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Feb 23, 2018

What is literary activism? Besides the exact name of the February 28 open forum with UNLV professors and authors Doug Unger and José Orduña? Thirty years ago, it encapsulated a movement pushing alternative ways to print literary works. But Unger defines it two other ways: One describes the act of writing a book on a subject of importance, typically resulting in the writer himself becoming a public advocate for that subject. And then there’s the second: the promotion of the literary arts—or, as Unger puts it, “Making sure literature—and the reading of serious writing—maintains a cultural place in American society.”

Dec 11, 2017

There are only a few weeks left until Christmas, which means it's time for children to write their letters to Santa Claus. And with a bit of help from the U.S. Postal Service, your child can get a response from ol' St. Nick himself!

Sep 7, 2017

A professor led a group of American poets on a nine-day visit to Cuba this summer – the first trip by American poets since the country’s revolution nearly 60 years ago. Narlan Teixeira, a professor in the romance, German and Slavic language department, organized the trip, which included meetings with Cuban officials and days of poetry readings. Members of the delegation said the trip helped re-establish an important cultural link between Cuba and the United States after decades of political tension between the two countries.

Aug 21, 2017

My former co-worker once drank so much during a waitressing shift, she stumbled through the restaurant with her intoxication on full display to guests. Even the chaos of the service rush couldn’t hide the state she was in. By closing she was fired.

Aug 10, 2017

With several award winners from film and TV, the actors and actresses on this list debuted in a variety of unlikely roles. Even though they were cast in parts that now seem so unlike them, they all became accomplished actors. Some have even achieved the status of movie icons. Here’s a look back at their curious cinematic debuts.

Jul 26, 2017

Most of the filmmakers who brought us the movies on this list were doubly creative. Except in two cases, they both directed their films and wrote or created the story for them. Directing the movies they’d written ensured that their visions would appear on the screen in much the same way as they’d appeared in their minds and on the pages of their scripts.

Jul 10, 2017

While American exports to Cuba are a mere trickle, a UNLV professor is about to bring to a new product of immeasurable value to the Caribbean island nation: poetry. Claudia Keelan, who has taught English at the university since 1996, is part of the first delegation of American poets to attend the Havana International Literary Festival.

Apr 24, 2017

Last week’s ouster of Bill O’Reilly, the Fox News ratings juggernaut, over quiet settlements in numerous sexual harassment cases against women, drew attention to the treatment of women in the workplace — a topic also swirling at the Minnesota Legislature.

Mar 28, 2017

Jarret Keene is a fan of the apocalypse.

He’s edited books about it, played music about it, and now he’s giving a talk about it.

Mar 27, 2017

The UNLV University Libraries will host "Sin City Apocalypse: Writing and Editing Las Vegas Dystopian Futures" on March 28 at 4 p.m. in the Lied Library. Dr. Jarret Keene, assistant professor in residence of English at UNLV, will survey fictional and cinematic images of the neon heartland

Nov 23, 2016

UNLV professor Amy Green has fought to ensure video games receive the literary recognition they deserve. Her goal has been realized at Lied Library, where students enrolled in her literature courses can now pluck award-winning games such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt and Fallout 4 off the shelves as easily as a compendium of Shakespearean sonnets.

Nov 8, 2016

Felicia Campbell is the longest-serving full-time faculty member at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, which already makes her career notable in a facts-and-figures kind of way. But what makes Campbell’s tenure at UNLV really notable is the stuff that she’s packed into her 50-plus years there.

Sep 1, 2016

The electronic bell rings, a high-pitched staccato-shriek signaling the start of a nightmare. In it, a 43-year-old English professor is trapped in a boxing ring with a 22-year-old tattooed bruiser. For the next three minutes, the younger pugilist will have but one goal in mind—punching the older man’s face clean off.

Aug 29, 2016

Unless Apple approves a séance app, we may never know what Shakespeare would think of Las Vegas. But this month we will find out what Las Vegas thinks of Shakespeare.

Aug 29, 2016

Deirdre Clemente has spent much of her academic career studying 20th century American culture, particularly fashion and clothing and how, and why, people dress as they do.

Aug 29, 2016

Deirdre Clemente has spent much of her academic career studying 20th century American culture, particularly fashion and clothing and how, and why, people dress as they do.

Aug 18, 2016

A New York Times contributor shared her experience working as a cocktail server in Las Vegas, where she saw how unions helped workers -- especially women and immigrants -- receive better pay, benefits, and job security.

Jun 27, 2016

Of all the milestones that have come from the first viable female presidential candidacy, one should come as no surprise: Unfortunately, it takes a “woman card” to finally get a detailed plan to address the child care crisis in the United States.