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Henry from 'Birch and Henry' returns

Henry Hughes

Some Dakota Wesleyan University alumni might remember Henry Hughes from the "Birch and Henry" show -- a 1980s student-produced "talk show" that was hosted within the campus center with its own live audience, discussing hot topics.

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Hughes is coming back to DWU to deliver this year's Opperman Lecture, "My Time at DWU -- Transition and Transformation," at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Sherman Center on the DWU campus in Mitchell. The event is free and open to the public.

The Opperman Lecture series began 18 years ago with an endowment by Dwight Opperman, who attended DWU in 1947-48. He funded the lecture to bring distinguished alumni back to DWU to share their experiences with students.

Hughes is a professor of English and writing at Western Oregon University and the author of three books of poems, including "Men Holding Eggs," which received the 2004 Oregon Book Award. He is the editor of two anthologies, "The Art of Angling: Poems about Fishing" and "Fishing Stories," both published in the Everyman Library Series.

Hughes reviews new poetry and nonfiction regularly for Harvard Review. He is married and lives in Oregon.