2013-2014: issue #3 - October 1, 2013
By Fred L. Hord, Africana Studies
From the Foward by Haki R. Madhubuti,
"Here between these covers, printed on almost one hundred and eighty pages, transferred from the handwritten manuscript is a life's work in poems. Dr. Mzee Fred Lee Hord's poetry spans over forty years of a purposed and contemplative life. Though Into Africa, Being Black: New and Selected Poems is not an autobiography, in reading Dr. Hord's poetry, we read a history of well-defined literary, political, academic, and personal struggle.
. . .
"His articulation and founding of the National Association for Black Culture Centers in 1988 incorporated him into the history of our people, of our culture, and into America's consciousness. This was an extraordinary endeavor that demanded a commitment that few poets or artists of any discipline are willing to make, much less carry out. His journey has been extraordinary and demanding, requiring a critical part of his life and the life of his family. Let me be clear, to build Black institutional structures outside of the mainstream is actually an act of revolution to which few scholars of African Studies have given any serious thought. He forecasts his future in the poem "Black Time":
to pray my time
while the young I've taught scream
and sing martial songs;
I will not bide my time
in warm rocking chairs
or cool porch swings
or sweet memories
Reminder: Research/Creative Work and Conference Travel Funding Requests Due Today, October 1Read Full Details and Find Application Forms Here
First Fridays @ 4: Jeff Grace - October 11 in the Round Room
The first installment in "Fridays @ 4," the faculty colloquium series, will feature Jeff Grace, Assistant Professor of Theatre,
speaking on the topic "Coming Out at the Caffe Cino: A Turning Point in Gay Stage Visibility" on Friday, October 11 in the Round Room, CFA. Refreshments at 4 PM and talk at 4:15 PM.
Midwest Faculty Seminar: Digital Humanities, Nov. 14-16 - Apply by October 7
Nominations for MFS: Digital Humanities are due to the Chicago office soon. This and all MFS seminars are outstanding opportunities to engage in the sort of serious intellectual exercise
that is necessary to good scholarship. The themes and coversation are always thought-provoking and transdiscipliary. If you interested in participating, please contact email@example.com by October 7.
Applying for External Grants? -- File this form!
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations Anne-Marie Berk, in cooperation with the Dean's Office, is pleased to announce the creation of a
new Knox College Grant Authorization Form. This form, currently available on the Faculty Development page,
will eventually be available from an updated Faculty Sponsored Programs webpage currently under development. The form's purpose is to coordinate sponsored program/fund-seeking
activity and to ensure that relevant College offices, including the Dean's Office, are informed before proposals are submitted. Look for more news about sponsored program support
in the months to come. In the meantime, contact Anne-Marie (firstname.lastname@example.org, x7793) with questions or for assistance with your sponsored program funding needs.
Professional Development Funds in Religious Studies - Apply by October 29
Financial support is available for faculty projects in Religious Studies through a fund made possible by a gift from Knox Trustee Mary Kent Knight. Examples of fundable activities include designing or re-designing a course with a substantial religion component, research into topics related to Religious Studies, or other professional development to support religious studies education on campus. Fall Term deadline for proposals is Tuesday, October 29. Another call for proposals will be issued early in Winter Term 2014.Details on supported activities and the application process are here..
Can Professors Change?: Chronicle Special Report on The Future of Higher Ed
The Chronicle of Higher Education has produced a special report on the future of higher education. From the intro: "Love it or hate it, welcome or fear it,
innovation seems to be on everyone's agenda these days. But what does it really mean? This special report looks at colleges that are doing things differently-questioning
the traditional degree, reinventing the academic calendar, 'flipping' the classroom or physically reconfiguring it, seeking new ways to evaluate what students know, and
helping them navigate life after college." Topics include: can professors change, teaching entreprenuership, alternative academic calendars, and other issues at the center of our own discussions on academic strategic planning.