UNCG Campus Weekly

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Tee it up, at Jack Cooke Classic May 15

A long-standing tradition and a great beginning to the summer, the 31st Annual Jack Cooke Golf Classic is scheduled to be played Monday, May 15, 2017. This year’s event will be held at Oak Hollow Golf Course. The fee is $35.00 per person and includes the green fee with cart, range balls, picnic, and door prizes. The round will begin with a 9:00am shotgun start and will feature 18 hole Captain’s Choice (4-person teams) format. Teams must register by Friday, May 5th, 2017. Teams can register online at http://recwell.uncg.edu/golf.

Any questions? Contact the Recreation & Wellness Office at 334-5924 or recwell@uncg.edu.

Looking Ahead: April 19, 2017

General Faculty Meeting
Wednesday, April 19, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Concert: Wind Ensemble, War and Peace Reimagined Series
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Theatre

UPAS: Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis
Thursday, April 20, 8 p.m., Lawndale Baptist Church (shuttles begin 6:30 p.m.)

Colloquium with Dr. Patricia Fall, “Island ecosystems before and after contact in the Bahamas”
Friday, April 21, 3:30 p.m., 106 Graham

Spring Dances
Saturday, April 22, 2 & 8 p.m., Dance Theater

2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition Opening Talk and Reception
Saturday, April 22, 5 p.m. Weatherspoon Art Museum

Concert: Chorale/Chamber Singers
Sunday, April 23, 3:30 p.m., First Presbyterian Church

In memoriam: Bill Bates

Dr. Bill Bates, former head of the Department of Biology, died on April 9, 2017.

In 1966, he joined UNCG’s Department of Biology and served as head of the department from 1979 to 1988. He taught biochemistry, cell biology, radioisotope techniques and introductory biology during his career at UNCG. He retired in 2000 after 33 years on the UNCG faculty.

A native of Texas, he received degrees from Rice University and did postdoctoral research at Stanford.

At UNCG, he was hired by Dr. Eberhart as part of a group of faculty to increase the research mission of the Biology Department, and helped lead the department in making more advanced use of computers in teaching and research. His research work focused on enzyme activity in Neursopera crassa, a fungus that is a common model organism in Biology.

A 2 p.m. memorial service is planned for Saturday, May 20, 2017, at Forbis and Dick Guilford Chapel, 5926 W. Friendly Avenue, Greensboro.

His obituary may be viewed here.

Memorial service at UNCG for Cathy Ennis April 25

Dr. Cathy Ennis, professor of curriculum theory and development in the Department of Kinesiology, died April 8. She had been a member of the faculty since 2008 and was an alumna, having received her master’s degree in physical education here in 1977.

A memorial service will be held on the UNCG campus Tuesday, April 25, at 3:30 p.m. in the Recital Hall, School of Music Building. A reception will follow in the Atrium.

A graveside service was held last Friday in Richmond, Virginia. You may access see an earlier Campus Weekly story here. Her obituary may be accessed here.

Looking Ahead: April 12

Staff Senate Meeting
Thursday, April 13, 10 a.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

“Punishment in the United States: Mass Incarceration and its Alternatives”
Thursday, April 13, 2 p.m.  SOEB 224

Men’s Soccer 10-Team Tournament
Saturday, April 15, 7 p.m., Soccer Stadium & North Field

Baseball vs. Wofford
Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m., Baseball Stadium

Softball vs. Samford
Saturday, April 15, 1 p.m., Softball Stadium

Men’s Tennis vs. Elon
Monday, April 17, 5 p.m., Tennis Courts

Concert: Wind Ensemble, War and Peace Reimagined Series
Wednesday, April 19, 7:30 p.m. Taylor Theatre

UPAS: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Thursday, April 20, 8 p.m., Lawndale Baptist Church

North Carolina Museum of Art Ed. Expo
Thursday, April 20, 5 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

In memoriam: Cathy Ennis

Dr. Catherine Ennis, professor of curriculum theory and development in the Department of Kinesiology, died April 8. She had been a member of the faculty since 2008 and was an alumna, having received her master’s degree in physical education here in 1977.

