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Sustainability in the Arctic

Arctic-Sustainability-2014-450-1The Gwich’in town of Arctic Village lies north of the Arctic Circle and just south of the border of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), often called “the last great wilderness.”

In August, six SNC students met SNC Professor Brennan Lagasse in Fairbanks AK and took a bush plane to Arctic Village, to share the traditions of the Gwich’in Tribe and experience firsthand the majesty and vulnerability of ANWR. Those students will be sharing their experiences at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, in Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences Room 106. The event is free and open to the public.

The once in a lifetime opportunity for SNC students resulted from tribal elder Sarah James’s respect for Professor Lagasse’s previous work with Indigenous peoples, and the tribe’s commitment to make “friends in the south” to advocate for their environment and way of life.

During their time in Arctic Village, students went hunting and fishing with their hosts; participated in elder celebrations, and many interviews and discussions with local tribal members; ate traditional meals of caribou, fry bread, and ground squirrel; and hiked and camped amongst the rugged peaks of the Brooks Range.

The experience is one that excites Lagasse about the sustainability program at SIerra Nevada College. He was quote in an Eagle’s Eye story as saying, “What we did in Alaska, that’s it man. I guarantee any liberal arts school, any progressive sustainability program, anybody sees that and knows what’s up in the sustainability world would look at that say ‘Wow, that’s cool.’

Mingle with authors, writers and publishers

Literary LollapaloozaLiterary Lollapalooza at Sierra Nevada College is a gathering of writers, editors, publishers, workshop leaders, and lovers of literature in the Reno/Tahoe area. Meet and mingle with the local literati, view and purchase their books, listen to micro-readings from local publications and more during this casual event.

Held from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, in Room 139 in Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences, Literary Lollapalooza is free and open to all, with refreshments available.

Some of the special guests attending Literary Lollapalooza include:

Publishers – Bona Fide Books, Black Rock Press,

Literary Magazine – Sierra Nevada Review

Authors – Gayle Brandeis, Mark Maynard, Suzanne Roberts, Tim Hauserman, Karen Terrey, Laura Wetherington and more.

English prof to read poems at Harvard

Jared Stanley, an English instructor at Sierra Nevada College, will be reading poems at Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room on Thursday.

Founded in 1931, the Woodberry Poetry Room is located within the Lamont Library on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. The poetry room hosts a variety of readings, seminars and lectures throughout the year.

Jared Stanley

Jared Stanley

Stanley will be reading on Thursday, Sept. 18, along with C.D. Wright (author of One With Others: a little book of her days,which was a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award). Called “The Poet’s Voice,” the event will be followed by a book signing.

Stanley is the author of two full-lengths books of poetry, The Weeds and Book Made of Forest, as well as four chapbooks, including How the Desert Did Me In. He frequently collaborates with visual artists and is a member of the interdisciplinary public art group Unmanned Minerals, whose work explores how language mediates landscape.

Nevada Arts Council honors SNC English professors

Nevada Arts Council recently lauded two Sierra Nevada College faculty members by awarding each writer a $5,000 Artist Fellowship for the year.  Laura Wetherington and Jared Stanley were selected as the Literary Arts Fellows for 2015.

The Arts Council, which supports cultural activities and participation in the arts, selected six artists: two each in Literary Arts, Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Besides the financial support to pursue their artistic work, the Nevada Arts Council will be given a free public event to share their work. 

Laura is a professor with the MFA in Creative Writing program, the adviser to the Sierra Nevada Review literary magazine and teaches English classes. Laura’s first book, A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books 2011), was selected by C.S. Giscombe for the 2010 National Poetry Series.

An English professor, Jared will be teaching Freshman Composition and a new class this semester, New Media Creative Writing.

He is the author of two full-lengths books of poetry, The Weeds and Book Made of Forest, as well as four chapbooks, including How the Desert Did Me In. He frequently collaborates with visual artists and is a member of the interdisciplinary public art group Unmanned Minerals, whose work explores how language mediates landscape.

Welcome back English & Journalism majors!

Welcome back English BA, BFA and New Media Journalism majors and minors! The English Department is holding a get together this Friday to celebrate your return and hear about your summer adventures!

Come on over to DiMaggio’s (800 Tahoe Blvd) from 4-6 p.m. this Friday and the English Program will cover a variety of free pizzas and soda (you’re on your own for any other beverages). Bonus beverages for anyone who beats Dr. Bob King at pool. 

Words from life, movies and memoirs: “Being Flynn” author to speak

Nick Flynn, whose first memoir sparked the major motion picture, “Being Flynn,” international reviews and much press attention, will visit Sierra Nevada College on Sept. 5-6 to kick off the 2014-15 Writers in the Woods literary speaker series and to introduce the college’s Common Read book for the year.

Nick Flynn, taken by Geordie Wood

Nick Flynn, taken by Geordie Wood

“We’re very fortunate to have Nick Flynn as our guest speaker,” said English Program Chair June Saraceno. “His poetry books and memoirs have captivated critics and casual readers alike. He has worked as a ship’s captain, an electrician, and as a case-worker with homeless adults, so he has some interesting real-world stories to tell.”

