2017-18 Events

The Lost City of Z, Free Public Screening

Friday, November 3rd, 7:00-9:30 pm, Empire Arts Center

Join us at the Empire Arts Center for a free public viewing of The Lost City of Z, based on David Grann’s best-selling book of the same name, is the true-life drama which centers on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

UND Department of English Presents:
Dead Poets Society, Free Public Screening

Friday, January 19th, 7:00-9:30 pm, Empire Arts Center

Join us at the Empire Arts Center for a free public viewing of the Academy Award winning film Dead Poets Society sponsored by UND’s Department of English.

In an age defined by crew cuts, sport coats, and cheerless conformity, he not only broke the mold … he reinvented it. English professor John Keating, a passionate iconoclast who changes his students’ lives forever when he challenges them to live life to the fullest and “Carpe Diem” — seize the day! Keating’s unconventional approach meets with irrepressible enthusiasm from his students, but the faculty at staid, exclusive Welton Academy prep school is, to put it mildly, not amused. Featuring a star-marking performance by Robin Williams and Ethan Hawke, Dead Poets Society will captivate and inspire you again and again.

“Mining and Minerals: Practices and Politics,” Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 21st, 6:30 pm, Big Room, East Grand Forks Campbell Library

This panel of experts from a range of disciplines will discuss the politics surrounding mining and mineral extraction as well as current and future practices. A brief presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Reading by David Grann

Wednesday, March 21st, 8:00 pm, Ballroom, Memorial Union, UND Campus


As part of the 49th Annual UND Writers Conference, David Grann will be reading from his work at 8 pm on Wednesday, March 21st. His reading will be followed by a book signing, as well as a reception at the North Dakota Museum of Art.  Mr. Grann will also participate in other Conference events, the complete schedule of which can be found here. All UND Writers Conference events are free and open to the public. Free parking is also available.

Appearance by Andrew Smith

Saturday, March 24th, 9:30 am-1:30 pm at Grand Forks Central High School


Andrew Smith will be participating in the 3rd Annual WAR for Literacy Conference, a conference for teens that celebrates writing and reading and offers young people a realm of possibilities in which to use these skills in the world around them. In addition to a keynote speaker, attendees can choose from a variety of presenters on topics as varied as screenwriting to writing poetry to journalistic writing. The conference ends with a Slam Session for participants to share what they learned during or their thoughts about the conference.

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