Her research, generously supported by the National Institutes of Health, focused on physical education in urban school settings and sought to determine what curriculum is most effective in enhancing student learning.

She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the School of Health and Human Performance in 2009, and last month she received the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal from the Society of Health and Physical Educators for exemplifying the highest standards of accomplishment, innovation and leadership.
She had held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin – Madison and the University of Maryland, College Park, before joining UNCG’s Department of Kinesiology.

Funeral arrangements in Richmond, Va., and a memorial service here at UNCG are pending. Memorial donations may be made to the UNCG Catherine D. Ennis Undergraduate Scholarship Fund. More information may be seen in her obituary.

From soldier to veteran: two stories, in their own words

As part of the War and Peace Imagined project, the UNCG History department has been working with the Greensboro Public Library and StoryCorps to collect local oral histories about people’s experiences with modern wars. (See earlier post.) On Thursday, April 13, Vietnam War POW Porter Halyburton and former Army Intelligence Officer (and UNCG alumnus) Jason Baum will share their experiences about the transition from soldier to veteran.

This event is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Greensboro Central Library, at 219 N. Church St. It is free and open to the public.

LIHC Artists in Residence Showcase April 20

The campus community is invited to join the Lloyd International Honors College for the Artists in Residence Showcase, on Thursday, April 20, at 5 p.m. in Collins Lecture Hall, Music Building.

Four Honors College fellows, a diverse community of artist scholars, will present the work they have created this school year. This program is in partnership with Lloyd International Honors College, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and the Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Office.

Reception to follow.

Panel discussion on the Middle East April 13

On Thursday, April 13, at 5 p.m., the International & Global Studies Program and the Department of Peace & Conflict Studies will host a panel discussion on the Middle East.

Panelists will include Dr. Thomas Matyok, Associate Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at UNCG, Dr. Lasha Tchantouridzé, Associate Professor and Director of graduate programs in Diplomacy and International Relations at Norwich University, and Dr. Ali Askerov, Assistant Professor in Peace and Conflict Studies at UNCG.

The event will be held in the School of Education Building, Room 118. All are invited.

Film: ‘Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom’ April 20

On Thursday, April 20, the Human Rights Research Network presents the last film in its year-long series. The film, “Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom,” chronicles the story of Nelson Mandela’s life from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first fully representative democratically elected president of South Africa. Dr. Robert Griffiths, Associate Professor of Political Science, will present the film.
The film begins at 6:30 p.m. in the School of Education Building, Room 120. Reception to follow. All are invited.

The HRRN Film Series is sponsored by the International Programs Center’s Kohler Fund, Ashby Dialogues, International & Global Studies Program, the Departments of Political Science, History, Anthropology, Geography, Sociology, & the University Libraries.

More information is at http://humanrightsresearchnetwork.weebly.com/

GEMS dinner and new season

The Growing Entrepreneurship by Mentoring Students (GEMS) program will host its wrap-up dinner April 18 at 6 p.m., to honor the students and mentors who participated this past year. Applications for next year’s program will be due May 1. GEMS is managed by the North Carolina Entrepreneurship Center and arranges monthly one-on-one meetings between top entrepreneurial students and experienced entrepreneur mentors, as well as dinner, receptions and other meetings and workshops to encourage networking and the sharing of information among students and mentors. There is no cost for students to participate and all full-time college students are invited to submit applications. Find more information on GEMS here.

