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Grandparents University returns to the University of North Texas on Thursday and Friday.
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Writer Hemon selected as UNT’s resident artist

Widely acclaimed writer Aleksandar Hemon will be an artist-in-residence at the University of North Texas during the 2014-15 school year, the director of the university’s art institute said.

Hemon, the author of the 2008 novel The Lazarus Project, has been named the artist-in-residence of the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts next year.

“In addition to his stellar reputation as a writer, he has expressed enthusiasm for meeting with students,” Herbert Holl, executive director of the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts, said in a news release. “He has an outlook and a personality that lend themselves well to a university community. I think our students and faculty will find him to be engaging and enjoyable.”

Hemon is a native of Bosnia-Herzegovina who now lives in Chicago. University and institutional honors aren’t new to Hemon. He’s received the MacArthur Genius Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Hemon said he liked the idea of interacting with students, faculty and locals, and relishes the chance to take advantage of the university’s intellectual and cultural resources.

“Every writer looks for readers,” he said in the news release. “I like talking to people, testing my ideas and having my ideas challenged.”

Hemon will visit Denton and the UNT campus for one- or two-week visits throughout the academic year. Possible projects might include a seminar on the writing of Lolita author Vladimir Nabokov, showing films that draw on his experience as a screenwriter. Hemon might also meet with science and medical students to discuss his writings dealing with his daughter, who died at 1 from a brain tumor.

The UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts serves a number of purposes. The institute develops humanities faculty members, curates art exhibitions at UNT on the Square, and brings global development to humanities students through artist and guest residencies. The institute is also keenly involved in the university’s pursuit of integrating art and technology.

Grandparents University this week at UNT

Learn how to make a robot, discover more about the stars or find out how crime scene investigators identify fingerprints at Grandparents University, a two-day summer camp offered by the University of North Texas on Thursday and Friday.

Grandparents — or other family members — and their young ones from ages 7 to 12 are invited to pick two out of 10 “majors,” in which they’ll get hands-on experience learning about robotics, computer animation and more. Campers have the option of staying in a university residence hall, where they can get a taste of college life.

Now in its sixth year at UNT, Grandparents University in past years has drawn campers from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area and as far as Idaho.

This year’s classes include: robotics, astronomy, “Adventures in Veterinary Medicine,” “CSI: Fingerprinting and Identification,” “3-D Constructions,” “Mean Green Geocaching,” apparel merchandising, computer animation, disaster and emergency preparedness, and “Storytelling 101.”

Registration for the event only costs $417 for two people or $496 for three. With housing, the cost is $463 for two people or $595 for three. Those who enroll in astronomy pay an additional $5 per person. Registration include T-shirts.

For more information and to register, visit

Writer to read series during bookstore children’s hour

Retired Denton teacher and children’s book writer Dorothy Jean Askew Minter will read through her Adventures of Lucy Lou series during story time at Barnes & Noble Booksellers Denton.

Minter will read one title at each session. She begins with Lucy Lou and the Handicapped Pumpkin at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the local bookstore at Golden Triangle Mall, 2201 S. Interstate 35E.

After the reading, children can color scenes from the book. The event and activities are free, and Lucy Lou titles will be for sale.

Minter returns to the bookstore at 11 a.m. June 24.

Her series follows a young black girl through her adventures with friends and a friendly ghost.

Exhibit details natural, urban beauty of Europe

A Dallas gallery co-owned by a Denton native and photographer opens a new exhibition, “Focus: Europe,” on Thursday.

Sun to Moon Gallery, owned and operated by Denton native Scot Miller and his wife, Marilyn, will feature the landscapes and portraits of European city life in the exhibit.

Images detail the natural and manmade beauty of France, Scotland, Ireland, Spain, the Czech Republic and more. Dan Burkholder shows pigmented ink prints from digitally captured images, and Scot Miller includes detail studies with film and a medium format camera. Ansel Adams protege Alan Ross’ gelatin-silver photographic prints created in the darkroom are part of the exhibit, as are Alison Shaw’s saturated color prints. Jill Skupin Burkholder shows classic bromoil prints handcrafted with brushes and inks, and R.P. “Dick” Washburne depicts street scenes in photographs.

An opening reception will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, with Miller and Washburne in attendance.

Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, or by appointment. The gallery is at 1515 Levee St. in the Dallas Design District.

For more information, visit or call 214-745-1199.

— Staff reports

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