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HIGHER EDUCATION NOTES: German prof to speak ... UND ot host Chamber ... Music therapy faculty honored .... . more

Knapp to speak on Das Judasschaf UND German professor Thyra E. Knapp will talk about Anne Duden's 1985 novel, "Das Judasschaf," at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at UND's Merrifield Hall Room 300, according to a news release. Her talk, "Ekphrasis and Alterity: I...

Knapp to speak on Das Judasschaf

UND German professor Thyra E. Knapp will talk about Anne Duden's 1985 novel, "Das Judasschaf," at 4 p.m. Nov. 10 at UND's Merrifield Hall Room 300, according to a news release.

Her talk, "Ekphrasis and Alterity: Image and Text in Anne Duden's Das Judasschaf," will be part of the UND College of Arts and Sciences Interdisciplinary Speaker Series.

"Das Judasschaf" utilizes ekphrasis as a narrative device, enabling the marginalized protagonist to identify and externalize her psychological condition. The protagonist engages Renaissance paintings and by identifying with the saints and martyrs depicted, is inspired to narrate them, transposing what she sees into language. Knapp will posit that this narrative act creates a third thing, a Zwischenraum, in which alterity finds it voice.

UND to host Chamber event

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The UND is hosting Business After Hours for all Chamber members and their employees.

The event is free with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages, door prizes, and cash drawing for $900.

The event takes place from 4:45 to 7 p.m. Nov. 17 at the School of Medicine and Health Science Building, 501 N. Columbia Road.

Faculty commended

UND music therapy professors Meganne Masko and Andrew Knight along with lecturers Emily Wangen and Natasha Thomas were commended by the president of the American Music Therapy Association for their work in establishing the nation's first licensure law for music therapy.

Rep. Lois Delmore, D-Grand Forks, and members of the UND task force on music therapy will be at the AMTA national conference in Atlanta on Nov. 17 to be recognized for their efforts.

In April, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed SB 2271, which established the North Dakota Board of Integrative Health to regulate the licensure law and provided state recognition of the professional credential for music therapy.

UND music therapy students commemorated the groundbreaking legislation with advocacy events, concerts, and fundraisers for children with blindness or vision impairment in Minot. "Music for Minot" funds will also include a significant donation from Poppler's Music in Grand Forks to purchase assistive devices and instruments. The items will be delivered this month, which is "Music Therapy Month" in North Dakota.

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Hawthorne wins national award

Joan Hawthorne, UND's director of assessment and regional accreditation, received the Jerry G. Gaff Faculty Award from the Association for General and Liberal Studies at the 51st annual conference in Miami Oct. 6-8.

Those nominating Hawthorne said that, as a direct consequence of her participation and leadership, UND has built a model program in general education, and that she has become one of the lead spokespersons for student learning, for the essential studies program and for general education.

The award is given annually to those who have demonstrated leadership on their campuses in general and liberal education through outstanding teaching and a record of achievement in curriculum development, innovation or implementation. It is named for a senior scholar at the American Association of Colleges and an advocate for general and liberal education.

Hawthorne has been at UND for nearly 25 years, starting as a lecturer and then serving as assistant director of composition.

Neighborhood workshop

UND and Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown are encouraging the public to attend the "Neighborhood Initiative" workshop.

Jay Clark, director of the Minnesota Center for Neighborhood Organizing, will lead a conversation about how Grand Forks might envision the community from its neighborhoods up.

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Preceding the workshop, UND's Center for Community Engagement will hold its annual Stone Soup Awards Luncheon, with music by the UND String Quartet. Brown and UND First Lady Marcia Kelley will serve soup with American Indian fry bread and Icelandic dessert.

The luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10, followed at 1:30 p.m. by the workshop, both in the UND Memorial Union Ballroom. For reservations call (701) 777-0675. Tickets for the luncheon are $10 for students and $15 general admission.

Profs honored

Four UND associate professors of biology have been named National Academies Education Fellows in the Life Sciences for the 2011-2012 academic year.

They are: Brett Goodwin, Kathryn Yurkonis, Robert Newman and Becky Simmons.

The four were selected for their participation in the 2011 National Academies Northstar Summer Institute on Undergraduate Education in Biology held at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

Teams from 12 research universities assembled to develop or adapt teaching activities that they will implement during the coming academic year.

Holocaust expert pays tribute

Robert Skloot, professor at the University of Wisconsin, will be a special guest of the UND Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies as a tribute to those who suffered under Nazi persecution 73 years ago on "Kristallnacht."

"Kristallnacht" -- The Night of Broken Glass -- was the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938, when Jewish-owned businesses throughout Germany were ransacked and thousands of Jews were killed or sent to concentration camps.

Skloot is a historian, lecturer, teacher, writer and an expert on "Holocaust theater," arts and genocide. He will give a keynote address titled "The Theatre of Genocide," at 7 p.m. Nov. 8 in the East Asian Room in the Chester Fritz and present a play with UND students about Raphael Lemkin at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks. Ralph Lemkin is the founder of the genocide convention and is credited with coining the term "genocide."

