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Archive for November, 2007

Linguistics Brown Bag Lecture: Meaning, Structure, and Events in the World

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 26, 2007

There’s more to understanding language than grammar: when we read we make connections in our minds that go beyond mere words on a page. The latest Linguistics Brown Bag Lecture will focus on these ideas and more this Friday, November 30. Dr. Mary Hare, Associate Professor in Psychology will discuss “Meaning, Structure, and Events in the World,” a lecture in psycholinguistics exploring meaning- making and the ways we form connections and make predictions as we read based on our knowledge of the world around us.

Dr. Hare explains that what motivates her research is “how humans process language, and in particular, how characteristics of the language processing mechanism might account simultaneously for both regularities and apparent exceptions in language behavior.”

Everyone is welcome and no prior knowledge of linguistics is required. This event is sponsored by the Department of English and The Black Swamp Literary Society and will begin at at 12:30 pm in Room 205, Education Building.

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Scholastic Book Fair

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 26, 2007

The Curriculum Resource Center, University Libraries and the Martha Gesling Weber Reading Center are sponsoring the annual Scholastic Book Fair. The sale takes place on Monday, November 26 from 9:00 am to 7:00 pm and Tuesday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm in 113 Education Building, and in the 1st Floor Pallister Conference Room of Jerome Library on Wednesday (9:00 am to 7:00 pm) and Thursday (9:00 am to 5:00 pm). Please call 419-372-2956 if you have any questions.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 19, 2007

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Spoken Word Poetry at the Black Swamp Literary Society

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 16, 2007

On Monday November 19, spoken word poetry will be the focus of the Black Swamp Literary Society meeting. The meeting will be held in the East Hall Library Lounge beginning at 9 pm.

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Creative Beginnings: The Essence of Winter Wheat

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 8, 2007

Fresh ideas and new beginnings. These are what the Friday and Saturday sessions of Winter Wheat offer for writers of all levels. You’re invited to try your hand at something new and to hear a different perspective on writing topics such as:

  • Creativity and Journalism
  • The Laboratory of Experimental Prose
  • Writing About Work
  • Bringing Nature Poems to Life
  • The Comedy of American Poetry
  • Wonder and the Lyric Essay
  • Everyday Surrealism
  • Creating Unforgettable Characters
  • Minimalism as Style
  • Collaborative Writing
  • Food, Sex, and Fiction
  • Poetic Imagery and the Body

The Festival will kick off tomorrow at noon with a brown bag roundtable on online publishing, moderated by Seth Fried. Seventy-five minute sessions begin at 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm, and 4:00 pm (all events are in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union; check the Mid-American Review website for specific location details). At 5:30 pm in the BTSU Theater, poet David Shumate and nonfiction writer Michael Steinberg will read selections from their work, to be followed at 8:00 pm by Sean Thomas Dougherty (poetry) and Sue William Silverman (nonfiction).

Saturday’s activities begin at 8:00 am sharp with the opening of free registration and the Bookfair. Sessions will start at 9:00 am, 10:30 am, 1:30 pm, and 3:00 pm. Wendell Mayo will be the featured speaker at 4:00 pm in the Union Theater, followed at 7:30 pm by Charles Yu (fiction) and Mary Quade (poetry) in BTSU 228. An 8:30 pm open mic event will conclude the day’s festivities.

On Sunday, be sure to attend the creative play session beginning at 1:00 pm in East Hall featuring folk dancing, natural skincare, bike repair, crafts and last but certainly not least, a room full of puppies!

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Poet Receives Toledo City Paper Accolade

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 8, 2007

Matt McBride (MFA Creative Writing ’05) is the Academic Poetry Winner in the Toledo City Paper‘s 2007 Poetry & Fiction competition for his poem “Elephants.” Matt’s chapbook, The Space Between Stars, is available from Kent State University’s Wick poetry press. Congratulations Matt!

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Inspiration . . . Just in Time for the Long Winter: Winter Wheat Festival Begins Thursday

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 7, 2007

The seventh annual installment of Winter Wheat: The Mid-American Review Festival of Writing begins on Thursday November 8 with the 2nd Annual State of the Art: The Winter Wheat Symposium, which this year will be devoted to “The Story: In All Its Forms and Variations.”

Sessions will be held in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union:

1:00 pm: What Happens Next . . . Or Doesn’t: Plot in Contemporary Fiction

2:30 pm: The New Realism: What Passes as Traditional Storytelling

4:30 pm: State of the Art: The Story

At 8 pm, Cris Mazza (fiction), and F. Daniel Rzicznek, General Studies Writing instructor and the author of a new collection of poetry, will be on hand to read selections from their work. All readings are free, and will take place in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater.

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Black Swamp Literary Society and the ESL Classroom

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 5, 2007

Tonight’s Black Swamp Literary Society meeting will focus on the ESL classroom and is, as always, free and open to all. ESL Director Kate Spike will be in attendance. The meeting will be held in the East Hall Library Lounge beginning at 7 pm (rather than the customary 9 pm start time).

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Arts & Sciences Career Extravaganza

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 2, 2007

The College of Arts and Sciences and the Career Center is hosting its first Career Extravaganza next week, which will give students an opportunity to meet with BGSU Alumni and to gain a better understanding of how the skills and concepts learned as part of their education here at Bowling Green might connect with future career opportunities.

Alumni will also have an opportunity to reconnect with BGSU and contribute to the educational experience of current students. The university has invited alumni from every program in the college–including English– and already have representatives from a large variety of majors. The alumni will be discussing their journey after college to their current career.

The Career Extravaganza will be held on Wednesday, November 7, from 1 to 4pm in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Ballroom.

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The Mind Game: Nigerian Universities, Neo-colonialism, and the Cold War, 1960-1990

Posted by bgsuenglish on November 2, 2007

How did the cold war impact Nigeria’s universities and nation building process? In what ways were the universities that emerged in a neo-colonial and cold war context Nigerian? What can Nigeria’s non-alignment policy and practice tell us about foreign policy and elite attitudes?

Nigeria began its existence in 1960 as a sovereign country shrouded in vestiges of the colonial system and the politics of the cold war. Both this new global political context and Nigeria’s colonial history profoundly affected elite attitudes and the structures of universities. Nigeria’s first modern university, the University College of Ibadan (UCI) established in 1948, was steeped in British academic tradition; its curriculum, personnel, standards, and infrastructure were modelled after the University of London. On the eve of independence, the United States entered the scene by helping to establish the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, imbued with an American academic model. Although the USSR did not establish a university, it employed other means to influence the minds of Nigerian elites. In newly independent Nigeria, an old colonial power and two newer imperial powers fought to educate and therefore influence post-colonial African minds. Professor Nwauwa’s talk investigates the challenges of these externally imposed academic models, and their impact on the Nigerian academy and elites in the post-independence period.

Apollos O. Nwauwa is Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at BGSU. His teaching and research focus on modern Africa, especially colonial, post-colonial (neo-colonial), and intellectual aspects of African history. He is the author of Imperialism, Academe, and Nationalism: Britain and University Education for Africans, 1860-1960 and has published essays in several international journals, including History in Africa, Asian and African Studies, and Cahiers D’Études Africaines. Currently a fellow at the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, he is working on a number of projects, one of which explores the impact of the cold war on education and elite formation in Africa.

This is the fourth ICS Faculty Fellows lecture of the year and will be held on Monday, November 5 at 1:30 pm in Mylander Room 207 of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Special Thanks to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research and to the Office of the Dean of Arts and Sciences for their support of this work. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call (419) 372-0585.

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