2019 Events

(More coming soon…)

Black Panther, Free Public Screening

Friday, January 18th, 7:00-9:30 pm, Empire Arts Center


Join us at the Empire Arts Center for a free public viewing of Black Panther, the international sensation that has earned over $1.3 billion at the box office and helped bring “Afrofuturism” into the mainstream, featuring original music by Pulitzer Prize winning artist Kendrick Lamar. Already seen it? Watch it again on the big screen and bring your friends (or family)!

Sponsored by the 50th Annual UND Writers Conference, “What the Future Holds” (March 20-22, 2019) and the UND Department of Art & Design


UND Department of English Presents:
“Greater Grand Forks Writes”

Thursday, February 28th, 7:00-8:30 pm, Empire Arts Center

Join us at the Empire Arts Center for a night highlighting writing by local authors!

Click here for more information & to register to read!

Sponsored by UND’s Department of English and UND’s Department of Art & Design.


50th Annual UND Writers Conference,
“What the Future Holds”

March 20-22, 2019, UND Memorial Union/UND Campus

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Join us at as we celebrate 50 years of art & literature in our community, featuring Heid E. Erdrich, Kiese Laymon, Sally Wen Mao, Patrick Martinez, Tommy Orange, and Sarah Smarsh! All events are free & open to the public! Free Parking is available!


Tickling Giants, Free Screening
followed by a Question & Answer period with the Director, Sara Taksler

Wednesday, April 30th, 7:00 pm, Empire Arts Center


About the Director:

Sara Taksler, one of America’s rising voices at the nexus of satire and social activism, uses humor to bring attention to important societal issues, from free speech to abuse of power.

A long-time senior producer at “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart and Trevor Noah, Sara is now a supervising producer for the late-night venture “The Opposition” with Jordan Klepper on Comedy Central. She also directed and produced the acclaimed feature documentary, “TWISTED: A Balloonamentary,” a hilarious, heartwarming look at the world’s premier balloon-twisting convention.

Her latest documentary, Tickling Giants, premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Called “an ebullient ode to freedom” by Variety, the film highlights the beauty of free speech, a right Americans enjoy, but a principle that can possibly kill you in other countries. It was the #1 documentary on iTunes, and currently has a 100-percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

At the intersection of entertainment and social justice, Sara explores current events and topical issues of the day, from freedom of expression to religion and government, while emphasizing the power of the joke to bring attention to important causes. She inspires and empowers others to add value to the world by seizing opportunities to be leaders on issues big and small, challenging abuses of power, and finding their own creative, non-violent way to start Tickling Giants.

Sponsored by the 50th Annual UND Writers Conference, “What the Future Holds” (March 20-22, 2029), the Center for Human Rights & Genocide Studies, UND’s Department of Communication, and UND’s Department of Art & Design