Stories in baskets

October 31, 2012

New Hampshire Native American basket
Siobhan Senier, Associate Professor of English and Hayes Chair in the Humanities, has organized the 2012 Indigenous New England Conference, “Stories in Baskets: Archiving Native New Hampshire,” that takes place this Saturday, November 3,  from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., in the Memorial Union Building in Durham.

Senier partnered with the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum in Warner, NH, and Wijokadoak, a New Hampshire based Abenaki organization, for this event, which focuses on Native American culture and history in New Hampshire.

The starting point for the conference is “Along the Basket Trail,” an exhibit created by the Mt. Kearsarge Indian Museum and the Hopkinton and Warner Historical Societies that is now available online. The conference will explore how this archive can be sustained and expanded. The day’s schedule includes presentations by Abenaki historians and Abenaki basketmakers, as well as digital-archive workshops and a lecture/demonstration of Native American percussion instruments.

The conference is free and open to the public. Members of the public with baskets to identify are welcome to bring them along.

This conference is supported by the James H. and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities, the UNH Sustainability Institute, and the Race and Ethnic Studies minors as UNH.

The UNH powwow will also take place November 3 in the Memorial Union Building from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Learning through live performance

October 25, 2012

theatre students performing

A new interdisciplinary initiative from the Department of Theatre and Dance, Ideas in Action, will engage faculty across the University in collaborations that explore the educational power of live performance.

Theatre and Dance faculty will work with interested colleagues to integrate performance into the educational experiences of their students—inside the classroom, beyond the classroom, or both.

The possibilities include but are not limited to in-class performances, sketch writing that focuses on relevant instructional topics, and simulations or role-playing exercises.

In the age of the keyboard class, Ideas in Action will focus on maximizing the energy and effectiveness of the authentic, live classroom experience.

“We are excited to enter into these creative partnerships with our colleagues from across campus,” says David Kaye, Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance. “Bringing together the Theatre and Dance faculty’s expertise in engagement with an audience with the vast spectrum of expertise from departments across the University is certain to garner new and powerful educational methods. It is a chance for all of us to explore more effective ways to spark the imagination and stimulate the thinking of our students.”

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January Term registration starts today!

October 22, 2012

J-Term chalked on sidewalk

From Ecology and Values to Classical Mythology to Introduction to Music, the College of Liberal Arts is offering dozens of courses fully online for January term with no on-campus visits required. Convenient, cost-effective, and high-quality, most courses fulfill Discovery requirements.

The College is also offering J-term study abroad options in Costa Rica, Moscow, and Rome. More info about study abroad options.

For complete information on all J-term offerings, visit Registration is open now and continues through December 21.

J-term runs December 27 through January 18.

New issue of the student journal of anthropology explores landscape

October 18, 2012

spectrum of light

The second annual issue of Spectrum, an online journal, has just been published. Spectrum provides a venue for UNH students to share their work in the field of anthropology with the university community and the general public.

“By publishing their work, we recognize students’ efforts and their thorough and interesting research,” says Prof. Svetlana Peshkova, who co-edited the journal with Prof. Meghan Howey.

This issue includes articles by Emma Pankey, Jillian Price, Marika Labash, Krista Silva, Hillary Christopher, and Jessica Faycurry.

“All of the papers in this year’s issue deal with questions of landscape, its meaning, and function, its effects on human beings and how it is experienced and transformed by humans,” notes Prof. Peshkova.

Go to Spectrum


Making Murkland proud

October 15, 2012

Mike O'Malley in front of painting of Charles Murkland

Alum and funny man Mike O’Malley ’88 was on campus this past weekend for Homecoming. While visiting the Liberal Arts Dean’s Office in Murkland Hall, O’Malley struck a pose under a painting of Charles Sumner Murkland, president of the University from 1893-1903. An uncanny likeness?

O’Malley has appeared in the CBS sitcom “Yes, Dear,” Fox’s “Glee,” and in movies including “Leatherheads,” “Eat Pray Love,” and “Cedar Rapids.” He is also a writer whose film “Certainty” was screened in Portsmouth, NH, last week to an enthusiastic audience.

Student documents poverty in the place of his birth

October 11, 2012
Merhawi Wells-Bogue '13 (gray sweater) interviewing some street children in Mekelle, Ethiopia

Merhawi Wells-Bogue ’13 (gray sweater) interviewing street children in Mekelle, Ethiopia

Through a grant from the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, journalism major Merhawi Wells-Bogue ’13 spent last summer learning about the lives of homeless children in the northern Ethiopian city of Mekelle. Wells-Bogue was born in Mekelle and as a young boy worked as a street vendor there trying to support himself and his siblings after they had lost contact with their parents.

“I have learned what it feels to be a street child,” says Wells-Bogue. “I know their pain. I know what they’re going through.”

Wells-Bogue is working on a documentary film based on his research, which he hopes will raise awareness about the plight of street kids in Mekelle. His faculty mentors are professors Lisa Miller of UNH and Eden Fitsum of Mekelle University.

Wells-Bogue and his siblings eventually escaped their plight and were adopted by an American family. At age 14, Wells-Bogue moved to Grantham, New Hampshire, where he attended Lebanon High School and later followed his two older siblings to UNH.

Learn more of this story by Sonia Scherr ’13MFA in UNH Today.

Alum Mike O’Malley screens new film in Portsmouth, NH

October 9, 2012

This Thursday, October 11, the New Hampshire Film Festival is hosting actor and director Mike O’Malley ’88 for a screening of  the feature film “Certainty,” which O’Malley wrote and co-produced. The event takes place at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH, at 8:10 p.m. Purchase tickets here. Tickets also provide admission to the party following the film!

“Certainty” is about a twenty-something couple, Dom and Deb, who are finally getting married after a long relationship. But before they can tie the knot, they must participate in a “Pre Cana” retreat, the mandatory course for couples looking to be married by the Catholic Church. Dom has his doubts about the program’s benefits, but is cooperating at his fiancée’s request and his mother’s insistence. It may just prove to be the hardest test this relationship has faced yet.

O’Malley has appeared in the CBS sitcom “Yes, Dear,” Fox’s “Glee,” and in movies including “Leatherheads,” “Eat Pray Love,” and “Cedar Rapids.” He has made guest appearances on “Parenthood,” “My Name is Earl,” and “Parks and Recreation.” He is also a published playwright, and is currently a writer on the third season of the hit Showtime show “Shameless.”

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