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Celebrate Right to Read at Banned Books Week Vigil Sept. 29

University students, faculty and staff, and area citizens will celebrate the right to read and think freely during the 19th annual UT Banned Books Week Vigil Thursday, Sept. 29, on the fifth floor of Carlson Library.

The free, public event will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 5 p.m. Throughout the day, 20-minute presentations will focus on censorship and the importance of freedom of expression.

Banned books week 2016_Poster.jpgAll day, free snacks and light refreshments will be available, and door prizes — including donated banned books and UT items — will be given out to make the event fun as well as educational for the audience.

UT faculty and area teachers are invited to bring classes; attendance vouchers will be available at the freedom of expression festival.

“I hope the UT Banned Books Week Vigil raises awareness of the importance of reading to our democracy,” Dr. Paulette D. Kilmer, UT professor of communication, who coordinates the event, said. “Without reading freely, citizens could not think freely and, therein, would not ask the questions that lead to reform and a better nation. I hope the event gives students a fun break from their routines and enlarges their understanding of the First Amendment.”

Topics and speakers for the event will be:

• 9 a.m. — “Read On, Everybody! Welcome to Our Annual Celebration of Free Inquiry” by Barbara Floyd, interim director of University Libraries and director of the UT Press, and Dr. Jeffrey Wilkinson, professor and chair of communication.

• 9:30 a.m. — “Free Expression and the Inside-Out Prison Exchange” by Emily Numbers, community and public relations specialist in the College of Engineering, and community art coordinator.

• 10 a.m. — “Stereotyping Indigenous Peoples in Children’s Books” by Dr. Sharon Barnes, associate professor of women’s and gender studies.

• 10:30 a.m. — “Censorship and Media Ethics” by Sarah Ottney, former editor of the Toledo Free Press, which closed in 2015.

• 11 a.m. — “The Not-So-Free Press: Global Media Troubles,” Arjun Sabharwal, associate professor and digital initiatives librarian.

• 11:30 a.m. — “W.W. III: The War Against Women” by Warren Woodberry, Toledo author.

• Noon — The Dr. Linda Smith Lecture: “Owning the Words: Intellectual Property, First Amendment Law, and the Parlous State of Free Speech” by Dr. Sam Nelson, associate professor and chair of political science and public administration.

• 1 p.m. — “Lifting the Veil: Banning the Graphic Novel Persepolis” by Dr. Matt Yockey, associate professor of theatre and film.

• 1:30 p.m. — “Revealing the Hidden Rules of Broadcast News” by Lou Hebert, Toledo broadcaster and historian.

• 2 p.m. — “Words” By Dr. David Tucker, professor of communication.

• 2:30 p.m. — “Oops! When lol Posts Backfire” by Jessica Harker, editor-in-chief of The Independent Collegian.

• 3 p.m. — “Jeopardy!” led by The Independent Collegian staff.

• 3:30 p.m. — “The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs,” an episode of “South Park” in which J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is revisited.

• 4 p.m. — “What? Can You Teach THAT?” by Cindy Ramirez, Bedford High School English teacher.

• 4:30 p.m. — “Banned Songs” by Dr. Edmund Lingan, associate professor and chair of theatre and film.

Banned Books Coalition logoKilmer said this Banned Books Week Vigil would not be possible without help form generous sponsors: Ann Lumbrezer; Aramark; Barry’s Bagels; The Independent Collegian; Lambda Pi Eta, UT Communication Honor Society; UT Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America; Mitchell and Kelley Auctioneers; New Sins Press; Phoenicia Cuisine; Barnes & Noble University Bookstore; UT Campus Activities and Programming; UT Center for Experiential Learning and Career Development; UT Counseling Center; UT College of Arts and Letters; UT Jesup Scott Honors College; UT Department of Art; UT Department of Communication; UT Department of English Languages and Literature; UT Office of Multicultural Student Success; UT Federal Credit Union; UT Toledo Friends of the Library Foundation; UT Foreign Languages Department; UT General Libraries; UT Greek Life; UT Marketing and Communications Office; UT Office of the Dean of Students; UT Student Government; UT Theatre and Film Department; UT Starbuck’s; UT School of Visual and Performing Arts; and WXUT radio station. She added a special thanks to the UT Office of the President and the Office of the Provost.

Satellites to hold $6 sale this week

The Satellites Auxiliary’s $6 sale will take place Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 28-30, in UT Medical Center’s Four Seasons Bistro Atrium.

$6 sale FlyerCheck out a wide array of items that will be for sale for $6: rings, watches, bracelets, scarves, ties, sunglasses, belts, earrings, cuff links, purses, wallets, totes, reading glasses, pendants, chains and more.

“There’ll be more than 1,000 unique accessories and gifts from around the world,” Lynn Brand, president of the Satellites, said. “We’ll have something for everyone.”

