UNCG Campus Weekly

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Roots music icon Emmylou Harris returns to Tate St.

WomanGreensboro, particularly the UNC Greensboro campus, has always been a home to writers and musicians.

And as part of that distinction, one of the greatest living country singer-songwriters began her career on UNCG’s own Tate Street.

In 1965-67, before recording and touring with Gram Parsons, before assembling a band of country music and bluegrass masters that included Elvis’ Hot Band, before becoming a 14-time Grammy winner and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and decades before being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, a UNCG student performed at Tate Street’s Red Door Café, roughly in the current spot of Leon’s hair salon.

Emmylou Harris.

The golden-voiced singer and then-budding songwriter was the recipient of a drama scholarship in UNCG’s Department of Drama and Speech, and faculty from that time remember not only her shows at the Red Door, but also seeing her in a production of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” at Taylor Theatre and “The Dancing Donkey,” with the North Carolina Theatre for Young People.

This winter, the world-famous singer-songwriter and bandleader is set for a return to Tate Street, performing at UNCG Auditorium on Jan. 24 as part of UNCG’s University Concert and Lecture Series.

Coming up in the 1960s and 70s music scene, Harris blurred the lines between country and rock ’n’ roll. Before becoming a prolific composer in her own right, Harris played songs by and collaborated with a tremendously diverse set of artists: Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Lucinda Williams, Delbert McClinton, Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt, Johnny Cash, Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, Jimi Hendrix, and Rodney Crowell, just to name a few.

Harris’ 1992 album “At the Ryman” is credited with saving Nashville’s famed Ryman Auditorium from demolition, and instead renewing it as a world-class venue. Her 1995 album, “Wrecking Ball,” was hailed as an experimental alternative rock-country triumph and showcased a number of contemporary songwriters. In 2000, “Red Dirt Girl,” made up almost entirely of Harris’ own compositions, was No. 3 on the Billboard country album charts and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album.

Her 2006 collaboration with Mark Knopfler, “All the Roadrunning” was an international success, and in 2014 “Old Yellow Moon,” an album that featured both Harris and Rodney Crowell, earned Harris her 13th Grammy award. In 2016, Harris and Crowell won an Americana Music Award for Duo/Group of the year and two Grammy nominations for their 2015 album, “The Traveling Kind.”

With her current band, The Red Dirt Boys, Harris continues to sing and perform worldwide.

For tickets to the show on Jan. 24 at UNCG Auditorium – doors open at 7:30, the show starts at 8 p.m. –  visit: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6026607/ucls-emmylou-harris-greensboro-uncg-auditorium.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Veronique Rolland

NC Arts Council Fellowships for alumna and faculty

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Two UNC Greensboro faculty members and one alumna have received 2019 North Carolina Arts Council fellowships. Eighteen artists across North Carolina received awards in the literary categories of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting and in the musical categories of composition and songwriting. Recipients were selected by panels comprised of artists and arts professionals with discipline-specific expertise and experience.

girl and dogEmilia Phillips is an assistant professor in UNCG’s MFA in Creative Writing program, a poet, and a nonfiction writer.

She is the author of three collections of poetry, including “Empty Clip” and “Groundspeed” from the University of Akron Press, and three chapbooks, including “Hemlock” from Diode Editions and “Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike,” from Bull City Press. In 2019, she received a Pushcart Prize for her poem “Pathetic Fallacy,” and her lyric nonfiction piece, “Excisions,” was awarded a 2015 Storyquarterly Nonfiction Prize.

Phillips will use the grant to fund experiential research and residencies toward the completion of a lyric essay collection. Her two current nonfiction projects, “Wound Revisions: Lyric Memoirs” and “Rewilding: On Queerness, Family, and Body,” examine reconstructive surgery, gun violence, queer families, and troublesome namesakes.

“My writing, both poetry, and nonfiction is concerned with the ways in which our bodies embody violence,” says Emilia Phillips, “whether it’s physical and externalized (as is the case with bruises and scars) or emotional and internalized (homophobia, misogyny, etc.).”

man in jazz bandSteve Haines is director of the Miles Davis Jazz Studies Program in UNCG’s School of Music, a post he has held for the past 20 years.

The first album he created as a leader was “Beginner’s Mind,” in 2003, and next was “Stickadiboom.” He also wrote the music for the musical “Ella: The Life And Music of Ella Fitzgerald.” His fourth and latest CD as a leader is Steve Haines and the Third Floor Orchestra, which was released by Justin Time Records in 2019.

“For this project,” said Haines. “I had the focal points of Becca Stevens, Chad Eby, and Joey Calderazzo. I sought to wrap the orchestra around their sounds like a warm blanket.”

Haines also won the N.C. Arts Council Fellowship in musical composition in 2008. He was also named Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the UNCG School of Music in 2006, received a semi-finalist ranking for the 2010 Jazz Knights Commission in New York, and won the 2019 UNCG Gladys Strewn Bullard Award for leadership and service.

With support from the fellowship, Haines plan on making an album of holiday music with fellow colleague, vocalist, and jazz pianist Ariel Pocock.

Jennie Malboeuf graduated from UNCG’s MFA in Creative Writing program and her poetry examines issues of authority, control, and violence and how these themes intersect with gender, sexuality, and memory.

“Ultimately, the objective of my writing is to explore the relationships between the body (animal) and the mind (God),” says Malboeuf.

Her latest book, “God had a body,” was awarded the 2019 Blue Light Books Prize and is forthcoming in the spring of 2020 from Indiana University Press and the Indiana Review. Malboeuf’s poems have appeared in Gettysburg Review, Harvard Review, and The Southern Review, among other places. She received a Pushcart Prize Special Mention for her poem, “Hubris” (first published in New South) in 2019 and has been named twice to the Best New Poets list, a series featuring emerging writers published by the University of Virginia Press.

Malboeuf will use the grant to give her time to work on a new book of poetry and also to travel to give readings at various colleges, universities, festivals and bookstores for the release of “God had a body.”

Compiled by Susan Kirby-Smith

 

NC Theatre for Young People stages ‘The Witches’

poster for theater productionThis week, UNC Greensboro’s North Carolina Theatre for Young People stages a play based on “The Witches” by Roald Dahl, adapted by David Wood.

