of a Guggenheim Fellowship, among other honors.  As a tribute to High Point’s jazz heritage, members of the HPU Jazz Ensemble will also be playing at this year’s annual Phoenix Festival.   Open…

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January 2016

An Evening with Marjoleine Kars, Ph.D. Lecture

January 28, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Ballroom at Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce, 833 Montlieu Ave
High Point, 27268
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Reception will be held at 5:30 pm Dr. Marjoleine Kars is an associate professor and chair in the History Department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) in Baltimore. She received her Ph.D. in Early American history from Duke University and teaches early American and Atlantic history, women’s and gender history, and the history of Atlantic slavery. Presented by the History Department, Paul Ringel, Ph.D. and Alexander Martin Chapter, NCDAR in commemoration of our 100th anniversary. Free to all,…

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February 2016

Faculty Cultural Enrichment Grant: Phoenix Reading Series: Xhenet Aliu and Susan McCarty

February 11, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Ballroom at Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce, One University Parkway
High Point , 27268
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Xhenet Aliu's debut fiction collection, Domesticated Wild Things, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Fiction and was released in September 2013. Her fiction and essays have appeared in journals such as Glimmer Train, Hobart, The Barcelona Review, Necessary Fiction, American Short Fiction and elsewhere. She has received multiple scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, a grant from The Elizabeth George Foundation and a fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, among other awards. She holds an M.F.A. from…

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July 2016

Phoenix Reading Series: Jessica White

July 1, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Cottrell Hall

Jessica C. White grew up in Taiwan where she learned to love storybooks, art, and traditional crafts, and is now a studio artist in Asheville, NC. Her work is both visually and textually inspired by children’s book images, medieval bestiaries, folk tales, and the daily news. Through her work, she explores fear and courage, blind optimism, naïveté, and wonder. Her can be seen in collections including Yale University, Stanford University, Lingnan University Hong Kong, and the School of the Art…

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August 2016

HPU Theatre and Dance Department Presents: John’s Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath

August 18, 2016 - August 25, 2016
Hayworth Fine Arts Center, One University Parkway
High Point, 27268
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Thursday, August 18 at 6:00 pm Friday, August 19 and Sunday, August 21 at 7:30 pm Thursday August 25 at 6:00 pm As part of the Common Experience theme of Growing Our Future, the Department of Theatre and Dance is pleased to present an Extension Project performance of John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath. HPU students join professional cast and crew to make this performance possible. Renowned first as a novel, the story of the Joad family and their adventure from the dust bowl…

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September 2016

Phoenix Reading Series: Colson Whitehead

September 9, 2016 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Ballroom at Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce, One University Parkway
High Point , 27268
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Colson Whitehead is a New York Times bestselling author, born and raised in Manhattan. After graduating from Harvard College, he worked at the Village Voice. His first novel, The Intuitionist, was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway and a winner of the Quality Paperback Book Club's New Voices Award. Whiteheads five following books of fiction and nonfiction received wide acclaim, including: finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, finalist for the Los Angeles Times Fiction Award, finalist for the Pulitzer…

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November 2016

HPU Theatre Presents: Curtains: A murder Mystery With a Book by Rupert Holmes

November 17, 2016 @ 7:30 pm - November 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm
Hayworth Fine Arts Center, One University Parkway
High Point, 27268
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Thursday, November 17 - Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 pm Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 pm Curtains is a send-up of backstage murder mystery plots, set in 1959 Boston, Massachusetts and follows the fallout when the supremely untalented star of Robbin' Hood of the Old West is murdered during her opening night curtain call. It is up to Lt. Frank Cioffi, a police detective who moonlights as a musical theater fan to save the show, solve the case, and maybe even find love before…

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March 2017

An Evening With Chris Abani

March 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Francis Auditorium, Phillips Hall, One University Parkway
High Point, NC 27262 United States
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Dr. Chris Abani is an acclaimed author of over a dozen works of fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Born in Nigeria to an Igbo father and English mother, he grew up in Afikpo, Nigeria, received a BA in English from Imo State University, Nigeria, an MA in English, Gender and Culture from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a PhD in Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California. He has resided in the United States since 2001. He…

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November 2017

Phoenix Literary Festival – Wayne Koestenbaum

November 10, 2017 - November 11, 2017
Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium, One University Parkway
High Point, 27268
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HPU welcomes poet and cultural critic, Wayne Koestenbaum, a Harvard University graduate with an MA in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and a PhD from Princeton University. Koestenbaum’s work often explores the male body and the emotional, sexual, and social weight of its exposure. About his poetry, David Lehman has said, “Wayne Koestenbaum has been writing poems so dashing and poignant, so sexy and savvy, that it’s hard not to like them. He puts wordplay at the service of autobiography, and…

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September 2018

Phoenix Reading Series Presents: Ingrid Rojas Contreras

September 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cottrell Hall, Kushner
Ingrid Rojas Contreras

Ingrid Rojas Contreras is an award-winning author who was born and raised in Bogotá, Colombia. Her essays and short stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Electric Literature, Guernica, and Huffington Post, among others. She recently received the Mary Tanenbaum Award for non-fiction, and the Audio Miller Prize from the Missouri Review. She has been a fellow at Bread Loaf Writer's Conference and the San Francisco Writer's Grotto, and has received scholarships and support from VONA, Hedgebrook, The Camargo Foundation, Djerassi Artist Residency Program, and…

