Necessary Voices: the University of Bridgeport Writers Series, a new lecture program of ideas, to begin September 16

Necessary Voices: the University of Bridgeport Writers Series, a new lecture program to engage discussion about writing and the arts, will launch this Thursday, September 16.

Hosted by the Department of English, Necessary Voices will feature visiting scholars, writers, and other experts.

The monthly events are free and open to the public. They will be held at the Arnold Bernhard Center Gallery at the University of Bridgeport, 84 Iranistan Avenue.

All lectures begin at 4:30 p.m.

Calling the series “long overdue,” Department of Literature and Civilization Chairman Edward Geist said, “The title ‘Necessary Voices’ emphasizes how important literature, and the humanities in general, should be in our lives. They can guide us, teach us, and re-inspire us if we take the time to listen. All the events either discuss some of the big ideas in contemporary American writing or present it firsthand. These are great events for anyone interested in discussing ideas about the literary arts.”

Author and UB professor Eric Lehman begins the series on Thursday, September 16 with “Storytelling as Method for History.”

Using examples from his latest book, Hamden: Tales form the Sleeping Giant, Lehman will talk about how stories generate interest in local history, how they become relevant and help give shape to a community, and how we choose the details to tell those stories. Copies of Hamden and Lehman’s other book, Bridgeport: Tales from the Park City, will be available after the lecture.

The 2010-2011 Season continues with the following programming:

  • October 14: Wendy Harding, University of Toulouse, France. “From Wilderness to Storied Space: the End of American Nature Writing”
  • November 18: Dick Allen, Connecticut Poet Laureate and University of Bridgeport Professor Emeritus. “Unexpected Seeing: A Poetry Reading with American Zen Undertones.”
  • February 17: Amy Nawrocki, Poet and UB Professor, will read from and talk about her newest collection of poetry, Nomad’s End.
  • March 24: Wilson H. Kimnach, University of Bridgeport Professor Emeritus of English and editor, Jonathan Edwards Papers at Yale. “Contribution of the Sermon to American Expression.”
  • April 21: “Necessary Voices 2.0: UB’s Poets and Authors Read Their Poetry,” followed by a release party for Groundswell, UB’s literary magazine.

For additional information about Necessary Voices and series programming, please contact (203) 576-2381 or visit /> Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625,