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August 2017 Third Thursday

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Blanton Museum of Art
200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78701

8/17/2017 From 06:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Third Thursday

Our Third Thursday program offers free and open to the public monthly discussions on the craft and business of writing. Each month, we focus on a specific topic of interest to writers and readers, bringing together four distinguished panelists for a conversation moderated by the Writers' League of Texas' Program Director.

** The August Third Thursday discussion will be a special event, held at the Blanton Museum of Art.


August Third Thursday

Thursday, August 17, 2017

6:30 pm start

Blanton Museum of Art Auditorium

(in the same building as the cafe)

200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Austin, TX, 78701

Note the time and location!


"Writing about Myth"

To celebrate the Blanton Museum of Art's temporary exhibition of "Epic Tales from Ancient India: Paintings from the San Diego Museum of Art," this panel will bring together writers and scholars who have explored and been inspired by myths and legendary tales from many traditions. What can we learn from the ways these myths were developed and revised for their audiences, and what appeal do they continue to have for modern readers and writers? Join four writers and scholars for this discussion.


Sheila Black is the author of two full-length poetry collections, House of Bone and Love/Iraq, and two chapbooks – How to be a Maquiladora and Continental Drift -- with painter Michele Marcoux. Her collection Wen Kroy received the 2011 Orphic Prize in Poetry and she was a 2012 Witter Bynner Fellow in Poetry, selected by U.S. Poet Laureate Philip Levine.



Dr. Richard R. Flores is Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Anthropology and Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin where he holds the C. B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair in U. S.—Mexico Relations. He works in the areas of critical theory, performance studies, semiotics, and historical and cultural anthropology.   He is the author of Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol, Los Pastores: History and Performance in the Mexican Shepherd’s Play of South Texas, and editor of Adina De Zavala’s History and Legends of the Alamo. He has published essays in American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, American Literary History, Radical History Review, and in the edited volume, Latino Cultural Citizenship. In addition to his scholarly work, he oversees UTeach-Liberal Arts, the college's secondary teacher preparation program in social studies, English, and foreign languages. Related to this is the Muslim Histories and Cultures Program, an education program for high school social studies teachers. He has also developed the college's new effort in international affairs, The Global Initiative for Education and Leadership.


P.J. Hoover first fell in love with Greek mythology in sixth grade thanks to the book Mythology by Edith Hamilton. After a fifteen year bout as an electrical engineer designing computer chips for a living, P.J. decided to take her own stab at mythology and started writing books for kids and teens. P.J. has since published the Forgotten Worlds Trilogy, the YA novel Solstice, Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, a pick for the 2015 Texas Lone Star List, and its sequel, Tut: My Epic Battle to Save the World.







Dr. Helena Woodard is an Associate Professor of English and a faculty member of the John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. Her recent publications include "African-British Writers: Champions of Freedom," Equiano: Enslavement, Resistance and Abolition; "Troubling the Archives: Reconstituting the Slave Subject," Revisiting Slave Narratives / Les avatars contemporains des recits d'esclaves; and ''Reading the Two Marys (Prince and Shelley) on the Textual Meeting Ground of Race, Gender, and Genre,'' Tennessee Studies in Literature








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