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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Asian popular culture explored in symposium

Pop Culture


Scholars from around the country will be on campus next week for the Asian Popular Culture Symposium hosted by the Department of Popular Culture. The event kicks off at 11 a.m. tomorrow (April 15) in 207 Bowen-Thompson Student Union. Dr. Satomi Saito, German, Russian and East Asian languages, will speak on “Time Continuity in Japanese Animation: A Media Theory of Anime.”

The symposium itself is made up of five sessions. Events tomorrow are in 316 Union. Sessions continue on Friday (April 16) in Room 314.

Co-organizer Dr. Jeremy Wallach, popular culture, said speakers will present their work and two discussants, one from BGSU, the other from another university, will comment
on it.

“The idea is to develop works in progress and foster an intensive environment where they will work closely with the authors to refine their research and develop the precision and scope of their work,” he said.

Wallach explained there is really no place to study Asian popular culture at a graduate level. While there is a large Asian studies discipline, it focuses mostly on politics, history and language, even though many people become interested in Asian culture through its pop culture, he said.

The keynote event is at 4 p.m. Friday. A panel will discuss the future of Asian popular culture studies. The symposium ends at 7:30 p.m. with a performance and film screening in the Union Theater featuring BGSU’s The Game and Anime Music Ensemble (G.A.M.E.), which performs video game and anime music.

An exhibit of contemporary Indian art will also be on display on the third floor of the Union.
For a complete schedule, visit their website.

Construction closes parking lots

The construction of the new “Northwest Residence Hall” is leading to the closure of two parking lots.

Effective April 20, commuter parking Lot 7, north of Offenhauer, will be closed permanently. This will be the site of the new residence hall. A portion of on-campus resident parking Lot 8, adjacent to Lot 7, will be used for construction staging and is expected to remain closed until late
summer 2011.

Commuters may use Lot 18 (Field House) and Lot 10 (Ice Arena) beginning April 20 as alternate parking. Over the summer, parking lots 5 and 12 are being expanded to make up for the closures, with an estimated 469
spaces added.

A campus construction map showing the locations and dates of exterior campus construction projects is available online.


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High school students get jump-start on college search

High school juniors will get a head start on their college search at the Junior Open House Saturday, April 17.  It’s the first time the Office of Admissions has held an event like this after Presidents’ Day.

Prospective students and their parents will be on campus from 9 a.m. until noon. They can talk with faculty, staff and students, learn more about financial aid and the admissions process, check out academic and student services displays, take tours of campus and residence halls, and even apply for admission.

About 600 students have pre-registered for the event, with an estimated 1,500 total visitors expected on campus.

Undergraduates to present research at Statehouse

A busload of young scholars from northwest Ohio will be heading for Columbus tomorrow (April 15) to present their research to state lawmakers and Frances Strickland, wife of Gov. Ted Strickland.

The event is the third annual Posters at the Capitol, showcasing the work of Ohio undergraduate researchers. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium. The program is modeled on the national Council on Undergraduate Research’s “Posters on the Hill” event in Washington, D.C.

Among the 47 regional students participating will be 13 undergraduates from BGSU. Their scholarship ranges across all disciplines from the University, including the social sciences, art, history, political science and education, to biology, chemistry and astronomy, as well as aviation studies. The student participants will share their work directly with legislators, their staff, state agency personnel and visitors.


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April 14, 2010