March 2017

micha cárdenas | Poetic Operations: Inclusive Design and Media Art Strategies for Resisting Fascism in the US

Boundaries Project, http://holdyourboundaries.com, image courtesy of micha cárdenas and Frances Lee

IAS faculty member micha cárdenas recently completed a short residency at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. During the residency, she spoke in Jeanine Ruhsam's course, did a performance of her Pregnancy poems, held a public workshop with the Reproductive Justice Certificate Program on reproductive justice for transgender women and gave a public lecture titled "Poetic Operations: Inclusive Design and Media Art Strategies for Resisting Fascism in the US.”  The lecture focused on ...

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Kristy Leissle's research into the chocolate industry featured and published

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IAS faculty member Kristy Leissle appeared in Columns, the University of Washington Alumni Magazine. Columns' Digital Editor and IAS graduate, Quinn Russell Brown, wrote about Leissle's "coming to chocolate studies" as well as her forthcoming book, Cocoa, for Polity Books, in "Traveling the World Like a Cocoa Bean." Leissle also recently appeared on a radio episode for Innovation Hub, "Making a More Versatile Chocolate," which aired on WGBH Boston. After a three-year study ...

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After the MFA: Good things come in small portions

Sarah Baker, LB, Travis Sharp, Aimee Harrison, Terri Witek (the author of Letter [r] Press' first chapbook

By Natalie Singer-Velush

The time spent as a student in an MFA program, especially the early months, can be overwhelming. There are never enough hours to read, to spend with new ideas, to fulfill the requirements of the program, and also follow our own newly developing inquiries and impulses. The time, conversely, is often also highly charged artistically: These new ideas, however demanding and sleep-depriving, activate a desire to engage deeply with language and art and the process of making and investigating these.

One group of IAS’s MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics students responded to that charge by launching a micropress, a project that has evolved as its instigators have, and which has provided space for the incubation and expression of art and ideas within the realm of the program and, now, beyond.

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Amaranth Borsuk speaks and reads in Montreal

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IAS faculty member Amaranth Borsuk traveled to Montreal last week to attend the symposium Expanded Poetics: Romantic, Modernist, Contemporary. Hosted by the Centre for Expanded Poetics at Concordia University, an experimental research laboratory focused on materialist media studies and collaborative interdisciplinary research, the event brought together philosophers, literary scholars, and poets working in new media to discuss interdisciplinary poetics from Jena Romanticism to the present. Borsuk spoke about 

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Mojan Ahmadi presents on game industry resumes at Game Developers Conference

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As Coordinator of Career Services at DigiPen Institute of Technology, IAS alum Mojan Ahmadi (’13, Law, Economics & Public Policy; ’15, Policy Studies) advises students and facilitates professional development opportunities in the video game, entertainment, and technology industry.  DigiPen is a private university that offers bachelor and master degree programs, as well K-12 programs.  Recently, Mojan and colleagues gave a panel presentation on creating effective game industry resumes at the Game Developer's Conference in San Francisco ...

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