The calendar below lists upcoming events sponsored by the Aetna Chair of Writing, the English Department, the Creative Writing Program, the First-Year Writing Program, or the Connecticut Writing Project.
2/1Deadline to submit to Aetna Writing Awards
Deadline to submit to Aetna Writing AwardsSaturday, February 1st, 202012:00 AM - 01:00 AMStorrs CampusHBL
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2/5Digital Humanities & Media Studies talk - Nancy Baym, "The Relational Affordances of Platforms"
Digital Humanities & Media Studies talk - Nancy Baym, "The Relational Affordances of Platforms"Wednesday, February 5th, 202004:00 PM - 05:30 PMStorrs CampusUConn Humanities Institute
Senior Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research New England; Research Affiliate, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, MIT
The Relational Affordances of Platforms
People have been socializing on the internet for nearly fifty years. In recent years, online social life has become increasingly concentrated in a relatively small number of commercial platforms. How can we make sense of the impacts they are having on our relational lives? How can we theorize platforms when they are constantly changing and used in so many different ways? In this talk, Nancy Baym draws on a range of her recent research on platforms such as Facebook and Twitter to articulate a model for understanding platforms as the dynamic, unstable entities they are, and to explore their roles in shaping, constraining and opening up new possibilities for relationships in contexts ranging from close romantic bonds to online communities and the ties that connect musicians to their audiences. The talk further considers how these platforms commodify the relational interactions that take place through them, and how their design choices have fostered environments in which relationships become tools for profit.
Nancy Baym is a Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research New England, where she conducts basic research into how people understand and act with new communication technologies in their relationships. A pioneer in the field of internet research, Baym wrote some of the first articles about online community in the early 1990s. With Jean Burgess, she is the author of Twitter: A Biography (forthcoming 2020, NYU). Other books include Playing to the Crowd: Musicians, Audiences, and the Intimate Work of Connection (2018, NYU), Personal Connections in the Digital Age (2010, Second Edition 2014, Polity), Internet Inquiry: Conversations About Method (co-edited with Annette Markham, 2010, Sage), and Tune In, Log On: Soaps, Fandom and Online Community (2000, Sage). She was a co-founder of the Association of Internet Researchers and served as its second president. She has been recognized with the Frederick Williams Prize for Contributions to the Study of Communication and Technology awarded by the International Communication Association, the naming of the Nancy Baym Book Award by the Association of Internet Researchers, and an Honorary Doctorate from the Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Gothenburg. Most of her papers and more information are available at http://nancybaym.com
This event is sponsored by UCHI Digital Humanities & Media Studies, the Department of Communication, and the UCHI Future of Truth InitiativeContact Information: Yohei Igarashi (https://dhmediastudies.uconn.edu) More
2/20Walt Whitman and Lively Materiality with Jane Bennett
Walt Whitman and Lively Materiality with Jane BennettThursday, February 20th, 202007:00 PM - 08:30 PMStorrs CampusBallard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, 1 Royce Circle, Downtown Storrs
Dr. Bennett, of Johns Hopkins University, is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary political theorist and philosopher best known in the puppetry world for her work on "the material world in performance," especially her influential bestseller Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things. Drawing from her forthcoming book Influx and Efflux: Writing Up with Walt Whitman, Professor Bennett will speak at the Thursday Puppet Forum about Whitman's sense of "lively materiality" and the implications such ideas for puppetry studies and other subjects. Co-sponsored by UConn’s departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and English, the UConn Humanities Institute, and UConn’s American Studies program.
Jane Bennett is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her recent essays have appeared in Grain/Vapor/Ray (on Kafka's Odradek), Evental Aesthetics (special issue on Vital Materialism), and MLN (on mimesis). She is the author of Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2010); The Enchantment of Modern Life (2001); Thoreau's Nature (1994), and Unthinking Faith and Enlightenment, (1987). Her forthcoming book this spring is called Influx & Efflux: Writing up with Walt Whitman.
Admission to this event is free (donations greatly appreciated!), and refreshments will be served. Come early, and experience our puppet exhibitions, as well as the video resources in our library nook. Forums will be broadcast via Facebook Live. For more information or if you require an accommodation to attend a forum, please contact Ballard Institute staff at 860.486.8580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Contact Information: Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, (860) 486-8580 More
2/21Colloquium With Jane Bennett
Colloquium With Jane BennettFriday, February 21st, 202009:00 AM - 12:00 PMStorrs Campus UConn Humanities Institute Homer Babbidge Library, 4th Floor 369 Fairfield Way Storrs, CT, 06269
The colloquium will include research presentations by UConn scholars including Associate Professor of English Kathleen Tonry, who will consider connections between Jane Bennett’s work and the 15th-century history of the book; Professor of Art History Elizabeth Athens, who will consider 18th-century naturalist William Bartram’s representations of nature; and Ballard Institute Director John Bell, who will examine Jane Bennett’s influence on contemporary puppetry studies. The presentations will also include short puppet responses to Walt Whitman poems by students in Dr. Matthew Cohen’s Hand Puppetry class. The colloquium offers an opportunity to engage in conversation about Walt Whitman and American poetry, political theory, puppetry studies, object-oriented ontology, and philosophy with Dr. Bennett. This event is free and open to the public.
