February 15th- March 1st

News for Current Undergraduates February 15th- March 1st

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The English Advising Office is open Monday and Wednesday for appointments from 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Please go to Canvas (under Account--> Settings--> MyPlan--> My Success Network--> Kathleen Lacey). The schedule tab will allow you to see what times are available for individual appointments. You can also search for Kathleen Lacey in the MyPLAN Directory. You are also welcome to call 402-472-3871 to schedule an appointment.

Walk-in Hours

No appointment necessary

Walk-in hours are Fridays from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. 

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March 1 (Fri.)  Last day to change a full semester course registration to or from "Pass/No Pass"
March 4 (Mon.) - May 19 (Sun.) Open Registration for Summer Sessions 2019
March 17 - 24 (Sun. - Sun.)  Spring Vacation (UNL offices are open Monday through Friday)
March 25 (Mon.) - April 9 (Tue.)  Priority Registration for Fall Semester 2019
April 5 (Fri.)  Last day to withdraw from one or more full semester courses for the term
April 10 (Wed.) - Aug 25 (Sun.) Open Registration for Fall Semester 2019
April 22 - April 27 (Mon. - Sat.)  Last week of classes**
April 27 (Sat.)  Last day of classes 
April 29 – May 3 (Mon. - Fri.)  Spring Semester Final Exams - Final Exams Information 
May 1 (Wed.)  Last day to apply for undergraduate admissions for Summer and Fall 2019
May 3 (Fri.) Spring Semester Graduate Commencement and Doctoral Hooding Ceremony
May 4 (Sat.) Spring Semester Undergraduate Commencement

Table of Contents

Courses to Check Out Department of English Announcements and Events University Announcements and Events Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development Community Events Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice Literary News Film News

Courses to Check Out

GLST 491

Global Studies will be offering GLST 491: Global Development & Humanitarianism this summer as an online course during the 8-week session. This is a brand new course focused on giving students an in-depth analysis of a wide range of issues concerning international development and humanitarianism, as well as the role of different actors. 

For more information, check out the link below!



Department of English Announcements and Events

Freeform to Develop ‘Make Your Home Among Strangers’ Series

"Freeform is developing a drama series based on the book “Make Your Home Among Strangers” by Jennine Capó Crucet, Variety has learned exclusively. The project is described as a cross-generational drama that follows both a Cuban American girl who struggles her freshman year at an elite New England college and the chaotic family she leaves behind in Miami, all set against the backdrop of the explosive Elian Gonzalez trial in the 1990’s. The series explores issues of identity, race, and class in America." Read more here!

2019 Department Literary Contest Submission Portal Now Open!

The submission portal for our 2019 Department Literary Contests is now open. This year we are moving to electronic submission. You can find instructions and forms here:  https://www.unl.edu/english/literary-contests#enter

Rigoberto González Events: Reading and Knoll Lecture

The English Department’s forthcoming annual Robert Knoll lecture will be given by Rigoberto González, author of 20 books of fiction, poetry, memoir, and criticism. He is perhaps the foremost critic of and advocate for Latinx literature in the US and recipient of a Guggenheim and NEA, among other awards.

In addition to the Knoll lecture, he will also give a creative writing reading. 

Monday, March 11, 5:00p – 7:00p, Nebraska Club lounge (cash bar), 233 S. 13 Street #2000 (this is the top floor of the U.S. Bank Tower)

Creative Writing Reading by Rigoberto González, followed by reception.

Tuesday, March 12, 5:30p – 7:00p, Bailey Library (2nd floor, Andrews Hall)

Robert Knoll Lecture by Rigoberto González, “Unforgetting Tamazunchale: A Return to the Classics of Chicanx Literature”

Download more information here.

DH Afternoons

DH Afternoons is a forum dedicated to supporting and celebrating Digital Humanities work being done by students, staff, and faculty at UNL.

