Saturday, September 29th at Logan Street Sanctuary
Doors open to the public at 6p
Presentations are from 7 – 9p
Workshops were held April 28, May 19, June 23, July 28, August 25
Click here for the Creative Submissions Form
Deadline extended to September 15, 2018
This program has been made possible through a grant from the Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
NICE is one of our annual Signature Events at Logan Street Sanctuary. The brainchild of author Sarah E. Morin and artist/author Alys Caviness-Gober, NICE offers the opportunity to discuss and be (re)inspired by four classic literary passages selected by Alys and Sarah E. every year.
NICE breathes new life into classic literature by encouraging people, high-school age and up, to discuss the books selected each year, and encourages critical thinking and experimenting with creativity. NICE wants people to connect to the classics in fresh new ways, relevant to their own experiences, and share their connections with each other. We invite guest lecturers and panelists to lead our workshops (workshop lecturers/panelists tba). NICE’s workshops (various dates, see below) offer opportunities for people to revisit the selected books, discuss them in terms of imagery, symbolism, cultural context, and share inspiration. In effect, we ask our workshop participants to have a discussion with the original authors of the selected literary pieces. NICE lectures and workshops are where we focus on discussion and interpretations. We also encourage people to create new art ~ in all mediums ~ inspired by each year’s selected passages, and at the NICE event in September, participants can share their own interpretations of the passages with our audience. The NICE lectures, workshops, and annual event occur at Logan Street Sanctuary, 1274 Logan St, Noblesville, IN 46060.
This year, our passages come from The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas), The Odyssey (Homer), The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky), and Follow The River (James Alexander Thom).
The date for our 4th Annual NICE is Saturday, September 29th
The 2018 books are:
The four selected passages are:
The Odyssey (Homer)
Astounding, child, the stirring in my breast,
But neither can I speak nor ask a thing,
Nor look into the eye across from me.
And if true, and Odysseus has come home,
Then verily and doubtless shall we know
Each other from past, chamber-hidden signs,
Known only unto him and unto me!
The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
Milady felt a consolation in seeing nature partake of the disorder of her heart; the thunder growled in the air like the passion and anger in her thoughts. It appeared to her that the blast as it swept along disheveled her brow, as it bowed the branches of the trees and bore away their leaves; she howled as the hurricane howled, and her voice was lost in the great voice of nature, who also seemed to groan with despair.
The Brothers Karamazov (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)
And what is suffering? I am not afraid of it, even if it were beyond reckoning. I am not afraid of it now. I was afraid of it before…. And I seem to have such strength in me now, that I think I could stand anything, any suffering, only to be able to say and to repeat to myself every moment, ‘I exist!’ In thousands of agonies – I exist. I’m tormented on the rack – but I exist! Though I sit alone in a pillar – I exist! I see the sun, and if I don’t see the sun, I know it’s there. And there’s a whole life in that, in knowing that the sun is there.
Follow The River (James Alexander Thom)
Sometimes under the rustle of her footsteps and the rasp of her breathing she would imagine that she heard a voice, and would stop and listen, and would strain to listen through the pulse-poundings in her head and the rush of wind and water, but was never certain she heard a voice, though one seemed to be there, just under the hiss of space and the whiffing of wind, a hair-thin suggestion of a human voice. It made her spine tingle and her heart ache. It was the most utterly lonesome sound she had ever heard, even though she was not sure she was hearing it.
2018 NICE Workshops
Our lectures and workshops are designed to encourage people to explore broader themes and issues in the four books and passages we’ve selected, and to inspire your creativity.
NICE Workshop #1 The Odyssey, The Three Musketeers, The Brothers Karamazov, and Follow The River was held on April 29. Author Sarah E. Morin and anthropologist/artist/writer Alys Caviness-Gober introduced the annual NICE project, and then we discussed our four books, The Odyssey, The Brothers Karamazov, The Three Musketeers, Follow The River, and the selected passages.
