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Dr. Tim Hirsch, emeritus professor of English, will present "Ager and Other American Writers of His Time" Friday, March 22, 4 pm Ho-Chunk Room in Davies Center (Room 320E) Ager wrote in Norwegian. Only two of his works were translated into English while Ager was still living. Scholars of Norwegian American literature have tended to compare Ager to other Norwegian writers, but little has been done to place Ager in the literary context of other American writers of his period. Ager, however, was very conscious of his role as a writer who had things to say about America. On the Way to the Melting Pot is Ager's most relevant exploration of what it means to be an American and how multicultural America is a stronger America. The novel explores different ways immigrants adapt to the new land, whether they fall into the melting pot of begin to shape a mosaic. Dr. Debra Barker and Dr. David Jones, two other scholars of American literature, will respond to Hirsch's presentation, and the audience will also be invited to consider how a literary work gets included in the "canon" of works published, studied in schools, including among the "great books", and reviewed in newspapers.Reception to follow at 5:15 pmThis event is presented by the Waldemar Ager Association with support from the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library; the UW-Eau Claire College of Arts and Sciences and the Departments of Communication and Journalism, English, History, and Languages; Mayo Clinic Health System; and the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

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Mar 22 2019 - 4:00pm
Davies Center