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Donate online today at the USC Online Giving Site Please go the website to make a secure credit card donation. Your donation is tax deductible and a USC gift receipt will be sent to you via US mail.

The scholarship, established in memory of the late actor David Coleman Dukes, is awarded annually to a third-year Theater Arts student working toward a career in stage acting. A bronze plaque commemorating the scholarship benefit held in David Coleman Dukes' name can be seen in the lobby of the Bing Theater, off Queen's Court on the USC campus.
— Madeline Puzo, Dean, USC School of Theatre

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• 2012 Fall Conference of SCTE - Taking a Bite Out of the Common Core

The Radisson Hotel, 7320 Greenleaf Avenue, Whittier, California

Saturday, October 20, 12:30-2:00pm Lunch Session, with Carol Muske-Dukes

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• 10/13/12: 6th Annual Festival of California Poets

Hammer Museum
10899 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024

The PEN Center USA & Poetry Society of America will present The 6th Annual Festival of California Poets on Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 7:30 PM. The Festival of California Poets is an event celebrating the poetic tradition of the Golden State. Carol Muske-Dukes, Dana Goodyear, and Joy Manesiotis will present/read.

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• Get Lit Featured on PBS

Hi everyone -

Please check out PBS (at local times and listings across the country) for two broadcast "events" that deserve notice. First, the "lighting it up" of the great GET LIT/Words Ignite literacy project, my own "partner" in poetry projects in L.A. and beyond — this amazing program deserves our ongoing support and acclaim.

And, if you did not catch the first night of "HALF OF THE SKY" on PBS ("Independent Lens - on PBS stations) tune in this evening, wherever you are! This is a documentary that is crucial — acknowledging the publication of the book, HALF THE SKY: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women (NY Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn) but to alert us all to the painful realities of gender-based violence across the world - sex trafficking, female genital mutilation, abuse and forced prostitution, etc. and the brave women, the freedom fighters, who are turning this oppression around. An inspirational force is Rebecca Lolosoli, who runs an all-women's village where the inhabitants make their own livings - as well as Amie Kandeh, who is director of the Rainbo Center - a refuge for women who have been abused, raped, threatened with death.

HALF THE SKY "features" George Clooney and famous faces like Meg Ryan and Diane Lane, who traveled to Sierra Leone and Somaliland and Cambodia with the film crew — but, as Clooney says bluntly in his introduction to the documentary, "The celebrity involvement is there to amplify the story. That's all."

Please watch — and please encourage others to do so. Mention the documentary (I know it will be re-aired!) ds on your blogs and websites and in WRITING in general. As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says, "The role and rights of women - their freedom and equality and dignity - is the unfinished business of the 21st century."

For our mothers, sisters, daughters, our friends across the world and ourselves — please bear witness to this amazing effort to combat the war on women — and please pass it on.

Thanks and cheers,

October 2, 2012

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• 9/20/12: The Best American Poetry Reading - 7 PM

David Lehman, series editor of The Best American Poetry and poetry coordinator of the New School's MFA Writing Program, joins Mark Doty, the guest editor of the 2012 volume, to present poets and poems from the 25th edition of this acclaimed anthology.

Contributors scheduled to read include Elaine Equi, Amy Glynn Greacen, Marie Howe, Lawrence Joseph, Noelle Kocot, Joy Katz, Honor Moore, Michael Morse, Carol Muske-Dukes, Angelo Nickolopolous, Lynne Sharon Schwartz, Brenda Shaughnessy, Tracy K. Smith, Mark Strand, Susan Wheeler, and David Yezz.

Location: Tishman Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J. M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West 12th Street

Admission: Free; no tickets or reservations required; seating is first-come first-served

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• 9/14/12: ALOUD Lecture Series - Robert Hass in Conversation with Carol Muske-Dukes

Friday, September 14, 2012 7:15 PM
Los Angeles Central Library's Mark Taper Auditorium
630 W. Fifth Street, Los Angeles, CA 90071

What Light Can Do: Writing as Attention

Hass, a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and former U.S. Poet Laureate, is also a luminous essayist. In this talk and discussion with poet Carol Muske-Dukes, he considers the claims on a poet's attention as he explores art, imagination, and the natural world. ALOUD is one of the many free programs the Library Foundation makes possible at the Los Angeles Public Library.

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• Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012)

NORA EPHRON was a friend of mine. As anyone who has seen her films or read her books knows, she was funny and briliant and irreverent. In private life, she was kind and generous, yet still tart-tongued. She was loving, but always let you know what she thought and why she loved what she loved. I admired her forthrightness and her tough confidence. And I loved that she could recite poems by heart! She loved poetry so much. She once learned a funny poem of mine ("the Parrot") and recited it to her husband, Nick. She showed me how to write a screenplay and she recommended the best doctors in L.A. for me and my daughter - she never stopped giving to her friends. I'm still trying to get my mind around her absence: Nora, I cannot take in that you are gone. Nora, stay. Till the candle burns down, till the moon comes up. Stay Nora, in the last email you sent to me - in late May - looking forward to summer, looking forward to a few more minutes, a few more breaths, the candle burning.

- Carol Muske-Dukes, East Hampton, NY
June 27, 2012

Huffington Post Blog: Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien! - Nora

• Passwords: Carol Muske-Dukes on the Beats

Friday, June 8, 7:00pm
Passwords: Carol Muske-Dukes on the Beats
Poet and novelist Carol Muske-Dukes offers insights on the Beat poets, with a discussion of the work of Diane di Prima, Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac, Gary Snyder and Philip Whalen.

$10, $7 for students and seniors, free to Poets House Members

Poets House - Kray Hall
10 River Terrace
New York, NY 10282

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