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November 03, 2011


In observance of Veterans Day, the Montana Museum of Art & Culture will present “War Poetry: Poetry is in the Pity” by University of Montana English Professor Lisa Simon at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Montana Theatre of the Performing Arts and Radio/Television Center at UM.

The presentation is part of the Humanities Montana Speakers Bureau program and is free and open to the public.

Simon, who earned a doctorate in English literature from the University of Washington, uses poetry generated by conflict to emphasize the experiences of war from the viewpoints of those who feel its effects at home and on the battlefields.

The talk is held in conjunction with the MMAC exhibition “War Torn: The Art of Ben Steele: Paintings and Drawings from the Bataan Death March.” The exhibition features oil paintings and drawings by Montana artist, World War II veteran and Bataan Death March survivor Ben Steele.

MMAC’s fall hours are noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday. For more information call 406-243-2019 or go online to

Partial funding for the Speakers Bureau program is provided by a legislative grant from Montana’s Cultural Trust and from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ “We the People” program.


NOTE TO MEDIA: Digital images of select items included in the exhibition are available upon request by calling 406-243-2019.


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Contact: Brandon Reintjes, curator of art, Montana Museum of Art and Culture, 406-243-2019,