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Executive Vice President and Provost

Theatre UNI Presents: The Sweetest Swing in Baseball

By: Rebecca Gilman

Rebecca Gilman’s The Sweetest Swing in Baseball opens the 2014-15 Theatre UNI season, and is about a struggling artist whose mental discrepancies land her in a mental ward. After being told her insurance will only cover 10 days in the ward, Dana Fielding decides to adopt an alternate personality in order to convince her counselor (and insurance company) that she is in further need of help. She is coached into being former Baseball player Darryl Strawberry by two of her fellow patients, Michael and Gary, as they help her try to avoid being released back into the “real world” where she feels lost and disconnected. The show humorously embodies the idea that sometimes we need a bit of a mental break to help us through our rough patches.

Directed by: Steve Taft

Re-Visiting the Classics on Diversity and Inclusion: Session One

In session one of a three-part reading series co-sponsored by the CETL and NCBI, facilitator Stephanie Logan (COE) will lead a discussion on the following reading: Derald Weng Sue, “Racial Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Implications for Clinical Practice,” American Psychologist 62:4 (May-June 2007), 271-286.

From the article abstract: “Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” The term “microaggressions” first appeared in psychological literature in the 1970s, and research on microagressions has continued to grow. Although this article’s title is technical, and is addressed to clinicians, it includes clear definitions and examples easily understood by the non-psychologist.

A link to the article can be found on the event description on the CETL website. 

Midterm Course Evaluations or SGIDs: Why Should I Do One?

This session will explain the whys and hows of SGIDs (Small Group Instructional Diagnosis), including a summary of the research that shows how a midterm course evaluation can enhance teaching effectiveness. We will also discuss how you can become a SGID facilitator, how to talk to your class after a midterm evaluation, as well as other ways to do midterm evaluations. Facilitated by Susan Hill (CETL) and Craig VanSandt (Management)

Fall Faculty Workshop Follow-Up: Creating a Learner-Centered Classroom

This year's Fall Faculty Workshop focused on learner-centered teaching. This session is for those of you who want to dig deeper into ideas raised at the workshop, and for those who couldn't make it to the workshop. We'll start out by focusing on how to get students to do "the hard messy work of learning" and move on from there. Bring your ideas for creating a learner-centered classroom, and we'll brainstorm others. Facilitated by Susan Hill (CETL). 

Bridgette Bates Poetry Reading

Bridgette Bates will read from her poetry collection What Is Not Missing Is Light, which takes the reader inside a museum to view fragments of statues that have become emblematic of historical and cultural decay and perseverance. 

Bridgette Bates’ poems have appeared in the Boston Review, Fence, jubilat, VERSE and elsewhere. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a “Discovery” Prize, she is a graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. Originally from Nashville, she lives in Los Angeles where she is the writer-in-residence at the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and a frequent features contributor to the Kirkus Reviews. Bates’ debut collection, What Is Not Missing Is Light, winner of Rescue Press’ Black Box Poetry Prize, will be released this November.


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