The public performances are Nov. 16, 17, and 23 at 2 p.m. in Taylor Theatre. The fantastical production is suited for children in second grade or seven years old and above.

Created by UNCG faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduate students, the production includes inventive puppetry, shadow-work, illusion, magic, original compositions by UNCG student James Stryska, and fantastic special effects. It also includes a unique perspective on evil.

“Terrifying things can be exciting,” says director and MFA student Chad Parsons. “We will never be without fear or evil, and we must learn to overcome that. ‘The Witches’ reminds us that we need to find and embrace love despite terrifying and challenging circumstances.”

Purchase tickets online here.

Tickets are also available by phone (336.334.4392), or in person at the UNCG Theatre Box Office located at 406 Tate St., Greensboro, NC 27412. The hours of operation for the UNCG Theatre Box Office are Monday-Friday 1:00-5:00 pm.

For information about bringing your group to student matinee performances (Nov. 19-22), contact Group Sales at (336) 334-4015 or grpsales@uncg.edu.

 

 

Organ Studio Spooktacular on Halloween

Ready for some terrifying tunes?

Visit UNC Greensboro’s Organ Hall on Halloween at 7:30 p.m. to hear the hair-raising melodies of André Lash’s Organ Studio students. This year’s Spooktacular, a free event, is the 10th iteration of the Halloween tradition. The event will include costumes, refreshments, and pumpkin carols.

Whether or not students play organ as their primary instrument, Lash says learning to play the instrument is a tremendous asset in a musician or music educator’s set of skills. Because organ literature goes back around 600 years, and developed differently across Europe, students are exposed to immensely diverse music literature through the study of organ music. Through their practice, they also grow as accompanists and musical collaborators.

While an organ’s  sound is often associated with spooky films such as “Phantom of the Opera,” the instrument and musical literature developed in grand church spaces. UNCG Organ Studio instructor Lash is retired from serving as accompanist at Greensboro’s Christ United Methodist Church, which draws music audiences to hear its exceptional organ. Three of the current Organ Studio students who are performing Thursday, Pingyi Song, Xiuwei Yu, and George Dent were recently hired to organist positions in Triad area churches.

Another of Lash’s students, Marya Fancey, was awarded a Fulbright fellowship in 2018 to pursue her scholarship and performance of early Polish organ music.

View the video below to hear from Lash about this year’s Halloween event.

 

Story by Susan Kirby-Smith

Video by Susan Kirby-Smith and Matt Bryant

Oct. 16 Faculty Senate highlight: Gen Ed revision passed

Minerva statureThere was a little drama at the last Faculty Senate meeting – of the best kind, most theatrical kind.

Before the Faculty Senate meeting last week, several members of UNCG Theatre’s cast of “The Wolves” performed a scene and explained why they value the play. The director, MFA student Ashley Sarver, made brief remarks.

Faculty Senate Chair Anthony Chow convened the meeting and the Senate voted to extend the committee election deadlines.

Provost Dana Dunn gave updates, notably that the tuition and fee proposal process is underway, and that the UNC System will accept tuition increase requests this year, for the first time in the last three years. The proposed cap is three percent for tuition and three percent for fees. Any increase approved will apply only to incoming first-year students and incoming transfer students. The March Board of Governors meeting will likely reveal whether or not the proposal is approved. More details about allocation of new resources will be available on the provost’s website.

Chair of General Education Council Aaron Terranova introduced the resolution approved by General Education Council based on the work from the General Education Revision Task Force II. The revisions the securing of a competency-based program capped at 33-34 credits with 11 competencies, and the removal of the marker system. New features in the program include a Foundations course and expanded core competencies in health and wellness, information literacy, and equity and diversity.

The general education revision was passed after a vote.

Before the meeting was adjourned, an election was held for the Promotion & Tenure Committee and two were elected.

The next Faculty Senate event is Faculty Forum: Faculty Priorities and President’s Search on Wednesday, Oct. 23, at 3 p.m. in the Alumni House.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

 

“The Wolves” and FrameWorks panel discussion

A poster for the Wolves, a play

“The Wolves,” a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist that depicts the experience of a girls’ high school soccer team, opens this week at UNCG, with a FrameWorks panel discussion on Friday, Oct. 25.

The play’s director and MFA candidate Ashley Sarver will join Associate Professor of English Jennifer Feather, American literature Ph.D candidate Kayla Forrest and Associate Professor of Kinesiology Donna Duffy.

The panel discussion, which explores women’s communication and the role of sport in women’s lives, among other topics, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Taylor Theatre. The discussion will be followed by a performance of “The Wolves” in Sprinkle Theatre in Brown Building, at 7:30 p.m.

There are also performances of “The Wolves” Oct. 24 and 26 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 26 and 27 at 2 p.m.

For tickets, visit https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/15078/sprinkle-theatre.

A first: UNCG will host big medieval studies conference

medieval city map

UNC Greensboro will host the 2019 Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) Conference Nov. 14-16 at Elliott University Center, along with co-hosts Wake Forest University and North Carolina Wesleyan College.

It will be the first time SEMA has met on UNCG’s campus although medieval faculty and student scholars have participated in the conference in the past, and Dr. Amy Vines has served on the organization’s executive board for several years.

The mission of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA) is to promote the study and enjoyment of the Middle Ages by students at every level of expertise. Professional and independent scholars from various branches of medieval studies – history, arts, science, philosophy, archaeology, paleography, theology, language, and literatures – make the association’s annual meeting a forum for scholarly and pedagogical growth within those disciplines as well as a platform for interdisciplinary exchange and collaboration. Members publish their research in the association’s refereed journal, “Medieval Perspectives.”

Nearly 200 scholars of medieval literature will attend the conference, which has a theme of  “Medieval Gateways.” Along with the academic sessions, there will be a book exhibit, and there will be a special exhibit of the medieval manuscripts collection in the Hodges Reading Room in Jackson Library throughout the three-day event.

The conference will begin Thursday, Nov. 14, at 12:30 p.m. and continue that day through the 3:30 p.m. plenary session with Dr. Sonja Drimmer, who will give the talk “On the Threshold: Heads, Monuments, and Memory in Late Medieval England.”

