June 28, 2012

Be open to revolutions in how you view and value the world around you. ~David Hiley, UNH Professor of Philosophy

Student writes from Cairo on election day

June 25, 2012

Nate Petrocine in Cairo

The New York Times announced today that Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood has moved into the presidential office in Cairo, signifying Morsi’s victory in the presidential run-off. This is the first victory of an Islamist as head of state in the Arab world.

Nate Petrocine, a senior political science and international affairs dual major from Waterville Valley was in Cairo, Egypt, during the initial round of presidential elections at the end of May. He sent UNH a report from the field. Here’s an excerpt:

“…the streets remain as peaceful as a street in Cairo can remain. There are no protests, there are no rioters, and there are no Molotov cocktails. It is a typical evening in the capital on a not so typical day in Egyptian history. And this may be the most important aspect of the election, one that we may very well overlook.

“Egyptians are demonstrating they have the capacity to responsibly handle democratic transition seamlessly. On this Thursday evening nothing was out of the ordinary, save for the hundreds of Egyptians lining up at polling centers, waiting to cast their vote. They have taken the electoral process in stride with their everyday lives. That’s what is most inspiring. Egyptians who suffered more than 30 years of autocratic rule and 15 months of anticipation are quick to embrace democratic reform and have accepted the tremendous responsibility of choosing their first freely elected leader.”

Read Nate’s full report in UNH Today.

New biography of controversial American composer published

June 21, 2012

book cover for John Cage biography

Associate Professor of Music Rob Haskins has just published a new biography about American composer John Cage, one of the leading figures of the post-war avant-garde.

Cage may be best known for his 1952 piece, 4’33”, that calls for musicians on a stage NOT playing. Instead of hearing a traditional musical piece, the audience hears the sounds of coughing or rustling programs, the hum of central heating or the traffic outside the music hall. Cage’s work challenges traditional definitions of what music is and what a performance consists of. In a 1957 lecture, Cage described music as “…simply a way of waking up to the very life we’re living.”

From the publisher, Reaktion Books:

“…Haskins considers John Cage’s life, art, ideas and work, evaluating the twin pillars of Cage’s creative output and the ideas that lie behind it. Demystifying the artist’s use of chance, and his relationship to Zen Buddhism, the book explores Cage’s belief that everyday life and art are one and the same. John Cage will appeal to musicians and artists, as well as general readers interested in the art, music and ideas of the twentieth century.”

Haskins has studied and performed John Cage’s music for almost twenty years. He is the author of Anarchic Societies of Sounds: The Number Pieces of John Cage (2009).

Publishers’s website.

The sun shines for first-year student orientation

June 15, 2012

Today’s orientation for first-year students will be wrapping up shortly—it’s been a beautiful, sunny day on campus for the event. Nearly 3000 students and their parents will attend one of six first-year orientations offered during the month of June. Incoming students meet with advisors and register for classes, they learn about the many opportunities to get involved at UNH beyond the classroom, and they begin forging friendships with their fellow students of the class of 2016.

Liberal Arts students entering the Dimond Library for an academic advising session.

Liberal Arts students entering the Dimond Library for an academic advising session.

Dean Kirkpatrick speaks to Liberal Arts students

Dean Kirkpatrick welcomes Liberal Arts students in the Dimond Library.

First-year students Daniel Groleau and Shaina Maciejewskie share casual conversation.

First-year students Daniel Groleau and Shaina Maciejewskie share casual conversation.

Photos courtesy of Mike Ross, UNH Photographic Services.

Student journalists shine with sustainability story project

June 13, 2012

sustainability projects
When a class of UNH newswriting students was asked, “What sustains you?”, their answers came quickly: food, shelter, money. Love, music, friends. Communication, connection. Education, health. Peace. Coffee!

Challenged to explore their answers, they then ventured out to find stories that reflect the many faces of sustainability. The result: A reporting project published recently that can make you feel good about the future of high-quality journalism in America.

