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Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture - “Guerillas in the Knit: Guerilla Knitters, Yarn Bombing, and Craftivism in Contemporary North America”

Marybeth Stalp, associate professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology, and Therèsa M. Winge, assistant professor of apparel and textile design, Michigan State University, will present “Guerilla Knitters, Yarn Bombing, and Craftivism in Contemporary North America”

Sending knitted uteri to the US Congress. Angering the US Olympic committee. Vandalizing public spaces. Twisting everyday objects into subversive ones. What do all of these things have in common? Crafters! That’s right, knitting and crocheting have been making a youthful and public comeback since the 1990s, through the work of guerilla knitters, yarn bombers and craftivists. In 2004, we began following this seemingly innocuous phenomenon--handcrafting, and will share in this presentation our research experiences with craftivists, including local and global examples.

Attending an Academic Conference

Attending an academic conference allows you to present your work to faculty and colleagues, build your resume or CV, network and receive field-related experience outside of the classroom. Attend the workshop to learn the benefits of attending conferences, preparation suggestions, tips on networking and resources for more information. 

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series: “Changing Minds, Changing Behaviors, and the Changing Climate”

Jack Yates, psychology, and Carole Yates, Center for Energy and Environmental Education, will present "Changing Minds, Changing Behaviors, and the Changing Climate." Can entire communities reduce energy use to win a competition and do the right thing? Yes, with know-how and community spirit. The Yates will share the results of the successful "Get Energized, Iowa!" competition among four small Iowa communities to see which could reduce the most energy use in one year. But is this enough to save the planet? No, individual actions must be followed up with collective action. The audience will be invited to think about how best to use what we know about social science to encourage local, state and national action on climate policies.

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series: “The Prodigious Barrier of the Sand Sea: Discovering the Source of Sand for Wahiba Sand Sea”

Patrick Pease, department head and associate professor, Department of Geography, will present “The Prodigious Barrier of the Sand Sea: Discovering the Source of Sand for Wahiba Sand Sea.” The Wahiba Sand Sea (sand dunes) exemplifies the complexities that arise when examining the environmental history of a complex natural setting. The presentation will show the results of studies determining the sources of sand in the dunes and discuss the assumptions, challenges, failures and successes associated with asking and answering seemingly simple questions.

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series: "The Maid Narratives: A Presentation for Black History Month"

Katherine van Wormer, 2012-2013 Distinguished Scholar and professor, Department of Social Work, will present “The Maid Narratives: A Presentation for Black History Month." A co-author shares her experiences in researching and writing a book that is constructed around stories of women of the Great Migration, most from Waterloo, Iowa, who worked as domestic servants in Mississippi. The purpose in writing the book was to uncover little-known facts about mistress-maid relationships in the Jim Crow South. The stories were amazing but the challenges many in bringing this history to light.

Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series:"Teaching the System: Principles of Complexity as a Blueprint for Communication Pedagogy"

Dale Cyphert, department of management, will present "Teaching the System: Principles of Complexity as a Blueprint for Communication Pedagogy." Human society functions as a complex adaptive system, and what would educational practices look like if they were built on principles from the science of complexity? We've been doing some sensible things all along, but some assumptions about student learning need to be re-examined. Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.

The Digital Turn: A Roundtable

Bettina Fabos, communication studies; David Grant, Adrienne Lamberti, and Jim O'Loughlin, languages & literatures will present "The Digital Turn: A Roundtable," as part of the Graduate College Brown Bag Lecture Series.  Bring your lunch; cookies will be provided.
What difference does digital culture make in how we write, communicate and teach? As educators and scholars, what is the best way to respond to the proliferation of electronic media and the disruptive effect they can have on traditional means of communication and scholarship? This discussion, which will be the basis of a future Forum section of "Universitas," is one of the events held as part of The Digital Turn: the 2013-14 Meryl Norton Hearst Lecture Series: http://tinyurl.com/TheDigitalTurn

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