“Daughter of the Lake” Documentary 9/20

“Daughter of the Lake,” a documentary film about the human and environmental costs of gold mining and indigenous resistance in the Peruvian Andes, will be screened at 7 p.m. tonight (Sept. 20) in Fisher 135.

The director of this documentary, Ernesto Cabellos, will join for a Skype discussion from Lima, Peru, after the screening. A representative from the Menominee tribe in Michigan will also join in the panel discussion. Read the full Tech Today story.


In the News: Andrew Fiss Interviewed on The Anthill

The Anthill, a podcast of news outlet The Conversation (UK), ran an interview with Andrew Fiss (HU) and Laura Kasson Fiss (Pavlis Honors College), as well as recordings of songs they performed as part of their presentation at the British Science Festival. Their research considers songs as science communication, in this case nineteenth-century women using parody to defend their right to study traditionally male subjects such as mathematics. See here.


In the News: Andrew Fiss (HU) and Laura Kasson Fiss (PHC) Co-Present at British Science Association

Andrew FissAndrew Fiss (HU) and Laura Kasson Fiss (Pavlis Honors College) presented at the annual meeting of the British Science Association, now rebranded as the British Science Festival, the longest-running conference for science communication in Europe. On Friday (Sept. 8) they gave a lecture/performance “The Mathematikado,” named for a 1886 parody of Gilbert & Sullivan’s “Mikado” written and performed by students at Vassar College. Their work was covered by The Conversation UK in a podcast called the Anthill.


Congratulations Cyndi!

CCM major Cyndi Perkins has published her novel, More Than You Think You Know (Beating Windward Press). More Than You Think You Know is a women’s road (river) trip novel about ships and friendships, crashes and hot flashes. Released in July 2017, the story follows Hailey, Robin and Trish, three women piloting the 44-foot luxury trawler Blackout through the Heartland Rivers from Chicago to the Gulf of Mexico. Stayed tuned for Cyndi’s reading in Van Pelt on Oct. 19.

MTYTYK-COVER (1)Cyndi has sailed Lake Superior, the Heartland Rivers, and the Eastern Seaboard since 1995. She and her husband survived two 6,000-mile circumnavigations of America’s Great Loop aboard their 32-foot DownEast sailing vessel Chip Ahoy. Cyndi writes and edits for Michigan Technological University digital and print publications. But did you know that she is also an award-winning journalist who worked for 10 years at the Daily Mining Gazette and who wrote the popular “Line of Sight” column? Her nautical writing credits include Cruising World, Latitudes & Attitudes, Good Old Boat, PassageMaker, Southwinds, and Northern Breezes magazines.

You can find Cyndi’s book on Amazon, and more about her adventures and work on her website.

 

 


Calling all communicators: Plain Language workshop

Speaking Your User’s Language, an interactive workshop focusing on the benefits and challenges of communicating directly and authentically with your audience, will be presented by Nick Rosencrans, User Experience Analyst at the University of Minnesota, and self-described champion for the end user.

The workshop is on Tuesday, September 19, 9:30-11 in Walker 120A.

Participants will identify issues of voice and tone in their communications, consider the consequences of prioritizing specific users or audiences over others, and share their experiences with other participants.

Sponsored by the Department of Humanities

 


James Livingston and “No More Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea”

Finlandia University Campus Read 2017 Presents James Livingston and “No More Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea”  7PM Wed Sept 20 Finnish American Heritage Centerno more work

Dr. Livingston’s most recent book, No More Work: Why Full Employment is a Bad Idea, challenges the long held imperative for reaching full employment levels. Amazon.com summarizes the book’s theme as such:

For centuries we’ve believed that work was where you learned discipline, initiative, honesty, self-reliance–in a word, character. A job was also, and not incidentally, the source of your income: if you didn’t work, you didn’t eat, or else you were stealing from someone. If only you worked hard, you could earn your way and maybe even make something of yourself.

In recent decades, through everyday experience, these beliefs have proven spectacularly false. In this book, James Livingston explains how and why Americans still cling to work as a solution rather than a problem–why it is that both liberals and conservatives announce that “full employment” is their goal when job creation is no longer a feasible solution for any problem, moral or economic. The result is a witty, stirring denunciation of the ways we think about why we labor, exhorting us to imagine a new way of finding meaning, character, and sustenance beyond our workaday world–and showing us that we can afford to leave that world behind.


Calling All Communicators: Plain Language Workshop

nickrosencrans“Speaking Your User’s Language,” an interactive workshop focusing on the benefits and challenges of communicating directly and authentically with your audience, will be presented by Nick Rosencrans, User Experience Analyst at the University of Minnesota, and self-described champion for the end user. The workshop is 9:30-11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19 in Walker 120A.

Participants will identify issues of voice and tone in their communications, consider the consequences of prioritizing specific users or audiences over others, and share their experiences with other participants.

Sponsored by the Department of Humanities.


Wicked Ambiguity Explored by Guest Speaker from Facebook

Jonathon Colman
Jonathon Colman

What’s it like to create solutions for people you won’t know in your lifetime? This wicked problem is faced by designers, artists, engineers, software developers, research scientists, information architects, content strategists—creatives of all sorts.

Jonathon Colman, product usability and lead content strategist at Facebook, offers some answers in his talk, “Wicked Ambiguity,” at 7 p.m. Monday (Sept. 18) in Walker 134.

In addition to his primary responsibilities at Facebook, Colman helps to recruit and place college interns. A Michigan Tech alumnus, Colman earned his BS in scientific and technical communication in 1997. Before joining Facebook in 2013, he worked in digital marketing and search engine optimization for REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) and the Nature Conservancy.

This even is sponsored by the Department of Humanities.