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Virtual Author Series: Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier & Karim Muasher

Virtual Author Series: Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier & Karim Muasher

Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 7:00pm

Join 66th annual Willa Cather Spring Conference Academic Director Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier and Karim Muasher, Co-Artistic Director of Animal Engine Theatre Company, for a conversation about creating new work from Willa Cather's periodical texts. This talk is a great opportunity to connect with Spring Conference leadership and performers as they share their process for adapting serialized Cather texts into a theatrical performance, as well as how Cather's relationship with popular print media informs literary scholarship. Register for the event here.

Dr. Charles Johanningsmeier is a professor of English and Isaacson Chair at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. In addition to Willa Cather, his research and teaching interests include historical reader response to literary works, periodical history, American literature from 1865-present, American regional literature, and immigrant literature. He is very involved in promoting literary reading throughout Nebraska, and he serves as the Department of English's Dual Enrollment Coordinator, which puts him in constant contact with over twenty-five Nebraska high school English teachers each year. Dr. Johanningsmeier is a past member of the Willa Cather Foundation Board of Governors.

Karim Muasher is co-artistic director of Animal Engine Theatre Company, a movement-based group of performing artists who use only their bodies, a few simple props, and song. For this year's Saturday evening Spring Conference entertainment, Animal Engine Theatre Company presents a world-premiere play, Henrietta Solway, commissioned by the National Willa Cather Center, that combines the short fiction and serialized novels of Willa Cather into one epic story.

Download the April Author Series Reading Packet