Recent Center for the Humanities Lectures Now Available on Video

November 25, 2014

Gabriella Coleman delivered the lecture “Inside Anonymous” at the University of New Hampshire on October 16, 2014, as part of the 2014-15 Saul O Sidore Lecture series entitled “#change: Inside Global Activism.” For more information on this series and to see upcoming lectures, please visit the Sidore Lecture Series webpage.

Gabriella Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Her latest book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous was published by Verso this month.

Freeman A. Hrabowski III, president of University of Maryland, Baltimore County, spoke to a full house of students, faculty, and administrators on October 30,2014. His talk, “The Humanities, the Public University, and Public Good,” was the keynote address of a series of lectures this fall that examines the state of the humanities in society and on college campuses. Though Hrabowski’s a “proud mathematician” whose research and publications focus on science and math education, he speaks nationally—and compellingly—about the importance of the humanities. For more information on this series, please visit the series webpage.


UNH Anthropologist Publishes Book on Women and Islam

November 24, 2014

book cover: women

Professor Svetlana Peshkova has published Women, Islam, and Identity: Public Life in Private Spaces in Uzbekistan (Syracuse University Press, 2014), an ethnographic study that examines women’s roles as religious leaders in a conservative Muslim community in Uzbekistan. Peshkova is an assistant professor of anthropology at UNH. Her research interests focus on gender dynamics, Muslim women leaders, and transnational Islamic movements.

Available from the publisher and major online retailers.


UNH Poet Awarded the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review

November 21, 2014

photo of David Rivard

David Rivard has been awarded the Jerome J. Shestack Prize from the American Poetry Review for a group of poems the magazine published in 2013–the prize honors the best poems published in the magazine in the past year. All 13 of the poems are collected in his new book, Standoff, which will appear in early 2016 from Graywolf Press.

The Shestack Prize is named for lawyer and human rights advocate Jerome Shestack, who played a major role in developing the American Poetry Review and gathering support for the magazine. The winners are chosen by the editors of the magazine. The first Shestack Prize was given in 1983. Past recipients include: John Ashbery, Adrienne Rich, Louise Gluck, W.S. Merwin, Lucille Clifton, Robert Creeley, Kwame Dawes, Denise Levertov, and Jorie Graham.

This is the second time Rivard has been honored with this prize. He also won the Shestack Prize in 2009.


New Minor in Special Education Announced

November 13, 2014

The Department of Education has launched a new minor program in special education. The Special Education Minor provides students with the opportunity to explore special education as a professional career choice. It also provides a pathway to the Department of Education’s professional graduate preparation program in special education. The graduate program requires a number of courses be taken as prerequisites to the program that meet the core professional courses required for a credential. A minor in special education allows students to focus on those courses, which will support their professional aspirations in special education and will add to their understanding of disabilities in our society. The minor also provides an opportunity for students in other disability-related fields such as occupational therapy, speech and language pathology, recreation therapy, and theatre to explore these issues. The minor would be appropriate for any student who wishes to gain a greater understanding of the diversity of individuals with disabilities.

Requirements for the minor are 20 credits that include Introduction to Exceptionality (EDUC 750), Teaching Exceptional Learners (EDUC 751 A, B or C), Supporting Families of lndividuals with Exceptionalities (EDUC 756), and two elective courses chosen in consultation with an advisor.

Full information on the minor can be found at this page on the Education website.


Theatre and Dance Alum Reunite

November 13, 2014

group photo of alums and faculty

The Department of Theatre and Dance invited alumni back to campus on November 8 for a day of socializing, food, and theatre. The group attended the department’s production of Chicago in the evening. Here, alumni and faculty pose for a shot outside of Huddleston Hall.


New Collection Explores Asian American Graphic Narratives

November 5, 2014

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Professor of English Monica Chiu has edited a new collection of essays that examines Asian American comics, manga, and other graphic narratives in a transnational context. Drawing New Color Lines: Transnational Asian American Graphic Narratives is published by Hong Kong University Press as part of their Global Connections series.

Drawing New Color Lines: Transnational Asian American Graphic Narratives (Global Connections)

edited by Monica Chiu
Hong Kong University Press (October 30, 2014)

The global circulation of comics, manga, and other such visual mediums between North America and Asia produces transnational meanings no longer rooted in a separation between “Asian” and “American.” Drawing New Color Lines explores the culture, production, and history of contemporary graphic narratives that depict Asian Americans and Asians. It examines how Japanese manga and Asian popular culture have influenced Asian American comics; how these comics and Asian American graphic narratives depict the “look” of race; and how these various representations are interpreted in nations not of their production. By focusing on what graphic narratives mean for audiences in North America and those in Asia, the collection discusses how Western theories about the ways in which graphic narratives might successfully overturn derogatory caricatures are themselves based on contested assumptions; and illustrates that the so-called odorless images featured in Japanese manga might nevertheless elicit interpretations about race in transnational contexts. With contributions from experts based in North America and Asia, Drawing New Color Lines will be of interest to scholars in a variety of disciplines, including Asian American studies, cultural and literary studies, comics and visual studies.  —Hong Kong University Press

This title is available from the publisher and major online retailers.


Center for the Humanities Announces 2015-16 Faculty Fellows

October 31, 2014

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The Center for the Humanities announces the award of its 2015-2016 Faculty Research Fellowships to five faculty members in support of their research on the following projects:

Tom Haines (English)
“Fueled: An American Odyssey” is built upon six walks the author is taking across diverse landscapes of fuel in America to create an intimate reckoning of how our energy appetite impacts distant places and people.

Janet Polasky (history)
“Cosmopolitans Between Nations” will study the revolutions spawned at the center of Europe in the shadow of threatened empires and at the periphery of those same empires in the long decade between the American and French Revolutions.

Natalie Porter (anthropology)
“Viral Economies: An Ethnography of Entitlement in Pandemic Flu Control” will show how policymakers, health workers, scientists, and citizens exchange knowledge and resources at various sites of bird flu management in Vietnam.

Jeannie Sowers (political science)
“Children of the Uprisings: Protest, Violence, and Children’s Political Participation in the Middle East” will bring together humanities and social science methods to explore changing social discourses, state practices, and legal norms regarding children’s political participation, victimization, and vulnerability in the uprisings of selected Middle Eastern countries.

Reginald Wilburn (English)
“Marked With Milton: A Sequel in Intertextual Tradition” will examine overlooked appropriations of Miltonic influence in the tradition through close analytical readings of African American novels, vocal performances, literary criticism, and an obscure operetta containing strategically selected appropriated passages from Milton’s canon.

Funded by the Center’s general endowment and the Ben and Zelma Dorson Endowment in the Humanities, the fellowships provide a semester-long opportunity for junior and tenured faculty to pursue humanities research with no teaching obligations. Awardees participate in the Faculty Fellows Lecture Series in the year following their fellowship.


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