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Week of: Sep 13, 2015

Archaeologists From Poland Visit Campus Thursday Anthropology

Dr. Arkadiusz Koperkiewicz and Dr. Marek Polcyn, archaeologists from Poland, will be on campus to next week to present a lecture on their ongoing studies of the medieval archaeological complex at Bezławki, Poland.

The distinguished professors will present a lecture open to the public on Thursday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. in BSS 166, followed by a reception with snacks and drinks. There will also be a meet-and-greet on Sept. 25, from 2:30-4:30 p.m. in the University Banquet Room.

The Bezlawki Archaelogical Complex is a medieval archaeological site in Poland during an eventful time of religious transition and Teutonic Knights. Bezławki is the location of the Medieval Bioarchaeology in Poland field school run jointly through HSU Anthropology at the Slavia Foundation. Drs. Koperkiewicz and Polcyn also work at many other fascinating historical and archaeological sites across Poland.

Sponsors of the event are the Center for International Programs, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, College of eLearning and Extended Education, College of Natural Resources, and the Office of Research, Economic, and Community Development.

Week of: Sep 06, 2015

Students Explore Resource Use in the Mattole Valley Environment & Community Master of Arts Program

Students in the Environment and Community Master of Arts (E&C) program at Humboldt State University study the diverse relationships between environment and community. In 2015, a new field-based course introduced the class to place-based social science research through an immersive 5-day trip to the Mattole Valley.

From August 17th through the 21st, 10 students – along with instructors Erin Kelly of the Forestry and Wildland Resources Department and Flora Brain of the Mattole Restoration Council – learned about the history and future of resource use in the Mattole from restorationists, ranchers, foresters, and marijuana growers. Students visited ranches and forest lands, plant nurseries and community centers, and learned about how Mattole residents live in an isolated but beloved part of Humboldt County. Student Megan Frederickson said that, “learning how the community works together despite all their differences was probably the most fascinating to me. It was stepping back in time almost.”

One of the goals of the course was to provide an introduction to research for new graduate students. Student Timothy Masters said that the course “provided a real-world context to help me better conceptualize what social science research actually looks like.” As a follow-up to the field course, E&C;students are writing and presenting research prospectuses based on data collected in the field.

Week of: Aug 30, 2015

KRFH Nominated Again for College Broadcasters, Inc. Awards Journalism & Mass Communication

College Broadcasters, Inc. (CBI) has announced that Humboldt State’s student-run radio station, KRFH, is a national finalist in the 2015 CBI National Student Production Award for Best Vodcast – Video.
The nominated broadcast is a performance by the artists _Spliff Moth_of “Everyone Ate My Daydream that aired on on Local Lixx, a student-hosted live weekly show.

Winners for each category will be announced at the annual Awards Ceremony to be held at the National Student Electronic Media Convention October 22-24 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Finalists and winners will be presented with their awards and certificates at the ceremony.

CBI represents students involved in radio, television, webcasting and other related media ventures; ensures a commitment to education and the student pursuit of excellence through active involvement in electronic media; promotes cooperative efforts between the Association and other national, regional, and state media organizations; facilitates the discussion of issues related to student-operated electronic media; and other community oriented programs.

Studio 424 - Arts Alive 9/5 - ‘Water Wrackets’ Collaborative Work by Benjamin Funke and Gabrielle Go Art

_Water Wrackets_ is a suite of photographic prints and digital film by Benjamin Funke and Gabrielle Gopinath. The digital short Water Wrackets is a remake of a short film of the same name, directed in 1975 by British filmmaker Peter Greenaway. Musician Cooper Crain collaborated with the artists to create a trance-like soundtrack for this 30-minute meditation on water. The montage of rippling water starts out naturalistic before gradually becoming more and more obviously manipulated via digital editing software. Water’s elemental essence is subsumed by its role as a vehicle for cultural signifiers.

According to UK blog Fluid Radio: “rippling bass brooks, infinitesimal chord cascades, percussive pools and acoustic currents ebb and flow into a system of tonal tributaries and rhythm rivulets that converge to a form a delta of retrospective delight … Despite the complexity and sophistication of Water Wrackets, it is very easy to listen to and enjoy these polyphonic and timbral integrations.”

_Water Wrackets_ recently arrived in Humboldt after four years of being on the road.  It has been previously shown at Johalla Projects in Chicago, the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, the South Bend Museum of Art and the University of Notre Dame.  After the exhibit at Gallery 424 it will be on long-term loan to the Humboldt State University Library, where it will be installed in a silent study room. 

Still images are printed at 30 x 40” and framed in native silver maple frames. The film and its soundtrack are available as a vinyl LP/DVD set.

The exhibit opens at Studio 424 on Sept. 5.  Contact gallery for hours. 
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