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Drake prof to present her work on ethnic, racial and cultural identities

November 10, 2008
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Carol Spaulding-Kruse

MEDIA CONTACT: Tory Olson, 515-271-1834, tory.olson@drake.edu

Carol Spaulding-Kruse, Drake University associate professor of
English, will present "Identity Takes a Holiday: A Mixed-Race Writer's
Post-Critical Sortie" on Friday, Nov. 14, as part of the Drake Center
for the Humanities Colloquium Series. The talk, which is free and open
to the public, will begin at 3:30 p.m. in the Honors Lounge of Medbury
Hall, 2730 Forest Ave.

In her talk, Spaulding-Kruse will present her ongoing work -- a
collection of essays titled "Middling: Essays on the In-Between" --
that focuses on "in-between" identities that are popular in ethnic,
racial and cultural identities.

She teaches courses in fiction writing and American literature,
including multicultural, Asian American and children's literature.

Spaulding-Kruse's fiction, poetry and articles have appeared in
Ploughshares, Mississippi Review and the Pushcart Annual XVI, among
others. She received the Pushcart Prize for Fiction in 1994, and
recently was nominated for the award a second time for her short story,
"Do Us Part."

Her work on Asian American literature has appeared in "Asian
American Literature in the International Context" (Lit Verlag, 2002),
"American Mixed Race" (Rowman & Littlefield, 1995) and "Ethnicity
and the American Short Story" (Garland, 1997).

Spaulding-Kruse received her doctorate from the University of Iowa
and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts from California State
University.

For more information, contact Joseph Schenider, director of the
Drake Center for the Humanities, at 515-271-2158 or
joseph.schneider@drake.edu.