Co-sponsored by UConn’s departments of Philosophy, Political Science, and English, the UConn Humanities Institute, and UConn’s American Studies program.
Jane Bennett is Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, in the Department of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. Her recent essays have appeared in Grain/Vapor/Ray (on Kafka's Odradek), Evental Aesthetics (special issue on Vital Materialism), and MLN (on mimesis). She is the author of Vibrant Matter: A Political Ecology of Things (2010); The Enchantment of Modern Life (2001); Thoreau's Nature (1994), and Unthinking Faith and Enlightenment (1987). Her forthcoming book this spring is called Influx & Efflux: Writing up with Walt Whitman.
This event is free and open to the public. For more information or if you require an accommodation to attend the colloquium, please contact Dr. Matthew Cohen at email@example.com.Contact Information: Dr. Matthew Cohen, firstname.lastname@example.org More
Teacher-as-Writer WorkshopSaturday, February 22nd, 202010:00 AM - 12:00 PMStorrs CampusAustin, Stern LoungeContact Information: email@example.com More
2/24Writing Center Tutor Recruitment/Information Table
Writing Center Tutor Recruitment/Information TableMonday, February 24th, 202011:00 AM - 02:00 PMStorrs CampusStudent Union
2/25Jenny Spinner: "It's a Woman Speaking"
Jenny Spinner: "It's a Woman Speaking"Tuesday, February 25th, 202004:00 PM - 05:00 PMStorrs CampusAustin 217
Please join us on Tuesday, February 25, at 4pm in Austin 217 for a talk by Jenny Spinner, Associate Professor of English, St. Joseph’s University (and UConn English PhD, 2004). Spinner will be joined by Lynn Bloom, UConn Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor Emerita, who will serve as respondent.
Spinner will discuss her decade-long feminist recovery project, designed to re-write the history of the essay to include the women who have been erased and omitted. That project, which began years ago in a classroom in the Arjona Building on UConn’s campus, resulted in the 2018 publication of Of Women and the Essay: An Anthology from 1655 to 2000. https://ugapress.org/book/9780820354248/of-women-and-the-essay/
Like their contemporary counterparts, women essayists in earlier centuries were prolific and successful contributors to the genre. This talk will explore some of the reasons for the long neglect of women, and women of color in particular, from the essay’s history and discuss some of the women essayists from earlier centuries who belong in that history (and on readings lists, conference panels, journal articles, dissertations, and syllabi).
This event is sponsored by the English Department and the Humanities Institute.Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org; 860-486-9728 More
2/26Writing Center Tutor Recruitment/Information Table
Writing Center Tutor Recruitment/Information TableWednesday, February 26th, 202011:00 AM - 02:00 PMStorrs CampusStudent Union
2/26Penelope Pelizzon: "Animals and Instruments"
Penelope Pelizzon: "Animals and Instruments"Wednesday, February 26th, 202012:00 PM - 01:30 PMStorrs CampusAustin 217 (Stern)
Austin 217 (Stern)
Please join Penelope Pelizzon for a poetry reading of "Animals and Instruments."Contact Information: email@example.com More
2/27Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write Series
Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write SeriesThursday, February 27th, 202006:00 PM - 07:00 PMStorrs CampusUConn Bookstore
Jennifer N. Baker is a long-time publishing professional, creator and host of the Minorities in Publishing podcast, and contributing editor to Electric Literature. In 2017, she received a NYSCA/NYFA Fellowship and a Queens Council on the Arts New Work Grant for Nonfiction Literature. Her essay “What We Aren’t (or the Ongoing Divide)” was listed as a Notable Essay in The Best American Essays 2018. She is also the editor of the BIPoC short story anthology Everyday People: The Color of Life (2018). Her fiction, nonfiction, interviews and criticism have appeared in various print and online publications.Contact Information: firstname.lastname@example.org More
2/29Day-Long Saturday Writing Retreat
Day-Long Saturday Writing RetreatSaturday, February 29th, 202010:00 AM - 05:00 PMStorrs CampusAugustus Storrs Hall, Widmer Wing, Rm.016
Carving out time to do serious academic writing during the semester can be tough. But finding a place to do it–and a support network of fellow grad students–doesn’t have to be!
Modeled on Stanford University’s dissertation boot camp and UConn faculty writing retreats, the Writing Center and the Graduate Student Senate sponsor days to write–complete with coffee in the mornings and afternoons, with an optional hour break for lunch. (Feel free to bring your own lunch and snacks.)
The goal of this initiative is to provide a distraction-free environment where participants can write. You should come prepared, bringing your notes, books, and laptops, so that you can spend the time getting words on the page. These sessions are not workshops, and no writing instruction will be provided.
We encourage you to stay all day, but half-day tickets are available, too.
Go to: http://writingcenter.uconn.edu/writing-retreats/ for registration information.Contact Information: email@example.com More