Book of the Month
Ernest J. Gaines died November 5 at the age of 86.
Veronica Makowsky recommends A Lesson Before Dying: "it is a beautiful, moving, devastating novel that, although set decades ago, speaks to current issues of race and incarceration, as well as dignity, responsibility, and love."
Gaines also wrote The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Gathering of Old Men. Born into a sharecropping family, he split his early years between school and working in the fields.
Proposals Due for National Writing Project Northeast Regional Sites Conference12:00am
Tuesday, January 21st, 2020
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Storrs Campus, Storrs Campus, Storrs Campus Other Lehman College, Bronx, New YorkSubmit your proposal for the National Writing Project Northeast Regional Sites Conference on May 1st and 2nd, 2020.
Contact Information: https://nycwritingproject.org/2019/07/writing-with-youth-inside-and-outside-the-classroom/More
- Jan 27 Connecticut Student Writers Submission Deadline12:00am
Michael Robinson: "Tribes of the Imagination: How Scientists Created a Prehistory of Whiteness"4:00pm
Monday, January 27th, 2020
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Storrs Campus, Storrs Campus UCHIThis lecture is the second talk of the Humanities and Science Series.
Michael Robinson is a professor of history at Hillyer College, University of Hartford. He is the author of The Coldest Crucible: Arctic Exploration and American Culture (University of Chicago Press), winner of the 2008 Book Award for the History of Science in America and The Lost White Tribe: Explorers, Scientists, and the Theory that Changed a Continent (Oxford University Press), winner of the History of Science Society’s Davis Prize and finalist for the 2017 Connecticut Book Award. He is the host of the history of science and exploration podcast, Time To Eat the Dogs.
Contact Information: Helen Rozwadowski, firstname.lastname@example.orgMore
Humanities Fellow Research Talk: Emma Amador4:00pm
Wednesday, January 29th, 2020
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Storrs Campus Humanities Institute Seminar Room, Babbidge Library 4th FloorOur UCHI Fellow will be presenting their research talk on “Contesting Colonialism: Puerto Ricans and the Politics of Welfare in the 20th Century” followed by a light reception. For more information, please visit https://humanities.uconn.edu/fellowships/current-and-previous-fellows/. If you require accommodation for this event, please contact email@example.com at least one week prior to the event.
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Critical Looking: A Gallery Dialogue12:15am
Friday, January 31st, 2020
12:15 AM - 12:45 AM
Storrs Campus, Storrs Campus The William Benton Museum of ArtLearn to look with a critical eye
Friday, January 31,
Tap your powers of observation and
investigate a single work of art through
close looking and discussion with
Amanda Douberley, Assistant Curator/
The focus of this month's subject is a print in the Democracy of Print exhibition.
Develop your critical thinking skills by learning to look at objects in detail. This skill is useful in navigating everyday life, your job or studies.
Contact Information: Benton Museum Visitor Services 486-4520More
Black Lives Matter and the Politics of Value12:15pm
Monday, February 3rd, 2020
12:15 PM - 01:30 PM
Storrs Campus Oak 438"Black Lives Matter and the Politics of Value"
Alena Wolflink, Beloit College
Monday, February 3
12:15pm in Oak 438
Sponsored by the Political Theory Workshop and UConn Humanities Institute
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Digital Humanities & Media Studies talk - Nancy Baym, "The Relational Affordances of Platforms"4:00pm
Wednesday, February 5th, 2020
04:00 PM - 05:30 PM
Storrs Campus UConn Humanities InstituteNancy Baym
Senior Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England; Research Affiliate, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, MIT
The Relational Affordances of Platforms
People have been socializing on the internet for nearly fifty years. In recent years, online social life has become increasingly concentrated in a relatively small number of commercial platforms. How can we make sense of the impacts they are having on our relational lives? How can we theorize platforms when they are constantly changing and used in so many different ways? In this talk, Nancy Baym draws on a range of her recent research on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to articulate a model for understanding platforms as the dynamic, unstable entities they are, and to explore their roles in shaping, constraining and opening up new possibilities for relationships in contexts ranging from close romantic bonds to online communities and the ties that connect musicians to their audiences. The talk further considers how these platforms commodify the relational interactions that take place through them, and how their design choices have fostered environments in which relationships become tools for profit.
Nancy Baym is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England, where she conducts basic research into how people understand and act with new communication technologies in their relationships. A pioneer in the field of internet research, Baym wrote some of the first articles about online community in the early 1990s. With Jean Burgess, she is the author of Twitter: A Biography (forthcoming 2020, NYU). Other books include Playing to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection (2018, NYU), Personal Connections in the Digital Age (2010, Second Edition 2014, Polity), Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method (co-edited with Annette Markham, 2010, Sage), and Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom and Online Community (2000, Sage). She was a co-founder of the Association of Internet Researchers and served as its second president. She has been recognized with the Frederick Williams Prize for Contributions to the Study of Communication and Technology awarded by the International Communication Association, the naming of the Nancy Baym Book Award by the Association of Internet Researchers, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Gothenburg. Most of her papers and more information are available at http://nancybaym.com
This event is sponsored by UCHI Digital Humanities & Media Studies, the Department of Communication, and the UCHI Future of Truth Initiative
Contact Information: Yohei Igarashi (https://dhmediastudies.uconn.edu)More
- Tom Dulack’s Play on Broadway"Paradise Lost" opens Jan 15.
- Congratulations to Natalie BennettArticle published in The Hartford Courant.
- Conference on Teaching of WritingCFP: Proposal submissions due Tuesday, 21 Jan.
- Mary Isbell (PhD ’12) Receives Award from University of New HavenCongratulations on an impressive honor!
- Tom Recchio Awarded CT Veterans Wartime Service MedalCongratulations and thank you, Tom!
- Mackenzie Caron Exhibition “Environment of Change”Brilliant display now at the Dodd Center!
Letters About Literature
The English Department, Connecticut Writing Project, and Neag School of Education are the CT sponsors for this writing competition for grades 4-12. Connecticut Writing Project and Neag School of Education also sponsor the Connecticut Scholastic Writing Awards for grades 7-12.