NICE Workshop #2 The Odyssey and Follow The River was held on May 19. In this workshop, we looked at imagery, symbolism, and thematic interpretation in the selected passages from The Odyssey and Follow The River. Guest lecturers/panelists: Invited guest Follow The River author James Alexander Thom could not be with us, but author Sarah E. Morin represent him as she facilitated discussion of Follow The River. Dr. Paul Morin-Wilson, PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies, Specialist in Ancient Languages discussed the various physical and psychological journeys of Odysseus, including the journey of a warrior returning to civilian life.
More about our guest panelists:
Dr. Paul “Spike” Morin-Wilson received his PhD in Theatre and Performance studies from the University of Pittsburgh in April of 2014. While finishing his dissertation (“Collective Trauma Memory and Its Theatrical Models: Case Studies in Elie Wiesel and Aeschylus”) he served as an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, where he was named Outstanding Adjunct for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Campus Professor of the Year, both in 2012. He served as the Chair of Education and Outreach for Curtain Call Children’s Theatre in Kokomo, Indiana. Dr. Morin-Wilson directed the Kokomo Summer Drama Camp for 19 years, which has recently moved to Noblesville as Page & Stage Summer Camp, a Logan Street Sanctuary Signature Event. He specializes in Ancient Languages (Ancient Greek and Latin) and currently teaches Latin and Etymology at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis.
Sarah E. Morin-Wilson has over a decade of experience developing leadership and communication skills in young people, as Youth Experience Manager at Conner Prairie Interactive History Park. Her first fantasy novel, Waking Beauty, was published in Spring 2015 with Enclave Publishing. She is a training coordinator and public speaker. Sarah E. gives fairy tale writing workshops, Christian writing and living talks, guest service and history trainings, and is a Smart Steps presenter for Chaucie’s Place (child sexual abuse prevention). Sarah E. earned a Bachelor of Music, Music Theory and Composition (2002) from Butler University, and she is Co-founder of NICE (Noblesville Interdisciplinary Creativity Expo).
NICE Workshop #3 The Odyssey, The Three Musketeers, The Brothers Karamazov, and Follow The River was held on June 23. In this workshop, we focused on cultural context in our four selected books and their passages. Guest panelists: Lewis (Terry) Dibble, PhD, English Lecturer, IUPUC. Professor Dibble delivered a lecture on the female rhetoric in The Odyssey, particularly the selected passage between Penelope and Odysseus. An alert hearer realizes that Penelope is at least as clever as her man. Paul “Spike” Morin-Wilson, PhD in Theatre and Performance Studies, Specialist in Ancient Languages. Dr. Morin-Wilson spoke about warrior aspects in The Odyssey. After the gusts panelists’ presentations, we had a lively comparative discussion with our passages from The Three Musketeers, The Brothers Karamazov, and Follow The River.
More about our guest panelists:
Dr. Lewis (Terry) Dibble, PhD Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC), Coordinator, Unaffiliated Disciplines, Lecturer, English, Division of Liberal Arts. Note from Dr. Dibble: I transitioned from small-business owner to academic starting in 1978, earning an undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts’ “University Without Walls” program in 1983, with a self-constructed major in “Symbol Sciences / Linguistics.” I entered Indiana University Bloomington’s graduate program in Comparative Literature in 1986, and received an PhD in 1997, with a dissertation on “Symmetry and Memory, from Proust to Stevenson.” Yes, I’m a broad-spectrum sort of intellectual. I now teach literature, writing, and grammar-rhetoric courses at IUPUC, where I also serve as Coordinator of Unaffiliated Disciplines. I first read the Odyssey in 1961, and most recently taught it, in two courses, in fall 2017. Over the years, I came to see this epic as all about the persuasive power of spoken language. Recently I’ve begun to notice that this power is deployed not only by big-talker Odysseus and the other males, but also very much, and in surprising ways, by the women—whose speech turns out to control much of the story’s action.
Dr. Paul “Spike” Morin-Wilson received his PhD in Theatre and Performance studies from the University of Pittsburgh in April of 2014. While finishing his dissertation (“Collective Trauma Memory and Its Theatrical Models: Case Studies in Elie Wiesel and Aeschylus”) he served as an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, where he was named Outstanding Adjunct for the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Campus Professor of the Year, both in 2012. He served as the Chair of Education and Outreach for Curtain Call Children’s Theatre in Kokomo, Indiana. He directed the Kokomo Summer Drama Camp for 19 years, which has recently moved to Noblesville as Page & Stage Summer Camp, a Logan Street Sanctuary Signature Event. He specializes in Ancient Languages (Ancient Greek and Latin) and currently teaches Latin and Etymology at Crispus Attucks High School in Indianapolis.