SustainableStories, by students in the UNH Journalism Program, is an online project developed by Tom Haines, assistant professor of English, with the help of Sara Cleaves and the UNH Sustainability Academy.

“Students quickly realized that these answers were strikingly similar to how news organizations structure beats: healthcare, environment, and business, for example; or entertainment, food, and art,” says Haines, who introduced the project in English 622: Advanced Newswriting.

The stories range from how one local community is preparing for climate change to the recertification of the Seabrook Station nuclear power plant to the challenges facing combat veterans returning to UNH as students. In the process of creating their stories, the students also tested their research, interviewing, writing, and editing skills.

“On a couple of levels, it pushed them into the real world of journalism, and it was also an academic learning experience,” says Haines, a nationally acclaimed travel writer and journalist.

Originally published by UNH Today
Written by Jim Graham, Editorial and Creative Services

Swedish organization visits UNH for training on sexual violence prevention programs

June 8, 2012
Members of UNH's Prevention Innovations research unit and Sweden's Freedom From Violence governmental organization pose for picture.

Members of UNH’s Prevention Innovations research unit and Sweden’s Freedom From Violence governmental organization.

On June 5 and 6, 2012, four members of the Swedish national governmental organization Freedom From Violence: Men for Gender Equality visited UNH to talk with members of the UNH research unit Prevention Innovations: Research and Practices for Ending Violence Against Women about adapting the Bringing in the BystanderTM and Know Your PowerTM prevention programs in Sweden. During the visit, members of Prevention Innovations spoke with the delegation about the research, evaluation, and adaptation of both prevention strategies; trained them on how to facilitate Bringing in the Bystander, an in-person prevention program; and discussed ways that Prevention Innovations could collaborate with them on the implementation and evaluation of bystander intervention prevention strategies to end sexual and relationship violence and stalking.

Researching traditions that kept the Russian Orthodox Church alive during communist persecution

June 5, 2012
Cory standing with Father Victor in front of the main monastery building. Behind them is an image of St. Michael the Archangel.

Cory standing with Father Victor in front of the main building of Holy Trinity Monastery.

“I will never forget my first glimpse of the monastery in the summer of 2011. It was as if I had stumbled into Russia in the middle of New York State.”  ~from Cory McKenzie’s research article

Cory McKenzie‘s Research Experience and Apprenticeship Program (REAP) grant allowed him to complete his first “big” research project: he visited Holy Trinity Monastery in upstate New York to investigate the traditions that kept the Russian Orthodox Church alive during communist persecution in the twentieth century.

From Hampstead, New Hampshire, Cory is a sophomore history and philosophy double major. A member of the University Honors Program, Cory’s innate curiosity and love of reading have led him to study Japanese, theology, New Hampshire history, and Uechi-ryu karate, which he has practiced for nearly four years. However, no matter what roads he takes on his quest for learning, his interests revolve around history. His particular interest in Russian Orthodoxy stemmed from a class he took with Professor Cathy Frierson called “Soviet Dreamers, Despots, and Dissidents.”

“Professor Frierson once told me that Russian monks viewed themselves as ‘islands’ of Russian culture; Holy Trinity Monastery continued this island tradition. By steadfastly adhering to their faith and keeping its traditions alive in a foreign land, the monks of Holy Trinity Monastery were prepared to rebuild the Orthodox Church in Russia once communism finally collapsed in 1991. The monastery’s printing press was beyond the reach of communism; its tireless efforts to preserve the literary traditions of the faith made Jordanville famous among the Soviet Union’s persecuted Orthodox Christians. Finally, the monastery’s environment of spiritual reflection made it possible for such men as Father Kyprian to create some of history’s finest works of iconography, even in Russian Orthodoxy’s darkest hour. Holy Trinity Monastery was a refuge that preserved Russian Orthodoxy through the communist terror in an unlikely New York hamlet.”  ~from Cory McKenzie’s research article

Read the full text of Cory’s article, Refuge from Communism: A Monastery in New York Preserves Russian Orthodoxy.

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