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Wednesday Memo
Oct. 15, 2014


• Several faculty members in the Art Department participated in the Southeastern College Art Conference (SECAC) held in Sarasota, Fla., Oct. 8-11. Collin Williams presented “Replace, Misplace, Displace,” in a studio session about installation art and discussed his recent work and solo exhibition. Amy Feger chaired a studio/art history session, “New Teaching Strategies for Millennials.” Kelly Wacker participated in this session and presented, “Traditional Methods for Millennials: Reimagined Active Learning Strategies in the Art History Classroom.” SECAC promotes the study and practice of the visual arts in higher education on a national basis, facilitates cooperation and fosters ongoing dialog about pertinent creative, scholarly and educational issues.

• Alex Beringer, English, is a visiting fellow at the University of Cambridge (Oct. 13-24) as part of the Conspiracy Democracy Project. The project is a five-year interdisciplinary initiative devoted to studying the prevalence of conspiracy theories in democratic countries and the differences between how conspiracy theories emerge across different cultures and societies. While there, Beringer will participate in seminars and discussions with project researchers. On Oct. 21, he will give a public lecture on conspiracy narratives in the work of Mark Twain. (See lecture announcement online.) Conspiracy and Democracy is co-sponsored by the Leverhulme Trust and the University of Cambridge’s Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities.

• Three UM faculty members have recently been awarded this term’s ILlUMinate grants. They are:

  • John Bawden, Behavioral and Social Sciences, for “Crafting Historical Narrative Using Big Data and Social Media,”
  • Glenda Conway, English, for “Not Just for Students: Information Literacy in the Workplace,” and
  • Emily Gill, Theatre, for “Guest Artist: Joe Kucharski, Author of ‘The Tyranny of Style.’”

ILlUMinate grants are a competitive funding program designed to encourage faculty who are integrating information literacy in their courses to do so in innovative, unique and engaging ways. Funds may be used in a variety of ways (travel funds, books, software, hardware, equipment, etc.) as long as the goals and outcomes are related to information literacy. Awards are up to $1,000.

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