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  • Author Hannah Tinti makes first visit to South Carolina

    February 5 2010

    Hannah Tinti, author of The Good Thief and Animal Crackers appeared at a Words to Say It Visiting Writers Series event on Feb. 4 at Wall Auditorium.

    Following a South Carolina trivia quiz – what's the state bird? State tree? State motto – Tinti took the audience through the evolution of her novel "The Good Thief" with a brief slide show, ending her presentation with a reading.

    The novel, her first, was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, and it won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, and the American Library Association's Alex Award.

    Next in the series is Eula Biss, author of Notes from No Man's Land, on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in Wall Auditorium.

    An essayist, Biss is also author of The Balloonists. Notes from No Mans Land: American Essays is winner of the 2008 Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. She teaches nonfiction writing at Northwestern University and is co-editor of Essay Press, a small press dedicated to innovative nonfiction. Biss holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from the University of Iowa and has received a Rona Jaffe Writer's Award and a Pushcart Prize. Her essays have recently appeared in The Best Creative Nonfiction and the Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Nonfiction as well as in The Believer, Ninth Letter, Iowa Review, and Harper's.

    The series is supported by the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts and Department of English. Dan Albergotti coordinates it.

  • Bleicher students create Earthworks

    February 5 2010

    Steven Bleicher, associate professor of visual arts, recently took his Arts 103 class outside to create site specific "earth works" as part of their class. The students could only use found objects. After developing their projects, they photographed them. The photographs become the only permanent record of the works as they are left to the elements.

    "The assignment was to consider different ways of working with line," says Bleicher. "It also introduced students to conceptual art and, specifically, earth works or environmental art. While the students were actually creating the project in 3D, they had to become conscious of the fact that all that would remain of the project was a photo documentation in 2D. It not only opened up their concept of line, but also introduced them to a new area of art – conceptual art."

  • Schunk in the news on the state of the state's economy

    February 5 2010

    Research economist Don Schunk made national news again after being interviewed by a Washington-based economics reporter for the Associated Press. Here's the link.

  • Check out Eaddy blog

    February 5 2010

    Mary Eaddy, acting director of University Communication, writes about author Steve Barry on her blog at Eaddy has a new book coming out, her first, in May or June. Barry was a featured author at the Moveable Feast literary lunches on the south end, organized by Linda Ketron, director of CCU's OLLI program, and Tom Werner of Litchfield Books.