Richard (Rick) Feinberg, professor of anthropology, was elected Section Assembly Convener of the American Anthropological Association. The AAA is the world’s largest organization of anthropologists, with over 11,000 members, and the Section Assembly is one of the AAA’s two governing bodies. As head of the Section Assembly, Professor Feinberg will also be a member of the AAA’s executive committee.  The election is to a four-year term, including one year as Convener-elect followed by a three years as Convener.

The World Poetry Reading was the best medicine for all of the terrible news lately. Over 100 students and community members came out to hear 11 international students read poems in their native languages. People in the audience were literally cheering. Poetry is one of the best ways to share our humanity. Thank you to all of the participants who read beautiful poems from your home countries. And an extra thank you to Loránd Sávoly-Kepir for taking the photos!

International Baccalaureate Director General Siva Kumari to Serve as Kent State’s Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecturer

By Austin Bennett

Siva Kumari, Ph.D., director general of International Baccalaureate® (IB) World Schools in Geneva, Switzerland, will present a Gerald H. Read Distinguished Lecture at Kent State University on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. Her presentation, titled "Creating Critical Learners Worldwide: Why?," is being hosted at the Kent Student Center Kiva by Kent State's College of Education, Health and Human Services and its Gerald H. Read Center for International and Intercultural Education. The lecture is free and open to the public.

GIS Day at Kent State Features Two State Officials

The second floor of the Kent Student Center will be one of the sites hosting a GIS Day event on Nov. 18 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The event, one of hundreds being held around the world, provides a forum for users of geographic information systems (GIS) technology to demonstrate real-world applications. The event, sponsored by Kent State University’s Department of Geography in the College of Arts and Sciences and Portage County Information Technology Services, is free and open to the public.  

The Wick Poetry Center, with support from the Howard Atwood Family Fund of the Akron Community Foundation, identified classrooms throughout Akron Public Schools to receive weekly poetry workshops led by WPC teaching artists Alice Cone, Daniel Dorman, and Bo Geisse, and Casey Nichols from February 2, 2015 through May 18, 2015.

 Students and instructors of the 2015 Primate Ecology and Conservation Workshop in Suriname

Students and instructors of the 2015 Primate Ecology and Conservation Workshop in Suriname

Nye will deliver a guest lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 28 and give a poetry reading at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 29 co-sponsored by the Honors College and May 4 Visitors Center. Both events will be held in the Kent Student Center Kiva, and are free and open to the public.

The two evening events will celebrate a global conversation through poetry, and engage Kent State and Northeast Ohio communities with a unique opportunity for discussion.

David Hassler, director of the Wick Poetry Center, and Mindy Farmer, director of the May 4 Visitors Center lead a writing and discussion workshop on overcoming trauma through creative writing. The workshop took place in the May Prentice House and approximately 20 community members attended.

Chili Cook-Off

The Education Club is sponsoring the second annual Chili Cook-Off on Oct. 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the student union.Tickets are five for $4 or 10 for $7. Everyone gets to vote for their favorite chili!

Women's Success Series Featuring Atty. Elizabeth Stephenson

Three outstanding community leaders are headlining the 2015-16 Women’s Success Series, which kicks off Nov. 6 with Atty. Elizabeth Stephenson, followed by Trang Moreland, owner and operator of Trang's Family Salon, on Feb. 5, 2016 and Jeannine Kennedy, director of the Tuscarawas County Center for the Arts, on April 1, 2016. Each session is held from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Kent State University at Tuscarawas Cost to attend each session is $10, which includes a continental breakfast.