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School of Art presents its public scholarship in ‘Imagining America’

Faculty in the School of Art will discuss their public scholarship projects from 5:30-7:30 this evening (Monday, Jan. 25) in 2000 Fine Arts Center. Special guest Dr. Jan Cohen-Cruz, director of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, will be on hand for the roundtable discussion and reception.

The event is designed to connect BGSU faculty and staff with the work of Imagining America, and is part of a two-day conference (See Imagining America is a national consortium of colleges and universities committed to public scholarship in the arts, humanities and design.

A poster session and the reception will begin at 5:30, followed by presentations and discussion. The projects and their participants include:
• Partnerships with Prints—Janet Ballweg, art
• The Art of Homelessness: Family House Homeless Shelter—Stephanie Rozene, art and Chapman Community at Kohl
• Service-Learning through Travel—Gordon Ricketts, art and director of the Arts Village, and students Melissa Cook, Ross Roadruck, James Maloney, Hannah Kuenneke and Kevin Vanek
• Art in TARTA—Amy Fidler, art, and student Brian Watterson
• Poe Road Public Art Project—Greg Mueller, art, and alumnus Jason Karas

Tech Trends speaker to address Microsoft Vista and Office 2007

DeVaris Brown, academic relations manager for the Heartland Region of Microsoft Corp., will speak on “Microsoft Vista and Office 2007: Your Gateway to Productivity” at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 26) in 206 Bowen-Thompson Student Union as the next speaker in the Tech Trends Series.

Brown will explain that, despite the myths, Vista's security and stability outperforms its predecessor, Windows XP. He will describe how Office 2007 delivers new functionality, including an improved user interface and the timesaving Office Ribbon.

The series is sponsored by Information Technology Services.

CEO of White Castle to speak on campus

The chief executive officer of the Ohio company that invented the Slyder® will speak about leading an American brand Thursday (Feb. 28).

BGSU alumnus Bill Ingram, the president and CEO of White Castle Systems Inc., will be the inaugural speaker for the College of Business Administration’s 2008 Executive Lecture Series. His presentation on the importance of leadership is scheduled from 4-5 p.m. in 202B Lenhart Grand Ballroom of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. It is free and open to the public.

Since its founding in 1949, White Castle has achieved many “firsts.” Best known for its signature burger, White Castle not only was the first fast-food hamburger chain in the world, it was the first to sell a billion burgers, the first to mass produce paper hats and the first to sell frozen fast food.

Ingram earned a bachelor of science degree in economics from Bowling Green in 1972. He took over the CEO position from his father in 1979 and today is a well-known Columbus philanthropist.

The war on terror and its images are topic of lecture

The role that images play in wars, and especially the current “war on terror,” is the topic of the next talk in the Provost Lecture Series. Dr. W.J.T. Mitchellof the University of Chicago will explore terrorism, violence and media in “Cloning Terror: The War of Images, 9-11 to Abu Ghraib.”

Author of What Do Pictures Want?: The Lives and Loves of Images, Mitchell will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 28) in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater. His talk is free and open to the public.

Mitchell holds that, while wars have always been fought over and conducted by images, the current “war on terror” has raised the imaginary component of warfare to a new level of importance. He discusses new media technologies that have made the reproduction, circulation and transformation of war images much faster. He will explore the metaphor of a “war on terror” as an imaginary, fantastical notion—a metaphor that has become all too literal, real and deadly. Mitchell also will look at whether the war on terror has had the perverse effect of strengthening and proliferating its enemy, or "cloning terror."

A professor of English and art history, Mitchell is editor of the interdisciplinary quarterly journal Critical Inquiry and a leader in the emerging fields of visual culture and iconology, the study of images across the media.  His numerous awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Morey Prize in art history, given by the College Art Association of America.

Support for the series, which is hosted by the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society, comes from the College of Arts and Sciences, the Graduate College, the Department of Theatre and Film, the Department of Ethnic Studies, the School of Art, the American Culture Studies Program and the Office of the Provost. 

February 25, 2008