The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

Cash, check, credit cards and payroll deduction will be accepted.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit scholarships.

The Satellites Auxiliary is a volunteer group designed to promote education, research and service programs; provide support of patient programs in accordance with the needs and approval of administration; conduct fundraising events; and provide services.

For more information on the sale, contact Brand at lynn.brand@utoledo.edu.

University to launch strategic planning process

The University of Toledo this week will begin work on a new strategic plan to advance its mission as a metropolitan research institution.

On Tuesday, Sept. 27, the strategic planning committee will convene its inaugural meeting to receive its charge from President Sharon L. Gaber.

Business Hlogo 1c BlackThe committee is comprised of nearly 30 UT faculty, staff, administrators and students, and includes a member of the Board of Trustees. Under the guidance of Provost Andrew Hsu, the committee will be co-chaired by Dr. Laurie Dinnebeil, Distinguished University Professor and chair of early childhood, physical and special education, and Dr. Anthony Quinn, associate professor of biological sciences and assistant dean for diversity and inclusion in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.

The University has engaged strategic planning consultant Sharon McDade to facilitate the process and keep the committee on track.

Following the kick-off meeting, the committee will engage in a process throughout the fall to discuss the current status of the University and solicit input through a series of town hall forums and online surveys. The input will be used to develop a draft plan that will be shared for feedback early in spring semester.

A final plan is expected for the Board of Trustees’ consideration in summer 2017.

Juice House to host concert Sept. 27

Want an organic college life? Want to be a pioneer of this new social movement of UT?

Stop by “Juice Is in the Air” Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7 to 8 p.m. on Centennial Mall.

juice event septemberSponsored by Juice House, the free, public event will include a backyard karaoke concert, snacks and conversation on living a healthy lifestyle.

Juice House was founded by University students and local community members who recognized the need for healthy living among college students on the UT campus.  

“Juice House is not only promoting juicing to help balance the current American diet, but also provides a new style of social gathering for the whole campus through a series of juice parties and clubs starting this semester,” said Tiffany Richmond, a UT alumna and communications coordinator with Juice House, who is pursuing a PhD at Bowling Green State University.

“We promote organic food, healthy living, healthy relationships, and organic thinking to help students create and discover a fresh social life on campus.”

For more information and future notifications, visit juicehouse.org.

UT Political Science Dept. hosting presidential debate watch events for students

The University of Toledo Department of Political Science and Public Administration is holding its first presidential debate watch event with students Monday, Sept. 26, at 9 p.m. in University Hall Room 3820.

Political science students will watch the debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, engage in fact-checking, follow social media response, and participate in a discussion and evaluation.

“The debates are the last significant events that potentially move poll numbers unless there is a sudden major economic crisis or terror attack,” Dr. Sam Nelson, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, said. “Debates are rarely game-changers, but Trump is a different kind of candidate, so maybe they will have bigger effects than in the past. It’s important for students to participate in the process and see both candidates side by side answering questions about issues facing the country.”

A presidential debate watch event also is scheduled to be held Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the same location.

Steak ‘n Shake coming to UT campus dining

The University of Toledo is expanding dining options for students on campus as it extends its contract with Aramark for six years.

Steak ‘n Shake is scheduled to open in January replacing Rocky’s Grill in the lower level of the Student Union.

Steak ‘n Shake is scheduled to open in January in the Student Union.

Steak ‘n Shake is scheduled to open in January in the Student Union.

A second national restaurant chain is expected to open next fall in the lower level of the Student Union around the corner from Rocket Wireless and the UT Federal Credit Union.

“We’re excited to continue our partnership with Aramark because they have given us very good service to meet the needs of students,” Dr. Kaye M. Patten, senior vice president for student affairs, said. “The plan the company presented to us gives the University a whole new model for our dining services, which will result in new choices and variety for our students. These changes are in direct response to what students have told us is important to them. Our students visit other campuses and see these restaurants. When they return to UT, they ask for popular name brands.”

Freshens, a chain promoting healthy options, is moving into UT’s engineering campus by the end of the year to offer a dining option on that side of campus.

“Freshens is a new type of restaurant that is up-and-coming on college campuses across the country,” Patten said. “Freshens will offer salads, sandwiches, rice bowls, crepes and smoothies. Students will be able to use a meal plan to swipe at the counter.”

aramark_logoUT has four years remaining on its contract with Aramark to operate campus dining, and the six-year extension includes upgrading the main dining facility in Ottawa House West residence hall and adding more fresh food concepts.

South Dining Hall in the Student Union also will undergo minor renovations as part of the contract extension.

“Our partnership with Aramark is all about being responsive to the needs and requests of our students,” Patten said.

