Category: News

Kitty Donohoe Concert Made Possible with Mini-Grant

Kitty Donohoe
Kitty Donohoe

Through generous support from a Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) mini-grant, the English Education Program, partnering with the Copper Country Reading Council (CCRC), invites the Michigan Tech community to a family-oriented concert in Houghton at at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20 at Saints Peter and Paul Church (Madeline Street).

We are able to offer the community accomplished musician and children’s author, Kitty Donohoe. Donohoe will be in the Copper Country this fall as the CCRC’s visiting artist in the schools for the CCRC’s North Woods Kids Project. The concert is free, and family-oriented; however, donations to the CCRC at the door would be appreciated and are used to support classroom and community literacy projects in the Copper Country.

Ann Arbor based songwriter and Michigan Emmy recipient Donohoe is not an Irish or Celtic singer, but she clearly draws from that part of her heritage, as well as her American roots, as an artist.

Iconic WFMT-Chicago folk DJ Rich Warren calls Kitty “far above and beyond most singer songwriters.”

She writes music that has been called “earthy, luminous and compelling” (The Weekender), and she’s been praised in the press equally for her voice, her musicality and her songwriting.

Donohoe will visit schools during the week prior to her concert, performing and working closely on creative writing with students for the North Woods Kids project, now in its third year. Any young person between the ages of 5 and 19 (and not in college) is eligible to submit writing or art to Evelyn Johnson, Dept. of Humanities, MTU by Dec. 1.

The 2017-2018 prompt is, “In creative writing or visual art, show your appreciation of Lake Superior.”

For more information on how to submit work to NWK, or on the Donohoe concert, email

Author Talk with Cyndi Perkins

Cyndi Perkins
Cyndi Perkins

Ever wondered what it’s like to live and travel on your boat for four years? Or how to write a book and find a publisher? Cyndi Perkins has done both. The award-winning journalist, a former Daily Mining Gazette managing editor, talks about her novel inspiration (and yours) at a chat and book-signing on Thursday, October 19 at 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library, East Reading Room. Refreshments will be served.

Social Sciences & Humanities Research Skills Refresher

Has it been a little while since you have had to do any library research? Feel like your information-finding skills are a little rusty? Join us for our Social Sciences & Humanities Research Skills Refresher session to brush off the dust.

We will cover services specific to Michigan Tech as well as a variety of searching techniques and strategies to help you get the most out of the library and your research. Join us from 12:05 to 12:55 p.m. Wednesday (Oct. 11) in Library 242. Registration is required.

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.

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.