 February 20, 2019

3:30 - 5:00 pm
Dudley Bailey Library, Andrews Hall room 228

 Jonathan Cheng

Doctoral Student, English

Text Mining Physical Characterization in 20th-Century Novels

Dr. Heather Richards-Rissetto

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Keeping Data Alive

More information about upcoming DH Afternoons can be found at https://cdrh.unl.edu/dh-afternoons

Sponsored by the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities

University Announcements and Events

Free & Convenient Counseling Available at the Counseling & School Psychology Clinic

CSPC is a training clinic in which graduate students in counseling psychology work with clients under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Services are free to UNL students, faculty and staff and available to the public on a sliding scale. Individual counseling is offered to improve well-being, elevate mood, manage stress, and improve life adjustment issues.

Flexible hours. Call (402)-472-1152 to schedule an appointment. Located at 49 Teacher's College Hall, city campus.

Well-Being Coaching

Well-being Coaching Flier

Big Red Resilience has started offering “well-being coaching” to undergraduate students.  These are student volunteers who help other students thrive  at UNL.  As part of the coaching model, they promote the nine-dimension model of wellness, and help students they work with to develop resilience and coping skills.

If you haven’t visited the Big Red Resilience website to get a sense of the dimensions, there is good content including more on the well-being coaches at https://resilience.unl.edu/

Civil Rights Activist Bernard Lafayette to Speak Feb. 20

Bernard Lafayette, longtime civil rights activist and organizer, will present “Nonviolence in a Time of Civil Unrest: Yesterday and Today” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Nebraska Union Auditorium. The Feb. 20 event, sponsored by UPC Nebraska and the Office of Academic Success and Intercultural Services, is free for students with a valid NCard and $5 for faculty, staff and the public.

Read more about Lafayette here!

Black Homesteader Descendant, Nicodemus Leader to Speak Feb. 21

Angela Bates, a descendant of Nicodemus’ original homesteaders, will visit the University of Nebraska–Lincoln to share her experience. She is the president and executive director of the Nicodemus Historical Society and Museum. Her talk, “Home in the Promised Lands of Kansas: From Slavery to Homesteading,” is 3:30 p.m. Feb. 21 at the Center for Great Plains Studies, 1155 Q St.

Read more about Bates here!

Internships, Jobs, and Professional Development

ESAB Applications Are Open!

The Department of English Student Advisory Board program is designed to promote and represent undergraduate English and Film Studies students in the English department. Advisory Board members assist the English and Film Studies Academic Advisor and Undergraduate Chair with recruitment and retention activities hosted by the University, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of English. Students who participate in the English Student Advisory Board will develop personal leadership, mentorship, and communication skills and will have the opportunity to represent the Department of English and the University in a professional capacity.

So, are you interested in joining our English Student Advisory Board? Check out the attachment for more details!

Download more information here.

Collision Magazine Seeking Submissions

Established in 2001, Collision is an annual undergraduate publication funded by the University Honors College. You can find more information about the magazine and our submission guidelines at https://collision.pitt.edu. If you have any questions, please contact collision.pitt@gmail.com

To submit to Collison Magazine, you must send submissions to collision.pitt@gmail.com with your student email, class year, and genre. Submissions close Friday, Feb. 22, but Collison reads on a rolling basis. 

UNL Fashion+Lifestyle Magazine "Collective Culture"

Fashion students!

How do you feel about reading, writing, and sharing content about the latest fashion and lifestyle trends? Do you love posting on Instagram or Twitter? Are your styling techniques red carpet ready? If you said yes to any of the following questions, you should consider joining Collective Culture, the UNL Fashion+Lifestyle Magazine. They are looking for smart, creative, and funny individuals who love communicating with people across media, culture lines, and disciplines.

They would love to collaborate with you and any other artists you think would make valuable contributions to Collective Culture. They are currently extending offers to groups across campus where students have a love for the creative arts, humanities, and social sciences.

If you have any questions about Collective Culture or the role you will play in their magazine, please Facebook message the “Collective Culture” page.

Mosaic Art & Literary Journal​

Since 1959, the Mosaic journal has featured wonderful fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, ten-minute plays, screenplays, and visual art. In collaboration with the Gluck Fellowship of the Arts Foundation, they work to celebrate a rich community of artists and writers, both locally and nationally. They are excited to welcome contributions from University of Nebraska, Lincoln with the hope of expanding their writing community!

