Sonja Livingston, “Queen of the Fall”: Author Visit & Book Discussion

SliderVisitMilne Library and the Geneseo Literary Forum are proud to support the 2016 “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…” Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls & Goddesses by Sonja Livingston. Livingston will be in Geneseo on Monday, March 7th at 6pm in the College Union Ballroom. Ms. Livingston will read from her work and sign books after the presentation. The author will also visit various classes throughout the day. Join us for an engaging reading and refreshments!

In addition, Milne Library & TLC are hosting a book discussion which will take place on Tuesday, March 1st from 4-5:30pm in Milne 208.  Coffee, tea, and snacks will be provided. To participate, simply follow the link and sign up. Once you’ve submitted your registration, stop into Milne 214 (Director’s office) to pick up your copy of the book.  Please contact Chris Shute at (585) 245-5591 if you have questions.

For more information on the “If All of Rochester Reads the Same Book…” program, please visit Writers & Books at http://wab.org

BookArtAbout the book: Whether pulled from the folds of memory, channeled through the icons of Greek mythology and Roman Catholicism, or filtered through the lens of pop culture, Sonja Livingston’s Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls & Goddesses considers the lives of women. Exploring the legacies of those she has crossed paths with in life and in the larger culture, Livingston weaves together strands of memory with richly imagined vignettes to explore becoming a woman in late 1980s and early 1990s America.

Along the way, the award-winning memoirist brings us face-to-face with herself as an inner-city girl—trying to imagine a horizon beyond poverty, fearful of her fertility and the limiting arc of teenage pregnancy. Livingston looks at the lives of those she’s known: friends who’ve gotten themselves into “trouble,” girls who tell their school counselor small lies out of necessity and pain and a mother whose fruitfulness seems, at times, biblical. Livingston interacts with icons such as Susan B. Anthony, the Virgin Mary, and Ally McBeal to mine the terrain of her own femininity, fertility, and longing.Queen of the Fall is a dazzling meditation on loss, possibility, and, ultimately, what it means to be human.

About the Author: Sonja Livingston’s first book, the memoir Ghostbread, won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction and has been adopted for use by classrooms around the nation. Her writing has been honored with a NYFA Fellowship, an Iowa Review Award, and an Arts & Letters Essay Prize, as well as grants from Vermont Studio Center and the Deming Fund for Women.

Her work has appeared in many literary journals including the Iowa Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Southeast Review, Brevity, and AGNI online, and is anthologized in several texts on writing, including Short Takes, The Truth of the Matter, The Curious Writer, and Brief Encounters. An assistant professor in the MFA Program at the University of Memphis, Sonja is married to the artist Jim Mott and divides her time between Tennessee and New York State.

 For more information, visit http://sonjalivingston.com

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Wanna Teach Online @Geneseo?

SummerOnlineAre you interested in teaching online this summer? Want to know what Geneseo’s online education program is all about? Attend our informational panel discussions with Geneseo faculty who have recently taught online.

Tuesday, February 9th
11:30am – 1:00pm
Milne 105

This panel discussion may be of interest to those faculty members submitting the 2016 Online Instruction Curriculum Development Application sent by Dean Savi Iyer.

SUNY Geneseo began offering summer online courses in a limited way in 2008, and the program has grown steadily over years. In this panel discussion, Geneseo faculty members will share their experiences with what worked (as well as what didn’t work). This would be a good session to attend for those faculty members considering offering a new online course in Summer 2016.

Faculty members scheduled to participate in the discussion include:
Kurt Cylke (Sociology)
Jennifer Katz (Psychology)
Cynthia Klima (Languages and Literatures)

However, we encourage EVERYONE and anyone who has taught online to come and talk about your experiences. Please RSVP**.

**Note: rsvp’s are requested for attendance purposes only so we can ensure enough space and food for everyone. If you find that you are able to attend, but have not rsvp’d, you are more than welcome to do so.

TLC Workshop: Increase Student Learning

TLClogoNext week, the TLC will host a two-part course design workshop (10-11:30 am – Tue, 1/15 and Thur, 1/17 – attend either or both).  Brian Morgan (School of Ed), Kim Davies Hoffman and Michelle Costello (Milne Library) will lead an interdisciplinary hands-on session that we hope will spark many creative thoughts and problem solving ideas that can bring new life to lessons we (the faculty) have taught over the years.  As you know, teaching is a constant work in progress and different eyes outside of your discipline may be able to generate new and exciting activities to get your students even more involved and invested in their learning.  If nothing else, this workshop serves to bring a number of different professors from across campus together to discuss issues of teaching.

Following are the full details of the workshop.

TITLE:
A little discomfort goes a long way: Increase student learning through critical evaluation of teaching

DESCRIPTION:
A pair of hands-on workshops – attend either or both – that introduce practical applications of theory that can enhance student learning in all disciplines.

Participants should bring a syllabus to this workshop.

In the first workshop, participants will:

  •     reflect on their discipline as it relates to Liberal Arts
  •     connect theory, practice and disciplinary knowledge to engage students
  •     share challenges and ideas with colleagues across the college community
  •     consider existing learning objectives and different ways to enact them
  •     develop methods to create interactive lessons

In the second workshop, participants will:

  •     share revised lesson plans with fellow colleagues
  •     discuss and provide feedback to further refine ideas
  •     develop a forum for ongoing communication and exchange of ideas

Please rsvp to [email protected].

What’s up with Ghana and Geneseo?

Ghana Exhibit informationWhen: Wednesday, January 26th, 2:30pm

Where: Milne 105

What: Dr. Jennifer Rogalsky, Geography, will discuss her recent Fulbright experience in Ghana with a talk titled “Fulbright Research & Teaching Experience in Kumasi, Ghana: Urban, Gender, and African Geographies.” the first of the Teaching and Learning Center’s Faculty Colloquium Series for the semester, this series is jointly sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the TLC.

While the official opening will be in February, when you’re in the Library, be sure to check out an early peek (it’s still a work in progress!) of the Milne Gallery’s latest exhibit,”Grassroots Diplomacy: A Dance of Collaboration, Engagement & Learning.” Highlighting the wide variety of community and Geneseo faculty and student partnerships with Ghana, it includes photos and information on Dr. Rogalsky’s work.

All are welcome.  The  intention of the talks are for faculty and staff members
in all departments to have a chance to engage colleagues across campus and to learn about each others research.

Snacks will be provided.  Please RSVP to [email protected]

Four Teachers Honored at TLC Event

Four outstanding Geneseo teachers were honored on Thursday, February 22nd in the Milne Library Common Area.

Audience members at the Honoring Geneseo's Teachers EventDori Farthing, Geology, Yuichi Tamura, Sociology, Eric Helms, Chemistry, and Alice Rutkowski, English were honored at the hour long ceremony. After a brief introduction by Teaching and Learning Center director Cristina Geiger, President Dahl took the podium to briefly discuss the contributions made by these outstanding educators.

Following the introduction, each honoree was formally introduced by a faculty colleague. These introductions shed light on the contributions made by the honorees to their departments and the campus as a whole.

The honorees each spent a few minutes discussing their approach to teaching and sharing some strategies that they used in the classroom.

Following the ceremony guests stayed for refreshments and to chat with the honorees.