1931: The Era of Blind Pigs, Homebrew and Bathtub Gin

  America’s Prohibition Era lends to a surprisingly romantic scene. Think sly wink-and-nods from one dapper, topcoat-wearing gentleman to another; the smoky mood lighting of tucked-away taverns and secretive saloons; jivin’ jazz performances and flappers that would dance and sashay the night away; and the perfectly crafted Old Fashioned cocktail, topped off with several dashes […]

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Firelei Báez

When Firelei Báez, winner of the 2015 Catherine Doctorow Prize, presented an art talk about her work at UMOCA, we found ourselves impressed and fascinated, nodding along with the occasional moment of realization—“Oh!”—as Báez placed her works into context.   Báez’s works are distinguished by a stunning and rich visual language, a testimony to the African […]

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The Illusion of Freedom

JUN 4 | 7 PM THE ILLUSION OF FREEDOM: LITERATURE AND THE INVENTION OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL POLICE STATE Nathan Gorelick, Assistant Professor, Department of English Literature, UVU When we think about George Orwell’s 1984, we think of Big Brother—Big Brother is always watching, after all. We forget the most truly disturbing element of the book, […]

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