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Oct. 15 is proposal deadline for statewide conference

The University System of Ohio’s Libraries, Learning and Technology 2009 Conference, previously known as the Ohio Digital Commons for Education Conference, will mark its 10th anniversary March 1-3 in Columbus. The conference will deliver the same level of professional development and networking opportunities as past conferences.

The conference will include a keynote presentation, hands-on workshops, vendor exhibits and technology demonstrations. Online registration will be available in December at the conference Web site:
The University System of Ohio seeks interactive and engaging proposals for presentations, pre-conference workshops and technology demonstrations. Visit to review the complete call for presentations or to submit a proposal. The deadline to submit a proposal is Oct. 15. Proposals are sought for the following themes and topics:  Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century,
Student Success, Ohio Is Moving Forward, Transforming Technologies, and
P-20 Education. Possible themes within each topic can be found at the Web site.

Conference to focus on educational ‘bridges to the world’

Community and educational leaders from Morocco, South Africa, Poland, Ukraine and the United States will speak about their democratic education initiatives at “Bridges to the World: A Conference on Global Partnerships in Education” Oct. 13 and 14 in 308 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.

Hosted by BGSU’s International Democratic Education Institute in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Education, the conference is aimed at higher education and K-12 educators, as well as business, governmental and nongovernmental organizations. Presenters will discuss best practices, student and educator collaborations and innovative educational programming.

For more information, contact Dr. Sharon Subreenduth, School of Teaching and Learning, at 2-7325 or Register online at

Kanwischer to share his artistic capture of feelings about ‘home’

Dr. Charles Kanwischer, art, will present and discuss “Real Estate Drawings and Recent Work” at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 14 in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union.
His talk, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Artists and Scholars in Residence Series of the Institute for Culture and Society.
According to Kanwischer, “Who we are, in the deepest sense, and how we have lived, can be explored through considering the spaces we inhabit, particularly the houses we dwell in. Most houses are very much like all other houses, yet over time they become the repositories of the most intimate aspects of our lives. They are a kind of crucible for the formation of our psyches—the location of events and sensations that, for better or worse, condition our sense of well-being. Certainly the notion of a house as a metaphor for shelter and safety is challenged in the post-9/11 age of‘Homeland Security.’ It is the alternating sensation of security and threat, solidity and fragility, permanence and mutability so characteristic of contemporary dwelling that I seek to make palpable in my work.”

Kanwischer’s work is included in the permanent collections of the Yale University Art Gallery, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the Akron Museum of Art. Currently a Fellow at ICS, he is at work on a series of drawings entitled “Real Estate Interiors,” in which he explores the fraught character of domestic spaces in post-9/11 America, specifically focusing on northwest Ohio.

October 6, 2008