Eberly Center offers lunchtime talks, discussions

The Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women will present the inaugural Lunch with a Purpose Tuesday, Sept. 27, at noon in Libbey Hall.

Lunch with a Purpose allows women researchers at The University of Toledo a venue to present their work to colleagues and specialists on campus and in the community, while fostering interdisciplinary discussions. 

lwp flierIn honor of the impending voter registration deadline and the Eberly Center’s ongoing support of campaigns to encourage all eligible citizens to engage in the political process, Dr. Renée Heberle, UT professor of political science, will present a talk titled “Dignity vs. Rights: Exploring the Concrete Effects of Constitutional Principles in Germany and the U.S.”

As co-director of the Program in Law and Social Thought, interim director of the School for Interdisciplinary Studies, and coordinator of the Inside/Out Prison Exchange Project, Heberle’s perspective reinforces the feminist principles of political action and teaching.

“We are glad to highlight our great women researchers and appreciate all the work of the new [Eberly Center for Women] Faculty Advisory Board to make this happen,” said Dr. Shanda Gore, associate vice president for the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women and the Minority Business Development Center. “From supporting the Association for Women in Science Mentoring Circle initiative, engaging students in our upcoming women in writing and business panels, and promoting professional development at the ACE Ohio Women’s Network annual conference on Nov. 4, the Eberly Center continues to meet the needs of our students and faculty.”

Campus and community members are invited to bring their lunches to hear Heberle and participate in discussion. Space is limited; call 419.530.8570 to RSVP.

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Disability Studies to launch fall semester film series Sept. 26

The UT Disability Studies Program will screen the film “The Secret Garden” Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.

211secretgarden_scan_hiresFollow Mary Lennox as she discovers that there is life and beauty to be found in a dark and broken world. The 102-minute film features Academy Award-winner and “Downton Abbey” favorite Dame Maggie Smith as the formidable Mrs. Medlock.

This 1993 adaptation of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic story is the first film being featured this semester as part of the Disability Studies Program’s film series focusing on disability in film adaptations of literature for young readers.

Listed by date, other films in the series include:

• Tuesday, Oct. 25 — “Hook” at 7:30 p.m.; and

• Tuesday, Dec. 6 — “A Christmas Carol” at 7:30 p.m.

After the movies, film-goers are invited to stay for a discussion with faculty from the Disability Studies Program on representations of disability in film, literature, and other media intended for young people.

For more information on the free, public screening, call 419.530.7244 or email kathryn.shelley@rockets.utoledo.edu.

Legal ramifications of sharing economy topic of Cannon Lecture Sept. 27

Nancy Leong, a professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, will present The University of Toledo College of Law’s annual Cannon Lecture Tuesday, Sept. 27, at noon in the Law Center’s McQuade Law Auditorium.

The explosive growth of the so-called sharing economy has been marked by the emergence of Uber and Airbnb. Yet the sharing economy also raises new risks, as transactions move into a legal gray area.



In her lecture, “The New Public Accommodations,” Leong will discuss how current public accommodation laws designed to prevent discrimination in the provision of services do not always work in the context of this new sharing economy.

Her research on anti-discrimination law and the sharing economy has been featured in The Washington Post, Salon, Slate and on ABC’s “Nightline.”

“Nancy Leong is one of the most prolific and well-known scholars of her generation,” said Nicole Porter, UT professor of law. “Her work is creative and interesting, and I’m excited to hear her thoughts on racism in the sharing economy. It is sure to be a fascinating discussion.” 

Leong’s research interests include constitutional rights, criminal procedure, discrimination, and the commodification of identity. Her scholarship has been published in the California Law Review, Harvard Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Virginia Law Review, Yale Law Journal and other journals.

She earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and her juris doctor from Stanford Law School. She is a former law clerk of Judge Kermit Lipez of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and previously served on the faculty at the William & Mary School of Law. At Denver, she teaches Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, and Criminal Procedure.

This free, public lecture is part of the Cannon Lecture Series that was established in 1980 to honor former Toledo attorney Joseph A. Cannon. The series hosts nationally known individuals who explore both the humanistic dimensions and limitations of the legal system. Food and beverages will be provided.

Chelsea Clinton to campaign for Hillary at UT Rec Center

Chelsea Clinton will visit The University of Toledo Thursday, Sept. 22, as she campaigns in support of her mother, Hillary, who is running for president.

The event will be at 12:05 p.m. in the Maple Room of the Student Recreation Center on Main Campus. Doors open at 11:15 a.m. and space is limited. Those interested in attending can RSVP online through the campaign website.

According to the campaign, Clinton will lay out the stakes of November’s election for voters and emphasize Hillary Clinton’s belief that Americans are stronger together when the economy works for everyone — not just those at the top. She also will urge Ohioans to register to vote ahead of the Oct. 11 deadline.