Friday’s official events will conclude with the conference opening reception at the Marriott Hotel, where Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences John Kiss will give comments. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Panels will resume at the EUC Friday at 8:30 a.m., and the day includes a 10:15 a.m. plenary session with Dr. Holly Crocker, who will deliver the talk “A Path to Women’s Experience? Rethinking Affect in Chaucer, Langland, and Kempe.” Vice Chancellor for the Office of Research and Engagement Terri Shelton will also give comments. Panels will continue at the EUC until 6 p.m. and the SEMA conference banquet will follow at the Marriott.

“Breakfast with Chaucer” begins the conference the next morning, at 7:15 a.m. in the EUC’s Birch Room. Saturday morning sessions will conclude with the SEMA business lunch at 12 p.m. in Cone Ballroom.

See the complete schedule here:

https://semagso2019.files.wordpress.com/2019/10/sema-program-final-edit-9.27.19-pcc.pdf

Groundbreaking artist Mary Kelly, in exhibition and in person

a print

“How to use the shelter as a table”

UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum has opened an exhibition of selected works by world-renowned artist Mary Kelly.

Since the 1970s, Kelly has been creating influential and groundbreaking work that weaves art and politics together and reflects on historical and personal moments through innovative forms. Her work has  appeared in a variety of cutting-edge galleries, including New York’s Whitney Museum, the Tate Modern, Musée National d’Art Moderne, and many others. She received a Guggenheim fellowship in 2015.

As Falk Visiting Artist, Kelly will speak Thursday, Oct. 10, at 6 p.m. at the Weatherspoon, with curator of the show and museum director Nancy Doll.

The current show considers military power in various manifestations. Central in one room of the exhibition is  a mock bomb shelter that, through optical illusion, descends endlessly below the floor. “Habitus: Type II” simulates the type of shelter that was mass produced during The Blitz in World War II. The cage top is blanketed by a large-print narrative “…We used to talk about what would happen if they pushed the button, where we’d go. Some said Australia. Others began to make a list – flashlight, first aid kid, toilet paper, teddy bear…”

The story Kelly tells through her work is not only reflected literally within “Habitus: Type II” but thematically around the room. One wall holds printed diagrams with a domestic flavor, “How to build an outdoor bomb shelter” and “How to use a bomb shelter as a table.”

Adjacent are rubbings of shields, created by Kelly during the first Gulf War, and meant to contemplate excessive demonstrations of masculinity, says Doll. On another wall are uplifting lightbox prints, “Peace is the only shelter,” “End the arms race not the human race,” and “We don’t want to set the world on fire.”

The next room holds pieces from the “News from home” series – large prints of handwritten letters on sheets of colorful compressed laundry lint, another link to domestic life. One oversized lint letter comes from London around the time of the 1974 bombing of the Tower of London, and another comes from Beirut just prior to the Lebanese Civil War. Both are places that Kelly has lived and absorbed history firsthand, and the letters contain both personal and political sentiment of the time when they were written, such as “Americans are too angry to handle political responsibility. It’s hard enough to survive and just keep your head.”

On the opposite wall are prints of “Seven Days,” a short-lived but influential publication born of the New Left and the Women’s Liberation Movement in the 1970s.

Doll predicts Kelly’s passion for social and political events, as well as her artistry, will be of interest to students and the community who come to see her speak at the Weatherspoon on Oct. 10.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

Chinese music concert follows Asian Autumn Festival

three girls with Chinese flags

Students at the Asian Autumn Festival

The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures will host a Chinese music concert this Saturday, Oct. 5.

“Blooming Flowers and Full Moon” will be presented by Crescent Chinese Music Studios, a North Carolina nonprofit that promotes Chinese music. The ensemble includes Chinese and Western instruments and presents a diverse repertoire of Chinese traditional music, new folk music, and pop-styled music.

The concert is free and open to the public and will begin at 6 p.m. in UNCG’s Tew Recital Hall. Refreshments will be available starting at 5:30, following the the Asian Autumn Festival, which takes place at the EUC Auditorium 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Asian Autumn Festival will include Asian dance, music, crafts, martial arts, guest speakers, and activities for children.

Free parking for the festival is available at the Walker Avenue parking deck, and for the concert at the McIver parking deck.

For more information about the concert, contact Dr. Meiqing Sun by email: m_sun@uncg.edu. For more information about the festival, contact Yvonne Matlosz by email at ylmatlos@uncg.edu or by phone: (336) 334-5560.

A demonstration at the Asian Autumn Festival

RISE Network turns 10, gains new leadership

woman, man, buildingAssociate Professor of Kinesiology Christopher Rhea will serve as director and Senior Academic Professional of Mathematics and Statistics Tracey Howell will serve as associate director of UNCG’s RISE Network, now in its tenth year.

The RISE Network is a coalition of educators and researchers involved in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education. The network provides access to STEM funding and research opportunities, promotes working partnerships, and sponsors special events such as workshops and guest speakers.

RISE has been a part of many initiatives from enhancing support for STEM education in K-12 classrooms to Science and Technology and Math Preparation Scholarships (STAMPS) awards for UNCG students to the initial conception of the campus wetlands.

As Rhea and Howell assume the leadership of RISE, succeeding previous directors Malcolm Schug and Lynn Sametz, they are looking toward increasing outreach and collaboration, at UNCG and beyond – to university partners within the city and across the state.

“One thing I really like about UNCG is that there’s a real emphasis on collaboration – across departments, across units, and across all different levels. And STEM is a real key player in that,” says Rhea.

Along with continuing their small grant programs, speaker series, and networking events, such as research “speed-dating,” they plan to increase RISE’s social media presence and amplify programming that relates to graduate students to prepare them for their careers following graduation.

Another goal is to reach across disciplines to widen the perceptions of what disciplines could be included in the network.

“RISE is for a broader range of people,” says Howell. “We’d like to bring in more folks from more departments.”

Rhea and Howell are also looking toward the next Science Everywhere festival, which RISE has a significant role in planning and executing. It will be held April 25, 2020.

To learn more about the RISE network, explore the website here: https://rise.uncg.edu.

