Lee Friederich to Speak at Th@U


The next Thursdays @ the U lecture series presentation, scheduled for October 31, will feature Lee Friederich speaking on “In the Course of an Hour: A Poetic Response to Hiroshima.”  This presentation will be held from 12:30 – 1:20 p.m. in the UW-BC Blue Hills Lecture Hall in Rice Lake.

All series presentations, which are open to the public free of charge, will be held every Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-Barron County in Rice Lake. 

Lee Friederich, UW-BC Senior Lecturer in English, traveled to Minami-Izu, Tokyo, and Hiroshima this summer under a grant from the Association of Asian Studies to do research on poet Ishigaki Rin, who responded in her poem “Greeting” to some of the first photographs published in Japan of atomic bomb victims once the ban against publication of such images was lifted at the conclusion of the Allied Occupation of Japan.

Friederich will discuss the unusual circumstances under which Ishigaki wrote this poem in the course of an hour to commemorate the seventh anniversary of the blast at the Industrial Bank of Japan, where she had worked as a self-described female ‘salary man’ since 1934.  Friederich will contextualize Ishigaki’s work in the larger context of her book project “Abject Nation/Abject Voices, The Female Abject in Postwar and Contemporary Japanese Women’s Poetry.”

The next Thursdays @ the U on November 7 will feature UW-BC Communication Arts professor Mary Hoeft speaking on “Why Don’t University Students Read?”

The Thursdays @ the U Lecture Series is sponsored by the UW-Barron County Foundation.  For more information, contact the campus at 715-234-8176.


Joel Friederich