HighWire Newsletter: February 2019
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Placida Paper: Turning Algae into Art

Check out the sculptures and hand-bound books that students in Dr. David Bowne’s General Ecology laboratory and Dr. Kristi Arnold’s Fundamentals of Color and Design created with algae and duckweed from Lake Placida!  After meeting at the lake to learn about the causes of excess algae and duckweed, the classes harvested the photosynthetic organisms to use as raw material for their handmade paper.  The students’ collaborative STEAM project will be on display in the library through the end of February.

One Button Studio Feedback

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To learn more about the Studio’s suggested uses, or to reserve the space for a spring project, visit

February Programs

Peacebuilding, Music & Ecological Care: The Power of Music-Making in Rooted Places
Monday, February 11, 7:00 p.m., High Library’s Winters Alcove (Main Level)
Anyone interested in music education won’t want to miss this visit from Dr. Daniel Shevock, a pioneering leader in making connections between ecological literacy and music education.  Dr. Shevock’s work bridges autoethnography with historical and philosophical examinations of practices that cultivate a love for place and the natural world. Sponsors: FAPA Division; High Library

SciFi Fridays Book Club
Friday, February 15, 11:00 a.m., High Library’s Winters Alcove (Main Level)
Get to know a few science fiction classics this spring!  Written in the 1990s and set in a dystopian California in the 2020s, Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower depicts the struggles of a community to survive the socioeconomic and political collapse of the country due to environmental disasters, greed, and the growing gap between the rich and the poor.

Global Film Festival: Departures
Thursday, February 21, 7:00 p.m., Gibble Auditorium
When his orchestra disbands, Daigo Kobayashi (Masahiro Motoki) decides to move back to his small hometown. Desperate for work, he secretly takes a job as a “Nokanshi,” a funeral professional who prepares the deceased for burial and entrance into the next life. But while working with the families of the departed, Daigo embarks on a spiritual journey of his own as he finally experiences the joy and wonder of living.  Sponsors: High Library; Office of International Students and Scholars

Lift Every Voice and Sing: A Celebration of African American Poets
Sunday, February 24, 7:30 p.m., Zug Recital Hall
In celebration of African American History Month, students will perform the works of a wide range of African American poets in a concert of songs and dramatic readings.  A dessert reception will follow the performance.  Sponsors: English Department; FAPA Division; High Library

Library Meditation Group
Tuesday, February 26, 7:00 p.m., High Library’s Tower Room (Level 4)
Join Dr. Jeffery Long to learn more about the art of meditation.  All skill levels are welcome!  Sponsors: High Library; Religious Studies Department
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