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Archive for June, 2008

Media, War, and Conflict Resolution

Posted by bgsuenglish on June 30, 2008

Dr. Ellen W. Gorsevski, Assistant Professor in the Department of Interpersonal Communication writes to remind us of the School of Communication Studies’ upcoming International Conference entitled “Media, War and Conflict Resolution.” The conference will be held September 17-19, 2008.

Top speakers include major award winners Richard Rhodes (nuclear arms), Chris Hedges (New York Times war correspondent), Robert Parry (, George Esper (AP, Vietnam war correspondent) as well as influential academics who study media coverage of war, including Daya Thussu (University of Westminster, executive editor of Sage journal Global Media Communication ), Andrew Hoskins (University of Warwick and executive editor of Sage journal, Media, War and Conflict) and many others.

Panel sessions of peer-reviewed papers feature both established and emerging young scholars who offer contemporary analyses of media, war and conflict resolution.  A Pre-conference Workshop on September 17 showcases research by BGSU faculty on Educators’ Roles in Peace and Justice Communication.  The conference also marks the start at BGSU of the new Peace and Conflict Studies program and Minor, and additionally it celebrates the recent launch of a new Sage journal in this area.

Full registration includes some meals and refreshments (see conference schedule on the web site). Early bird registrants can take advantage of the big discount by registering by July 15; in addition, there are panel slots left, so those wishing to submit an abstract should send it as an attached file to


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Northwest Ohio Community Art Show

Posted by bgsuenglish on June 19, 2008

The Bowling Green State University Fine Arts Center Galleries announces the 1st Annual NoWOH Community Art Show. The show will open on July 18th from 7-9 p.m., and will continue through the 27th of July. Any artist 16 years and older living in 12 northwest Ohio counties is invited to submit their artwork on July 10th, and all pieces will be displayed. A professional juror will judge submitted work, and several cash prizes will be awarded.

For more information about the show and entry procedure, visit the Fine Arts Center Galleries where you will also find an electronic signup form and prospectus. Printed prospectuses will be available June 25th at several local libraries, as well as at several locations throughout campus. This is a great opportunity for artists of all levels, and we hope you will consider submitting your work and joining us in this celebration of community artists!

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Digital Mirror Camp Continues for Second Year

Posted by bgsuenglish on June 18, 2008

2007 Digital Mirror CampThe success of last summer’s Digital Mirror Computer Camp for Girls has led to a $10,000 award from the national American Association of University Women (AAUW) Community Action Grant Program to extend the camp for the next two years. Grant recipients include Kris Blair, Jen Almjeld, Erin Dietel-McLaughlin, and Meredith Graupner.

This year’s Digital Mirror Camp, organized by the ICS Research Cluster Webbing Cyberfeminist Practices, is scheduled for August 6-9 and will feature two tracks, one for returning campers and one for new campers, for a total of 25 participants. Returning campers will not only extend skills developed last year in digital imaging and web-authoring but also serve as mentors to new campers, sharing their expertise with girls new to the latest techno-literacy tools. The four-day camp will also feature a fieldtrip to the Toledo Museum of Art, where the girls, mostly in grades 6-8, will have the opportunity to tour the museum and participate in a glass-blowing activity. The camp will conclude with a showcase session for parents to celebrate their daughters’ digital accomplishments during this residential experience, ultimately designed to foster and sustain their interest in technology. Other participants in this year’s camp include Suzan Aiken and Ruijie Zhao, both Rhetoric and Writing, along with Erin, Meredith, and Kris.

In addition to support from the national and local AAUW and the Department of English, the camp is sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, the College of Arts and Sciences, and also supported by BGSU’s School of Art and the Student Technology Center. The 2008 camp is already fully enrolled, with just a slot or two left. If you are interested in learning more about the Digital Mirror Computer Camp or in making a charitable contribution to the English Department to help sustain the camp, please contact Dr. Kris Blair, Department Chair, at 419-372-7540 or

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