Brescia University to Host Two Public Lecture Series

Brescia University will host two public lectures on Thursday, March 14th.  The first event is the continuation of the Young Lecture Series. The Brescia University Marilyn Younger Conley School of Social Work and Young Lecture Series welcome Jennifer Scott as she presents her lecture titled “Just Neighborhoods: Museums Engaging Communities around Social Justice”.  This event will take place at 7:00 PM in Taylor Lecture Hall.  The second event of the evening is the seventh event in the St. Ann Visiting Writers Series at 7:00 PM in the Little Theatre located in Bartholomy-Taylor Hall.  The featured authors are Amelia Martens and Casey Pycior.  Both events are offered at no cost and are open to the public. 

Jennifer Scott will be speaking on how museums are increasingly becoming sites of conscience in the 21st century in response to growing social concerns and widespread inequality. As Jane Addams Hull-House Museum director and chief curator, Scott will discuss how museums can use their histories as places of social change to confront present-day social justice issues including poverty, violence, mass incarceration, labor, education, racial and gender disparity. 

The Young Lecture Series a featured event in with the Brescia University Marilyn Younger Conley School of Social Work 25th Anniversary celebration highlighting 25 years of social work education at Brescia University. 

The St. Ann Visiting Writers Series featured writers are Amelia Martens and Casey Pycior.  Amelia Martens is the author of The Spoons in the Grass are There To Dig a Moat (April 2016), a book of prose poems, selected by Sarabande Books for the 2014 Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature. She received both an MFA in Creative Writing and an MS in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education from Indiana University and currently teaches as a First Year Experience instructor for West Kentucky Community & Technical College, where she is also the Associate Literary Editor for WKCTC’s Exit 7: A Journal of Literature and Art. Her work has been supported by a 2019 Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship from the Kentucky Arts Council, a Sustainable Arts Fellowship to Rivendell Writer’s Colony in 2017, an Artist Enrichment Grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women in 2016, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2011. She is a recent Pushcart nominee and the author of four poetry chapbooks:  Ursa Minor (winner of the 2017 Prose Chapbook Prize from elsewhere magazine, forthcoming in 2018), A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition; Black Lawrence Press, 2012). Her new poems appear, or are forthcoming in: Cave Wall,  Pidgeonholes, Plume, Diode, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, and Ninth Letter. She is married to the poet Britton Shurley; they have two smart/beautiful/brave daughters and a ridiculous dog.

Casey Pycior was born and raised in Kansas City, and he earned an MFA in fiction writing at Wichita State University and a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He was awarded the 2015 Charles Johnson Fiction Prize at Crab Orchard Review, and his work has appeared in Beloit Fiction Journal, Midwestern Gothic, Harpur Palate, BULL, Wigleaf, and Yalobusha Review, among many other places. Pycior’s debut short story collection, The Spoils, was published in early 2017 with Switchgrass Books. He is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Southern Indiana, and he is the Fiction Editor of Southern Indiana Review and lives in Evansville, Indiana his wife and son.

Brescia University’s Creative Writing department is hosting the series of readings and lectures by a variety of nationally recognized and acclaimed authors and poets that will continue into the spring semester.  The remaining date is as follows:

April 4, 2019 –Brescia Student Showcase and William Kelley Woolfitt (Cleveland, TN).

All events will take place on Thursdays at 7:00 PM in the Little Theatre located in Bartholomy-Taylor Hall.

For series details or to schedule interviews with individual authors, contact series curator and Brescia University faculty member Brooks Rexroat at [email protected].

For more information on either event, please contact Rachel Whelan, Director of Public Relations and Marketing at [email protected] or 270.686.2110.


About Brescia University

Brescia University is a Catholic, liberal arts institution founded in the Ursuline tradition of personal and social transformation through education by the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in 1950. Its origins are in Mount Saint Joseph Junior College for Women, established at Maple Mount, Kentucky in 1925. Between 1925 and 1950, coeducational extension courses in Owensboro led to the creation of a second campus and, after 1949, consolidation of the two campuses at the present site of Brescia University. In 1951, Brescia began operating as a four-year college. Directed to academic and moral excellence in a student-centered environment, Brescia offers undergraduate and graduate programs that serve students who seek success through rewarding careers and service to others.