Story and photograph by Susan Kirby-Smith

Dr. Heather Adams

Dr. Heather Adams (English) received a Distinguished Paper Award for “Of Epidemics and Epideictics: Blaming and Rehabilitating Pregnant Teens in the Late 1970s” at the 2019 Rhetoric of Health and Medicine Symposium. Dr. Adams’s research performs feminist historiography of the recent past and investigates rhetorics of reproduction, pregnancy, and motherhood in relation to affect, gender, race, and class. Her book project, “Rhetorics of Shame: A Recent History of Righteous Reproduction explores rhetorical shaming and blaming practices, both private and public, that have shaped—and that continue to shape—discussions of women’s reproduction and sexual wellbeing. Dr. Adams’s scholarly and pedagogical interests also include rhetorics of health and medicine; visual rhetorics; ethnographic methods; decolonial and intersectional theories; and undergraduate research.

Emilia Phillips

Emilia PhillipsEmilia Phillips (English) published a four-book review in the New York Times’ Shortlist titled Confronting Grief, Mental Illness and Marginalization, in Verse.” Available online now, it will appear in the printed version of the New York Times on Sunday, Sept. 29. Phillips is the author of three poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, “Signaletics” (2013), “Groundspeed” (2016), “Empty Clip,” and four chapbooks, most recently “Beneath the Ice Fish Like Souls Look Alike” (Bull City Press, 2015) and “Hemlock” (Diode Editions, 2019). Her poems and lyric essays appear widely in literary publications including Agni, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, Poetry, and elsewhere. She teaches in the MFA Writing Program.

UCLS launches with multidisciplinary artist Nick Cave

Next week, UNCG hosts a notable artist who works within a variety of mediums and fields of study: art history, studio art, dance, fashion design, and anthropology, to name a few.

Visual and performing artist Nick Cave and his partner and collaborator Bob Faust will speak at Elliot University Center Auditorium Thursday, Sept. 26, at 6 p.m. The University Concert and Lecture Series (UCLS) event is free and open to the public.

Cave works through a wide range of media, including sculpture, installation, video, sound, and performance. His pieces blend fashion, sculpture, and performance. Drawing on his dance training with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater as well as his study of fiber arts at the Kansas City Art Institute, Cave is best known for his Soundsuits—vibrant, wearable sculptures in which the artist and others perform. One of those very Soundsuits is on display currently at UNCG’s Weatherspoon Art Museum as part of the exhibition “Here We Are: Painting and Sculpting the Human Form.” Cave’s solo exhibitions have taken place in the United States, France, Africa, Denmark, Asia, South America, and the Caribbean. Most recently, Cave and Faust have opened a 20,000 square-foot collaboration incubator for young artists in Chicago.

UNCG professors in various fields have incorporated Cave and Faust’s visit into their coursework this semester.

Lecturer in the Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies Anne Mitchell relates Cave’s work, particularly the Soundsuits, to trends in nationally prominent fashion magazines.

“From a CARS department perspective, I would say that dress and identity are key, as well as looking at his work from a cultural anthropology angle. In other words, how might we understand and interpret his work in a broader context such as areas like visual merchandising, trend forecasting, apparel design and consumer behavior?”

Associate Professor of Art History Elizabeth Perrill brings Cave’s art into her course material on West African masquerade and art production. She notes that his work incorporates historical knowledge of movement and performance into the contemporary global art world and intersects with histories of oppression, protection, and performance in relation to gender, queer identities, and African American/Black histories.

“His Soundsuits are at once a protection and an evocation of histories of Black performance. He uses the body and movement to break art out of static gallery or museum displays.”

The event is organized by the Weatherspoon Art Museum and co-sponsored by UNCG’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Art, and Department of Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies.

Compiled by Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography courtesy of the Weatherspoon Art Museum and the artist

Weatherspoon hosts researchers of Cone Collection

The Cone Sisters with Gertrude Stein

Sunday, Sept. 22, at 2 p.m., join Dianna Cameron and Carrie Streeter, co-curators of the Blowing Rock exhibition “Modern Visions, Modern Art: The Cone Sisters in North Carolina,” for a special talk that explores the story behind the Weatherspoon’s Claribel and Etta Cone Collection.

The curators will present new research on the history of the Cone Collection and the Cone family through the lens of Claribel, Etta, and their sister-in-law Laura Cone’s lifelong interests and commitments to women’s education. The Weatherspoon has lent multiple artworks from its Cone Collection to this exhibition at the Blowing Rock Art & History Museum.

The event is free an open to the public. Learn more about the Cone Collection at the Weatherspoon here: https://weatherspoonart.org/cone-collection/ and more about the event here: https://weatherspoonart.org/event-sep-22-curators-talk-cameron-and-streeter/

Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum: ‘Chutzpah as Art Practice’

Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m., Greensboro Project Space will host interdisciplinary artist Shoshana Gugenheim Kedem for an artist talk and generative conversation that will become the foundation of the Greensboro Contemporary Jewish Museum (GCJM), a pop-up collaborative museum opening at Greensboro Project Space in February.

Students and faculty in the Jewish Studies Program and College of Visual and Performing Arts at UNCG will participate in creating the museum, in cooperation with the general Jewish public. The introduction to the GCJM will include discussion of participatory practices that will make the museum available to the broad public.

Focusing on object as agent of faith, the Museum will house, in both a central and decentralized model, household/ everyday objects that facilitate contemporary Jewish practice and faith in its varied forms.

Kedem’s work addresses issues of power and privilege and engages institutional critique as a practice of imagining new possibilities, often through publicly generated solutions. She will discuss the arc of her work through the lens of Judaism, indigeneity, women, erasure, and re-insertion.  is a social practice artist, Torah scribe, curator and educator. Her work investigates Jewish ritual practice and object through a feminist gaze. She reinvents traditional rituals and the objects that activate them by reinserting both, with new forms, into familiar contexts.

The event is presented by UNCG’s Jewish Studies Program, Department of Religious Studies, and College of Visual and Performing Arts with generous support from the Herman and Zelda Bernard Distinguished Professorship in Jewish Studies, the Barbara Colchamiro Endowment, and the Judith Rosenstock Hyman Jewish Studies Program Endowment.

Greensboro Project Space is located at 219 West Lewis St. in downtown Greensboro.

Questions? Contact Dr. Ellen Haskell, UNCG Religious Studies, at edhaskel@uncg.edu.

