December 16, 2014
Group training in Holloway Commons.
Thirteen deans, administrators, and faculty from Chengdu University, UNH’s sister university in China, are in their second week of training in Durham this week. Organized by the College and Confucius Institute at UNH, the training provides information about how an American university operates, from academic standards and curricula to faculty development and research, and beyond. Additional informal meetings allow the Chengdu visitors to network with faculty and staff throughout the University. The Chengdu contingency has taken time to soak up American culture, too. The group attended a football game over the weekend (UNH won), spent a day shopping at the Fox Run Mall, and visited Portland, Maine, and Boston’s Chinatown. This is the fourth year that Chengdu University administrators and faculty have trained at UNH.
Dean John T. Kirkpatrick offered each Chengdu visitor the gift of a handcrafted metal work birch branch, representing the NH state tree.
Dean Wang Lingjiang, in turn, offered Dean Kirkpatrick a gift on behalf of Chengdu University–an engraved plaque. CI-UNH Co-Director Jie Du translates.
December 15, 2014
Scott Weintraub, assistant professor of Spanish, has published Juan Luis Martínez’s Philosophical Poetics with Bucknell University Press, the first English-language monograph on this neo-avant-garde Chilean visual artist and poet who died in 1993. This publication follows on the heels of a Spanish-language publication in which Weintraub recounts his discovery about a set of poems that Martínez appropriated from a Swiss-Catalan poet of the same name. Read an article about the discovery.
Weintraub’s teaching and research focus on 20th and 21st century Spanish and Latin American literature, critical theory and cultural studies, poetry, cyberliterature and cyberculture, and the relationship between literature, philosophy, science, and technology.
This book is available from the publisher and major online retailers.
December 12, 2014
Renee Heath, lecturer in communication, recently received an “Outstanding Edited Book” award for her book Understanding Occupy from Wall Street to Portland: Applied Studies in Communication Theory (Lexington Books, 2013), which she co-edited with C. Vail Fletcher and Ricardo V. Munoz. The honor was given by the International and Intercultural Communication Division of the National Communication Association (NCA). Heath is pictured here (at left) receiving the award from Dr. Sara DeTurk of the University of Texas at San Antonio, the vice-chair elect of the division, at the 2014 annual NCA meeting in Chicago on November 21, 2014.
December 3, 2014
Professor of linguistics Rochelle Lieber has been awarded the Linguistic Society of America’s Leonard Bloomfield Book Award for her book, co-authored with by Laurie Bauer and Ingo Plag, The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology, published by Oxford University Press in August of 2013. This award recognizes the volume that makes the most outstanding contribution to the development of our understanding of language and linguistics. The award will be presented during a ceremony in Portland, Oregon, in January.
December 1, 2014
Assistant professor of history Jason Sokol has published All Eyes are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn (Basic Books, 2014). Sokol specializes in twentieth-century American politics, race, and civil rights. He graduated from Oberlin College, and received his doctorate in history from the University of California, Berkeley.
In All Eyes Are Upon Us, Sokol examines the northeastern United States—home to abolitionism and a refuge for blacks fleeing the Jim Crow South—which has had a long and celebrated history of racial equality and political liberalism. After World War II, the region appeared poised to continue this legacy, electing black politicians and rallying behind black athletes and cultural leaders. However, these achievements obscured the harsh reality of a region riven by segregation and deep-seated racism. The gap between the northern ideal and the region’s segregated reality left small but meaningful room for racial progress. Forced to reckon with the disparity between their racial practices and their racial preaching, blacks and whites forged interracial coalitions and demanded that the region live up to its promise of equal opportunity.
Watch a video about the book:
Listen to Jason Sokol discussing his book on NPR’s Fresh Air:
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.