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Poetry Reading and Motionpoems Screening

Saara RaappanaThere will be a poetry reading by Saara Raappana and reception held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30 in Walker 134. Raappana will read new and selected poems, share anecdotes about ice fishing and rhapsodize about Trenary Toast.

Raappana is the author of the poetry chapbooks “A Story of America Goes Walking.”

There will be a screening of selected works from recent seasons of Motionpoems and reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 31 in Walker 134.

Motionpoems, a non-profit arts organization, brings the work of inspired contemporary poets to the screen through collaborations with talented emerging filmmakers. The results are poignant, heart-wrenching, uplifting and not to be missed.





Fourth RTC (Rhetoric, Theory and Culture) Graduate Seminar

PhD Students Vincent Manzie and Tolulope Odebunmi will present their papers on the topic of “Crisis and Communication in Cross-Cultural Contexts” at the RTC Colloquium from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday (Feb. 24) in Walker 134.

Manzie’s presentation will be “Applying the Rhetoric of Renewal Model in a Contemporary African Context: Lessons Learned from the Royal Dutch Shell Oil Crisis in Nigeria.”

Odebunmi will present “Whatsapp: A Safe Haven for Gender Transgression?”

Read the abstracts online.


Michigan Tech Alum in episodes of “This Is Us”

Eric Michael JohnsonEric Michael Johnson, who graduated with a degree in Scientific and Technical Communication in 2012, was featured in an article in the Duluth News Tribune for earning a role as the drumming instructor in two episodes of the NBC drama “This Is Us” (Season 1, Episodes 13 and 14).

While at Michigan Tech, Johnson created a parody video of Al Yankovic’s “White and Nerdy” for a digital media course. In the article, Johnson recalls his time filming the video:

“It celebrates the geek, nerd culture at Michigan Tech. It is a celebration of that because I absolutely identify as a big sci-fi geek,” he said. Being in front and behind the camera in creating the video, he said “it was right around then that I really started to fall in love with the idea of filmmaking.”


Roxanne Gay Breaks with Publisher Over Its Relationship with Alt-Right Author

Roxanne GayBest-selling author and Michigan Tech humanities alumna Roxane Gay (PhD in Rhetoric and Technical Communication, 2010) has withdrawn a planned book, “How To Be Heard,” from Simon & Schuster, to protest the publisher’s book deal with alt-right provocateur and Breitbart News editor Milo Yiannopolous. The story has been widely covered internationally, in the New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Guardian, Salon, Time, Buzzfeed and many other media outlets.



Copper Country Reading Council Presentation

The Michigan Tech community is invited to attend a presentation by Michigan Reading Association President, Sean Kottke from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan.19 in Alumni Lounge A.

Kottke is a consultant with the Michigan Department of Education and is President of the Michigan Reading Association. The title of his presentation is “Adolescent Boys, Literature and

This presentation is provided by the English Education Program in collaboration with the Copper Country Reading Council. Dinner will be provided at no charge, but it is possible to just attend the talk.

RSVP by January 16.


Roxanne Gay on NPR

Roxanne GayNational Public Radio aired an interview with Roxane Gay, a noted writer and alumna of Michigan Tech’s Humanities program. The interview ran on NPR’s “All Things Considered” program. You can read highlights of the interview here.