HighWire Newsletter: October 2018
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Wizarding Trivia -- TONIGHT!

Calling all fantasy/magical fiction fans!  We have five team spots open for tonight’s trivia, so feel free to gather your friends to join in the fun.  Put together your team of 3-6 students, create a team name, and register your team before the event begins at 7:00 p.m. in Hoover 110.  Enjoy snacks, win prizes, and test your knowledge of a certain famous boy wizard!  This student event is co-sponsored by OSA and Residence Life.

And be sure to mark your calendars for our remaining Wizarding Month programs as well:

Lecture: Dangerous Depictions of Adoption in the World of Harry Potter
Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m., High Library’s Winters Alcove (Main Floor)
Join English professor Tara Moore for a fascinating presentation on the fantasy world and the depiction of adoption in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series.  As Dr. Moore notes, “For a franchise that has such an impact on generations of readers, the Harry Potter narratives do a terrible job at representing the adopted child.”  Dr. Moore recently published “Gaining the Grown-Up Perspective in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” in Harry Potter and Convergence Culture: Essays on Fandom and the Expanding Potterverse (2018).

Wizarding DIY: Potions & Transfiguration Class
Tuesday, October 23, 7:00 p.m., High Library’s McCormick Classroom
Try your hand at making something magical!  Non-magical and non-crafty students are welcome; we’ll provide all of the magic you need.

Wizarding Escape Room
Monday, October 29, to Friday, November 2, High Library’s Room 220 (Main Floor)
Break out from a School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!  Test your magic skills by proving you can escape from detention with a nefarious professor.  You’ll have a half hour to break out of her office by uncovering clues and solving puzzles.  Registration is required; and all students, faculty and staff are welcome.

One Button Studio -- Now Open!

Stop by Room 219 on the library’s main level to check out the new One Button Studio!  A resource for creating videos with little or no prior experience, the Studio makes the start-to-finish production process as easy as possible.  Simply reserve the space for up to two hours at a time, bring a 1GB flash drive, and press a button to start and stop your recording.  That’s it!  Studio uses include presentation and language practice, interviews, and promotional videos.  Visit the One Button Studio’s web page for more details, or contact Brian Helm or Susan Krall with any questions about this ITS-library initiative.  (And if you give the Studio a try, be sure to provide feedback, too!)

Additional October Programs

Library Meditation Group
Wednesday, October 17, 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

Global Film Festival: Once
Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m., Gibble Auditorium

In keeping with this year’s “Music across Cultures” theme, Once is a modern-day musical about a young man and woman who connect through their love of music as they spend a week together in Dublin—writing, rehearsing and recording songs about their budding romance.  Sponsors: High Library; Office of International Students and Scholars

Conflict Transformation Workshop: Session 1 – “What is Conflict?”
Wednesday, October 31, 4:00 p.m., High Library’s McCormick Classroom

Conflict is an unavoidable and normal part of life that impacts human potential.  Peacemaker in Residence Jonathan Rudy will lead three workshops this fall that will help participants to gain new insights and skills to transform the energies of conflict into stronger, healthier relationships.  “What is Conflict?” will examine the nature of conflict—and the personal impact of its escalation—with the goal of reframing conflict within a transformation lens.  (“Communicating for Transformation” will occur at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 6; and “Who Am I in Conflict?” will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 14.  Each session can stand alone, so feel free to attend one, two, or all three!)  Sponsors: Center for Global Understanding and Peacemaking; High Library

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