NICE Workshop #4 The Three Musketeers and The Brothers Karamazov was held July 28. In this workshop, we looked at imagery, symbolism, and thematic interpretation in the selected passages from The Three Musketeers and The Brothers Karamazov. Guest lecturer: Janice Bankert-Countryman, MA, IUPUI. Bankert-Countryman presented on feminist critique. How can we find empowering and women-centered messaged even in narratives seen as “for boys?”
More about our guest lecturer:
Janice Bankert-Countryman, MA, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); 2018 IUPUI Outstanding Woman Leader Award in the Part-time Faculty Category; Associate Faculty within Communication Studies, Women’s Studies, University College, and The School of Engineering and Technology; Summer Bridge; and Themed Learning Communities.
NICE Workshop #5 The Odyssey, The Three Musketeers, The Brothers Karamazov, and Follow The River was held on August 25. In this workshop, we compared various elements in the selected passages from all four of our 2018 books, The Odyssey, The Brothers Karamazov, The Three Musketeers, and Follow The River. Guest panelists: Professor Wendy A. Vogt, Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology at IUPUI. Professor Vogt presented on the ways feminists think about performativity, intersectionality, and identity. Professor David Hoegberg, Associate Professor of English, The IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI. Professor Hoegberg presented on imagery, symbolism, and thematic interpretation of The Odyssey.
More about our guest panelists:
Wendy A. Vogt, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology at IUPUI; Affiliate Faculty in Global and International Studies, Latino Studies and Women’s Studies at IUPUI; Anthropology and Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at IU Bloomington. Departments/programs: Anthropology, Global and International Studies, Women’s Studies.
David Hoegberg, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI); Associate Professor of English; The IU School of Liberal Arts. Academic Interests: I am interested broadly in issues of power, negotiation, and community in literature, intertextuality in literature, and cultural hybridity. My most recent work is on post-colonial literature, particularly South African literature and J. M. Coetzee; I have also published and presented conference papers on Athol Fugard (South Africa), Chinua Achebe (Nigeria), Derek Walcott (St. Lucia), and Earl Lovelace (Trinidad). Teaching interests include South African literature and society, British literature to 1800, European classics in translation, Shakespeare, and colonialism in literature. Awards: 2006 Trustees Teaching Award, IUPUI ($2,500); 1999 Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, IUPUI ($2,500); 1998 Teaching Excellence Recognition Award, IUPUI ($2,500); 1985 Distinguished Teaching Award nominee, University of Michigan 1979 Phi Kappa Phi member, Penn State; 1978 Phi Beta Kappa member, Penn State. Grants and Fellowships: 2006 Faculty Summer Research Fellowship, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI (for book project _J. M. Coetzee and the Critics_. ;2004 Honors Program Research Fellow, Honors Program, IUPUI (for Mentoring an independent research project by student Gerald Laxson; $2,000); 2004 Summer Faculty Fellowship for Integrator Course Development, School of Liberal Arts, IUPUI (South African Literature and Society; $5,000); 1996 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship for 1996-97 (Post-colonial Literature and the Western Tradition; $30,000); 1994 Summer Faculty Research Fellowship, Indiana University-Indianapolis (Colonial Issues in Milton, Dryden, and Denham; $6,000); 1993 NEH Summer Seminar for College Teachers, Albert Wertheim, Director (Contemporary Literature from Africa, the West Indies, and the Pacific; $4,000); 1992 Summer Faculty Fellowship for Course Development, Honors Program, Indiana University-Indianapolis (Rereading the Classics: Gender, Class, and Ethnicity in the Western Tradition; $2,000).
Save the date September 29th to come out and enjoy this year’s event inspired by four passages from classic literature! The event is free to the public (donations to support Logan Street Sanctuary are suggested at the door).
