CETL Book Talks are a time-honored tradition in which colleagues have got together and had profound dialogues and animated discussions, as well as shared diverse perspectives about books of interest to the University Community as a whole.
Conversations with Campus Authors have provided a context to felicitate colleagues on their accomplishments and find out more about the path they traversed to publish their books or creative works.
If you have published a book or authored a creative work recently, send us an email.
If you know of a book that would be of university-wide interest, we invite you to be a Book Talk Facilitator.
Speaking to the Field Mice, a collection of poetry by Steve Klepetar
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013 12:00-1:00 PM
Kiva Room (A220), Education Building
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Steve Klepetar, long time faculty member in the English Department, is the author of six chapbooks and the full length collection, Speaking to the Field Mice, which clusters around stories, the act of storytelling and the power of narrative. Many poems in the collection work with memories, both real and surreal; fold tales; myth; tales invented for each day of the week; narratives about magical women and girls; even a hapless man who loses his girlfriend because he is incapable of making anything up - which turns out to be quite a story in itself.
We will be hosting this conversation with a campus author in the cozy setting pictured below. Chair seating will also be available!
The Young & the Digital by S. Craig Watkins
Thursday, September 26th, 2013 1:00-2:30 PM
Alumni Room, Atwood Memorial Center
Facilitators: Wade Nelson, Plamen Miltenhoff, Keith Ewing
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In 2006, S. Craig Watkins participated in the MacArthur Foundation’s well-funded digital media initiative alongside a select team of scholars and tech experts. The goal was simple: to understand young people’s emphatic embrace of social and mobile media. Watkins went on to build a small research team which skillfully collected over 500 surveys and conducted 350 in-depth interviews with young adults, parents, and educators while visiting the online spaces where young people gather. It was a full-scale immersion into what Watkins calls the “digital trenches,” and when he emerged, his understanding of the ways young people learn, play, bond, and communicate grew more detailed and dynamic.
It may come as no surprise that more teens are online than ever before-in fact 87% are. Consequentially, television is no longer the dominant medium it once was because young people are now spending an average of six to eight hours a day online. Watkins contends that most teens and twenty-somethings migrate online to share their lives with friends, something television simply cannot offer. As Melinda, a 21-year old student proclaimed, “What do people do without Facebook?” In other words, for young people today, if you’re not online, then you’re not really living-and the ubiquitous presence of mobile phones, laptops, and iPods position them at the center of our evolving digital landscape.
Timely and deeply relevant, The Young and the Digital covers a host of provocative issues: the influence of social sites like MySpace and Facebook, a growing appetite for “anytime, anywhere” media and “fast entertainment,” how online “digital gates” reinforce race and class divisions; how technology is transforming America’s classrooms; a fresh look at the pivotal role technology played in the historic 2008 election. Watkins also debunks popular myths surrounding cyberpredators, Internet addiction, and social isolation. The result is a fascinating portrait, both optimistic and cautious, about the coming of age of the first fully wired generation.
Thinking, Fast & Slow by Daniel Kahneman
Thursday, March 21st, 2013 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Chris Jazwinski, Joe Melcher and Mary Bodvarsson
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Facilitators: Suzanne Stangl-Erkens & Wendy Bjorklund
Detroit: I Do Mind Dying by Dan Georgakas and Marvin Surkin
Thursday, November 15, 2012, 1:00-2:00 p.m.
Facilitator: Luke Tripp
Details available in archives