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Archive for October, 2007

Modern Poets Attend Halloween Ball

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 31, 2007

On Friday October 26, Modern Poetry students in Theresa Williams‘s class attended a Halloween Ball in room 205 of the Education Building. Students planned their own costumes, music, activities, and food. Musical selections included songs by Cole Porter, Bessie Smith, and Sophie Tucker. One of the highlights of the Ball was the game “Pin the Cigar on the poet Amy Lowell.” (A handrawn portrait of Amy Lowell was provided.) Each student dressed as one of the Modern Poets.


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Happy Halloween!!!

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 31, 2007


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What Do You Want to Learn to Become Marketable in Your Job Search?

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 26, 2007

Attend next Tuesday’s Society for Technical Communication Planning Meeting to discover what skills you will need. This event will be held in the East Hall Library Lounge at 7 pm, October 30.

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A Vision of Students Today

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 26, 2007

This thought provoking look at the the undergraduate experience was created by Michael Wesch in collaboration with 200 students enrolled in his Introduction to Cultural Anthropology course at Kansas State University in the spring of 2007 and “began as a brainstorming exercise, thinking about how students learn, what they need to learn for their future, and how our current educational system fits in.”

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Register Now for November’s Winter Wheat Festival

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 24, 2007

We previewed the upcoming 7th annual Winter Wheat: Mid-American Review Festival of Writing back in August; registration is now open for the Festival that runs from November 8-11.

The organizers of this year’s event promise it will be the best yet, with a line-up of great readers, workshop sessions, “the best bookfair in the world,” and the 2nd annual State of the Art: The Winter Wheat Symposium, which this year will focus on “The Story: In All Its Forms and Variations.”

Feature readers this year will be Cris Mazza, Charles Yu, Wendell Mayo, Sue William Silverman, Sean Thomas Dougherty, F. Daniel Rzicznek, Michael Steinberg, Mary Quade, and David Shumare.

Watch this space for further details of individual workshop sessions. For a full listing of events and a schedule, please visit Winter Wheat on the web, or email Karen Craigo at

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The Amityville Horror

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 24, 2007

This Friday, October 26, the English Graduate Student Association will be hosting a showing of the classic 1979 horror movie The Amityville Horror. Assistant Professor in Literature and American Cultue Studies Dr. Maisha Wester will be on hand to discuss the modern gothic tradition.

The film will be shown at 7 pm in 206 East Hall; please bring pillows and blankets.

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Page Limits: Do They Stifle Creativity?

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 21, 2007

Kyle Whited of the Black Swamp Literary Society writes: “Does it ever frustrate you when you can’t write the number of pages your professor wants you to write? What about when what you have to say seems to go on and on, passed that “sacred” page limit you’ve been given?”

The Black Swamp Literary Society will meet on Monday, October 22 at 9 pm in the second floor East Hall lounge to discuss these and other questions relating to the idea of page limits in writing. Do page limits stifle creativity, or are they necessary? Dr. Allan Emery, Director of the Literature program, will be on hand to offer the faculty view point.

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New Music & Art Festival Opens Today

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 17, 2007

The 28th annual New Music & Art Festival takes off today. This year’s festival will include performances by the award-winning Enso String Quartet, pipa virtuoso Zhou Yi and many BGSU student and faculty ensembles. Special guests this year include composer Chen Yi and photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum. The festival includes concerts, film screenings, lectures, exhibitions, workshops and other exciting opportunities.

Organized by the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music and the Fine Arts Center Galleries, the festival supports the creation of new work and engages both the University and city communities in the process of art appreciation and awareness. The majority of events are free and open to the public.

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BG File Covers Digital Mirror Camp

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 17, 2007

This past August’s Digital Mirror Camp is profiled in the current short feature section of the BG File website, which provides news and events covering the Bowling Green area.

You can view two short videos produced by Dustin Galish, “Goals of Camp,” and “Why a Camp for Girls?,” as well as photos of the camp taken by Pat Dorsman.

BG File is a project of Sea Lion Studio, a non-profit digital production studio based here in Bowling Green.

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Judith Claire Mitchell Reads Her Work

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 17, 2007

last_day_cover_med.jpgJudith Claire Mitchell, graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and author of The Last Day of the War (Pantheon; 2004), will read from her work as part of the Creative Writing program-sponsored Thursday reading series at Prout Chapel on October 18, at 7:30 pm.

Mitchell is the recipient of a James Michener/Copernicus Society of America Fellowship, a James C. McCreight Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing, and was recently awarded an Artist’s Fellowship from the Wisconsin Arts Board. Her short stories have appeared in anthologies including Barnstorm: Contemporary Wisconsin Stories, Scribners’ The Best of the Fiction Workshops 1998, What If? and Shaping the Story, as well as in literary magazines such as The Iowa Review, The Colorado Review, and StoryQuarterly.

She currently teaches creative writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she also serves as Director of the MFA program.

This event is free and open to the public.

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