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Announcing the return of Belt University!

August 29, 2019

Announcing the return of Belt University!

Belt University returns to the Happy Dog!

Join Belt Publishing authors and staff on the second Wednesday of each month for a series of casual, free talks on matters of interest to Belt readers (21+).

All events start at 7:00 p.m. at the Happy Dog, 5801 Detroit Ave. in Cleveland. For the full schedule, read on! Or see our events calendar here.

SEPTEMBER 11: Mass Incarceration & Prison Writing

Elaine Frantz, editor of Life Sentences: Writings from Inside an American Prison (Belt Publishing, 2019) -- a book of writings by six incarcerated men -- discusses the long collaboration of the Elsinor Bennu Center for Restorative Justice with these men, and the crucial but challenging process of amplifying the voices of the imprisoned. Note: Contrary to previous announcement, Robert Wideman will not be present at this event.

OCTOBER 9: Mapping Cleveland: Inquiries Into Data Collection

Join editor Dan Crissman and cartographers Evan Tachovsky and David Wilson of Cleveland in 50 Maps (publishing October 15, Belt Publishing) in a discussion of the unique challenges of gathering data in Cleveland, the locations of breweries in 1919 and 2019, and visualizing the Cargill salt mines. 

NOVEMBER 13: Exploring Cleveland Architecture

Join Milenko Budimir, contributor to Belt’s Midwest Architecture Journeys (publishing October 15, Belt Publishing), architect John C. Williams, AIA, and Belt publisher Anne Trubek for a round table on just what makes past, present, and future Cleveland architecture so distinctively … Cleveland.

DECEMBER 11: Belt Publishing Holiday Party!

Join Belt staff and authors for an evening of readings and chance for last minute gift shopping, plus Belt book and merch giveaways.

JANUARY 8: NO SCHOOL! Stay home and stay warm.

FEBRUARY 12: Writing the Rust Belt, Telling Our Own Stories

Belt Magazine editor Ryan Schnurr leads a conversation about the challenges and rewards of elevating authentic Midwestern narratives.

MARCH 11: Chain Restaurant Poetry

With Danny Caine, co-author of El Dorado Freddy’s (publishing March 10, 2020, Belt Publishing), a poetic and photographic exploration of the landscape, history, and culture of franchised dining in America. Eat hot dogs while listening to poems about chicken nuggets. Makes perfect sense to us.

APRIL 8: Rust Belt Femme

Raechel Anne Jolie, author of Rust Belt Femme (publishing March 10, 2020, Belt Publishing), on growing up poor in rural Northeast Ohio, finding hope on Coventry Road in the late 90s Cleveland punk scene, and how her Rust Belt past informs her queer femme present.

MAY 13: Constructing Midwestern Identity

With Phil Christman, author of Midwest Futures (publishing April 7, 2020, Belt Publishing), in conversation with sociologist Tressie McMillan Cottom, author of Thick and Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profits.