They would like to invite students to submit their creative work to the 58th annual edition of Mosaic. Their deadline for submissions is the end on February 16th, 2019. Mosaic accepts simultaneous submissions, and all pieces must be submitted electronically. Submissions are limited to 8,000 words of prose and 5 pieces of poetry.

For more information, please check out their website at http://mosaiczine.com/.

National Trial Team Competition - Volunteers Wanted

Pre-Law Students,

Please see the following volunteer opportunity from the Nebraska College of Law:

The University of Nebraska College of Law is a regional competition site for the National Trial Team Competition Feb. 15-17.  The competition rounds will take place at the Lancaster & District Courthouses. We need at least four volunteers per trial to serve at witnesses and are looking for undergraduate students to fill these roles.  Witnesses provide testimony about people, events, and documents that support either the Plaintiff or the Defendant in the mock law suit.  Each witness will take the stand to testify and be examined by both sides of the case (Plaintiff and Defendant).  We hope you will volunteer for this unique opportunity!

To see dates and times that witnesses are needed and to register visit this webpage. Have friends or relatives that may want to help, feel free to invite them as well!  Additional information will be sent out when the competition is closer.  Questions? Contact Katie Pfannenstiel at kpfannenstiel@unl.edu or 402-472-8382.

Inquiry For Undergraduate Volunteers

The Writing Lincoln Initiative is seeking volunteers for the spring 2019 semester. WLI is a community outreach program that focuses on literacy partnerships with local Lincoln organizations. 

They currently have a partnership with the Malone Center, where they run a twice weekly writing club for local Lincoln elementary school students. This writing club takes place every Tuesday and Thursday from 4-5pm, with 30 mins of set up time and 30 minutes of writing club. They are seeking volunteers to begin helping them with writing club with a tentative start date in either late January or early February. 

 If you are interested in being a volunteer, have any more questions about what writing club responsibilities entail, or have any other questions about WLI, please email them at writinglincoln360@gmail.com 

Careers in Film Archiving

Check out some excellent programs from the National Archive for film schools and careers! For more information and to take a look at these amazing opportunities, click here!

You can also check out these links for internship opportunities related to film:



Peer Career Guide Opportunity!

Are you interested in mentoring, teaching, advising, or just looking for a great opportunity to get involved? Career Services is looking for their 2019-2020 Peer Career Guide! Check out the attachment for more information on how to apply.

Download more information here.

Southeast Community College Looking for Graduate and Undergraduate Writing Tutors

Southeast Community College is reviewing applications for part-time Writing Tutors for the 2018/2019 and 2019/2020 school years. Please note that SCC will convert to a semester calendar beginning Fall 2019.

A full description and requirements can be found at the following link:


Johns Hopkins CTY Summer Writing Employment Opportunities

Summer Employment Opportunities

CTY offers academically rigorous programs for advanced learners in elementary, middle, and high school. They seek highly motivated and well-qualified candidates to lead their writing workshop courses.

Their instructional staff

  • Lead small classes of 12-15 bright students
  • Enjoy many opportunities for professional development
  • Earn competitive salaries, plus room and board at residential sites

When? Core Dates - Session 1: June 23–July 12; Session 2: July 14–August 2

More information


Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status or other legally protected characteristic. The university promotes affirmative action for minorities, women, people with disabilities, and veterans.

Students Needed for UCARE Research Positions

Student applications for Nebraska's Undergraduate Creative Activities and Research Experience program are now being accepted for the 2019-2020 academic year.

UCARE participants receive a $2,400 stipend while completing faculty-guided research projects in various fields of study. Projects from all colleges and disciplines are encouraged, ranging from studying switchgrass plants grown for biofuel to identifying and cataloging the poems of Walt Whitman.

Grant recipients will need to commit 10 hours a week to their projects and will present their research at the annual Spring Research Fair in April 2020. Skill-building seminars on topics like graduate school preparation and professional presentation skills are offered throughout the year to enhance the UCARE experience.

To learn more about the UCARE program, students can register to attend one of the following informational sessions in the Nebraska Union: 2 p.m., Feb. 19.