Looking Ahead: April 5, 2017

Graduate Research Expo: ‘Scholarship that Matters’
Wednesday, April 5, noon, Elliott University Center

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, April 5, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

HHS Health and Wellness Expo
Thursday, April 6, 11:30 a.m., Cone Ballroom. EUC

Trumpet Ensemble Spring Concert
Thursday, April 6, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Intercultural Engagement talk: ‘Hidden Voices: The Lives of LGBT Muslims’
Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7 p.m., EUC Auditorium

Ivy Pull work-day in Peabody Park, led by Dr. Lacey
Friday, April 7, Peabody Park pedestrian bridge

International Festival
Saturday, April 8, 12 p.m., College Ave

Carolyn & Norwood Thomas Undergraduate Research Expo
Monday, April 10, 9 a.m., Elliott University Center

Staff Senate meeting
Thursday, April 13, 10 a.m., Alumni House

In memoriam: Charlie Patterson

Charlie Patterson passed away on Friday, March 24.

He served as vice chancellor for development at UNCG from 1974 to 1984, says Wilson Davis, former director, Office of Information Services at UNCG.
“Charlie Patterson provided leadership for UNCG’s first capital campaign, the Prospectus III Campaign, which raised $13.5 million in 1984.” He noted that Patterson’s work laid the fundraising foundation for two other highly successful capital campaigns in subsequent decades.
“Charlie was widely recognized by his peers as a highly gifted fundraiser – at UNCG and later at Wake Forest University and Guilford College. Beyond that, he was a wonderful human being and will be greatly missed by his many friends.”
Patterson’s obituary, which includes information about this Friday’s memorial service, may be viewed here.

Looking Ahead: March 29, 2017

Human Rights Network Film Series: “Osama”
Thursday, March 30, 6:30 p.m., SOEB 120

Women’s Golf Bryan National
Friday, March 31, Sunday, April 2, Bryan Park

Dance: Barefoot Charity Concert
Friday, March 31, Saturday, April 1, 8 p.m., Dance Theater

Classics Day
Saturday, April 1, 10 a.m., Stone Lawn

Faculty Concert: Beaux Eaux Follies (canned food donation)
Saturday, April 1, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall, Music Building

National Walking Day event for campus community
April 5, noon, EUC front entrance (30 min walk)

Faculty Senate Meeting
Wednesday, April 5, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Looking Ahead: March 22, 2017

Faculty Forum: Sustainability and Student Evaluations of Teaching
Wednesday, March 22, 3 p.m., Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Lecture, writer Chris Abani
Wednesday, March 22, 7 p.m., EUC Cone Ballroom

Talk, ‘Forensic Anthropologist in Iraq: Mass Graves in a Conflict Zone’
Thursday, March 23, 5 p.m., Graham 423

Art talk: George Dimock on Lucinda Devlin
Thursday, March 23, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Forum: “What is Fascism? What is Authoritarianism?”
Thursday, March 23, 6:30 p.m., Faculty Center

Guest artist recital: “Mark Snyder Multimedia Show”
Thursday, March 23, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall

Colloquium: “The Inner Passage: Personal Development, the Progressives, and the National Parks”
Friday, March 24, 3:30 p.m., Graham 106

Softball vs. Western Carolina (Doubleheader)
Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m., UNCG Softball Stadium

Talk on caste systems in South Asia

The International & Global Studies program will host a Global Spotlight on Monday, March 27, at 4 p.m. in the Faculty Center.

Dr. Jeremy Rinker, assistant professor in the Department of Peace & Conflict Studies, will talk about his research on caste systems in South Asia. In addition, we will connect his research with the forthcoming Keker First Year Common Read for 2017-2018, “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity” by Katherine Boo.

Light refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.

Soccer talk: Immigrant Players, Status and the English Premier League

Thursday, March 23, at 4:30 p.m. in Elliott University Center, Cone Ballroom C,  Dr. Richard Elliot will give a talk titled “Winning the Global War for Talent: Immigrant Players, Status and the English Premier League”.

Elliot is associate professor and head of Football Performance and Participation in the School of Sport, Health and Social Sciences at Southampton Solent University, UK. He is also director of the Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research.

The event has been organized by faculty members Ignacio López, Alejandro Hortal and Felipe Troncoso (the team behind the LLC 120 course on how soccer explains the world), and sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, the Bryan School of Business and Economics, the School of Health and Human Sciences, the International and Global Studies Program and the UNCG Department of Intercollegiate Athletics.

