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Native People's of Mexico exhibit display caseSDSU’s Center for Latin American Studies has created a very nice exhibit that’s currently on display in the library’s Donor Hall. “Native Peoples of Mexico: A Glimpse of the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya, and Nahua Cultures” is geared toward K-12 level school children, but the photographs and cultural objects have plenty of appeal for adults as well.
Native People's of Mexico exhibit display case
The exhibit consists of “cultural discovery boxes” containing artifacts, such as textiles, games, dolls, and flutes, from Mexico’s four largest ancient, but still vital indigenous communities: the Mixtec, Zapotec, Maya, and Nahua. Stop and take a look the next time you pass through the Donor Hall. It’s a treat for your eyes!

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For the first time in the series’ 30 years, the Hugh C. Hyde Living Writers Series is being offered as a course at SDSU (ENGL 579). The folks who organize this program have done an excellent job of assembling an impressive roster of writers for their inaugural course, and, as always, the public is invited to hear these writers speak at evening readings during the fall 2011 semester. All of the readings listed below will be held at 7 p.m. in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library.

September 19: Fred Moramarco is a professor emeritus of English and Comparative Literature at SDSU and founding editor of Poetry International. He is the author or editor of seven books, including his most recent, The City of Eden. Fred Moramarco
Sarah Maclay is a clinical professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, book review editor of Poetry International, and the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Music for the Black Room, as well as three chapbooks. Her poems and criticism appear in APR, Ploughshares, FIELD, The Best American Erotic Poetry: 1800 to the Present, The Writers Chronicle, and elsewhere. Sarah Maclay
October 3: Daniel Shapiro is director of literature and editor/managing editor of Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas. He is the author of the poetry manuscripts The Red Handkerchief and Other Poems and Child with a Swan’s Wings. His poems and translations have appeared in the literary magazines American Poetry Review, Grand Street, and Poetry Northwest and in the anthologies Burnt Sugar, Mexico: A Traveler’s Literary Companion, and many others. Daniel Shapiro
October 10: Ishion Hutchinson is a native of Jamaica and an MFA graduate of New York University. His work has appeared in the LA Review, Caribbean Review of Books, Poetry International, and the chapbook Bryan’s Bay. He recently won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry for his debut collection, Far District. Ishion Hutchinson
October 24: Shirley Geok-Lin Lim’s first collection of poems, Crossing the Peninsula, was published in 1980 and won the Commonwealth Poetry Prize. Her memoir, Among the White Moon Faces, received the American Book Award in 1997. She is the author of five books of poems, three books of short stories, two books of criticism, and two novels (Joss and Gold and Sister Swing). Lim is a professor in the English Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Shirley Geok-Lin Lim
November 7: Richard Burgin is the author of 15 books, including the novels Rivers Last Longer and Ghost Quartet and the short story collections The Spirit Returns and Fear of Blue Skies. His book The Identity Club: New and Selected Stories and Songs was listed in The Times Literary Supplement as one of the best books of 2006 and was listed in The Huffington Post as one of the 40 best books of fiction in the last decade. Burgin was the founding editor of Boston Review, New York Arts Journal and the founding and current editor of the internationally distributed literary journal Boulevard. Richard Burgin
CANCELED – November 21: Chris Abani’s first novel, Masters of the Board, published when he was 18, landed him in prison, as the Nigerian government believed the book to be a blueprint for a real coup. He has since published two more novels, two novellas, and five books of poetry, including his most recent, Sanctificum, in 2010. His 2005 novel, Graceland, won the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award and a silver medal from the California Book Award For Fiction. Abani is a professor at the University of California, Riverside, and the recipient of the PEN USA Freedom-to-Write Award. Chris Abani
December 5: Tayari Jones is the author of three novels: Leaving Atlanta, which received the Hurston/Wright Award for Debut Fiction; The Untelling; and Silver Sparrow. She has received fellowships from organizations such as the Illinois Arts Council, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, and The MacDowell Colony. Jones is an associate professor in the MFA program at Rutgers-Newark University and will spend the 2011-12 academic year at Harvard University as a Radcliffe Institute Fellow, researching her fourth novel. Tayari Jones

For more information about any of these readings, please contact Meagan Marshall at marshall_Meagan@yahoo.com or “like” the Living Writers Series on Facebook.

Admiral Leendert heringRetired Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering, Sr. will discuss “America’s Dream Realized: Why You Are So Important” on Thursday, September 8, at 2:30 p.m. in Room LL430 of the SDSU Library. The lecture and reception are sponsored by the Aztec Parents Fund and are free and open to the public.

During the last 10 years of his Navy career, Admiral Hering advocated for programs and supported efforts to better the lives of those who serve. He was instrumental in securing a number of highly visible legislative efforts–from payday lending protections to education benefits–for veterans and their families. He was recognized as a leader in sustainability and has received a number of prestigious state, local, and federal awards for his efforts in ensuring the Navy was responsible and accountable to the environment and a diligent servant of those resources provided by the taxpayer.

Admiral Hering retired from the Navy in 2009 after more than 32 years of service. He now serves as the vice president for Business Services and Administration at the University of San Diego. Please join us for the important event.

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