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October 2018

Phoenix Reading Series Presents Lisa Fay Coutley

October 5, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Ballroom at Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce, One University Parkway
High Point , 27268
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Lisa Fay Coutley

Lisa Fay Coutley is the author of tether (Black Lawrence Press, 2020), Errata (Southern Illinois University Press, 2015), which was selected by Adrienne Su as a winner of the 2014 Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award and was named a finalist for the Society of Midland Authors’ Best Book of 2015 and for Foreword Review’s 2015 Book of the Year awards, In the Carnival of Breathing (Black Lawrence Press, 2011), winner of the Black River Chapbook Competition, and Back-Talk (Articles Press, 2010), winner of the Rooms Chapbook Contest. She is the recipient of…

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Phoenix Reading Series Natasha Saje

October 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cottrell Hall, Kushner

Natasha Sajé is a professor of English at Westminster College in Salt Lake City where she also curates the Anne Newman Sutton Weeks Poetry Series. In addition, Sajé is a member of the poetry faculty at the Vermont College of Fine Arts M.F.A. in Writing Program. She is the author of three books of poems, a book of poetry criticism, and many essays. Her work has been honored with the Robert Winner and Alice Fay di Castagnola Awards, a Fulbright fellowship,…

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November 2018

Phoenix Literary Festival Featuring Keynote Ben Marcus and Rory Sparks

November 9, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - November 10, 2018 @ 11:00 am
Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium, One University Parkway
High Point, 27268
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Ben Marcus is the author of four books of fiction: Notable American Women, The Father Costume, The Age of Wire and String, and The Flame Alphabet. His new book, Leaving the Sea, will be published by Knopf in January, 2019. His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in Harper’s, The New Yorker, Granta, Tin House, The Paris Review, The Believer, The New York Times, Salon, McSweeney’s, Time, Conjunctions, and elsewhere. He is the editor of The Anchor Book of New…

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February 2019

Open Mic Night

February 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Congdon Hall, Callicutt Auditorium, One University Parkway
High Point,
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Join High Point University’s Bateman’s Competition Team during their Flip the Switch Open Mic Night, as we will have a conversation surrounding the importance of diversity on campus, in the professional world, and more specifically, in the field of communication. Students and faculty members will be sharing their perspectives on the importance of diversity and we will facilitate a meaningful conversation that will surely be one to remember. Brittani Hunt, Director of Multicultural Affairs at High Point University, will be…

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September 2019

Is Soccer Art?

September 4 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cottrell Hall, Kushner

In this talk, Dr. Laurent Dubois will explore the links between soccer and other forms of culture, including contemporary visual art, film, and literature. Dr. Dubois will begin by offering an overview of the spread and anchoring of soccer throughout the globe, offering a few thoughts about precisely why this cultural form has become so widely shared even as it has taken a variety of different forms and expressions in different parts of the world. He will then explore how artists have engaged…

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Phoenix Reading Series Presents: Rajia Hassib

September 5 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ballroom at Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce, One University Parkway
High Point , 27268
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Rajia Hassib’s first novel, In the Language of Miracles, was a New York Times Editors’ Choice selection and received an honorable mention from the Arab American Book Award. She holds a Masters in Creative Writing from Marshall University and has written for The New York Times Book Review and The New Yorker online. A Pure Heart is a powerful novel about two Egyptian sisters, their divergent fates, and the secrets of one family. This event is open to the public.…

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October 2019

African American Religiosity Lecture: Dr. William D. Hart, “Afterlives of Slavery”

October 22 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Ballroom at Plato S. Wilson School of Commerce, One University Parkway
High Point , 27268
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On the 22nd of October 2019, HPU will join the city of High Point in commemoration of 400 Years of African American History with a lecture by religious studies professor, Dr. William D. Hart. Dr. Hart currently holds the Margaret W. Harmon Chair at Macalester College and researches the intersection of religion, ethics, and politics. He is the author of Afro-Eccentricity: Beyond the Standard Narrative of Black Religion; Black Religion: Malcolm X, Julius Lester, and Jan Willis; and Edward Said and the…

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Phoenix Reading Series Presents: Nicole Walker

October 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Webb Conference Center, Ballroom, One University Parkway + Google Map

NICOLE WALKER is the author of two forthcoming books, Sustainability: A Love Story and A Survival Guide for Life in the Ruins. Her previous books include Where the Tiny Things Are; Egg; Micrograms; Quench Your Thirst with Salt; and This Noisy Egg. Her work has been published in Orion, Boston Review, Creative Nonfiction, Brevity, The Normal School and other places. She curated, with Rebecca Campbell, 7 Artists, 7 Rings—an Artist’s Game of Telephone for the Huffington Post. A recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, a notable essayist in…

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November 2019

Phoenix Literary Festival Featuring Keynote: Maaza Mengiste

November 15 @ 5:00 pm - November 16 @ 11:00 am
Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium, One University Parkway
High Point, 27268
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Phoenix Literary Festival Dates: November 15th at 5:00pm, November 16th at 11:00am Location: Phillips Hall, Francis Auditorium Maaza Mengiste, born in Ethiopia. In the mid-’70s, there was a revolution and an authoritarian dictatorship took over.  She lived in Nigeria for a while, and then Kenya. When she was seven, her family moved to Colorado. She went to college thinking she would become a doctor. That’s every Ethiopian parent’s dream for their child. But as soon as she got there, she…

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