Category Archives: Humanities

Great Nevada ShakeOut at SNC

On October 16th at 10:16 am, Sierra Nevada College participated in the Great Nevada ShakeOut drill to promote awareness and safety in the event of an earthquake.

Some of our faculty and staff showed their participation by documenting this drill with a “selfie” under their desk.

Thank you to everyone who participated!

 

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Ellen Birrell Gives Dynamic Talk on Homelessness

Guest speaker Ellen Birrell gave a informative and eye-opening talk about the “wicked” problem of homelessness on October 16th.

Ellen’s specialty is in homeless health care where she has been an advocate for over 20 years. Her expertise shined through as she shared stories and videos of the homeless in our community.

Her advice to those who attended was to keep the conversation of homelessness alive. This is the first step in ending this “wicked” problem.

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Unique artist visits SNC Oct. 17&18 for Writers in the Woods

The New York Times introduced Terry Allen to the Big Apple as an artist with a “trippy yet earthy mind” and described his visual art as “Old West Psychedelic, a funky mix of drawing, writing, sculpture and multimedia installation that combines comedy and tragedy, realistic grit and visionary imagination.”

Terry Allen Photo by James Bland

Terry Allen
Photo by James Bland

But even the nation’s newspaper has trouble defining the Texas-born Allen; he is an artist who cannot be pigeonholed into a pat description or just one area of work. This is all the more reason to venture out Friday evening to enjoy a reading and keyboard performance from Allen, followed by a Q&A.

He is the third author to visit Incline Village for this semester’s Writers in the Wood series. However, like everything interesting, new and different about Allen, he will not be reading in the usual forums for Writers in the Woods. You will find him in the new Garage Door Gallery of the Holman Arts & Media Center on Tahoe Boulevard. Friday’s free event begins at 7 p.m., while a $50 workshop on writing and crafting will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Garage Door Gallery.

Terry Allen is a nationally renowned musician, visual artist, sculptor, painter and writer who often blends all forms into museum-theater artworks that reference his Texas roots.

The Gallery Paule Anglim in San Francisco posts this bio about Allen on its website: “Terry Allen is a visual artist and songwriter who was raised in Lubbock, Texas. He graduated from Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles and has worked as an artist & musician since 1966. His legendary story-telling ability is key to his creative productivity. His modern folklore is skillfully drafted from historical events, personal memories, theater, song and iconic images from both American TV and the American landscape. Allen’s underlying narratives give form to drawn images, sculptures, recordings, radio plays and video art.

He has received numerous awards and honors including a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Art Fellowships, Awards for the Visual Arts (AVA), Washington D.C., Bessie (New York) and Isadora Duncan (San Francisco) Critic Awards for text, music, sets, costumes for PEDAL STEAL (Margaret Jenkins Dance Co.), AICA Award (International Assoc. of Art Critics) Best Show in a Commercial Gallery, Dugout I, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, 2nd Place, curated by Peter Goulds; induction into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame in 1992, US Artists Fellowship, Oliver Fellow, 2009.

Allen’s personal website, terryallenartmusic.com, lists his art, his public commissions, his music, his radio and his publications.

Writers in the Woods features a year-long line-up of well-known authors and poets who visit Sierra Nevada College for a Friday reading and a Saturday workshop. The Friday reading is free, while the workshop costs $50 for non-students. More information can be found on sierranevada.edu.

“Third Wednesday” reading to feature travel writing professor

Ann Marie Brown explores the world as a travel writer. This photo is from her website, which details the contents of each travel guide.

Ann Marie Brown explores the world as a travel writer. This photo is from her website, which details the contents of each travel guide.

When asked to share her travel writing with a Writing for Publication class, Ann Marie Brown arrived early with a bright-eyed smile, a bursting backpack and an armload of magazines. As she sorted and arranged books, travel guides and freelance magazine articles, two things were apparent: she is well traveled and well published.

She is also a popular teacher at Sierra Nevada College, and it’s no wonder that her Travel Writing class fills up with wanderlust students. Brown also teaches Creative Non-Fiction, Introduction to Journalism, and English Composition classes at Sierra Nevada College.

According to an Eagle’s Eye article, Brown studied at Pomona College in Los Angeles and graduated in 1984, with a bachelor’s degree in English and Government. She continued onto grad school at Stanford University, where she studied Journalism and graduated with a master’s degree in 1986. In 1988, she graduated from Oxford with a master’s degree in Philosophy Politics and Economics.

