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Archive for February, 2009

“From Graphic Novel to Animated Film: Identities in Motion in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis”

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 26, 2009

persepolis_1Dr. Khani Begum, Associate Professor in Literature, will give her Colloquia series talk entitled “From Graphic Novel to Animated Film: Identities in Motion in Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis”  on Tuesday March 3, from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in East Hall 206.

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Robert Olmstead to Give Talk

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 26, 2009

red_coverRobert Olmstead, this year’s Arts and Sciences Distinguished Visiting Writer, will give a public lecture Thursday, February 26 at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel here in on campus.

He is the author of the novels America by Land, A Trail of Heart’s Blood Wherever We Go, Soft Water, and Coal Black Horse, which is a national best seller. He is also the author of a memoir, Stay Here With Me, as well as River Dogs, a collection of short stories and the textbook Elements of the Writing Craft. His work has appeared in Mid American Review, McSweeney’s, Willow Springs, Idaho Review, Cutbank, Black Warrior Review, Greensboro Review, Story, Ploughshares, Granta and many other publications.

Among his awards are a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship, an APEX award in journalism, National Endowment for the Arts Fiction Fellowship, a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, a Pennsylvania Council on the Senior Arts Literature Fellowship and an Ohio Council for the Arts Literature Fellowship. He directs Creative Writing at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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“The Story of the Velvet Elvis, a.k.a. The Story Written Late at Night in the Family Bathtub”

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 10, 2009

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Theresa Williams, novelist and Lecturer in Creative Writing/Literature, will give her Colloquia series talk entitled “The Story of the Velvet Elvis, a.k.a. The Story Written Late at Night in the Family Bathtub” today, February 10, from 11:00 am-12:30 pm in East Hall 206.

Theresa also has a story out in the new Sun Magazine anthology The Mysterious Life of the Heart this month. Sy Safransky editor and publisher of the magazine writes in the introduction:

This isn’t a book in which you’ll find the seven steps to connubial bliss, with exercises at the end of each chapter to simultaneously tighten your buttocks and open your third eye. But that doesn’t mean the stories, essays, and poems are randomly arranged. Instead, we follow a winding, sometimes treacherous path from the innocence and impetuousness of young love through marriage and devotion, temptation and betrayal, divorce and heartbreak, and finally forgiveness and mercy. When read from front to back, The Mysterious Life of the Heart is a journey worth taking.

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Culture Club Remembers Sarah Jacobson

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 9, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, continues tomorrow evening with a screening of a few selected films of Sarah Jacobson, Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7:30 pm in the Gish Film Theater

Before her untimely death in 2004, Sarah Jacobson was an independent filmmaker with a do-it-yourself ethic and a distinctly underground sensibility. Working with her producer and mom, Ruth Ellen Jacobson, Sarah produced and distributed a feature-length film, Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore, and a number of shorts. The evening will be both a celebration of  Jacobson’s life and a fundraiser for the Sarah Jacobson Film Grant, an annual film grant established by her mother that rewards independent female filmmakers. Donations, however small, would be much appreciated.

Films to be screened Tuesday include Jacobson’s short documentary on the cult film, Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains (made with collaborator Sam Green), an “unreleased” documentary on Jacobson’s high school reunion following the release of Mary Jane’s Not a Virgin Anymore, Sam Green’s Lot 63, Grave C (on Altamont victim Meredith Hunter), and a number of other shorts and excerpts. Jacobson was truly an original and an inspirational independent filmmaker. Please join us in celebrating her life. Screening begins at 7:30. To learn more about Sarah Jacobson, check out:

The screening begins at 7:30 at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.

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Elephants in Our Bedroom Book Release Party

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 6, 2009

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Tomorrow night, February 7, there will be a party celebrating the release of Michael Czyzniejewski‘s debut book, a collection of short stories titled Elephants in Our Bedroom. The party will be held at Grounds for Thought Coffeeshop and Bookstore at 174 South Main Street, Bowling Green and will run from 7-10 p.m. All are invited!

Mike will briefly read from the book at both 7:30 and 9, but the rest of the evening will be an open house format, so feel free to drop by any time. Copies of the book will be for sale the entire evening. This event is coupled with a full-length reading by Mike at Prout Chapel on March 19, where he will be joined on stage by Karen Craigo, who will be reading her poetry.

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Callista Buchen and Stephanie Marker read

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 5, 2009

MFA candidates Callista Buchen (poetry) and Stephanie Marker (fiction) will read from their work at Prout Chapel tonight at 7:30 p.m. as part of this semester’s on-going Creative Writing reading series.

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Richard Hoffman

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 5, 2009

It is with great sadness that we share the news that Richard Hoffman passed away this morning after a sudden illness.

Dick Hoffman had a long affiliation with BGSU. During his career as a teacher at Toledo’s Woodward High School, he also taught here in the English department and with the Writing Center and the Honors Program.

For the past two years he was the director of the Partnerships in Context and Community Residential Learning Community. “He was absolutely wonderful in PCC,” said former director Dr. Bob Midden. “Dick was extremely dedicated, warm and caring, and highly effective. He was a tremendous leader and left a lasting impression on all who knew him. He had a deep regard for the students and a great rapport with them. They really cherished him. This is a sad and difficult loss. He will be very deeply missed.”

Dr. Cindy Hendricks, director of the School of Teaching and Learning, who had known him for almost 30 years, said in an email to the community that he “loved his work with all the faculty and the students associated with PCC. He loved being at BGSU, and he appreciated all the support he was given while he was here.”

If you would like to send your thoughts to the family, please do so at CaringBridge under RichardHoffman1. Updates on funeral arrangements will also be posted on the site.

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Culture Club screens ‘The Intruder’

Posted by bgsuenglish on February 2, 2009

“Tuesdays at the Gish,” a film series sponsored by The Culture Club, in association with the Department of Theatre and Film, continues tomorrow evening with a screening of Roger Corman’s controversial 1963 film The Intruder.

Legendary B-movie director and producer Roger Corman has often bragged that he never lost money on a single film that he made . . . except for this one. Indeed, The Intruder is quite different than other low-budget exploitation pictures that made Corman famous. The film stars a pre-fame William Shatner as a vicious racist who arrives in a small Southern town to incite racial violence. The box-office failure of The Intruder may have caused Corman to swear off “message” films for the rest of his career, but not before he produced this look at racial tension at the beginnings of the Civil Rights era.

The screening begins at 7:30 at the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.

Tell all of your friends! See you there!

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