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Make a difference in someone’s day by donating food

BGSU aims to make a big difference in “Make a Difference Day’ this year with a campuswide food drive. Spearheaded by the Office of the President and the Office of Finance and Administration, with help from Residence Life, the drive will collect nonperishable food items for delivery to area food pantries on Oct. 28.

Boxes will be placed in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union lobbies and some administrative buildings as well as residence halls.

“This is the biggest, large-scale collection that’s been done across campus,” said Nick Hennessey, associate director of residence life.

Help out the hungry with your donation.

Coates to discuss landscape, development and the American psyche

Dr. Lawrence Coates, creative writing, will discuss Americans’ relationship to the land in “Temporary Landscapes,” an Institute for the Study of Culture and Society talk, at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (Oct. 17) in Prout Chapel.

The title is also the name of Coates’ novel-in-progress, in which, through the lives of the characters—a family living in the Santa Clara Valley in California—he explores the ways in which suburban development fits into American cultural traditions and what happens to the feeling of safety and stability offered by the suburbs in times of crisis and change.

Coates, an ICS Fellow this year, will discuss his research into the post-World War II suburb and how what he is learning is informing his writing.

The author of two other novels, The Master of Monterey (2003) and The Blossom Festival (1999)—which was chosen as part of the Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Series—Coates has won several writing awards and received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in fiction.

Innovative ceramic sculptor to speak about his art

One of the world’s foremost ceramic sculptors will speak about his work and creativity when he visits BGSU next Monday, Oct. 23. Jun Kaneko will give a free lecture at 5:30 p.m. in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union Theater. A reception will follow.

Kaneko’s monumental, elaborately glazed forms represent one of the great achievements in modern ceramics and sculpture. His works are owned by numerous museum collections, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Neb.

Kaneko has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design and Cranbrook Academy of Art, and holds an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London. He recently created the set and costume designs for Opera Omaha’s production of “Madama Butterfly.”

October 16, 2006