Humanities Fellows Announced

October 28, 2013
from left to right: Funso Afolayan, Jennifer Borda, Lucy Salyer, Scott Weintraub

from left to right: Funso Afolayan, Jennifer Borda, Lucy Salyer, Scott Weintraub

The Center for the Humanities has announced its semester-long research fellowship awards for 2014-2015, which will go to the following faculty:

Funso Afolayan (History)
“The Yoruba in the Nineteenth Century: Warfare, State, and Society in Pre-colonial Africa”

Jennifer Borda (Communication)
“Deliberating Working Motherhood: Reconstructing Ideologies of Gender, Work, and Family in the Mediated Public Sphere”

Lucy Salyer (History)
“Erin’s Hope and the Forgotten Right of Expatriation”

Scott Weintraub (Spanish/LLC)
“New Media Poetics in Spain and Latin America: Transdiscursive Scientific Explorations”

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

Murkland is Bustling Today

October 26, 2013
The UNH Mock Trial Team readies itself for two days of trials.

The UNH Mock Trial Team readies itself for two days of trials.

For a Saturday, Murkland Hall, home of the College, is a busy place. The UNH Mock Trial team is hosting a regional tournament today, and future lawyers are strategizing in the halls while the judges are getting ready in their chambers. There are 10 courtrooms set up in in the building–rooms that serve as classrooms on any other day–in which trials will be running throughout the weekend. Murkland Hall has never seen so many suits!

prospective students and their families in front of Murkland Hall

prospective students and their families in front of Murkland Hall

Today is also a university-wide open house for prospective students and their families. Thousands of people are exploring every corner of the campus. Faculty and staff members throughout the College are on campus to answer questions about majors and minors and to provide information about opportunities for student research and creativity. In Murkland Hall, informational meetings are being held on foreign language and culture study, the undeclared liberal arts status, and financial aid.

It’s a beautiful fall day for our visitors!



Deans from Chengdu, China Visit UNH

October 24, 2013

deans from Chengdu University

A group of sixteen deans from Chengdu University in China has been on campus for the past two weeks learning how UNH, and, more generally, American universities, are structured. Hosted by Confucius Institute at UNH and the College of Liberal Arts, the group has had daily trainings covering academic programs, standards, and support; faculty development; finances; and research; among other topics.

a training in Holloway Commons

At a wrap-up meeting yesterday in Holloway Commons, Dean Fuld presented each participant with a gift bag from Stonewall Kitchen–a uniquely New England gift!

Dean Fuld offering gift

A COLA Homecoming

October 16, 2013
The guests of honor, Charles Simic (left) and John Angelopoulos (right)

The guests of honor, Charles Simic (left) and John Angelopoulos (right)

The College of Liberal Arts kicked off its Homecoming celebration over the weekend with a Dean’s Reception featuring the poetry of Charles Simic and the paintings of John Angelopoulos. The Special Collections room of the Dimond Library was packed with alumni, faculty, students, administrators, staff, and community members.

Attendees view Angelopoulos's paintings. Simic's poems are mounted below each painting.

Attendees view John Angelopoulos’s paintings. Charles Simic’s poems are mounted below each painting.

Angelopoulos is a Portsmouth-based painter who, upon reading Simic’s poetry, said he “saw” the poems and could relate to their darkness and humor. He was inspired to paint what he saw. The show on Friday consisted of 12 of Angelopoulos’s oil paintings, accompanied by the text of the poems on which they were based. Simic read six of the poems.

The audience rapt as Simic reads his poetry.

The audience rapt as Charles Simic reads his poetry.

Simic is professor emeritus of English at UNH but still teaches poetry in the M.F.A. in Writing program. He is considered one of the most prominent poets writing today and has won a number of major literary prizes and honors, among them the Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, the Griffin International Poetry Prize, the Wallace Stevens Award, the Robert Frost Medal, and the Vilcek Prize in Literature. He was appointed as U.S. Poet Laureate in 2007.

left to right: Mr. John Angelopoulos, Provost Lisa MacFarlane, Dean Kenneth Fuld, and Professor Charles Simic.

left to right: John Angelopoulos; Lisa MacFarlane, Provost; Kenneth Fuld, Dean; and Charles Simic

ABC Anchor and Journalism Alum Returns During Homecoming

October 11, 2013

Dan Kloeffler

Dan Kloeffler ’99 (English/journalism) has been on campus for the last few days, sharing his expertise and experiences with journalism students. Yesterday, he was a guest in the journalism classes of Sue Hertz and Tom Haines and had informal sessions with our aspiring journalists. Today he will meet with LGBT students.

Kloeffler is an Anchor/Correspondent for ABC News Digital based in New York. Reporting for, “Good Morning America Weekend,” and Yahoo!, Kloeffler covers a wide range of subjects including U.S. and international affairs, politics and pop culture. He also leads the network’s digital breaking news coverage.

“The journalism students were enthralled by Dan,” says Hertz. “His stories of the field as well as his suggestions on interviewing and writing and following a story left them inspired. He was approachable and kind and encouraging. And funny!”

Kloeffler says he was impressed with both the caliber of the journalism students and how the program has grown since he was here. Unlike many journalism programs around the country, he notes, UNH has kept up with the changes in the profession and is now preparing students for the world of digital journalism.

Prior to joining ABC News, Dan anchored MSNBC’s “First Look” and NBC’s “Early Today.” He filed digital reports for “Nightly News” and covered breaking news for MSNBC. Dan started his career as an assignment editor at WMUR, the ABC affiliate in Manchester, NH.

Next Term Up!

October 7, 2013

Occupy Movement poster image: woman marching across NYC

The 2014 January Term schedule went online earlier today. Among the dozens of courses that the College is offering is a new experiential learning opportunity, POLT 584: Occupy Democracy: Participatory/Sustainable Democracy in Theory and Practice. In this course, students will explore the key concepts of participatory democracy and practice how to both test and live out those ideas. How will they do it?  Online coursework will build the academic framework and a retreat at Camp Merrowvista, an eco-educational, experiential learning center, will provide the hands-on training. Located in Tuftoboro, NH, Camp Merrowvista is set on over 600 acres in the pristine Ossipee Mountains. A special team of camp leaders will facilitate the activities during the retreat, bringing ideas into action. The course is taught by Marla Brettschneider, professor of political science and women’s studies, who seeks to provide an unique “classroom” experience that is both challenging and exciting.

View the flyer for this course

The College is offering dozens of other online courses, hybrid courses, and study abroad opportunities in January Term. Study where you want: at home; on campus; in London, Rome, Moscow, or Belize; or in the mountains of New Hampshire at Camp Merrowvista!

Search January term courses

Sneak Peek

October 4, 2013

video embed image for movie trailer
Watch the trailer for the movie, Letters to Jackie, premiering on TLC on November 17. The film is based on the book Letters to Jackie: Condolences From a Grieving Nation by Ellen Fitzpatrick, Professor of History at UNH. An impressive list of Hollywood actors read letters written to Jacqueline Kennedy after her husband’s assassination, including Anne Hathaway, Channing Tatum, Chris Cooper, Frances McDormand, Jessica Chastain, Mark Ruffalo, Octavia Spencer, and Viola Davis.

Read a glowing review of the movie in the LA Times.

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