By Susan Kirby-Smith

 

 

 

 

HNAC off to uplifting start in 2019-20

postcard in foreground

The Humanities Network and Consortium (HNAC) hosted a welcome-back event at the Alumni House last Wednesday, with opportunities for faculty and staff to find out more about HNAC Café events, writing groups, external funding workshops, and other public-facing events.

HNAC director Dr. Elizabeth Perrill and associate director Dr. Asa Eger welcomed attendees and Provost Dana Dunn, Dean of CAS John Kiss, and Dean of HHS Carl Mattacola gave remarks.

“I believe that the University’s research networks are a very valuable part of our research,” said Provost Dunn. “I hear routinely from our new faculty that they value immensely the opportunities to connect with colleagues and get integrated more quickly into the life of the University because of their engagement with networks. It’s a really important function they are performing on this campus … to share ideas and meet future collaborators and bounce ideas off one’s colleagues ‒ it’s what a university is about. … I’m particularly impressed with HNAC’s external orientation ‒ the way you are uplifting and educating about the humanities is critically important.”

The new HNAC theme for 2019-2020 is CL2 HN: Civic Life, Civil Listening, Humanities Now. In particular, HNAC will promote events surrounding issues of democracy, elections, and the 100th-year commemoration of women’s suffrage.

The dates and themes of HNAC Café are:

  • Sept. 20:  “50 Years After Stonewall: Humanities Reflect”
  • Oct. 18: “Health and Humanities: Disability Studies and Research at UNCG”
  • Nov. 15: “40 Years On: The Greensboro Massacre”

Presentations and panels by researchers and community members will be followed by casual time to talk over coffee and cookies. The topics for the presentations touch on key events in civil rights history and civic engagement in Greensboro and beyond. HNAC Café takes places at the Weatherspoon Art Museum.

HNAC has also helped plan and organize Frame/Works events for October and February around the UNCG Theatre productions of “The Wolves” and “The Tempest,” respectively.

“I want everyone to know they are welcome,” said Perrill, of HNAC activities and events. “People often ask me: What are humanities? I walk to campus a few times every week and I’ve started a habit of taking my headphones out and listening. Listening what’s around me, listening to the birds and the crazy cicadas and looking at the trees. And I thought to myself: Scientists can tell me why my aural network needs me to stop putting in the headphones. The arts can make something that expresses what I feel when I go on that walk. The humanities are what can tell us what is significant about that moment, express it to the rest of the world, and also tell us how that walk has changed in the past and is changing in the future. … So, if you connect with that idea at all, you’re in the humanities.”

Photos and story by Susan Kirby-Smith

Lots of events for campus’ Mental Health Month

It’s Mental Health Month at UNCG, and the pinwheels on the Kaplan Commons are a reminder. They will displayed through September 19.
Note these upcoming mental health-focused UNCG events on your calendar:

 

Speaker: Jordan Burnham, “Unbreakable: A personal battle with depression, substance abuse, and perfectionism”

September 12, 7 p.m.
EUC Auditorium

Jordan Burnham, a suicide attempt survivor, is an award-winning speaker addressing mental health and suicide prevention. He will share his powerful story of fighting depression and finding recovery. Jordan has been featured in Sports Illustrated and PEOPLE magazine, has spoken at the United Nations and was invited to the White House for the National Conference on Mental Health hosted by President Obama.

Check up from the neck up

Sept. 12, 12-2 p.m.
Student Health Center & Office of Intercultural Engagement

Stop by for a quick and easy mental health check-up and speak with a campus counselor! Take a quick check-up online 24/7 at http://screening.mentalhealthscreening.org/UNCG
RSVP via SpartanConnect

 

Free professional development workshops for faculty and staff:

  • Viewpoints of Inclusive Student Experiences: VOISES is a series of student panels aimed at faculty, where panelists from marginalized identity groups share their perspectives. The panels are moderated and give faculty the opportunity to ask questions while reflection on issues of equity, diversity, and inclusion at UNCG. Sep 12, 10 a.m., Sep. 25, 11 a.m., Oct. 23, 11 a.m., Nov. 5, 11 a.m., Jan. 29, 11 a.m., Feb. 13, 11 a.m., Feb. 18, 11 a.m., Mar. 19, 11 a.m., and Apr. 8, 11 a.m.
  • UNCG Still Cares: During this 2-hour training, UNCG faculty and staff will learn how to recognize student distress, how to reach out, and how to refer students in distress to the proper on-campus resources. Sep. 27, 2 p.m. and Feb. 17, 2 p.m.
  • Coping During Uncertain Times: This training addresses ways to cope with uncertainty in today’s world. It will examine how to remain positive and functional despite risks, how to re-establish control in your life, and how to talk to children about fear. Oct. 2, 12 p.m.
  • Campus Violence Response Center Full Training: CVRC’s three workshops (Interpersonal Violence Survivor Support Ally, Supporting LGBTQ+ Survivors of Violence, and Managing Secondary Traumatic Stress) will be held in one day on these days, with a lunch break. Oct. 15, 9 a.m. and Jan. 7, 5 p.m. See the full schedule for dates of the individual workshops.

 

Spartan Speak Out: Mental Health Open Mic

September 12, 6:30 p.m.
EUC Auditorium Pre-Function Area

Come speak your truth and help us break the stigma around mental health!

 

“Let your body glow” group fitness class

Sept. 17 & Sept. 18, 4:30 -9 p.m.
Kaplan Center Studio 3 & 4
RSVP via SpartanConnect: September 17
RSVP via SpartanConnect: September 18

Gratitude Tuesday Series

Sept. 17 & Sept. 24, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
EUC Azalea

Gratitude is a game-changer! Drop by to write that note you’ve been meaning to send a friend or loved one, or to decorate a gratitude journal to incorporate into your daily life. You’ll find there’s so much to be grateful for!

Dive in Movie: Moana

Sept. 18, 7 p.m.
Kaplan Center Natatorium

Come party on the Island! Join us for a night of relaxation and fun as we watch Disney’s Moana in the pool!
RSVP via SpartanConnect

Aromatherapy Workshop: Let’s get lifted

Sept. 19, 10 a.m, 12 p.m., 2 p.m.
Registration required via SpartanConnect

In this 90-minute workshop, you will learn about 5 essential oils known to lift your spirit and put a smile on your face! Participants will create their own personal aromatic product. Register required via SpartanConnect:
10:00AM Registration
12:00PM Registration
2:00PM Registration

Goat Yoga

Sept. 21, 8:30am
Registration is full for this event

We’re partnering with Outdoor Adventures for a day at the farm! Join us for a special session with Nigerian Dwarf Goats. Come for the yoga, stay for the cuddles! Registration required in Outdoor Adventures.