Spartan Food Drive week

March 27-31, UNCG’s Student Government Association and UNCG’s Food Recovery Network will hold a week-long canned food drive and host events to raise awareness about food insecurity and poverty in North Carolina.

The events kick off with a soccer pick-up game at the EUC’s Kaplan Commons on Wednesday, March 29, at 5:30 p.m.

“A Place at the Table,” a film about hunger in America, will screen Thursday, March 30, at SOEB 114 at 7 p.m. This event includes a guest speaker from the Food Recovery Network. On Saturday, April 1, all are invited to participate in the Hunger Walk-a-Thon at Bur-Mill Park. Participants who want to carpool should meet at UNCG’s RAWK at 11 a.m.

The SGA and FRN will accept canned food items and monetary donations for the Spartan Open Pantry from Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., in front of the cafeteria at Moran Commons. The Spartan Open Pantry requests canned foods, cereals, grains, meat, fruit and microwaveable meals.

For details, contact Elisven Saavedra Villatoro (e_saaved@uncg) or Connor Sullivan (cksulliv@uncg).

Looking Ahead: March 8, 2017

Staff Senate Full Body Meeting
Thursday, March 9, 10 a.m. Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room

Artist Talk: Lucinda Devlin
Thursday, March 9, 5:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Film: “This Changes Everything”
Thursday, March 9, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

Guest Artist Recital: Deanna Little, flute
Friday, March 10, 5:30 p.m., Organ Hall

Softball vs. Campbell (Spartan Classic)
Saturday, March 11, 5 p.m., UNCG Softball Stadium,

Baseball vs. Princeton
Sunday, March 12, 1 p.m., UNCG Baseball Stadium

Spring Break; Classes dismissed week of March 13

CW takes break for Spring Break

Campus Weekly  will not publish on March 15, 2017, which is the week of spring break. CW will resume publication on March 22.

Successful #BelieveInTheG campaign

UNCG’s #BelieveInTheG giving campaign saw record levels of participation this year, with more than 1,100 Spartans raising $111,467 in just 48 hours.

Funds raised will support student scholarships, innovation within academic departments and student success programs such as the Career Services Center and University Speaking Center.

“The results of this year’s #BelieveInTheG reiterate the power of our community,” said Bob Amico, director of annual giving. “When we unite around an important mission, we are unstoppable. We’re tremendously grateful for the 1,130 individual contributors who fought late into the night to make this year a success.”

Friends of the Library discussion

On Tuesday, March 21, Dr. Chuck Bolton (History) will lead a Friends of the Library book discussion on “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr. It will be at 4 p.m. in the Hodges Reading Room of Jackson Library. It is free and open to the public.

Faculty Senate meets today

Faculty Senate meets Wednesday, March 1, at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House.

Welcome and remarks will be provided by Anna Wallace, faculty senate chair, and minutes will be delivered by Brad Johnson, Faculty Senate secretary. At 3:15 Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Dana Dunn will deliver remarks and take questions, followed by Jeff Shafer, associate vice chancellor and chief communications officer, who will also give remarks and take questions.

Greg Bell, government committee chair and Senate liaison will speak on the resolution on changes to the promotion and tenure regulations on assistant professor and professor hires, and the resolution on changes to the GEC chair election.

At 4:25, David Teachout, director of Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Commons and Carl Lashley, faculty senator, will make a presentation concerning student ratings of instruction, and there will be an opportunity for discussion.

At 4:45 Stoel Burrowes, elections committee chair will give a Senate apportionment follow-up report. His report will be followed by announcements.

At the upcoming Faculty Forum, on March 22, Marianne LeGreco, senator and sustainability council representative, will speak on sustainability at UNCG. That will be at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House

The next meeting of the Faculty Senate will be Wednesday, April 5, at 3 p.m. in the Virginia Dare Room of the Alumni House, Virginia Dare Room.

