Short Play Festival 2019 – BSC Theatre – May 1 & 2

Wednesday, May 1 – Thursday, May 2

Short Play Festival 2019: “What Happened to the American Dream?”

3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Sidney J Lee Auditorium

  • This year’s Short Play Festival is the end result of BSC’s national ten-minute playwriting competition
  • 500+ submissions, based around the prompt “What Happened to the American Dream?”, were received
  • Students in BSC’s One Act Play Production class chose six scripts to receive their world premiere and were responsible for vision, marketing, auditions, casting, and coordinating the production
  • Produced  in partnership with the North Dakota Arts Council and ND Humanities as part of BSC’s annual ArtsQuest celebration and Humanities ND’s GameChanger ideas Festival


We Have a Termesphere®!

As part of ArtsQuest, internationally acclaimed artist Dick Termes was on campus last week to talk about his one-of-a-kind spherical paintings, known as Termespheres®. Several were on display at the Gannon Gallery in advance of his visit.

Termes gave BSC one of his Termespheres®, entitled “Universal Campus,” and it now hangs in the BSC Library’s Commons area.  Come & see it!

“Each Termesphere® is a revolving three-dimensional space/time exploration of an entirely closed universe, meaning that what you see, rotating in front of you, is one complete world or environment. What you are seeing when you look at a Termesphere® is an optical illusion – an inside-out view of the total physical world around you on the outside surface of a hanging, rotating sphere.”

For more information about Dick Termes and his work, go to

W.A.N.D. – Walk Across North Dakota

Yesterday’s W.A.N.D. (The Walk Across North Dakota) ArtsQuest event in the Library Commons was great fun!

Jeremy Bold and Gwen Hoberg, two of the walkers, gave a great presentation.  We purchased a copy of their book, A Walk Across North Dakota, for the Library collection; once it is cataloged, you can check it out!

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W.A.N.D. – Walk Across North Dakota – ArtsQuest Event

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What: “The Walk Across North Dakota”ArtsQuest book event

When:  Monday, April 25, 4:30 to 6:30 pm

Where: BSC Library, ground floor of LEA Hall

The Walk Across North Dakota was written by five North Dakotans who grew up in Bismarck — Jeremy Bold, Tyler Bold, Gwendolyn Hoberg, Richard Hoberg, and Bruce Ringstrom.  Over two summers, they walked from Beach to Fargo to test their physical limits and explore what it means to be from North Dakota.  Gwen Hoberg and Jeremy Bold, will discuss their adventure and show video shot during the journey in a presentation at the BSC Library.  There will also be a book signing.

Join us!


The Paper Birds Are Here!

Straight from London …. The Paper Birds Theatre Company will be doing workshops and performing as part of BSC’s ArtsQuest celebration.

Performances of In a Thousand Pieces, an original piece about sex trafficking in the UK, will be held at the Belle Mehus Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23, and Wednesday, April 24.  Admission is free.

I had the privilege of seeing the Paper Birds perform this piece in Prague in 2009 at the Prague Fringe Festival.  It was memorable, moving, and powerful.  Don’t miss it!

–Marlene Anderson, Director of Library Services

Paper Birds

Jemma McDonnell, Kylie Walsh, Dan Rogers (BSC Theatre), and Shane Durrant. Not pictured is Leonie Lumb, who arrived on a later flight.

Bismarck Airport, April 21, 2013

ArtsQuest – Campus Crawl

The place to be was all around the BSC Library for today’s ArtsQuest Campus Crawl.  Raku was being fired west of the library from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., students unveiled the latest Figments of Imagination literary journal and did a reading over the noon hour on the library courtyard, and  the ever-popular tie-dye event took place from noon to 3 p.m. between the Library and Werner Hall.

Here are some snapshots taken by Reference Librarian Johanna Bjork. Enjoy!

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Don’t miss it! Spend Wednesday (April 25) with Max Brooks

Author Max Brooks, son of Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft, is completely dedicated to raising awareness on the issue of Zombie survival. His 2007 New York Times bestseller, World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War, soon to be made into a major motion picture starring Brad Pitt, tells the story of the world’s desperate battle against the zombie threat with a series of first-person accounts “as told to the author” by various characters around the world. Publishers Weekly called the novel “surprisingly hard to put down.” Brooks’ latest release, The Zombie Survival Guide: Recorded Attacks, is the graphic novel that fans demanded.

Brooks worked for the BBC in Great Britain and East Africa and is a former writer for Saturday Night Live. He lives in New York City with his wife, Michelle, and their miniature dachshund, Maizey.

Brooks will be at BSC on Wednesday, April 25, at noon to lead a “Dead Man Writing Class.”  This will be a bring-your-own-lunch writing discussion in the Prairie Room, Student Union.  This event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by BSC’s Visiting Writers Series and ArtsQuest.

At 7:30 in the evening, Brooks will be at the Belle Mehus Auditorium presenting 10 Lessons to Survive a Zombie Attack.

Check out these books by Max Brooks from the BSC Library: