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“UbuWed: What Is It?”

Gonzaga University English department’s Visiting Scholars Lecture Series presents Kenneth Goldsmith, author, conceptual artist, and the Museum of Modern Art’s first poet laureate for a lecture at 1:10 p.m. in the Jundt Art Center, Room 110. His book “Seven American Deaths and Disasters” transcribes historic radio and television reports of national tragedies as they occurred, revealing a rich panorama of passionate description. Taking its title from the series of Andy Warhol paintings by the same name, Goldsmith recasts the mundane as iconic, creating prose poems that encapsulate seven major moments in recent U.S. history: the assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and John Lennon, the space shuttle Challenger disaster, the Columbine shootings, 9/11, and the death of Michael Jackson. At 7 p.m., he will read poetry from his book in the Jepson Center’s Wolff Auditorium