Month: March 2015

Book Launch for Kate Capshaw

UConn Co-op in Storrs Center will host a book launch March 25 at 4pm  for Kate Capshaw’s recently published book, Civil Rights Childhood: Picturing Liberation in African American Photobooks (University of Minnesota Press).  

Civil Rights Childhood explores the function of children’s photographic books and the image of the black child in social justice campaigns for school integration and the Civil Rights Movement. Drawing on works ranging from documentary photography and popular historical narratives to coffee-table and art books, Capshaw shows how the photobook—and the aspirations of childhood itself—encourage cultural transformation. 



Camille Dungy

Poet Camille Dungy, the 2015 Aetna Writer-in-Residence, read her poetry March 10 at the Co-op Bookstore in Storrs Center and also conducted one-on-0ne writing tutorials with six students.

Camille Dungy is the author of three books of poetry: What to Eat, What to Drink, What to Leave for PoisonSmith Blue; and Suck on the Marrow. Her poems have appeared in PoetryCallalooThe Missouri Review, and Crab Orchard Review. Her honors include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts. She is the recipient of the 2011 American Book Award, a two-time recipient of the Northern California Book Award, and a two-time NAACP Image Award nominee. She is Professor of English at Colorado State University.


Inda Watrous, “Unsung Hero”

Inda Watrous, our undergraduate advisor, won the 2015 UConn Staff Spirit Award “Unsung Hero,” which recognizes a staff member who consistently goes above and beyond, without fanfare or public recognition. Inda always performs at a high level; takes initiative to solve problems and improve work situations; demonstrates reliability, perseverance, and a focus on results; and helps others by sharing knowledge of the institution’s practices. We are grateful for her expertise and energy.


Undergraduate Giorgina Paiella named University Scholar

Giorgina Paiella, named a University Scholar, has earned the university’s highest academic distinction.  The University Scholars are almost exclusively drawn from the sciences, and Giorgina is one of two people coming from a field in the humanitites.  Her advisors are Dwight Codr, Margaret Breen, Alenda Chang, and Mitchell Green.  Dwight Codr stated Paiella is “hands down the best student I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with.”