SMSU Briefs for Oct. 4

‘A Conversation with Poets’ Oct. 11 at SMSU

Poets Maryann Corbett and Athena Kildegaard will join SMSU English Professor Dr. Susan McLean to present “A Conversation with Poets” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, in Charter Hall 201 at Southwest Minnesota State University.

Corbett lives in the Twin Cities and spent almost 35 years working for the Minnesota Legislature as an in-house writing teacher, editor and indexer. Her poetry has won such awards as the Willis Barnstone Translation Prize and the Richard Wilbur Award. She is the author of four books of poetry and two chapbooks. Her most recent is “Street View,” which came out last month.

Kildegaard is the author of four books of poetry, most recently “Ventriloquy,” and a fifth, “Course,” is due in March 2018. Her poems have been read by Garrison Keillor, set to music and carved into pottery. She teaches at the University of Minnesota-Morris.

Mclean is an award-winning poet whose books include “The Best Disguise,” “The Whetstone Misses the Knife” and her translations of short Latin satirical poems by Martial, “Selected Epigrams.”

All three presented at the most recent Marshall Festival: A Celebration of Rural Life and Writing.

Carberry talk to reflect on early days at SMSU

Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Ed Carberry will give a talk, “Reflections on the Early Days at Southwest,” at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Charter Hall 217.

Carberry was involved with many aspects of the campus during his time at SMSU and has numerous recollections of the university in those early years.

His appearance is part of SMSU’s series of events celebrating its 50th anniversary.

The event is sponsored by the SMSU Chemistry Club and is free and open to the public.

History faculty to discuss ‘The Monument Debate’

History faculty members Joan Gittens, Mike Kopp and Tom Williford will be members of a panel discussion titled “The Monument Debate: History, Memory and Public Space,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Charter Hall 201 on the SMSU campus.

The presentation will deal with the display of Civil War statues, a topic that has been widely discussed in recent months.

The event is free and open to the public.