UNH Poet Publishes New Volume

August 29, 2016

book cover

Professor of English and poet David Rivard has published his sixth book of poetry, “Standoff” (Graywolf Press). In this latest volume, Rivard asks an essential question: In a world of noise, of global anxiety and media distraction, how can we speak to each other with honesty?

Former U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky wrote in “The Washington Post”: “Rivard’s poems move . . . with an exhilarating, smart pace of association and evocation. The speed of mind, compressing details and emotions, covering the maximum distance in the least time, gives this writing its thrill. . . . These street-wise, book-wise, eloquent poems have a bracing sureness and scope.”

UNH Faculty Artists Featured in New Exhibit at York, Maine Gallery

August 25, 2016


Works by faculty artists from UNH will be on display at the George Marshall Store Gallery of the Old York Historical Society in York, Maine from August 27 to October 2, 2016. The opening reception is Saturday, August 27, from 5-7 p.m. The Gallery is located at 140 Lindsay Road in York.

For almost a century, the studio art program at UNH has provided a sound formal education in the fine arts for art students from New Hampshire, the New England region and beyond. An emphasis on fundamental concepts and traditional methods as well as an insistence on original thinking characterize an art program that has produced many of New England’s prominent artists, in addition to many others living around the country and the world.

The artists teaching at UNH are themselves active professionals whose works are on continual display at regional, national or international venues. Between them, they cover the disciplines of painting, drawing, ceramics, photography, printmaking, sculpture and woodworking. As teachers, they are in the habit of giving assignments to their students. Perhaps, unconsciously they also give themselves assignments. The result is work that is always exploring new ideas and techniques.

Artists included: Sachiko Akiyama, Michael Cardinali, Brian Chu, Grant Drumheller, Rick Fox, Julee Holcombe, Craig Hood, Jennifer Moses, Don Williams, and Leah Woods. Click here to read more about each artist. Click here to view images of the artists’ works.

Visiting Creative Writers Share Work, Talk Craft at UNH

August 19, 2016
Poet David Tomas Martinez

Poet David Tomas Martinez

The UNH English Department announces the 2016-2017 Writers Series, featuring some of the finest writers working today in fiction, nonfiction and poetry. Visiting writers read from their work and discuss the craft of writing. Here is this year’s line-up:

Novelist Amy Hassinger and poet Teri Grimm
September 22, 2016

Nonfiction writer Caitlin Shetterly
October 27, 2016

Poet David Tomas Martinez
November 17, 2016

Nonfiction writer Jerald Walker
February 2, 2017

Fiction writer Andre Dubus III
February 23, 2017

Poet Elizabeth Powell and fiction writer Jensen Beach
April 6, 2017

All events start at 5:00 p.m. and are held in the Memorial Union Building (MUB) Theatre I on the Durham campus. Writers Series events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the English Department at (603) 862-1313.  The UNH Writers Series is made possible with the support of the MacArther/Simic and Edmund G. Miller Funds.

Liberal Arts Students Awarded Gilman International Scholarships

August 10, 2016
ulia Krank ’17 (left) and Patrick Sullivan ’17 (right)

Julia Krank ’17 (left) and Patrick Sullivan ’17 (right)

UNH College of Liberal Arts (COLA) students Julia Krank ’17, a dual psychology and justice studies major, and Patrick Sullivan ’17, a dual sociology and justice studies major, are two of approximately 850 American undergraduate students from 324 colleges and universities across the U.S. selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Both Krank and Sullivan will be studying abroad this fall semester through the UNH COLA-managed justice studies program in Budapest, Hungary, that allows students to deepen their knowledge of modern European justice systems. Gilman scholars receive up to $5,000 to apply towards their study abroad or internship abroad costs. UNH student Kimberly Lavoie ’18, a wildlife and conservation biology major, also received a Gilman Scholarship.

UNH students can receive support on their Gilman applications from the Office of National Fellowships. For more information, contact Laura Perille.

UNH Celebrity Series Announces 2016-17 Season

August 8, 2016

Koresh Dancer

The 2016-2017 UNH Celebrity Series:

Koresh Dance Company, modern dance | September 19 at 7 p.m.

Cordis, progressive chamber music | October 11 at 7:00 p.m.

The Bostonians, opera and concert ensemble | November 12 at 7:00 p.m.

Eric Lu, piano | February 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Robert Frost: “This Verse Business,” one-man theatrical performance by Gordon Clapp | April 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Tickets prices are $30 General, $10 UNH Student with ID and Youth under 18. Tickets for the series season can be purchased on line at www.unharts.com, or by calling the Box Office at 603-862-7222 (PCAC). The hours of operation are Monday – Friday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. as well as one hour before each event.

Learn more about the 2016-2017 performers.

Passings: David R. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Art History

August 5, 2016

David R. Smith

Professor emeritus David R. Smith passed away on July 30, 2016 at his home in Maine. He was 70 years old. Professor Smith joined the UNH faculty as an art historian in 1979 after earning his Ph.D. from Columbia a year earlier. He retired in 2015. He taught courses all all levels, from broad introductory art history courses to more specialized courses in Rococo, Baroque, Northern Renaissance, Greek and Roman art. He published many articles, exhibition essays and catalogues, book chapters and books including his 2012 edited collection, “Parody and Festivity in Early Modern Art : Essays on Comedy as Social Vision”  (Ashgate) and his 1982 book, “Masks of Wedlock: Seventeenth-century Dutch Marriage Portraiture” (UMI Research Press).

“Professor Smith was an unusually gifted lecturer, with rare expertise in Dutch art and culture, whose classes were overenrolled for many years,” notes Craig Hood, professor and chair of the UNH Department of Art and Art History.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 10, 2016 at 11 a.m. at the Newmarket Community Church located at 137 Main Street in Newmarket, NH. The service will be followed by a brief reception.

In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations toward the publishing costs of Professor Smith’s last book, “Privacy and Civilization in Dutch Art 1650-1700,” which is now awaiting publication at the University of Delaware Press. The book is a fundamental rethinking of the forms and meanings of Dutch realism, based on a dichotomy between private and public sensibilities that looks forward to modernity. Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/2k2bvyc.

Read the obituary published in fosters.com.

Faculty Research: Water Concerns Unite NH Citizen Activists

August 2, 2016

water bottles

A Community Rights Movement Transcends Party, Age, and Gender

Associate professor of sociology Cliff Brown has published a research brief through the Carsey School of Public Policy that explores how citizens in three New Hampshire towns — Nottingham, Barrington and Barnstead — successfully united against a private water-bottling company, USA Springs, that would have pumped 400,000 gallons of water daily from the community groundwater. Commencing their fight in 2001, community activists eventually took their case to the State Supreme Court, and, along the way, developed and passed ground-breaking local ordinances in all three towns that prohibit corporations from taking community water. USA Springs eventually went bankrupt and the plant was never completed.


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