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Over the years the Cultural Enrichment Center has sponsored campus visits by a number of prominent writers, among them Junot Diaz, Paul Muldoon, Ellen Bryant Voigt, Bernadette Mayer, and Martha Serpas. Distinguished guest lecturers in the social sciences and humanities have included Duke University Professor Emeritus Anne Firor Scott, writer and critic David Levi-Strauss, Dr. Mary-Ann Milford, Carver Professor of Far Eastern Studies and Provost at Mills College, and Dr. Melba Joyce Boyd, director of Africana Studies at Wayne State University. International artists and musicians who have presented their work include Senegalese griot ElHajji Papa Susso, and photographers Paula Luttringer (Argentina) and Otobong Nkanga (Nigeria).
The Center supports initiatives by faculty, staff, and students to develop campus programs that enrich the cultural and intellectual life of our academic community. A highly successful recent example is the March, 2008 student writing conference, "Gender Outlaws," held in celebration of Women's History Month, 2008.
Associate Professor Jane Creighton, Director of the Cultural Enrichment Center, is a poet and writer who teaches various courses in American literature, creative writing, and composition. Her work has been published in such journals as Ploughshares, The American Voice, and Gulf Coast, as well as in the anthologies We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon (Interlink Books), Still Seeking and Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan (Lexington Books), Unwinding the Vietnam War (Real Comet Press) and Close to the Bone: Memoirs of Hurt, Rage, and Desire (Grove Press). In 2006/2007, she held a Fulbright Fellowship at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. She has long been associated as a writer, teacher, and board member with Writers in the Schools in Houston.
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