For more information, click here

Get Involved! Asian Community and Cultural Center Internship Opportunities

"The Asian Community & Cultural Center offers part-time, unpaid internships in several core areas, including: marketing, grant writing, community health, program development, social media, and youth projects.

To apply, send your resume and cover letter to: katie@lincolnasiancenter.org"

For the list of internship opportunities, click here

Registration Open for Inclusive Leadership Retreat

Students who participate in this retreat are prepared to apply for university leadership positions, including peer mentors and consultants, RSO positions, NSE leaders, resident assistants, and college and research ambassadors. Participants are also certified to serve as facilitators for Husker Dialogues, a campus event for first-year students held each fall.

Register online at the Inclusive Leadership Retreat website.

Contact Dr. Amy Goodburn, senior associate vice chancellor and dean of undergraduate education at agoodburn1@unl.edu for more information.

More details at: https://go.unl.edu/fxtu

Writing Center Consultant Position

Interested in joining the Writing Center to be a consultant? Check out the attachment on information on how to apply, the program description, and more! 

Download more information here.

Fall 2019 NY Publishing Internship

NEW! New York Publishing Internship w/HSG Agency 

Application Deadline: March 15, 2019 

Through this internship, students will be introduced to the New York publishing industry through related activities at HSG Agency. Interns will report to agent Soumeya Roberts while Kathleen Lacey will serve as the instructor of record. The department will accept one intern for Fall 2019, and two each semester (excluding summer) going forward. Internship work will be done remotely, though interns will be awarded $500 from the Nordbrock English Experiential Learning Fund for travel to New York City during the semester in which they are chosen. 

HSG Agency is a boutique literary agency that represents “all types of fiction and non-fiction, for both adults and children, and has strong relationships with every major publisher as well as familiarity with independent and start-up publishers offering a different approach to publishing.” They represent a number of seasoned and new authors, such as Anne Tyler, Debra Jo Immergut, and Vashti Harrison. To learn more about the agency, their agents, and their authors, visit hsgagency.com.

Download more information here.

Emerging Tribal Writer Award

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is currently seeking submissions for the 2019 Emerging Tribal Writer Award.  SDSU established the Great Plains Emerging Tribal Writer Award in 2013 to encourage the development of American Indian writers who are in the early phases of their writing careers.

The Emerging Tribal Writer Award allows aspiring tribal writers to share their stories, culture, and heritage with a larger audience for the first time.  Their 2017 winner, Jessie Taken Alive-Rencountre, shared her winning submission at SDSU's annual Consider the Century Conference.  Since presenting at the conference, Jessie has published her winning submission, Pet'a Shows Misun the Light with Mascot Books, sold more than 100 copies of her story, and presented at various venues across the state.  Read more about Jessie’s amazing accomplishments in the latest issue of Lakota Country Times.

The deadline to apply for this year's award is May 1st, 2019.  For more information about the award, please see the attached flyer or visit their website.   

Download more information here.

Panel on Working in Public Policy

Public Policy Panel Poster

Next week, the UNL Honors Program and Nebraska Law are hosting a panel of Nebraska Law alumni on the subject of working in public policy.  This program is open to all. 

Working on policy issues in the nation’s capital is challenging, exhilarating, at times contentious, and can be incredibly rewarding. Please join us for a panel discussion about what it’s like to work on these issues (including how a law degree can help you get there!) with three recent graduates of the College of Law. Following the panel will be an informal opportunity to talk to the speakers and some faculty from the College of Law.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 19th, 3:30 - 5:00

Where: Nebraska Student Union, Colonial Room A

Register: law.unl.edu/policypanel


  • Taylor Brooks (JD ’15), Strategic Cyber Intelligence Analyst, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Bijan Koohmaraie (JD ’14), Counsel for Committee on Energy and Commerce, United States House of Representatives
  • Sarah Morris (JD ’09, LLM ’10), Deputy Director, New America Foundation Open Technology Institute

Community Events

TASSEL Banquet

TASSEL is a group that teaches underprivilieged children in Cambodia English through video conferences and essays, and they would like you to attend their Banquet on Saturday, March 9th from 6:30 PM to 9 PM! Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will go to the students in Cambodia. For more information, check out the attachment!

