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'America's First Hearing-Impaired Comedienne' on campus Friday

Kathy Buckley, billed as “America's First Hearing-Impaired Comedienne” and author of the book If You Could Hear What I See, will speak on campus Friday (Oct. 12).

A five-time American Comedy Award nominee as Best Stand-Up Female Comedienne, Buckley will make two presentations, including one at 7 p.m. that is free and open to the public. The Lenhart Grand Ballroom in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union will be the site. She will also address University faculty and staff at 10:30 a.m. that day in 101A Olscamp Hall.

An actress as well as a comedienne, author and speaker, Buckley appeared on “Touched by an Angel” and in an award-winning PBS program, “No Labels, No Limits!” She has been a guest on a number of other television shows, and E! Entertainment Television named her as one of the “World's Most Intriguing Women” in an original special.

Buckley has also been recognized by the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army for outstanding efforts toward disability employment awareness, and devotes time to numerous children's charities.

Sign language interpretation will be provided for the hearing impaired at Buckley's BGSU presentations. Anyone needing additional accommodations should contact the Office of Disability Services at 2-8495.

The student group Finding Intelligent Greatness Uniquely Residing in Everyone (FIGURE) leads the list of campus sponsors of Buckley's appearance.

Jerome Library adds new computer work areas

New computer work areas are now available in Jerome Library, the University Libraries and the Office of the CIO have announced. These include an additional 24 PC workstations in the lobby, some of which are arranged for group work, and a new Electronic Reading Room in Room 142 (near the Pallister Conference Room). The Electronic Reading Room contains 29 PC workstations available to researchers when not in use by instruction librarians. Availability is posted at the entrance. 

Additional construction is going on in rooms 122 and 125, where two new computer classrooms will become available by the end of October. Library research assistance and ITS computer assistance are available in the library lobby.

Next ICS talk takes new look at pain and illness

In an upcoming talk, "Bodies and Pain: How to Be Ill and Unhappy," Dr. Bill Albertini, English, will discuss questions such as: How might we speak of pain in a culture that is both morbidly fascinated by and deeply averse to it? What is displaced by the push to heal at all costs? How might works with multiple authors and modes of address (such as graphic novels) help us think in new ways about the physical experience of living?

Albertini will speak at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 16 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 sponsored by the campus Institute for the Study of Culture and Society (ICS). 

Body theory often seeks to recuperate the suffering body as a site of pleasure, healing, and political action, in part by challenging dominant representations of the ill as helpless victims. Recent critiques, however, have called for more focus on physical pain and negative affect or emotion, inviting the question of what might happen to pleasure—an issue of great importance to critics and activists interested in the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

Albertini, currently a fellow at ICS, is affiliated with the programs in American Culture Studies and Women's Studies. His research and teaching focus on illness, disability, queer theory and gender studies. He has published essays in Iris and VERB, in addition to co-editing a special issue of New Literary History entitled "Is There Life After Identity Politics?" for which he also co-wrote the introduction.

Silent Witness Project to be unveiled Oct. 15

In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the 2007 collection of the northwest Ohio chapter of the Silent Witness Project will be unveiled Oct. 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Bowling Green, the Women’s Center has announced.

The collection includes 50 freestanding, life-size silhouettes each bearing the name and story of a girl or woman whose life ended violently at the hands of a husband, ex-husband, boyfriend or acquaintance. All “silent witnesses” were from northwest Ohio and were murdered within the past decade.

During the ceremony, the story of each victim will be recounted by an individual reader.

The unveiling begins at 6:30 p.m. The church is at 1506 E. Wooster St. In addition to the Women’s Center, the project has numerous co-sponsoring organizations from the University, the local community and Toledo.

October 8, 2007