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MusicIC Presents: Discussing Whitman’s “Lilacs” with Ed Folsom

As part of the 2022 MusicIC festival, professor Ed Folsom led a lecture and discussion focusing on Walt Whitman’s poem Lilacs and why musicians continue to set his poetry to music. MusicIC continues Friday, June 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church (320 E College St, Iowa City), with a concert featuring George Walker’s Lilacs for Soprano […]

Iowa PBS presents Telling Our Own Story

Iowa’s civil rights history boasts many early freedoms for Black citizens, many long before such laws were passed nationally. In 1868, Iowa was the first state outside of New England to grant Black men the right to vote, two years before the Fifteenth Amendment. In 1884, the Iowa legislature passed an Iowa Civil Rights Act, […]

Sidekick Coffee & Books to Host KidLit Festival Featuring Iowa Authors

Sidekick Coffee & Books will host its first ever KidLit Pizzazz Festival on Sunday, November 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., at the store located at 1310 ½ Melrose Avenue. The festival will feature 15 children’s book authors and illustrators from the state of Iowa. Customers will be able to purchase books and have them […]

Cities of Literature celebrate International Translation Day

The UNESCO Cities of Literature will celebrate International Translation Day on September 30 with a collaborative project to translate the same poem into languages spoken in their cities across the globe. The UN General Assembly formally recognized the role of language professionals in connecting nations and fostering peace, understanding, and development in 2017, and declared […]

Winners Named in City of Literature Student Essay Contest

The Iowa City UNESCO City of Literature organization has completed judging for this year’s Paul Engle Day: Glory of the Senses Essay Contest, and will award scholarships to five high school students from across Iowa. The winning essay was “The Effects of Fog at Dusk,” by Kenna Prottsman, a student at Iowa City High School. […]