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Jun 21, 2018
William Bauer (History) delivered a paper, "Not Dammed Indians: The Dos Rios Dam and the Politics of Indian Removal in 1968" at 1968 in the Americas: Impact, Legacies and Memory, which was held at the University College London Institute of the Americas. The presentation examined how the Round Valley Indian tribal council defeated a state and federal effort to build a dam and flood their reservation. Bauer is a member of the American Indian Alliance.        

Jun 20, 2018
Jarret Keene (English) wrote a short comics story, "Six Weeks," for the graphic-novel anthology Where We Live: A Benefit for the Survivors in Las Vegas, published this month by Image Comics. Based on an interview with an eyewitness, "Six Weeks" chronicles a young woman's efforts to rebuild her life in the tragedy's immediate aftermath. The books includes stories by Neil Gaiman (Coraline), Brian Michael Bendis (Jessica Jones), and Mike Mignola (Hellboy). All proceeds go to funds for survivors.

Jun 19, 2018
Kate Shapiro (English) and Joe Milan Jr. (English and Black Mountain Institute), along with alumni Olufunke Ogundimu, '18 MFA Creative Writing, and Ernie Wang, '16 MFA Creative Writing, recently have won prestigious national and international awards for their fiction. Shapiro, a master's student in the English department's creative writing international program, won first place in the very competitive Summer Literary Seminars (SLS) prize contest for her story "The Language of A Perfect Woman." The prize includes free tuition this summer at any of the SLS seminars, plus airfare, and publication of the story in Fence magazine in the fall. She is traveling to Tbilisi, Georgia, and St. Petersburg, Russia, to attend the SLS seminar and complete research for her book.  Milan, a doctoral student and Black Mountain Institute Fellow in fiction, won the F(r)iction Prize for best innovative story, selected by Celeste Ng, for his story "Once A Little Blue Frog Told His Mother No." The prize carries a cash award, national recognition, and featured publication in F(r)iction magazine. Ogundimu has won a Pushcart Prize for her story "The Armed Letter Writers" (originally published in New Orleans Review), which includes publication in next year's Pushcart Prize anthology of best writing from the small and literary presses. She also has just been short-listed for the Caine Prize for Best Writing from Africa and will be flown to London for the celebration and announcement of the winning writer on July 2. Wang won a P.E.N. America Best Debut Short Stories Award for his story "Stay Brave, My Hercules" (originally published in McSweeney's). The prize carries a cash award and publication this fall in the well-known P.E.N. Best Debut Short Stories anthology. He traveled to New York in February to attend the P.E.N. award ceremony and celebrations.     

Jun 14, 2018
David Morris (English) is the author of The Evil Hours, a book that recently was quoted in The New York Times Magazine in an article on PTSD among drone operators.

Jun 13, 2018
Steven Landis (Political Science) is the author of a paper that has been accepted for publication in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' Scientific Visualization, Information Visualization and Visual Analytics

Jun 11, 2018
Cassaudra Rodriguez (Sociology) wrote "Seven Things to Know About Mixed-Status Families" for the University of Michigan's National Center for Institutional Diversity forum.

Jun 11, 2018
Barb Brents (Sociology) was interviewed by ABC News for a story titled "Sex Workers Speak Out After Giuliani Slams Stormy Daniels."

Jun 7, 2018
Ben Van Alstyne, Alexx Martinez, and Michelle Bosinger-Shannon (all Anthropology) recently completed a virtual reality online exhibit for the Lost City Museum. This exhibit showcases 30 three-dimensional, interactive models of artifacts. Van Alstyne is a doctoral student, while Martinez and Bosinger-Shannon are undergraduates.

Jun 7, 2018
Simon Gottschalk (Sociology) authored an article titled "In Praise of Doing Nothing" for the academic blog The Conversation about the need to decelerate the pace of everyday life.

Jun 6, 2018
Ranita Ray (Sociology) is the author of the book The Making of a Teenage Service Class, which was cited in The Atlantic in a piece titled "Why Rich Kids Are So Good at the Marshmallow Test."