SES at conference

The Department of Specialized Education Services (SES) was well represented at the annual conference of the Association of College Educators – Deaf and Hard of Hearing (ACE-DHH). Professions in Deafness faculty Drs. Jon Henner (Assistant Professor) and Claudia Pagliaro (Professor) presented along with SES doctoral student, Sulaiman Adeoye, who also gave a presentation with a fellow doctoral student from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition, Dr. Pagliaro co-presented on collaborative research with SES doctoral student Taylor Hallenbeck, and with SES doctoral student Kimberly Hutter. ACE-DHH is the premier association for teacher preparation and research in Deaf Education and related areas in the U.S. and Canada.

Ideas for the future of undergraduate science education

The RISE Networking event “Three Faces of IUSE: Ideas for the future of undergraduate science education” will be held next week.

Join RISE as they welcome IUSE (Improving Undergraduate STEM Education) grant awardees Jen Rhode from UNC Asheville (Biology), Bill Gerace from UNC Greensboro (Physics), and Marian Franks (Chemistry) from NC A&T University.

The event is Wednesday, March 8, from 11:30-1:30 pm in the School of Education Building. 401.

Lunch will be provided and seats are limited. RSVP to Victoria at rise@uncg.edu

Looking Ahead: March 1, 2017

Gallery Talk: Saundra Westervelt on “The Omega Series”

Thursday, March 2, 6 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum


Faculty/Guest Artist Recital: Seen/Heard Trio

Friday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall


Concert: Sinfonia Orchestra

Monday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall


Baseball vs. Elon

Tuesday, March 7, 4 p.m., Baseball Stadium


Women’s Soccer vs. Elon (exhibition)

Wednesday, March 8, 7:30 p.m., Soccer Stadium


Film and Discussion: “The Big Short”

Wednesday, March 8, 6 p.m., MHRA 3605


Sustainability Series Film: “This Changes Everything”

Thursday, March 9, 6:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Art Museum

OSP Workshop: Developing a Grant Proposal to an External Agency

If you are new, or need a refresher on general guidelines for what a funding proposal might need to contain, come join a workshop on either:

  • Tues, March 28, 10-11:30 am, MHRA 2711, or
  • Thurs, March 30, 3-4:30 pm, MHRA 2711

Space is limited so please RSVP which session you would like to attend by emailing hgkiss@uncg.edu.


“Landfill Harmonic” screening at Ferguson 100

This month’s Sustainability Series film will be the award-winning “Landfill Harmonic,” which follows the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. When their story goes viral, the orchestra is catapulted into the global spotlight. Under the guidance of idealistic music director Favio Chavez, the orchestra must navigate a strange new world of arenas and sold-out concerts. However, when a natural disaster strikes their community, Favio must find a way to keep the orchestra intact and provide a source of hope for their town.

The film will be shown Thursday, Feb. 23, at 6:30 in Ferguson 100, and will be followed by a discussion, as usual. See the trailer here.

Copy drawn from “Landfill Harmonic” website.

Volunteers needed to participate in a research study examining perceptions of stress, emotions and coping behaviors

The study includes African American women, 18 to 40 years of age, considered overweight or obese by medical provider, who are single mothers of dependent child/children 17 years old or younger and report eating food for comfort when stressed or upset. Participants will be asked to complete 1 questionnaire and participate in a focus group.

The entire session will take about two (2) hours to complete. Participants will receive $ 30 for their time and effort. Interested persons should contact Dr. Stephanie Pickett at spicke2@uncg.edu or 1-336-334-5172.

