The UH Honors College Presents 2013 Common Ground Teachers Institute

Posted April 19, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

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Here is an exciting and free professional development opportunity for teachers in the Houston area! Join Writers in the Schools (WITS) as we partner with the University of Houston Honors College to offer the 2013 Common Ground Teachers Institute on June 28, July 1-3, and July 8-12, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. each day.

The Common Ground Teachers Institute pairs teaching faculty at the University of Houston and teachers of English from secondary schools for a series of inspirational workshops and seminars. Teachers can earn up to 30 credit hours of Gifted and Talented (G/T) certification.

Please visit www.commongroundteachersinstitute.com for more information about the institute, a reservation form, and full descriptions of our 2013 seminars.

Seminar offerings for 2013 include “My Own Private Wilderness: Reading and Writing the Natural World” by WITS writer Lacy M. Johnson and “Metamorphosis: Some Things Change, and Some Never Do” by UH-Downtown professor and WITS writer Merrilee Cunningham.

Activities take place in the Honors College, located on the second floor of the M.D. Anderson Library on the University of Houston campus.

Underwriting by the McGovern Foundation allows teachers to attend this institute free of cost and receive a stipend for books and on-campus parking. Spread the word!

To guarantee a spot in one of this year’s seminars, please submit your reservation form no later than May 31. Forms may be e-mailed to Mallory Chesser at [email protected] or faxed to713.743.9015.

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An Evening of Literary Placemaking

Posted February 5, 2013 & filed under Notebook.

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Join Writing & C/Siting Houston for an event featuring WITS founder Philip Lopate, WITS Writer Miah Arnold, and great friend of WITS, Bill Monroe, as they share stories about the special places that make the Bayou City unique.

When: Wednesday, February 6th at 7:00 pm

Where: University of Houston Honors Commons (212 MD Anderson Library)

More about the readers:

Phillip Lopate has written three personal essay collections – Bachelorhood (Little, Brown, 1981), Against Joie de Vivre (Poseidon-Simon & Schuster, 1989) and Portrait of My Body (Doubleday-Anchor, 1996); two novels, Confessions of Summer (Doubleday, 1979) and The Rug Merchant (Viking, 1987); a pair of novellas; three poetry collections, The Eyes Don’t Always Want to Stay Open (Sun Press, 1972), The Daily Round (Sun Press, 1976) and At the End of the Day (Marsh Hawk Press, 2010); and a memoir of his teaching experiences, Being With Children (Doubleday, 1975).

Miah Arnold is the author of Sweet Land of Bigamy, and a number of short pieces of literature. Her essay “You Owe Me” will appear in Best American Essays 2012. She earned a Ph.D. in writing and literature at the University of Houston. She teaches adults and children throughout Houston in University and nonprofit settings. She has served as a fiction editor at Gulf Coast and a poetry editor at Lyric Poetry Review. Her work has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Nanofiction, Confrontation, Painted Bride Quarterly, and the South Dakota Review. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband and two children.

William Monroe is professor of English and Dean of the Honors College at the University of Houston. His book Power to Hurt: The Virtues of Alienation was selected as an outstanding academic book of the year by Choice magazine and nominated for the Phi Beta Kappa/Christian Gauss Award. His other publications include the play Primary Care, which deals with personhood issues related to Alzheimer’s Disease, and articles on T.S. Eliot, Vladimir Nabokov, and Willa Cather. He is currently at work on The Vocation of Affliction: Flannery O’Connor and American Mastery.

About Writing & C/Siting Houston: Writing & C/Siting Houston is a collaboration among Houston Arts Alliance Folklife + Traditional Arts Program, the Cultural Enrichment Center at the University of Houston-Downtown, and Houston Folklore Archive of the University of Houston and has been funded in part with support from the Texas Commission on the Arts, Humanities Texas, National Endowment for the Arts, and Houston Endowment Inc.

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