We will also have our 2018 edition of The Polk Street Review anthology for sale.
PAST NICE EVENTS:
Our NICE Creativity Workshop #1 focused on Harlem and Animal Farm and was held on May 16!
Our “Animal Farm” props were a lot of fun! (“Aaaaaaawesome!”)
Our activities and discussion went beyond the two passages and we delved into wider themes, context, and imagery about jazz poetry, jazz music, the Harlem Renaissance, racism, class, allegory, propaganda, Socialism, Communism, and so much more! It was “Aaaaaaawesome!” (attendees will get the “inside joke”!)
Attendees enjoyed hearing Sarah E.’s computer playing a recording of Langston Hughes reciting his poem Harlem, with Alys’ painting Slow Jazz providing a little extra ambience!
2017 NICE Creativity Workshop #2 was held on August 22.
In our second Creativity Workshop, we focused on All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque) and Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl (Anne Frank).
- To breathe new life into literature by encouraging creative artists of all media to reinterpret key passages.
- To provide artists high-school age and up, but of any experience level, a safe and positive place to experiment and share their work. Our expo is not a contest, but rather a place to show and receive encouragement from local creative artists and art fans. There are enough talent shows with buzzers and cutting comments ~ we’re “NICE” people who want to support the growth of creative artists.
Each year, NICE chooses four literary passages and asks people to create any kind of art inspired by the selected passages. While the NICE event is FREE for participating artists, we encourage other attendees to support Logan Street Sanctuary with a donation at the door ~ donations support the venue’s efforts to “keep the lights on” and remain open! Please, spread the word about Logan Street Sanctuary ~ anyone can donate today at squareup.com/store/LSS.
The four selected passages for 2016 were from Wynema A Child of the Forest, Rebecca, Macbeth, and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
The two-night event was held on Friday September 30th and Saturday Oct 1st, 2016 ~ we had about 40 pieces of inspired artwork presented across the two nights, and we had a blast! BIG thank you to everyone who came out both nights to support the local arts scene here in Noblesville, and to all the creative souls who submitted and presented ~ including but not limited to (I know I’ve forgotten many names!) Sarah E. Morin, John Gilmore, Deborah Petersen, Tomás Howie, Bryce Ernest Taylor, Maik & Cali Strosahl, Spike Wilson, Radka Caviness, Loretta Wigley, John C., Patty Hunter, Sharon Clarke, Kat Silver, Jo Taylor, Paul Van Duyn, and our vendors Emily Wasonga of Love’s Hangover Creations, Pam’s Tea Shoppe. Also thank you to Cris and a whole bunch of friends including Sue Payne, Bryan Glover, Joy Collins, and so many more who made both nights extra-special!
Many of our presenters on both nights read for a few of our participants who were out of town, so another “round of applause,” please, for those who did double duty! And now, to quote Macbeth: “Out, out, brief candle” ~ until next year!
Here is our video (shot live)
from the October 1 night of the 2nd Annual NICE!
Here is our video (shot live)
from the September 30 night of the 2nd Annual NICE!
Earlier in 2016, our NICE Creativity Events:
We also had two NICE creativity workshops earlier in 2016! You can find videos and photos from them on our Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/NICE.Noblesville.Interdisciplinary.Creativity.Expo/
NICE hosted a two-day Brainstorming Creativity Workshop at Logan Street Sanctuary on Saturday July 23 (1:00 – 5:00pm) and Sunday July 24 (2:00 – 5:00pm), 2016. It was great fun! We discussed this year’s four selected NICE passages (symbolism, imagery, cultural context) and brainstormed some inspired pieces on the spot. You can see videos from our 2-day workshop here ~ Day One Video and Day Two Video.
On Saturday August 20th, 2016, NICE hosted an Alice’s “Mad” Tea Party & Creative Discussion at Logan Street Sanctuary. Thank you again to our vendors, Pam’s Tea Shoppe and Love’s Hangover Creations and thank you to all who participated! We had a “madly” fun time! Videos available NICE Alice’s Mad Tea Party & Creativity Discussion 2016 and We Play MAD Croquet