Looking Ahead: Feb. 22, 2017

Artist Talk: Danica Phelps

Thursday, Feb. 23, 6 p.m. Weatherspoon Art Museum

Sustainability Series Film: “Landfill Harmonic”

Thursday, Feb. 23, 6:30 p.m., Ferguson 100


Concert: Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem”

Friday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium


Men’s Basketball vs. VMI

Saturday, Feb. 25, 5 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium


Women’s Softball vs George Washington

Feb. 26, 1:30 p.m., UNCG Softball Stadium


Faculty and Guest Artist Recital: Sitkovetsky, Ezerman, Burke, Zandmane

Sunday, Feb. 26, 3:30 p.m., Recital Hall


Guest Artist Recital: Narisu, Mongolian throat singer

Monday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m., Recital Hall


Proclamation of 125th Celebration, at NC Legislature

Tuesday, Feb. 28, Raleigh

Looking Ahead: Feb. 15, 2017

“War Stories: Violent Acts and Violent Texts in Northern Kenya & Beyond”
Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m., Weatherspoon Auditorium

Dr. Cassell’s talk on WW I’s 1917 is cancelled
Thursday, Feb. 16

Board of Trustees Meeting
Thursday, Feb. 16, 8:30 a.m., Alumni House,

Colloquium with Dr. Allan Parnell, “Planning Racial Inequality”
Friday, Feb. 17, 3:30 p.m., Graham 106

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble
Friday, Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m., UNCG Auditorium

Women’s Basketball vs. ETSU
Saturday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m., Fleming Gymnasium

Guest Artist Recital: John Marchiando, trumpet
Tuesday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., Organ Hall

In memoriam: Howard Hoyt Price

Howard Hoyt Price, 92, died on February 7, 2017. He served twenty-seven years as Registrar of UNCG, from 1960 to 1987.

He was a veteran of World War II. He graduated from Cumberland University, received his master’s degree from Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, and completed additional studies at Vanderbilt University and Florida State University. Mr. Price launched his professional career in Tallahassee, Florida, and spent ten years as an Associate Registrar at Florida State University before joining UNCG. Throughout his career, he was active in regional and national Associations of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers and was a member of Phi Delta Kappa, the association for professional educators.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday, February 18, at 2 p.m. at River Landing at Sandy Ridge, 1575 John Knox Road, Colfax, NC.. Inurnment and a graveside service will be held in Greenwood, Florida. His obituary may be viewed here.

In memoriam: Dr. Terry Mullins

Dr. Terry Mullins died on January 19, 2017. He was currently serving as a lecturer in the Management Department in the Bryan School, but many also remember Dr. Mullins from his 25 years of previous experience in the Bryan School serving as an associate professor and department head of the Business Administration Department (1976-1991). He left UNCG in the early 1990s to accept a dean position, serving as dean for several institutions before retiring. Upon returning to Greensboro, he was persuaded to rejoin the Bryan School on a part-time, then full-time basis. He was instrumental to helping the Bryan School create an Online Degree Completion (ODC) program in Business Studies. He then continued to provide excellent service to students in the ODC program through his teaching.

His obituary may be viewed here.

MFA words at the Weatherspoon

On Thursday, Feb. 16, experience Lucinda Devlin’s evocative photographs in concert with original poetry and prose from writers in UNCG’s MFA in Creative Writing program. Each writer selected one or more of Devlin’s images as inspiration for new work, and their work has been assembled into a binder that will be available in the gallery. At 6 p.m. the writers will give a reading of their work in the Weatherspoon’s McDowell Gallery, which displays “Lucinda Devlin: Sightlines.” The event is free and open to the public.

“War Stories: Violent Acts and Violent Texts in Northern Kenya & Beyond”

Dr. Jon Holtzman, Professor of Anthropology, Western Michigan University, will speak Wednesday, Feb. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weatherspoon Art Museum Auditorium.

Holtzman’s lecture plays off of Tim O’Brien’s concept of a “true war story,” and uses two disparate examples (the controversy over Rigoberta Menchu and German political mythologies that justified the Holocaust) to consider how to analyze the conflicting narratives (e.g. Pokot and Samburu explanations for the war between them) gathered in my multi-sited ethnography. The talk foregrounds the ethnographic context of violence and some of the specific aspects of Pokot and Samburu war stories about it, and then contextualize these within comparative examples accessible to a non-specialized audience.

Presented by the UNCG Center for Legislative Studies, the Department of Political Science and the Department of Anthropology.