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"Taste of UIS" features review of new books

March 30, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – The third program in this spring's Taste of UIS Lunchtime Lecture Series – discussions with UIS faculty and alumni sponsored by the U of I Alumni Association at UIS – will be Wednesday, April 19, from noon to 1:15 p.m. at Maldaner's Upstairs, 222 South Sixth St., Springfield. The discussion will focus on recently published books by two UIS faculty members and is open to the public; however, reservations are required.

Works to be reviewed are Shake the Thunder Down, a book of poetry by Associate Professor of English Marcellus Leonard, and Zinaida Vengerova: In Search of Beauty, by Associate Professor of Liberal Studies, Individual Option, and English Rosina Neginsky.

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Called "poignant and original, finely crafted, superbly imaged – and controversial," Leonard's latest book spans his 30 years as a poet, performer, and scholar. Neginsky's comprehensive study of Vengerova, a once-famous Russian literary critic, explores her role in the late-19th century world of art and thought and her importance as an ambassador between Russian and western European literature. 

The program includes a hot buffet lunch. Cost is $20 per person, $15 for Alumni Association members and their guests. Make reservations no later than April 12 by calling Alumni Relations at (217) 206-7395, registering on-line at www.uiaa.org/spfld/, or e-mailing alumni@uis.edu.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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