Both events are free to the public, proudly sponsored by the Jewish Community Relation Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

UMC Preview Day

The University of Minnesota-Crookston, is holding Preview Day, designed to help students and families make decision about college.

Prospective students will have the opportunity to interact with current students and faculty, learn about opportunities available on campus and tour the campus.

Preview Day is Nov. 19. Presentations begin at 10 a.m. Lunch will be served. Register at www.umcrookston .

edu/admissions or call the Admissions Office at (218) 281-8569.

Accreditation renewed

The Commission of Accreditation for Dietetics Education voted to continue full accreditation for the UND Coordinated Program in Dietetics. The program is accredited at the baccalaureate level for enrollment of 24 first and second-year students and a dietetic practice in rural communities concentration.

The decision was based on a peer review of the self-study report addressing the 2008 accreditation standards.

The next review is in 2016, the midpoint of the 10-year accreditation period.

Kelley gives State of University Address

UND President Robert Kelley will give his State of the University Address at 3 p.m. Nov. 22 at a University Council meeting in the UND Memorial Union Lecture Bowl.

The address will focus on "The Exceptional UND."

University Senate Chairman Curt Stofferahn will give a status report following Kelley's speech.

Choirs celebrate holiday season

UND choirs will celebrate the holiday season with Winter Wunderland, formerly the Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. Dec. 2-3 at the UND Memorial Union Ballroom.

An annual fundraiser for the choir, the event includes music and a five-course dinner. Performances are by the UND Concert Choir, Varsity Bards, Allegro Women's Choir, Varsity Gentlemen and Faculty Brass Trio.

This year's special guest will be Matt Strand performing highlights from Vince Guaraldi's album "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Tickets are $40 for the general public or $20 for UND students. A full table for eight is $298. Purchase tickets at the Chester Fritz Auditorium box office (701) 777-4090 or at Ticketmaster.com. For group rates, call (701) 777-2636. For more information, contact Joshua Bronfman at (701) 777-2814.

UMC to celebrate International Week

The University of Minnesota-Crookston, is celebrating International Week Nov. 14 to 18 and it's inviting the community to join in.

Here is the calendar of events:

- Nov. 14: International cuisine will be featured in Brown Dining Room 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost is $8.15 per person.

- Nov. 15: The "Learn a Language" program is noon to 2 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge. A photography contest is 2 to 4 p.m. in the Prairie Lounge. Everyone is encouraged to vote for their favorites. Both lounges are in the Sargeant Student Center.

- Nov. 16: An international market will be held 2 to 6 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom in the Sargeant center.

- Nov. 17: An interactive display on human trafficking will be featured 2 to 6 p.m. in the Northern Lights Lounge. There will be a fundraiser to help shelter victims in the region.- Nov. 18: The "How Hot is Hot?" hot sauce contest will be held at noon in the Northern Lights Lounge. An international kids carnival will be held 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Bede Ballroom. There will be barnyard animals, button making, origami, face painting, games, tattoos and items for sale.

All events are free unless otherwise noted.

UMC's celebration overlaps with International Education Week Nov. 12 to 16. For more info go to iew.state.gov.

'Zombie Prom'

University of Minnesota-Crookston music and theater students will be performing in the musical comedy "Zombie Prom."

The play is set in the atomic 1950s at Enrico Fermi High, run by a zany, tyrannical principal. Toffee, a pretty senior played by Melissa Graf, has fallen for Jonny, the class bad boy played by Joe Harren. Family pressure forces her to end the romance, and he charges off on his motorcycle to the nuclear waste dump. He returns glowing and determined to reclaim Toffee's heart.

The play is 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 to 19 in Kiehle Auditorium and 3 p.m. Nov. 20. Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for students and children and free to UMC students with U-Cards. A $1 discount will be given with a donation of a nonperishable food item for the North Country Food Shelf in Crookston.

Byzantine expert to speak at UND

Professor Kostis Kourelis will discuss Biblical Corinth as the speaker at UND's 2011 Cyprus Research Fund Lecture.

He will tell the story of how excavation of thousand-year-old Byzantine remains at Corinth, Greece, influenced Avant Garde movements in mid-20th century America. The talk will place the birth of Byzantine archaeology in Greece within the broader context of modernism.

The lecture is at 4 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Chester Fritz Library East Asia Room.

UND investment group profile

The Dakota Venture Group, a student-run investment group at UND, is profiled in the latest issue of NBIA Review, the magazine of the National Business Incubation Association.

The magazine said DVG provides "capital for the region's entrepreneurs, a rich learning environment for students and an experienced entrepreneur base for the future."

DVG was developed by UND's Center for Innovation in 2006. The group invests in high-growth businesses started by U.S. entrepreneurs with a preference for regional and student-initiated businesses. So far, DVG has invested in 11 companies.

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