Love your body arty party

Sept. 26, 6 p.m.
Kaplan Center Room 209

Join us for an evening of food, music, and guided painting as we engage in the revolutionary act of loving our bodies! Registration is required via Spartan Connect.
Registration required via SpartanConnect

Meet Keisha Brown, new principal of the Middle College at UNCG

woman standing by railing inside schoolKeisha Brown comes to the Middle College at UNCG with a broad knowledge of students’ developmental stages, from kindergarten through twelfth grade.

Previously, she served as principal of Swann Middle, as principal of Vandalia Elementary, and as Ben L. Smith High School assistant principal, as well as assistant principal at Summerfield Elementary and Burlington-Cummings High. The variety of experience helps her every day, because Brown believes developmental stages matter in every part of life to every part of life.

She chose the middle college at this time in her career because she wanted to become principal at a high school, and she believes this particular position will give her the greatest ability to directly and deeply influence the lives of students.

She also knows the bar is high. She admires the work of the previous and inaugural principal Angela Polk-Jones.

“I know how hard it is to work at school – blood, sweat, and tears – and then when you leave that school you want it to remain at the level it is and get higher,” she says. “I wanted to be a part of something that is already great and keep it growing.”

She plans to uphold the standard of making sure every student is college and career-ready, and to give them a health science focus. Middle College at UNCG students have the opportunity to take college classes, but also to gain exposure to the professional world through off-campus professional internships.

At the same time, they receive an education that fits their needs. It’s important to Brown and the school’s faculty that students feel balanced.

“We need to make sure that alongside the academic achievement, the social-emotional piece is there. We’ll work on self-awareness and self-evaluation so students can make good decisions in planning their academic paths,” she says.

Hearing directly from the students, and from their parents, through conversations and surveys is also part of Brown’s plan to make sure she has a connection with every student at the Middle College at UNCG.

About the new experience of working on UNCG’s campus she says: “I love it. There’s resources everywhere you turn, and you see different people all the time.”

When Brown grabs a cup of coffee or lunch at the EUC, she enjoys running into UNCG faculty and staff who see her GCS badge and ask her about what she does. She’s looking forward to getting more acquainted with faculty and staff across campus, especially so she can be on the lookout for ways to collaborate with them.

“I’d like people to know: we’re here! Drop by,” she says. “Think about us when you’re planning – know that we’re here and we’d love to partner with you and your students. Think of our students for opportunities.”

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Alianza’s fall socials – First is Sept. 13

Alianza is UNC Greensboro’s faculty, staff and student organization for the Latino/ Hispanic campus community. Since 2013, UNC Greensboro’s Alianza has been a gathering point that aims to collaborate and create initiatives that improve campus activities related to Hispanic / Latino cultures and communities as well as support and guide our students during their years as university students on campus.

 

Alianza invites the entire campus community to join us at our 2 Alianza Fall Socials on September 13 at 2:00 pm at MHRA Building Room 3501 and on December 6 at 4:00 pm at Pedro’s Taco Shop. 948 Walker Ave, Greensboro, NC 27403.

For questions please contact Estela Ratliff, Alianza board chair, by phone at 336-334-5427 or email at eyratlif@uncg.edu

UNCG students make an impact as Campus Greensboro Fellows

UNC Greensboro students are active participants in the Campus Greensboro Fellows Program. Now in its fourth year, the program served 107 college students this summer, and 42 of those students are from UNC Greensboro. Two UNCG students talk about their experience in the program and the impact they are making.

Spartans sponsor Music in the Park this Sunday

On Sunday, Aug. 18, come to Latham Park, bring some lawn chairs and maybe a snack, and enjoy music in the great outdoors.

Two bands will be featured at the free-admission event:

6 p.m. – Wonderwall, The Beatles Tribute (Beatles Cover Band)

7:15 p.m. – doby (Funk)

The concert will be held near W. Wendover at Latham Rd. and Cridland Rd.

The UNCG College of Visual and Performing Arts will promote the Collage concerts at this event, which is made possible by the sponsorship of UNC Greensboro.

 

 

New dean of HHS, Dr. Carl Mattacola, on Triad Today

Video: “Signs of Impact”

Graduates of UNCG’s unique Professions in Deafness program speak about their work as advocates and interpreters for the deaf and hard of hearing and the way they make connections with the North Carolina Deaf community.

In Memoriam: Lee Beverly

Dr. Lee Beverly, professor and former chair of the Department of Nutrition, died on March 24.

Beverly came to UNCG in 2012 as chair, a position he held until 2015. He was a distinguished scholar, receiving funding from NIH to support his research regarding hypothalamic mechanisms regulating energy balance and feeding behavior. He enjoyed all aspects of academia and mentored numerous students and faculty at UNCG – and The University of Illinois Urbana Champaign prior to coming to Greensboro.

There are no services planned but Beverly’s family and friends welcome others to join them in the Walk to Defeat ALS in Greensboro on May 11.

“Lee was also admired by his friends and colleagues as he managed his disease with incredible grace and courage never complaining throughout,” said current Department of Nutrition chair Ron Morrison. “A true friend that will be missed.”

 

 

George Singleton, notable alumnus, gives reading Thursday

The MFA Writing Program and The Greensboro Review will host a fiction reading by notable alumnus George Singleton on Thursday, March 14, at 7 p.m. at Scuppernong Books, 304 S. Elm Street. It is free and open to the public and will be followed by a book signing.

Singleton’s work resonates with that of Donald Barthelme, T. C. Boyle, Flannery O’Connor, and Raymond Carver. “Staff Picks,” his new collection from LSU Press, provides a loosely linked baker’s dozen of stories set in small, often-floundering towns such as Steepleburg, which once boasted more congregations per capita than anywhere in the southeastern U.S., and Poke, home to a dedicated chapter of Optimists International. In turns both comic and tragic, Singleton shows characters trying to make sense out of the Old South, the New South, and the New New South in all their ragged glory.

