Get Your Fleet Fix

20 Feb

The Fleet Library is organizing, hosting, and co-hosting three events this Spring that highlight the intersections of art, writing, and publication.

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Get ready for the (un)bound publication fair on Saturday, April 8, 2017. This free event—full of exhibits, workshops, speakers, and more—celebrates experimental printed matter created by local artists, designers, and publishers. You can find more information and register to exhibit your own artist’s books, zines, etc. at this website.

(un)bound will also feature a live reading at the closing reception. If you’re interested in giving a 5-minute performance that highlights how printed matter and speech/performance are translated into each other, email risdunbound@risd.edu with a proposal.

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Check out the exhibition of artists’ books created by fellow RISD students on display until May 12, 2017. All are in competition for four prizes, including addition to Fleet Library’s Artists’ Book collection. Mark your calendar for the opening reception on Wednesday, February 22, where the winners will be announced. See the website for more details.

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Fleet Library will be hosting an Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon on March 11, 2017, 1–5pm. This event is part of an annual, intercontinental push to create and improve Wikipedia pages that make visible the lives and work of underrepresented artists and to address the gender gap that exists across Wikimedia. To learn more about this local gathering and RSVP, visit the facebook page. You can also learn more about the larger movement on the Art + Feminism website.

Open for Dialogue

20 Jan

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In the past year or so, and especially since the election, we have noticed more students coming to the Writing Center with texts and speech expressing views about politics, social justice, and identity. Engaging with diverse and deeply held ideas and perspectives is a privilege we take seriously. Our ongoing research and approach to tutoring emphasizes respect for individual voices, experiences, goals, and learning styles. Last weekend we participated in a workshop led by Claudia Ford (Lecturer, HPSS), who helped us understand our role in fostering respectful, open dialogues, even, or especially, when they are difficult.

We’re still honing our skills in this work—in fact, we agreed that this practice requires perpetual reflection—but we want you to know that we’re here for you. We invite you to come in if you would like support in processing and articulating your thoughts or feelings about complex topics, whether that means practicing a speech for a rally, writing a cultural critique for class, or preparing for a Facebook conversation with a friend. All opinions and beliefs are welcome, because we believe that silencing opposing views is unfair and unproductive when we should be discussing them. However, we will stand against bigotry, whether in words or in actions, and put our skills toward building a more inclusive community.

We hope you will consider visiting us as a space for safe and open discussion.

We would also like to share some of the materials and tools we have found most helpful in exploring this topic and preparing for this work:

Suggested Ground Rules for Inclusive Dialogue

Nonviolent Communication Model, The Center for Nonviolent Communication

“Effective Dialogue Skills,” Kathy Obear

“How to DO Empathy,” Alan Seid

“You Talkin’ to Me?” John C. Cavanaugh

“Let’s Not Be Divided,” Trevor Noah

Now’s the Time: A Workshop for Grad Thesis Writers

27 Oct

Sunday, November 13, 11 AM to 3 PM
College Building 346

Join Anne West (Senior Critic, Graduate Studies), Jen Liese (Director, Writing Center), and your peers from across departments and disciplines for a half day devoted to imagining, planning, launching, contextualizing, and sharing your written thesis, including …

• exemplary theses across disciplines, selected to highlight a range of styles, content, structures, and forms

• writings by artists and designers out in the world, selected to help evoke and stoke potential writing futures

• useful practices in research and documentation (both bibliographic and studio-based) 

• writing prompts throughout

• anything else you need (we welcome suggestions in advance)

• and free lunch, too

Grads in all years are welcome.

Please RSVP to writing@risd.edu by November 10.
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And don’t forget … the Writing Center’s tutors work with graduate thesis writers throughout the writing process; one-time appointments can be made here; weekly or biweekly appointments with the same tutor are also available (e-mail writing@risd.edu to discuss).
Looking for more resources? Check out these handouts of particular note:

Now and Later, Near and Far

13 Oct

Are your sketchbooks full of writing? Are your sketchbooks just plain full? Here are two great opportunities for you:

AS220 is offering a bookmaking workshop here in Providence on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. Participants will be introduced to multiple book structures and methods for assembling them. Space is limited, so check out the details and sign up quickly.

 

 

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Fogo Island Arts and Art Metropole have announced their collaboration for Spring 2017: The Islands. This six-week residency on Fogo Island and Toronto Island, Canada, aims to encourage arts writing and criticism in contemporary art. The call for applications will be launched in December, but you can learn more about this opportunity in the meantime.

H101 Formal Analysis Workshop

20 Sep

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H101 Formal Analysis: Overview and Q+A
with Jen Liese, Writing Center director
College Building 240

Th 9/22, 4-5
Mon 9/26, 12-1
Wed 9/28, 12-1
(Choose one.)

Your first H101 paper assignment—the formal analysis—is probably entirely new to you. Your H101 professor will guide you through its conventions, but you may want to learn more. In this workshop, we’ll review the essentials and the finer points of this cornerstone of art history writing and share approaches to seeing, describing, and analyzing works of art and design. Feel free to bring assignment sheets, drafts, and specific questions, or just come and listen in. (No formal wear required!)

 

Welcome all and all welcome Jim Zvi!

6 Sep

We are thrilled to introduce Jim Zvi, RISD’s Assistant Director of English Language Learning (ELL). Jim will work in this new position as an educator and advocate for RISD’s ELL students.

Jim comes to us with fifteen years of international English teaching experience, most recently at Hong Kong Polytech, where he’s worked with Design, Architecture, and Engineering majors.

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Here last week for International Student Orientation, Jim shared resources, advice, and some very funny jokes, putting into action one of his own research topics: “Humor, Controversy, and Avant-garde Delivery: An Approach to Teaching as a Performance.”

Jim will start full time on November 1. Until then, please contact Writing Center director Jen Liese with any language-related questions at jliese@risd.edu.

 

We Want Your Text-Based Art and Design!

25 Apr

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Have you seen our postcards in your mailbox and around campus? They all feature student art and design that incorporates various forms of text. These images represent the variety of literacies we support—written, visual, and spoken—and highlight the rich connections between written and visual work.

This is your chance to share your text-based work while helping to spread the word about the Writing Center.

To be considered for next year’s postcard series, submit images to writing@risd.edu by June 1, 2016.

Please include the following:

  • your name, department, and year of (expected) graduation
  • images of your work in a high-quality jpeg, 300 dpi or higher
    @ 6 x 4 in. (multiple submissions welcome)
  • a caption and brief description of each image