Photo courtesy of Mariam Mustafa
Photo courtesy of Mariam Mustafa
Photo courtesy of Mariam Mustafa

By AMBER AINSWORTH, Staff Writer

The winter semester is finally winding down. The end of another semester means a new Lyceum will soon be making its way to campus.

The Lyceum is the fine arts journal here at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. It showcases the artistic talents of students, staff, and alumni through a book that is distributed during the fall and winter semesters. Any means of self-expression are up for consideration to be included in the journal and range from short stories and poetry to photography and paintings, to name a few.

To introduce the new Lyceum, a release party is held each semester. This semester’s Lyceum can be found at 7pm on Wednesday, April 16 in the Berkowitz Gallery on the third floor of U of M-Dearborn’s library.

The event is a formal endeavor that is open to not only those whose work is in the journal, but to anyone that would like to enjoy the newest edition of the publication while mingling with some of the people who have been published. It’s also a great opportunity for those looking to get involved with the journal to talk with the editors who worked on this semester’s issue.

According to Lyceum Editor-in-Chief Mariam Mustafa, those who attend the release party can expect “a nice relaxed evening of dressing up and hanging out.” The party is a way to introduce the most recent edition of the journal to campus in an enjoyable way.

Besides just viewing the journal at the release, there will also be readings done by those who would like to share their writing that has been published.

Despite the fact that it is too late to submit to the winter journal, it’s not too late to get involved with future copies of the Lyceum.

Mustafa offers this advice for anyone that is considering submitting their work to the Lyceum, “Submit. Submit no matter what.”

Mustafa said the journal is always looking for new types of work and suggests that if someone is even just on the fence about submitting, it’s worth a shot.

Even if a submission doesn’t end up being something the journal is currently looking for, advice is offered to the artwork’s owner to encourage and assist them in their artistic pursuits.

Lyceums will be available not only at the release, but can also be found around campus, including outside the Lyceum’s office on the second floor of the University Center, following Wednesday’s festivities.

Be sure to check out the Lyceum’s Release Party tomorrow and pick up your copy of the Winter 2014 Lyceum.