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Technology college hosts three more dean candidates

The College of Technology has announced that the last three candidates for the position of dean will be on campus for two-day visits this week and Monday (Feb. 27).

Each candidate will conduct an open forum and speak on “Opportunities for Development and Applied Research for a College of Technology,” followed by a question-and-answer session. A reception will follow each presentation. All are welcome to attend.

Today (Feb. 20)
Dr. Clifford Mirman, chair of the Department of Technology at Northern Illinois University, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 208 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Wednesday (Feb. 22)
Dr. Demetrios Kazakos, chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Idaho, 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 316 Union.

February 27
Dr. C. Wayne Unsell, dean of the School of Engineering Technology and Management at Southern Polytechnic State University, Marietta, Ga., 3:30-4:30 p.m. in 314 Union.

Talk to explore gay Cuban men’s experiences in U.S.

Dr. Susan Peña, ethnic studies, will discuss “Obvious Gays and the State Gaze: Gay Visibility and Immigration Policy during the 1980 Mariel Boatlift” at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 21) in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Her talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Artists and Scholars in Residence series sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS).

During the 1980 Mariel Boatlift, approximately 125,000 Cubans entered the United States, including homosexual men who had lived through a particularly repressive era in Cuba. The Mariel gay men arrived precisely as U.S. immigration policy toward homosexuals was changing. Peña’s talk draws on archival research and interviews with Cuban American gay men to analyze their experiences during this period.

Peña’s research and teaching focus on the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality. Currently an ICS fellow, she is completing a manuscript entitled Oye Loca: The Making of Cuban American Gay Miami, an ethnographic study of Cuban American gay male culture in Miami.

Authority on European Union to speak Friday

Dr. John R. Gillingham, a leading authority on European integration, will give a lecture on current problems facing the European Union at noon Friday (Feb. 24) in 111 Olscamp Hall.

Gillingham is a professor of history at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has written a number of books, including Coal, Steel and the Rebirth of Europe, 1945-55 (Cambridge University Press, 1991), which won the American Historical Association's George Louis Beer Prize for international history.

He also is author of the book European Integration, 1950-2003: Superstate or New Market Economy? (Cambridge University Press, 2003), which is the most substantial narrative history of European integration to date.

His latest book, Design for a New Europe, to be published this year by Cambridge University Press, will be the basis of his talk. The book deals with the challenges facing the EU today.

Co-sponsored by the departments of history and political science, the presentation is free and open to the public.

‘Charlotte’s Web’ begins theatre’s 20th season

The Caryl Crane Children’s Theatre at BGSU Firelands will open its 20th season next week with “Charlotte’s Web—The Musical.”

E.B. White’s literary classic was adapted by award-winning playwright Joseph Robinette, with music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Charles Strouse of “Bye Bye Birdie” and “Annie” fame.

The musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. March 2, 3 and 4, and at 2:30 p.m. March 5 in the McBride Auditorium at BGSU Firelands.

Tickets are $4 for BGSU students, $5 for schoolchildren, $6 for senior citizens and $8 for other adults. The box office will be open from 1-7 p.m. Feb. 27-March 3, from 3-7:30 p.m. March 4, and from 1-2:30 p.m. March 5.

Provost’s lecturer to discuss ‘Reading for the People’

In the next installment of the Provost’s Lecture Series, Dr. Francine Masiello will discuss “Reading for the People,” an exploration of how we can read politically and with ethical commitment.

Masiello, the Sidney and Margaret Ancker Distinguished Professor in the Humanities at the University of California-Berkeley, will speak at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 27 in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Crossing boundaries of geography, class and culture, she will address recent literature celebrating “the people” and how it might inspire ethical action.

Twice the winner of the Modern Language Association’s Kovacs Prize for Best Book on Latin American Culture, Masiello has written extensively on modern Argentine culture and literature. At UC-Berkeley, she teaches in the departments of Spanish and Portuguese and comparative literature.

Her presentation is hosted by the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society with support from the offices of the provost and the vice provost for research, the American Culture Studies Program and the College of Arts and Sciences.
February 20, 2006