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2008.10.31 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Criss Library to Host Jonas Panel Discussion

Omaha - The Criss Library at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) will host a panel discussion on writer Carl Jonas at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 6.

Between 1945 and 1973, Jonas published eight novels with WW Norton, Little, Brown & Co., and Dell, including "Lillian White Deer," "The Observatory," "Our Revels Now Are Ended" and "The Sputnik Rapist." Frequently set in a fictional Gateway City, his work focused on the behavior of well-educated business people and academics. For a number of years, Jonas was an instructor in UNO's English Department.

In conjunction with UNO's Centennial and in honor of Jonas' writing and his association with UNO, the Criss Library will present a panel discussion of his life and work. Several colleagues and friends of Jonas will participate: Thomas Kuhlman, professor emeritus of English at Creighton University; Bruce Baker, professor emeritus of English, UNO; Richard Duggin, professor and founder of UNO's Writer's Workshop; and John McKenna, professor of English, UNO.

For more information, contact Linda Riviera at lriviera@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-2640.

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UNO will celebrate its 100th anniversary beginning October 8, 2008. This celebration will recognize the partnership among the City of Omaha, its citizens and UNO to build a vibrant and dynamic community. The centennial theme is “UNO: Central To Our City Since 1908.” This theme acknowledges the past contributions of UNO to the community and sets the stage for great things to come.

UNO, inaugurated in 1968, emerged from the Municipal University of Omaha, established in 1931, which grew out of the University of Omaha founded in 1908. For Centennial information, go to http://www.unomaha.edu/100/.

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