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The 41 North Film Festival Returns to the Rozsa, November 3-6

Screen Shot 2016-10-06 at 1.29.42 PMFrom a family’s unique intervention into the silent world of autism to six intrepid young entrepreneurs building startups in Detroit, the 41 North Film Festival offers human stories that engage, inform, inspire and uplift.

Over the course of four days, the festival features more than 20 acclaimed films from around the world, as well as music, prizes and other special events.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind and Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams will be in attendance for the screening of “Life, Animated,” the documentary based on Suskind’s best-selling memoir “Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism.”

Award-winning editor, and Michigan native, Jason Zeldes will present his directorial debut film, “Romeo Is Bleeding.”

Detroit Free Press Executive Video Producer Brian Kaufman will be joined by Rolf Peterson (SFRES) and John Vucetich (SFRES) for a panel discussion following the screening of his film “Predator/Prey: The Fight for Isle Royale Wolves“.

Among other feature films included this year are “All These Sleepless Nights,” (Marczak, 2016), “Operator” (Kibens, 2016), “Kedi” (Torun, 2016), “Do Not Resist” (Atkinson, 2016), “Death by Design” (Williams, 2016), “A Stray” (Syeed, 2016) and “Sonita” (Maghami, 2016), which won both the 2016 Sundance Audience and Grand Jury prizes for World Cinema Documentary.

Now in its 12th year, the festival continues to be free and open to the public. Major Sponsors include the Humanities department, the Visual and Performing Arts department, the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts, Student Affairs and Advancement, Pavlis Honors College, the Visiting Women & Minority Lecturer/Scholar Series and the Parents Fund of the Michigan Tech Fund.

Learn more about the films, events, sponsors and how to reserve your ticket online. For more information email

(by Erin Smith. This article originally appeared in TechToday.)

RTC PhD Candidate Lindsay Hingst Awarded Finishing Fellowship for Fall of 2016

lindsay hingstRTC PhD candidate Lindsay Hingst’s dissertation, “A Pedagogy of Witnessing: Linguistic and Visual `Frames’ of the Dark Side in the Multimodal Classroom,” focuses on the theoretical and practical benefits of implementing written, oral, and visual testimonies from traumatic history as a tool for teaching the importance of empathetic and ethical composition practices. Specifically, the dissertation provides resource material for a critical pedagogical model that supports “responsible witnessing” through short writing assignments and a final research project that analyze selected narratives, historical accounts, images, and films spanning World War II and the Vietnam War to more recent global events. HIngst hopes that her work will be of interest to teachers of composition and communication and students who wish to bring approaches to understanding and responding to human suffering and social injustice into the classroom.

Faculty-Led Study Abroad Information Session


Carlos Amador
Carlos Amador

There will be an information session for Carlos Amador’s 2017 Track A faculty-led study abroad program to Lima, Peru from 6 to 7 p.m. today (Sept. 28) in Walker Arts and Humanities 120A.

Students with an interest in studying abroad are encouraged to attend this session. Amador will discuss excursions, course credits and language requirements for this exciting program.


(Written by by Carlos Amador, HU, this article originally appeared in Tech Today.)

“Knitting for Wellness” Lunch and Learn

WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness invite you to join them for a Lunch and Learn, “Knitting for Wellness,” from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5 in Memorial Union Ballroom B3. Did you know knitting has health benefits? Join Silke Feltz, knitting enthusiast and Humanities PhD student, to learn about resources, knitting at Michigan Tech and more. Novice and seasoned knitters are encouraged to attend.

Register at HuskyPAW, members may claim 100 bonus points for attending. Feel free to bring your lunch. Beverages will be provided. Email Shannon Brodeur with questions.

(This article by WorkLife Connections and Employee Wellness originally appeared in Tech Today.)

Amador to Talk About Study Abroad Faculty-Led Opportunities

Carlos Amador
Carlos Amador

International Studies Abroad (ISA) will host an information session discussing study abroad faculty-led opportunities. A faculty-led program is a unique study abroad program where Michigan Tech professors bring Michigan Tech students abroad to teach Michigan Tech courses.

Carlos Amador (HU) will be in attendance to discuss his Lima, Peru faculty-led program. The session will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22 in the Wadsworth Cherry Room. This is a bring-your-own lunch session. Refreshments and dessert will be provided.

Email Vienna Chapin with questions.

(This article first appeared in Tech Today.)

French-Canadian Heritage Week in Michigan

In celebration of French-Canadian Heritage Week in Michigan, the following events are planned:

FC Heritage Week 2016

  • Preview Events—Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 am – 1:00 pm,  Lake Linden Park
  • Children’s Story Time—Saturday Sept 11am, Portage Lake District Library
  • Children’s Story Time—Wednesday, Sept 28, 10:15 am, Portage Lake District Library
  • Dance—Wednesday, Sept 28, 7-9 pm, Finnish American Heritage Center
  • Children’s Story Time—Thursday, Sept 29, 10:15 am, Portage Lake District Library
  • Performance—Thursday, Sept 29, 7-8 pm, Chassell Heritage Center
  • Organ Recital—Sunday, Oct. 2, 3 pm, St. Joseph’s Church

(For further  information, please click the image.)

Humanities Hosts Chris Breu

ProfessorBREU_AN-1The Humanities Department will be hosting a talk by Illinois State Professor Chris Breu on Friday at the Great Lakes Research Center, Rm 202: 5 – 6.30pm.  The talk is entitled “New/Marxist Materialisms: Theorizing Materiality in an Era of Finance Capitalism.” Brue will also be leading a seminar on Saturday morning, Sept 17th, from 9.00-12.00am in the Cherry Room of Wadsworth Hall — the readings for this will consist of selections from Jason Moore’s Capitalism and the Web of Life (2015).

Deering Named New Director of IESL Program

DeeringThe Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs announces that Ms. Heather Deering joined Michigan Tech as the new Director of the Intensive English as a Second Language (IESL) program Monday. In her new role, Deering will report directly to the Provost. She replaces former IESL Director, Dr. Beatrice Smith, who successfully led Michigan Tech’s IESL program through its inaugural and successful accreditation process.

(This article originally appeared in Tech Today.)

Van Kooy Attends NASSR Conference

Dana VanKooy
Dana VanKooy

Assistant Professor Dana Van Kooy (HU) recently attended the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism conference (NASSR) at UC-Berkeley where she presented her essay, “New World Discontent and the Aesthetics of Disappearance” on a panel entitled Black Romanticism. She also participated in a special seminar on “Worldnessness and Wordlessness.”


(This article originally appeared in Tech Today.)