Download more information here.

NFP Celebrating Paul Olson (Saturday, Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m. @ Malone Community Center)

Nebraskans for Peace Open House:

Celebrating Paul Olson, Inviting Tomorrow’s Peacekeepers

 Where:     Malone Community Center

When:      Saturday, 23 February 2019, 2 - 4 p.m.

Sponsor:  Nebraskans for Peace (Lincoln Chapter)

 In his “Uses of Great Men” essay that opens Representative Men: Seven Lectures (1850), Ralph Waldo Emerson, the “Sage of Concord,” defined what it meant to be a great man in a series of lectures he delivered before large audiences in the 1840s. In words redolent with a truth for his and these fractious political times, Emerson wrote, in a lyrical mode called “wisdom writing” by some scholars, “These men correct the delirium of the animal spirits, make us considerate, and engage us to new aims and powers.” Plato, Montaigne, Napoleon, and Shakespeare, among others, put flesh on Emerson’s representative man. They were, for Emerson, capable of serving “directly” and “indirectly” through their representative excellence because, he states, “Right ethics are central.”

If Emerson could cast his vision beyond nineteenth-century New England, to the land of Lincoln, Nebraska, and designate modern representative men and women who epitomized his ideals now, men and women who served with the right ethics, who would merit such distinction?

Certainly, numerous women and men, citizens and natives, and people of all ethnic groups and creeds, would merit consideration because of their dedication to serving the citizens of the state of Nebraska, conserving its natural landscape, championing civil rights, and enriching the diverse cultural heritage of Humanity.

On Saturday, February 23rd, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Malone Community Center, the Lincoln Chapter of Nebraskans for Peace will honor one of Nebraska’s representative citizens, Dr. Paul A. Olson, a gadfly for truth and justice, and put forth a call to ensure that his vision continues as NFP seeks to meet the challenges presented by a new era. The event—Nebraskans for Peace Open House: Celebrating Paul Olson, Inviting Tomorrow’s Peacekeepers—is free and open to the public, and will feature live DJing, refreshments, and the reflections of community leaders on the legacy of Dr. Olson.

Featured speakers will be City Councilman Bennie Shobe (host and moderator), Tim Rinne (NFP’s State Coordinator), Sue Martin (labor union expert).

Families, students, and people looking to volunteer, old and young—Tomorrow’s Peacekeepers—are especially welcome.

Born in Wisconsin and graced with a phenomenal memory that can relive his Dust Bowl experience as a youth, and matched by a spirit of never-flagging dedication, Dr. Olson parleyed his 1953 M.A. from UNL and 1957 Princeton University Ph.D. in English Literature—specializing in Medieval/Renaissance—into a broad activist curriculum that has educated Lincoln and Nebraska for decades. The Lincoln Chapter of NFP—founded by Dr. Olson in honor of his late wife, Betty Olson (NFP state coordinator from 1976-1986)—is just one accomplishment in a stunning career of engagement melded perfectly with excellence. As the driving force behind it, Dr. Olson has brought to the community speakers and panels on a wide variety of topics—tax relief, immigration, poverty, Global warming, militarism, voting rights, women and gender rights, public school education reform, rural community development—of interest to the entire community.

In his 55 years of service to UNL, he founded the Center for Great Plains Studies (1976) and taught the first courses in African-American literature and Peace Studies. The University honored him with the Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award (ORCA) in 1984, the Louise Pound-George Howard Distinguished Career Award (1999), and the 2006 Nebraska Writing Project Carol MacDaniels Teacher of the Year Award. Now, in retirement, and holding the title of Kate Foster Professor of English Emeritus at UNL, his publishing career began in the 1950s and continues even now. The author of many essays of literary criticism on Medieval/Renaissance topics and a wide range of others, he has published numerous books, the last being Beyond a Common Joy: An Introduction to Shakespearean Comedy (2008), and is currently working on a memoir.