Writers in the Woods brings acclaimed authors, poets and screenwriters to Incline Village’s four-year, private university for readings and workshops throughout the academic year. The college also annually adopts a book for its Common Read, which is read, discussed and interpreted throughout the curriculum. This year’s book is “Being Flynn” by Nick Flynn.

Flynn will speak on the campus at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, in the Tahoe Center for Environmental Sciences building, Room 139, and will follow with a morning workshop from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 6. The Friday reading is free, while the workshop will cost $50 for nonstudents. More information and sign-ups can be found at sierranevada.edu.

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Writers in the Woods’ Literary Line-up for 2014-15

Sierra Nevada College announces that its first author in this year’s Writers in the Woods Literary Speaker Series will be Nick Flynn, the author of “Being Flynn,” which was made into a major motion picture in 2012. He also recently published his third memoir, “The Re-enactments,” about the making of the movie, and is well-known for his award-winning poetry books.

Nick Flynn Photo by Dion Ogust

Nick Flynn
Photo by Dion Ogust

Flynn will visit Sierra Nevada College Sept. 5-6, adding to the list of impressive authors the four-year, private university has brought to the campus for the region’sintellectual enjoyment.In the past 10 years, Writers in the Woods has featured Tim O’Brien, author of “The Things They Carried;” Tobias Wolff,  “Old School;” and Brian Turner, “Here, Bullet,” among many other authors, poets and screenwriters.

The esteemed literary series brings acclaimed authors, poets and screenwriters to Incline Village’s four-year, private university for readings and workshops throughout the academic year. The college also annually adopts a book for its Common Read, which is read, discussed and interpreted throughout the curriculum. This year’s book is “Being Flynn” by Nick Flynn.

Writers in the Woods was begun as a way to create a “literary mecca” at the college and bridge the gap between community members and college students, according to English Program Chair June Saraceno.

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Tahoe Slam pits poets against each other in a cash competition

Poets will be aiming for a slam dunk with a cheering and jeering audience at Sierra Nevada College’s Fifth Annual Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, in Patterson Hall.

This contest of performance poetry casts aside the drawing room image of poetry readings, and opens the door to a raucus, fun-loving celebration of the art of the spoken word. With a promise to be entertaining and enlightening, the event is free and open to the public.

Any poet is invited to perform original work at the competition for a panel of judges. The audience is welcome to make its opinions known by hollering and hissing, cheering and applauding the judges’ scores  – all in good nature.

Poets who would like to participate in Sierra Nevada College’s Slam should arrive at least 20 minutes before the event to add their name to the list of competitors for a shot at the title of Tahoe Slam Poet of the year and the first place prize of $300. Second and third place winners receive $200 and $100 respectively. The contest is limited to the first 10 poets to sign up. Each poet should have two poems prepared.

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Field Experience to take students to remote Alaskan village

Chandalar_River_near_Arctic_Village

The Chandalar River near Arctic Village, Alaska. Photo by William Troyer of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Students will be camping in the Arctic Village of the Gwich’in Tribe, while learning about the potential impacts of petroleum exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) during a Sustainability field course in August.

Sustainability Instructor Brennan Legasse will lead a group of 5-7 students to Alaska on Aug. 6-15. This field trip intends to immerse students in the Arctic environment to help them better understand the traditional and contemporary lives of Indigenous people living in Arctic Village, those that advocate for ecosystem health in the local bioregion, and how the world’s dependence on a finite, polluting resource compromises the attainment of holistic sustainability.

Besides exploring the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, the students will be meeting with tribal elders about climate change and tribal members about socio-cultural issues born from colonization and proposed resource extraction plans.

The Arctic Village Visitor Center.

The Arctic Village Visitor Center.
Photo by Wazefaire via Wikimedia Commons

The cost of the course is just under $3,000, including airfare, food, a one-night stay in Fairbanks, camping fees, and a tribal donation. The course number is Sustainability 381 for those interested in signing up.

Students will live in Arctic Village, camping during their trip and will have daily interdisciplinary engagements that touch on Outdoor Adventure Leadership, Sustainability, and Environmental Science. This is a special opportunity to live with members of the Gwich’in Tribe, visit the wild landscape of ANWR, and address issues of sustainability through an intimate experience in a unique place.

 

Honors Symposium Tonight!

This is a reminder of SNC’s 2014 Honors Program Symposium, which takes place tonight at 7pm (in TCES 139).  Five honors students will be presenting their research projects for the SNC community.  Each presentation will be about 10-15 minutes long with time for questions.  For two students, Bryce Bullins and Cole Mizak, this will afford the opportunity to share their research prior to presenting at the country’s largest undergraduate research conference, the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, hosted this year at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.  Please come out and support these outstanding students’ work and the culture of academic excellence at SNC.  Here is a list of student presentations:

Bryce Bullins, “The Urgency for Temporal Revolution”

Benjamin Currier, Minor Literature: Revolutionary Tendencies in the Works of Chuck Palahniuk”
Bridget McGuigan, “Becoming a Great Leader”
Cole Mizak, “’Economic Development’ or ‘Public Use’”
Juan Sandoval, “Death and Dying in America”

 We look forward to seeing you!

–The Honors Program