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Archive for October, 2006

NPR’s Elvis Mitchell Speaks on “Race, Citizenship and the Cinema” November 8

Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

Visit the Bernath Auditorium at the Undergraduate Library to see Spike Lee’s “When the Levees Broke,” a film structured in four acts that explores the U.S. government’s response to the disaster wrought by Hurricane Katrina in this made-for-television documentary co-produced by HBO and Lee’s own 40 Acres & a Mule Filmworks.

November 6:
12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
6 p.m., Act One and Two
November 7:
noon to 4 p.m.
6 p.m., Act Three and Four
November 8:
6 p.m., Act Four

7 p.m., Bernath Auditorium, Elvis Mitchell lecture
“Race, Citizenship and the Cinema”

In addition to hosting “The Treatment” for National Public Radio’s flagship Los Angeles affiliate KCRW, 89.9 FM since 1996 (broadcast nationally), Elvis Mitchell is entertainment critic for NPR’s “Weekend Edition with Scott Simon” from the show’s inception in 1985. Mitchell was a film critic for the New York Times for four years, starting in January 2000. Prior to that, he was film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram for two years, starting in December 1997; there, he won the 1999 AASFE Award for criticism.

A graduate of Wayne State University with a degree in English literature, Mitchell was editor-at-large for Spin magazine, and has also written for Interview, Esquire and the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Citizenship, the University Library System, the Department of Africana Studies, the Department of English and the Department of Communication

Emerging Technology for Scholars Series Continues Through December

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

The Office of Teaching and Learning and OTL Faculty Fellow Bill Warters are hosting a series of lunchtime sessions exploring emerging technologies that have special relevance to people working in higher education. Come, have a box lunch on us and see what’s new on the technology horizon. Our focus will be on free software tools, services and open source initiatives you might want to keep an eye on. Come at 11:30 for socializing and first pick of available food. Presentations start at 12:00. If you have done work in an area listed and would be willing to discuss/present your experiences during a session, please contact Bill Warters in advance at so that he might save some space on the agenda.

Thurs Nov 9th- 11:30-1:00 – Technology Resource Center (Purdy-Kresge Library)

Automated Information Gathering Using Free WebScraping, News Harvesting and Tag Searching Tools

In this session we will check out some of the exciting, easy, and just-a-little-bit-complicated information harvesting tools now available online at no cost. These tools use automated webscraping and news and archive harvesting procedures, custom designed by you, to bring targeted results to you and your students.

Thurs Nov 30th- 11:30-1:00 – Technology Resource Center (Purdy-Kresge Library)

Make Your Own Mash-ups

Particants will be introduced to the wonderful world of Web 2.0 mash-ups in this session. A mash-up combines two or three different online data sources (book information, locations, timeline information, news, etc.) to produce something new and unique. We will explore a popular approach to building a mashup that involves usings tools (web APIs) provided by Google or Yahoo maps and data of our own design.

Thurs Dec 14th- 11:30-1:00 – Technology Resource Center (Purdy-Kresge Library)

News Flash: High Quality and Free Teaching Materials Found Hidden in Learning Object Repositories Worldwide

In this session, we will dig into some of the growing collections of free course modules, training curriculums and flash widgets available in various learning objects repositories around the world. Prepare yourself with fresh content for next semester!