Monday Monologues returns for spring with a virtual lineup

Feb 05, 2021 · Susan Gent

Monday Monologues is a University Library-hosted performance series that spotlights Iowa State student and faculty voices. The series this semester features six exciting performances including powerful poetry, personal student perspectives and joyful music. Most shows will be livestreamed via the Library YouTube channel. Two musical presentations will be performed live on the steps in front of Parks Library.  

Take a break at noon to listen and enjoy these performers as they speak to us in the current moment. Subscribe to the Library YouTube channel and click the bell to get notified when we’re live. Performances may contain adult language and themes.

February 22 | Noon, livestream
False Offering and Other Oddities: Poems by Rita Mookerjee

Women and Gender Studies Assistant Teaching Professor Dr. Rita Mookerjee reads poems from her newest manuscript. Topics include junk, garbage, witches, weirdos, rocks, and water fowl.  

Rita Mookerjee’s poetry is featured in Juked, Hobart Pulp, New Orleans Review, TheOffing, and the Baltimore Review. Rita is both the Sex and Poetry Editor at Honey Literary as well as the Assistant Poetry Editor of Split Lip Magazine, and a poetry staff reader for [PANK]. 

March 1 | Noon, livestream
Jennifer Knox reads poems from her new book, Crushing It

Maybe you saw Communications instructor, Jennifer Knox on the ISU homepage last semester. Now’s your chance to hear her read from her new book of poems, Crushing It (Copper Canyon Press, 2020).  

Jennifer's poems have appeared in prestigious journals such as The New Yorker, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Granta, and five times in The Best American Poetry series. She is the recipient of fellowships from the Iowa Arts Council and the Milwaukee County Arts Fund. Along with teaching and writing, she is the proprietor of Saltlickers, a small spice-blend company.

March 22 | Noon, Livestream
Facing Our Truth: Student Monologues on Race and Privilege

Directed by Tiffany Johnson,  Artist in Residence, ISU Department of Music & Theatre  

Students performing ISU Theatre’s Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege will share original monologues reflecting on their experience being part of the cast in part to incite discussion in our collective communities around these issues.  

Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege and the student monologues will be streaming March 25 - 28, 2021. For information,visit  

April 5 | Noon, LIVE: On the steps in front of Parks Library and livestreamed from the ISU Cantamus Instagram account.
My Soul is Awakened

Conducted by Dr. Jennifer Rodgers, ISU Department of Music & Theatre  

Nationally recognized ISU women’s ensembles, Cantamus and Count Me In, present music that speaks to our souls: how they have yearned, struggled, danced, worried, and loved through this year. This live performance on the steps of Parks Library is another way the groups are using non-traditional performing spaces and new opportunities to drive creative work and cutting-edge programming during COVID times.  


April 12 | Noon, livestream
The Power of Peaceful Protest

Introduction by Julie Roosa, Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication  

Julian Neely, former ISU Student Government president (2018-19), current graduate student in the Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication. Neely helped lead the Ames Black Lives Matter movement’s March for Justice in summer 2020 on the ISU campus.

Jerry Schnoor, former ISU Government of the Student Body president (1970-71) current Director of the Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, University of Iowa. As a student at ISU, Jerry helped lead a strike by the student government and peaceful protests against the Vietnam war and the Kent State shootings in May 1970.

Kick off ISU’s annual First Amendment Days celebration (April 12-16) by listening to ISU community members recount their experiences assembling with others in order to question authority and to shake up campus.   


April 19 | Noon, LIVE: On the steps in front of Parks Library  
Songs for A New World  

Directed by Brad Dell,  ISU Department of Music & Theatre  

Hear selected songs from ISU Theatre’s final show of the academic year.  Songs for a New World blends elements of pop, gospel and jazz as characters face a moment in time: about hitting the wall and having to make a choice, take a stand, or turn around and go back.  

Songs for a New World will run April 22-25. For information, visit