Her website says she is a “dedicated outdoorswoman, who hikes, bikes, and camps more than 150 days each year in an all-out effort to avoid routine, complacency, and getting a real job.”

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Guidebooks written by Ann Marie Brown are listed on her website, annmariebrown.com, and can be purchased through Amazon.

The South Lake Tahoe resident has written 13 guidebooks over the years, multiple articles in magazines such as Via, Backpacker and Sunset, and spends summers traveling. Last year, she took a group of Stanford alumni to Peru for a summer travel writing experience.

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the back of Prim library, Brown will be sharing stories from her traveling experiences as part of the regular Wednesday Readings which feature various SNC faculty.

Please join us in hearing about her travel, her writing, and her reading as well.  All are welcome to the free event.

Active Learning Workshop II

Christina M. Frederick, Constance A. Barnes, Kallie B. Day, & Robert D. King presented a workshop focused on sharing a plethora of Active Learning techniques with Sierra Nevada College faculty at a Professional Development Worskshop on Tuesday, August 12.

We appreciate the enthusiasm from the audience and hope the content presented during this workshop will facilitate the practice of Active Learning at Sierra Nevada College in the coming Fall 2014 semester.

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Justice Club collects, distributes coats for Tahoe’s families

photo 5On Dec. 18, 2013 Sierra Nevada College’s newly founded Justice Club distributed over 150 items of warm winter clothing to underprivileged families in the Kings Beach area.

The Justice Club hosted a coat drive at various locations throughout Incline Village, including Sierra Nevada College, Raley’s and IV Coffee Lab for a month in the fall. The quality and quantity of donations far exceeded the clubs’ goals and provided an array of items, such as women’s ski coats and professional blazers, children’s snow onesies, and men’s technical backcountry ski gear.

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Visit Senior Project presentations on Wednesday, Dec. 4

Students, faculty and the public are invited to the Fall Term Senior Projects/Senior Portfolios from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in TCES 139.

An unusually rich selection of the work our Humanities and Social Sciences students have completed this year will be on display, including:

Senior Projects

 Gregory Block — Repurposing Industrial Wastelands: Why Brownfields Hold the Most Innovative Potential for the Future of Renewable Energy

 Chelsea CunninghamGraphic Novel

Spencer LopesHooked on Tahoe

Lusedna SandovalBilingual Education

 Kenneth StonemanWhy Writing a Novel Is a Matter of Perspective

 Emalee StoverThe Navaho Generating Station: An Opportunity for Justice in Black Mesa

Madeline WilsonPromoting a Meaningful Old Age through the Art Therapy Process

Senior Portfolios

Corey Donahue: Sustainability major: Wine Country Party Bike

Chelsea Cristoph: Digital Arts/Management major: Verbal Information into Multimedia Communication

Todd Karol: Sustainability major: Trail Head Juice

Ethan Rollins: Digital Arts/Entrepreneurship major: Creating Brand Awareness via Social Connections

Jared Stanley busy with art installation, upcoming poetry readings

Humanities Instructor Jared Stanley shared his work Sunday, Nov. 10, during an afternoon of poetry titled, “It Calls from the Creek,” hosted by ART OnSite. The organization’s mission is to strengthen the ties between the Nevada City community, the environment and the arts through outdoor art installations along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail.

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Jared Stanley is a member of the public art group Unmanned Minerals which created “It Calls From the Creek,” a series of 10 installations along the Deer Creek Tribute Trail in Nevada City.  Jared is the author of two books, “Weeds” and “Book Made of Forest,” as well as other published work.  The tribute trail will be open through September 2014.

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Dr. Robert King: a passion for knowledge and learning

This article is reprinted from the Sept. 12, 2013 issue of the Eagle’s Eye, Sierra Nevada College’s campus newspaper.
By Carly Courtney

Hidden away on the second floor of Prim Library outside the office of Dr. Robert King, the only sounds pervading the still air are whispered questions and footsteps echoing through the grates from the floors above. The silence is broken when the doors swing open to permit two professors walking up the stairs, laughing and planning a meeting “for this time next week.”

King pulls a chair out across the desk, a plaid button-up shirt sticking out the bottom of his navy cardigan, and worn Vans sticking out from underneath his pants. He pushed his thick rimmed glasses up further on his nose, one of Sierra Nevada College’s younger Ph.D holding professors, and began to talk quickly and without pause.

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