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Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series

The University of West Florida College of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities presents the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series showcasing scholars of outstanding prominence who promote the value and role of the Liberal Arts in building and sustaining contemporary culture.


Jan. 17, "The Typewriter Project: Poetry as Public Art"

Join Stephanie Berger and Nick Adamski, co-creators of The Typewriter Project, and Dr. Robyn Blyn, UWF professor of English for "The Typewriter Project: Poetry as Public Art," Jan. 17. 

Both inside and outside of college campuses, we tend to regard poetry as the privileged literary form for individual expression. The poet transmutes personal feelings into written verse, creating an aesthetic experience for readers by giving form to those private sentiments. In this model, poetry is a largely solitary activity. Poets write by themselves, whether in lonely garrets or sumptuous libraries, and readers absorb those poems in similar solitude. We might share a poem or read one aloud together. We might even be inspired to write a poem ourselves. Yet, such poetic responses reproduce the presumption that poetry is a private endeavor and the property of an individual author. 

This panel will delve into the history of authorship and poetry as a public art form. What happens when we treat poetry as an act of co-creation? What can we learn about who we are by writing and reading together? What kind of community can we thereby create?

To address these questions, UWF will launch a month-long experiment in collective composition. “The Typewriter Project: The Subconscious of the City” is a project that draws on Surrealist arts of assemblage and assumes, along with the Comte de Lautréamont, that “poetry should be made by all.”

“The Typewriter Project: The Subconscious of the City” invites the public to participate in the collaboration. The installation will be at the Experience UWF Downtown Lecture Series January 17 and at two additional locations through February 16. Additional details will be announced. 

  • Lecture and Reception

  • Join us from 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 17 Historic Pensacola Museum of Commerce 
  • 201 E. Zaragoza St. 32502
  • The reception and presentation is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. 

Installations

For more in formation on the “The Typewriter Project: The Subconscious of the City,” visit subconsciousofthecity.com.


2017-2018 Lectures


Fall 2017 Lecture Schedule

  • October 26, 2017 
  • "The Legacy of Contested Public Art"
  • Valerie George, Associate Professor, UWF Department of Art
  • Carrie Fonder, Lecturer, UWF Department of Art
  • Location: Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 South Jefferson Street 
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  • November 30, 2017
  • "Public Space, Collective Memory, and Community Identity"
  • Dr. Jocelyn Evans, Government and Civic Spaces
  • Dr. Brian Hood, Philosophy and Ethics
  • Dr. William Lees, Author of "Recalling Deeds Immortal: Florida Monuments to the Civil War"
  • Margo Stringfield, Public Archaeology and Exibit Design
  • Location: Historic Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street

Spring 2018 Lecture Schedule

  • January 17, 2018
  • "The Typewriter Project: Poetry as Public Art"
  • Stephanie Berger and Nick Adamski, Co-Creators of The Typewriter Project: Subconscious of the City
  • Dr. Robin Blyn, Professor, UWF Department of English
  • Location: Historic Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street
  • February 15, 2018
  • "Museums as Authentic Public Spaces"
  • Amy Bowman-McElhone, Director and Chief Curator, Pensacola Museum of Art
  • Nick Croghan, Director of The Art Gallery at UWF
  • John Markowitz, Artist and Lecturer of Art, UWF Department of Art
  • Location: Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 South Jefferson Street 
  • March 8, 2018
  • "Katrina Andry: Art as Activisim"
  • Featuring Katrina Andry, New Orleans Artist
  • *This talk is being held in partnership with the Pensacola Museum of Art and UWF Office of Equity and Diversity
  • Location: Pensacola Museum of Art, 407 South Jefferson Street 
  • March 27, 2018
  • "Public Theatre and the Act of Dissidence"
  • Featuring Quinn Bauriedel, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director, Pig Iron Theatre Company
  • Location: Historic Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street
  • May (Date TBA), 2018
  • "Murals and the Role of Public Art in the City"
  • Amy Bowman-McElhone, Director and Chief Curator, Pensacola Museum of Art
  • Dr. Amy Mitchell-Cook, UWF Department of History
  • Ross Pristera, UWF Historic Trust
  • Dr. Jamin Wells, UWF Department of History
  • Location: Historic Museum of Commerce, 201 East Zaragoza Street

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  • Guests are welcome to join for drinks and hors d'oeuvres from 5:30-6 p.m. Lectures are from 6-7 p.m. Experience UWF Downtown is free and open to the public. 

 To learn more about Experience UWF Downtown, contact casshcommunications@uwf.edu or (850) 474-3227.

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