Claude Clayton Smith is a Professor Emeritus of English at Ohio Northern University, an author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, and the latest winner of our nonfiction essay contest. His winning essay, "Question Mark," caught our attention with its poignant descriptions of both the beginning and end of a relationship. The essay is featured in our Spring 2012 issue. Earlier this year, Iris connected with Claude via e-mail to ask him about his journey as a writer.
The Arriaga Sisters show how to hold on to joy even as they fight on the front lines of the world’s cruelty.
Alexandra and Ximena Arriaga are sisters and activists in two of the bleakest areas of the cultural landscape—international human rights and domestic violence, respectively. Yet they are two of the most joyous women we’ve met.
Thursday, April 19 5:00 p.m.–6:15 p.m. U.Va. Women's Center Come Wish Print Iris Bon Voyage! To commemorate the release of the last Iris Magazine print edition, the Women’s Center is hosting a bon voyage party! Join us as we usher in the new digital era for Iris while mingling with other readers and enjoying delicious food and refreshments. Also, the Center’s very own Associate Director, Ginger Moran, will be reading from her new book, The Algebra of Snow. A copy of this critically acclaimed novel will be raffled off to one lucky person!
As the U.Va. Today News Blog and others have reported, actress and alum Jen Lilley has hit stardom with her roles on General Hospital and the French film, The Artist. In preparation for the Oscars, where The Artist was slated (and did eventually win) "Best Picture," we once again caught up with Jen to ask her what her favorite movies were. Here's what she shared with us: 1. La Vie En Rose. I love how raw this movie is.
Charlottesville has quite a bit going to keep it on the map in the world of cinema: in particular, on Sunday night, it was home to one of only 49 official nationwide screenings of the 84th Annual Academy Awards. Oscar Night America at the Paramount Theater, a benefit for the Virginia Film Festival, proved to be a sparkling affair, attended by a varied and very sophisticated looking crowd. Charlottesville residents and supporters of the arts were present, as well as UVa students, professors and faculty.
Sharneé Zoll (CLAS 2008) made headlines and smashed records in her basketball career at U.Va. After college, Sharnee was drafted into the WNBA. Soon thereafter, Sharneé made the move to international basketball, playing for teams in Romania, Turkey and Poland, and continuing to make news with her impressive skills.
Awards season is upon us once again, and we at Iris are beyond excited. To prepare for Sunday’s ceremony, some of the interns have given their personal favorites to win the highest honors. Be sure to catch some of these fantastic films if you haven’t already! Valerie Best Picture - It's a close call for me between The Help and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I think ELIC will pull out ahead.