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Banash Appointed Humanities Department Chair

The College of Sciences and Arts Dean’s Office is pleased to announce that David Banash has been selected as chair of the Department of Humanities after an international search. Banash, whose three-year appointment begins July 1, 2019, is currently a professor of English and interim department chair at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois. Prior to serving as chair, Banash was Director of Graduate Studies for five years. He earned his PhD in English from the University of Iowa in 2003.

Banash’s research interests are interdisciplinary and include literature, film, new media, and popular culture.

David Hemmer, dean of the College of Sciences and Arts, said he was thrilled with Banash’s selection.

We are lucky to find a distinguished scholar with a record of successful leadership. The search committee and I were so impressed with his passion for moving to Michigan Tech. His scholarship is also a natural fit for a Humanities Department at a technological university.

His book Collage Culture, traces the ways twentieth-century media technologies including cinema, the phonograph, Xerox machines, and tape recorders, allowed artists to create new forms of literature and art. His edited anthology, Contemporary Collecting: Objects, Practices and the Fate of Things, examines how the role of objects in our contemporary lives are altered by technological change.

Banash replaces Ronald Strickland, who is stepping down as chair after ten years.



Spring Celebration

Modern Languages held their annual Spring Celebration on April 3rd. The French-Canadian group, Maple Sugar Folk, performed and helped teach songs in French, German and Spanish.  There was also a guest performer, Sue Ellen Kingsley and Friends. Food and refreshments were served.


Growing Up In East Germany

 

Dr. Thomas Werner, Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, presented his story to about growing up in East Germany and living a political double life in a socialist country at an event hosted by Modern Languages on April 10th. Werner talked about what it was like for him to have a personal spy who tried to send his parents to prison, and how his home country dropped out of existence overnight.

After the Berlin wall fell, Thomas studied Biology in Jena, Germany, and then moved to Umeå, Sweden, where he did his PhD in cell and molecular biology. He moved to Madison, Wisconsin as a postdoctoral fellow studying the evolution and development of color patterns in fruit flies. Thomas is now a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Michigan Tech. He lives in Houghton with his wife Megan, daughter Natalia, and sons Oliver and Oscar


Modern Language Film Series

Video camera lens lit by different color light sourcesThe Modern Language Program at Michigan Tech has organized its annual film series with a selection of three foreign films.

This spring, the movies are in French, German and Spanish. Join us for what promises to be a stimulating event and make sure to keep an eye out for future dates.

If you have any questions about the Modern Language Film Series, email danyj@mtu.edu.




World War I and The Copper Country Trench Webcam

American soldiers in trenches during World War OneAs part of World War I & The Copper Country, a full-scale reconstruction of a section of WWI firing trench on the front line can be viewed through our webcam! This webcam will be available until November 11.

Still Image | Streaming | Time Lapse

An immersive outdoor trench exhibit invites the public to imagine how soldiers experienced life in the trenches, including “going over the top.” This project is headed by Drs. Stanley Vitton and Kris Mattila (Civil and Environmental Engineering), and it involves student and faculty participants from across campus. The exhibit showcases an actual winding trench dug several feet into the ground and spanning several yards on the campus green. The exhibit is multifaceted featuring an acoustical installation simulating the sounds of battle designed by Christopher Plummer and Sound Design students (Visual & Performing Arts); looped recordings of memorial poetry and selections from soldier memoirs; and informative signage conveying historical facts about trench structure and trench warfare. Prospective plans include a commemorative ceremony to fill in the trench on November 11, 2018 with the participation of local VFW and American Legion groups, ROTC, and JROTC.

Image: Figure 20, Lubin 2015. American Soldiers in trenches, France (near Verdun). 1918 Library of Congress


Café Francais Resuming Activities

Walker BuidlingIt is with great pleasure that Café Français resumes its activities from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday (Sept. 13) in Walker 120C. Join us for an hour in a laid-back francophone setting.

As usual, snacks and light refreshments will be served. Any level of French is welcome. Don’t forget to share it with your friends. Hope to see you there.


Wenjing Liu Among Fall 2018 Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Award Recipients

Wenjing LiuWe are happy to announce Rhetoric, Theory and Culture PhD student Wenjing Liu is among the winners for the Doctoral Finishing Fellowship Award. Congratulations!

Finishing Fellowships provide support to PhD candidates who are close to completing their degrees. These fellowships are available through the generosity of alumni and friends of the University. They are intended to recognize outstanding PhD candidates who are in need of financial support to finish their degrees and are also contributing to the attainment of goals outlined in The Michigan Tech Plan.