Taught to love the myths of cultures because of his study of Chaucer at Princeton, Dr. Olson has spent his life turning his engagement with comparative mythology—especially, but not limited to, Native American and African/American storytelling traditions—into actual pedagogy. In the 1960s and 1970s, he administered Woods foundation funds to reform Nebraska school curricula to reflect the unique local cultures, work which he continued at the request of the U.S. Office of Education as the Tri-University Project. This was followed, from 1971-1976, by his administration of another federal program, the Study Commission on Undergraduate Education and the Education of Teachers. He has been a dedicated activist on behalf of Native-American rights on Pine Ridge Reservation, African-American civil rights in Lincoln and Nebraska, has tirelessly fought for de-militarization, and for years has held an August memorial and lantern float in honor of the victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki—all in keeping with his strict adherence to the philosophy and practice of non-violent activism.

Dr. Olson, an active member of state NFP since 1970 and member of its board, where he chairs and sits on several committees, has authored a column (“Speaking Our Peace”) in the Nebraska Report, the NFP newsletter, for years, and has frequently authored Op-Ed pieces and letters to the editor to continue his commitment to being the voice of the community. Before he stepped down as head of the Lincoln Chapter in August 2018, Dr. Olson, responding to a need identified by local branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, helped initiate a Truth and Reconciliation effort.

Little wonder, then, that Dr. Olson has inspired a study of his life, mythology, and activism; hence the 2007 UNL dissertation—Robert M. Gibney’s “The Texts and Teachings of Paul A. Olson: Literary Scholarship, Uses of Myth, and an Activist Life”—that enshrines Dr. Olson in the pantheon of greatness, truly justified.

For these and many reasons too numerous to mention, we the organizers, the steering committee of NFP-Lincoln, invite the community and Tomorrow’s Peacekeepers out to celebrate one of its own, a representative man in Emerson’s Age, and ours.

For more information and inquiries, please contact one of the members below.

Tessa Foreman                      Valerie Murphy

Tessa6161@gmail.com              valerie.murphy@stmonicas.com


William Arfmann                                Gregory Rutledge                  Lazzaro Spindola

williamarfmann@gmail.com                grutledge2@unl.edu                 lazaro.spindola@nebraska.gov


Stay Woke: Readings in Social Justice

"Roxane Gay on Diversity, Boundaries, and Vanderpump Rules"

"Roxane Gay has a powerful voice–and a packed schedule. The acclaimed author of books including Bad Feminist and Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body, has a ninth book out this spring, a comic book on the way, film and television projects in development, and a gig as a contributing op-ed writer for the New York Times. She somehow gets it all done while jetting back and forth between her home in Los Angeles, Yale, where she’s a Presidential Fellow, and her many appearances and engagements. (On her flight back to L.A. this week, she sat across the aisle from Barbara Streisand, whom she described as “shimmering” and “luminous.”) Continue reading here!

"From Parkland to Sunrise: A Year of Extraordinary Youth Activism"

"This Valentine’s Day marks a year since seventeen people were killed in a shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Florida. On February 14th, the Web site and social-media feeds of the March for Our Lives, the youth-led gun-control movement that began in the aftermath of the shooting, will go dark. The founders of the movement will not give interviews or make any public comments. "It’s about recognizing that we need to take time for ourselves because we’ve been going so strongly for the past year without a breather,” Jaclyn Corin, a senior at Stoneman Douglas and one of the co-founders of the movement, told me in a recent phone call. 'We’re giving ourselves that time to be with our friends and our family.'" Continue reading more here.

Literary News

UNL Creative Writing Doctoral Student Ángel García Nominated for National Poetry Honor

"Ángel García, doctoral student in the University of Nebraska–Lincoln’s creative writing program, was nominated for his novel “Teeth Never Sleep." Six years in the making, the novel was published by University of Arkansas Press in October 2018." Read more here!

Film News

Showing This Week at the Ross


On Her Shoulders

Life and Nothing More

Q+A With Director Alexandria Bombach

The Norman A. Geske Cinema Showcase and UPC present Director, Cinematographer, and Editor Alexandria Bombach, who will appear for a Q+A with the audience following the 7:30 p.m. screening of her film ON HER SHOULDERS on Friday, February 15.

For more information, click here.