Singleton has published seven collections of stories, one book of nonfiction, and two novels. His work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly,Harper’s, Georgia Review, Agni, Southern Review, the Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a former Guggenheim Fellow. He holds the John C. Cobb Endowed Chair in the Humanities at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

 

Fun at Faculty and Staff Alumni Network

Last week, the Alumni Association hosted the kickoff luncheon for the Faculty and Staff Alumni Network. 107 were in attendance, receiving not only a catered lunch but swag bags and t-shirts.

And posing for fun photos, on the day before “Believe in the G.”

Former director of the Alumni Association and two-time alumnus Jeff Colbert, who has taught at UNCG for 32 years, gave welcoming remarks.

The Network will host more events in the future, directed by the interests of those who join. A survey was available during the lunch, but any faculty/staff alumni may contact Dorian Thompson at Drthomp2@uncg.edu to join the Network or to offer suggestions.

 

Video: Chemists on Scooters

In a new series of videos ideal for social media, UNCG Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty and students speak about why and how they chose chemistry, how it matters in the world, and what element they would be – all while traveling campus on scooters. Here’s one by postdoctoral researcher Josh Kellogg.

 

Dr. John R. Locke: A Legacy of Music

This weekend is a celebration of John Locke’s retirement from serving as UNC Greensboro’s Director of Bands.  Be sure to catch him at a special retirement concert Nov. 18, but also view a short video about his career in UNCG’s School of Music.

Looking Ahead: Nov. 14, 2018

Upstairs at GPS: Contemporary Art Discussion Group
Thursday, Nov. 15, 8 p.m.

Southern Conference Volleyball Tournament
Nov. 15 – 18, Fleming Gymnasium

Long Strange Trip: Grateful Dead, Screening #1
Friday, Nov. 16, 6:30 pm., Greensboro Project Space

Storm the Streets, before Men’s Basketball vs. Johnson & Wales
Friday, Nov. 16, 7 p.m., Greensboro Coliseum (Storm the Streets begins 4:45 p.m.)

UNCG Wind Ensemble and Alumni Band (John R. Locke Retirement Concert)
Sunday, Nov. 18, 1:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Choral concert: ‘Harvest Home’
Sunday, Nov. 18, 5 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

Thanksgiving Holiday; offices closed
Thursday, Nov. 23 – Friday November 24

Women’s Basketball vs. UNCP
Sunday, Nov. 25, 2 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

UNCG Old Time Ensemble Concert
Wednesday, Nov. 28, 7:30 p.m., Organ Hall
Chancellor’s Holiday Open House
Thursday, November 29, noon to 3 p.m., Alumni House

 

Bat and medicinal research lecture brings large crowd

Dr. Christine Salomon talks with students

On Friday, White Nose Syndrome researcher Dr. Christine Salomon gave a lecture to a packed auditorium in the Sullivan Science building for the Syngenta Science Symposium, a collaboration between the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Department of Biology.

Co-director of the Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative Nicholas Oberlies invited Salomon to introduce herself and her history, as a researcher, as is customary for visiting scientists at UNCG.

She shared her experience as an undergraduate discovering compounds, her previous work in marine biology and how she came to work for the Center for Drug Design and began her research of the cave-dwelling bats of northern Minnesota. She also shared the realities of White Nose Syndrome, such as that it has wiped out 90 percent of bats at hibernation sites in New York State during a period of only six years, and that it is is rapidly spreading across the country.

Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell and Christine Salomon

Salomon then delved into the specifics of her work in biocontrol possibilities for controlling the devastating disease affecting bat populations. As a last area of discussion, Salomon spent a few minutes talking about the importance of communication in science and how to reach the public. Students, faculty and other attendees were invited to ask questions after the lecture and at the reception that followed.

Text and photos by Susan Kirby-Smith

Renowned bat researcher will speak at UNCG

A little brown bat photographed by Dr. Christine Salomon in the Soudan Mine in northeast Minnesota. Salomon will speak on UNCG’s campus Nov. 2.

It’s the season for bats and, at UNCG, learning how to protect them from a devastating disease.

On Friday, Nov. 2, world-renowned scientist Dr. Christine Salomon will come to UNCG to give the lecture, “Tales from the underground: Searching for biocontrol treatments for white nose syndrome in bats.”

At the Center for Drug Design at the University of Minnesota, Salomon is investigating natural products from bacteria and fungi that may help control the spread of White Nose Syndrome without harming bats or the places they inhabit. For several years, she has collected samples from bats and their roosts in the Soudan Mine in northeast Minnesota, and her lab is looking toward testing biocontrol agents on cave interiors.

Salomon’s visit is the result of collaboration between the Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and part of the Syngenta Science Symposium, which was established nearly two decades ago as a forum to engage UNCG faculty and students as well as scientists and the public in the region.

“This work is tremendously interesting to researchers in biology and in chemistry and biochemistry,” says Dr. Nicholas Oberlies, co-director of the UNCG Medicinal Chemistry Collaborative, whose researchers study natural products to identify compounds of medicinal value. “She’s an outstanding fit for our symposium.”

“The timing is perfect to raise awareness about bats and their importance in ecosystem health and wellness, and the promise of biocontrol through natural products of diseases that impact both wildlife and humans,” adds Dr. Matina Kalcounis-Rüppell, director of the UNCG Bat and Mouse Lab, which examines bat populations across North Carolina.

Salomon says she is looking forward to connecting with researchers at UNCG and other academic institutions, federal and state agencies, and non-profit organizations who have been working on various aspects of White Nose Syndrome, bat biology, epidemiology, ecology and conservation.

The Nov. 2 lecture, at 1 p.m. is free and open to the public and will be in the Sullivan Science Building, Room 101.

The public is also invited to a reception immediately following the talk, in the Sullivan first floor lobby, where they can speak with Dr. Salomon and interact with faculty and graduate students from the Department of Biology and the Department Chemistry and Biochemistry to learn more about bats and natural products.

The UNCG Bat and Mouse Lab will also present two events as part of Bat Week, a worldwide effort to promote bat conservation awareness. Those events will be Oct. 28 at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Science Center and Oct. 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kathleen Clay Edwards Family Branch Library.

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography courtesy of Christine Salomon

UNCG Herpetology Research Experience leaves lasting legacy

Herp campers take a look at the tiny turtle they found near Chesnut Ridge.

It may be a special person who decides to pick up a snake or a frog, but encounters with these small creatures can influence how we take care of natural environments in our own backyards, and at a global level.

Every summer since 2007, UNC Greensboro biologists and science educators have been bringing high school students into nature, where they encounter a variety of species, perform authentic ecological fieldwork and become active citizen-scientists contributing to real-world data collections. The programs are called Herpetological Research Experiences (HREs) and are commonly known as “herp camps.”

“It’s exciting for students to get up close and personal with wildlife,” says Ann Somers, a faculty member in the Dept. of Biology and a leader in the UNCG Herp Project. “They get to look animals in the eye. They also learn to safely catch and release these animals unharmed.”

Two female professors in outdoor gear.

UNCG Herp Project leaders UNCG professor emeritus Dr. Catherine Matthews and UNCG biology professor Ann Somers

In June, Somers and UNCG professor emeritus Dr. Catherine Matthews advised a creature-capturing program at Chestnut Ridge in nearby Efland, with 9th through 12th-graders, not only from North Carolina, but from as far as Ohio and Florida.

But their contribution to biological camps extends far beyond that. The material they and other members of the Herp Project have created and assembled – activities, curriculum, recommended texts, techniques and guidelines – are available online for all citizen-scientists and those who would like to conduct an HRE.

Somers and Matthews lend their support to at least six camps across North Carolina who use their materials, including programs at the Eno River, the North Carolina Botanical Gardens and the Greensboro Science Center.

students examine live animals

Campers examine wildlife and record measurements they will put into a database used by biology researchers and citizen-scientists.

In all the camps, students locate many species of reptiles and amphibians, identify them, take measurements and submit the data to a Herp Project app that feeds the information to a database used by other citizen-scientists, as well as professional herpetology researchers. Their research becomes part of The Box Turtle Connection, a statewide program that involves 32 research stations across North Carolina. The students also begin to see and understand the herps in their own backyard, and they pass that knowledge on to their friends and families.

Many of the campers return year after year, and some become Spartans and HRE project leaders, partly due to those positive experiences with hands-on research. Herpetology Project participants have also gone on to do further research at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York, the Smithsonian National Institute in Washington, D.C., the Bioko Biodiversity Program in Equatorial Guinea and stations as far as Indonesia and Australia.

Campers traverse a wetland

Campers explore a wetland area near Chesnut Ridge

 

“It’s something that has a purpose. You get to work with animals and it’s a lot of fun,” says Nathan Kellam, who has attended the Science Center herpetology camp for all four years and this fall will be a first-year student in the School of Education.

Somers and Matthews are thrilled that their legacy has continued, through the HREs, educators in North Carolina and beyond, campers past and present and the knowledge they will carry with them throughout their lives.

A frog in a hand.

“The magnificent thing about reptiles and amphibians is that you can handle them safely,” explains Somers. “It’s a way for people to establish an affinity with the natural world, and to develop a rapport with animals. That helps us make good decisions that impact the livability of the planet.”

To learn more about the Herp Project at UNC Greensboro, click here.

 

By Susan Kirby-Smith
Photography by Martin W. Kane

Greensboro Bound: UNCG faculty and alumni highlights

Greensboro Bound: A Literary Festival is this coming weekend, and many UNC Greensboro faculty and alumni are participating alongside community members and visiting writers. Check out UNCG participants in the event listings below. View the Greensboro Bound website for the complete schedule.

 

Thursday, May 17

Introduction by Fred Chappell (Creative Writing) with a reading by Brett Ingram ’95

6 p.m. reception; 6:45 p.m. opening remarks, Weatherspoon Art Museum

 

Friday, May 19

Lorena Guillén (Music) and Alejandro Rutty (Music) with the Difficulties with Mark Engebretson (Music)

8:30 p.m., Friday, May 18, Scuppernong Books

 

Saturday, May 18

A Conversation with Lee Smith and Michael Parker (Creative Writing)

10 a.m., Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, Van Dyke Performance Space

 

Unicorn Press Panel including Mark Smith-Soto (Languages, Literatures and Cultures)

10 a.m., Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room

 

Bull City Press Panel including Emilia Phillips (Creative Writing)

11:15 a.m., Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room

 

Greensboro Opera: 15-minute opera for middle schoolers, directed by David Holley (Music) with music by Mark Engebretson (Music)

1 p.m., Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, Van Dyke Performance Space

 

Jabberbox Puppets with Marianne Ginger ’74 MFA and Deborah Seabrook ’75 MFA

2 p.m., Greensboro Cultural Arts Center: Hyers Theater

*For mature audiences

 

Contemporary Muslim Writing Beyond Politics: A Conversation including Dr. Omar H. Ali (Honors College, African American & African Diaspora Studies)

3:15, Cultural Arts Center, Hyers Theater

 

“On Grief and Love,” a Conversation about “The Bright Hour,” by Nina Riggs 04’ MFA, introduced by Provost Dana Dunn

4:30 p.m., Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, Van Dyke Performance Space

 

Short Story Panel including Steve Cushman ’02 MFA

4:30 p.m., Greensboro History Museum, Mary Norris Preyer Hall

 

The Music of John Prine and the Blues, with Dr. Emily Edwards (Media Studies)

9:30 p.m. Greensboro Project Space

 

Sunday, May 20

Novel Panel moderated by Holly Goddard-Jones (Creative Writing) including Jim Minick ’15 MFA

2:15 p.m., Greensboro Central Library, Nussbaum Room

 

UNCG M.F.A. Panel moderated by Terry Kennedy ’99 MFA (Creative Writing) with Heidi Czerwiec’95 MFA, Kerry French ’06 MFA, Sarah Rose Nordgren ’07 MFA

2:15 p.m., Triad Stage Upstage Cabaret

 

Feminist Panel moderated by Dr. Jennifer Feather (English)

2:15, Greensboro Cultural Arts Center, Van Dyke Performance Space

 

Poetry Panel including Lauren Moseley ’08 MFA

3:30 p.m., Triad Stage Upstage Cabaret