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Klosterman speaks candidly at Columbia

Klosterman speaks candidly at Columbia

By Assistant Arts & Culture Editor

October 27, 2014

When many aspiring writers ask a favorite author how to make it as a writer, they receive the usual answers. When famed bestselling author and magazine columnist Chuck Klosterman answers, he tells them t...

Faculty faces light up city  amid new ad campaign

Faculty faces light up city amid new ad campaign

September 8, 2014

Wenhwa Ts’ao, an associate professor in the Cinema Art + Science Department, was surprised to see her face plastered around the city after friends started tagging her on Facebook with photos of her on b...

Ordinance change preserves free speech

By Editorial Board

April 24, 2011

Chicago’s Law Department recently decided to stop enforcing an ordinance that prohibited protesting outside places of worship during religious services.The city changed its stance on the ordinance on April 11 when the Law Department ruled that a citation given to protesters outside the Chicago headquarters of the Church of Scientology last year was unconstitutional. The change in procedure closed a loophole being exploited to eff...

Racism in the 21st century

By SpencerRoush

March 27, 2011

Young generations are growing up in a society more tolerant of races, genders and lifestyles than at any time previously. But banishing racism from our society’s cultural repertoire has proven unattainable, even for those young people who’ve witnessed more tolerance than any other generation in recent memory.It’s easy to forget racism is rampant among youth while attending Columbia because of its diversity. I’m su...

2010 census shows lopsided growth, decline

By Darryl Holliday

February 28, 2011

As analysts and residents wait for the next wave of census data, the first set of results has shed light on Chicago’s changing demographics, revealing unbalanced development in the Windy City.The latest census snapshot—a comparison of 2000 and 2010 data released in early February—offers a glimpse of an altered social landscape during the last 10 years. Displacement of city residents, along with crime and poor living condi...

Plan-ifest 2011

By Samuel Charles

November 15, 2010

After what the college deemed one of the most successful Manifest festivals to date, ideas are in the works for the 2011 version of the urban arts exhibition Columbia prides itself on.The Manifest kickoff meeting was held on Nov. 9 at the 1104 Center, 1104 S. Wabash Ave. During the announcement, changes, improvements and preliminary plans were laid out for what people can expect at Manifest 2011 in May.Manifest 2010 saw the...

Story Week 2010 to ‘bend genres’

By CiaraShook

March 1, 2010

The Fiction Writing Department is gearing up for their 14th annual  Story Week,  with this year’s installment offering a more diverse palette of guests, including Bread & Puppet Theater and headlining author Joyce Carol Oates.Columbia’s Story Week began as a three-day affair almost 15 years ago because Randy Albers, chair of the Fiction Writing Department, was inspired by a literary festival he visited years before i...

Two Columbia publications, students receive accolades

By CiaraShook

February 1, 2010

The Fiction Writing Department has once again brought home the gold from the Columbia Scholastic Press Associate competition, with publications Fictionary and Hair Trigger each receiving certificates of achievement.Both publications have received awards  in the past, with Fictionary winning a silver medal in 2008 and Hair Trigger winning the gold crown several times. Students’ literary work and artwork will advance to the ...

Columbia fiction instructor practices what he teaches

By CiaraShook

December 14, 2009

Sam Weller’s cozy office on the 12th floor of the South Campus Building, 624 S. Michigan Ave., is packed with books, a small desk and a giant painting of a robot breaking out of a toy store by a member of the metal band Galactic Cowboys. The bookcases are studded with works by Joan Didion, Ambrose Bierce and Bill Zehme, but Ray Bradbury’s books commandeer almost two rows in the small library.“That’s not even a tenth of my ...

Three departments team up for Creative Nonfiction Week

By CiaraShook

October 18, 2009

Pulitzer Prize finalist and local Chicago writer Luis Alberto Urrea will speak to students, faculty, staff and the public for Columbia’s ninth annual Creative Nonfiction Week.Creative Nonfiction Week will have various activities and events that stress the importance and relevance of the broad literature genre  in a modern society.Creative Nonfiction Week, Oct. 19 - 23, will feature lectures, conversations and readings by faculty members and students, as well as guests such as Urrea, Laurie Lindeen, Chris Rose and John D’Agata.Sam Weller, assistant fiction writing professor and project coordinator of Creative Nonfiction Week, said the week is a unique collaboration among the English, Fiction Writing and Journalism Departments.“It’s a cool example of how three departments can team up to make an event better for all of our students, which at the end of the day is our goal here,” Weller said.Weller joined forces with Jenny Boully of the English Department and Teresa Puente of the Journalism Department to organize the weeklong event.Weller said that from his perspective in the Fiction Writing Department, Creative Nonfiction Week shows that the bedrock of creative nonfiction is storytelling and those techniques extend from the fiction writer, novelist and the short-story writer.“As a professor in [fiction writing], I want to make those connections for my students,” Weller said.Boully said creative nonfiction is becoming popular again because more interesting nonfiction books and essays are being published.“It’s now becoming sexier and has been getting more attention,” Boully said. “I think that’s in large part to the more interesting nonfiction books and essays that are being published.”Puente said a lot of writing forms fit in the creative nonfiction genre, such as the personal essay, travel writing, blogging and memoirs.“There are so many different styles of writing and sometimes it’s hard to define them as just one,” Puente said. “[Creative Nonfiction Week] is a phenomenal opportunity for students to hear some of the best creative nonfiction writers in the country.”Urrea, who will give a keynote speech the evening of Oct. 19, has published books about border and immigration issues including Nobody’s Son: Notes from an American Life and The Devil’s Highway: A True Story.“At a time when immigration is such an important issue in this country, we thought that he would be a really good speaker to highlight this year,” Puente said.The Journalism Department will bring in Chris Rose, a columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune newspaper. He is one of the leading voices on the American tragedy of Hurricane Katrina, Weller said.The Fiction Writing Department welcomes memoirist Laurie Lindeen, who released Petal Pusher: A Rock and Roll Cinderella Story in 2007, which is about the Twin Cities’ alternative music scene of the 1980s.John D’Agata, a writer who has recreated the essay in relationship to poetry, comes to Columbia for the English portion of Creative Nonfiction Week.“He’s a leading voice in terms of the future of the American essay as it were,” Weller said. D’Agata will speak in the Ferguson Auditorium of the Alexandroff Campus Center, 600 S. Michigan Ave., Oct. 22 at 6:30 p.m.Student and faculty writers will be giving readings for Creative Nonfiction Week. The student readings are Oct. 19 at 3:30 p.m. and include writers Nicole Faust, Sophia Ulmer, Kristen Fiore, Jon Gugala, Lisa Cisneros and Thomas Pardee. The faculty readings are Oct. 21 at 3:30 p.m. and include writers Aviya Kushner, Lisa Schlesinger and Yolanda Joe.A closing reception and readings from South Loop Review: Creative Nonfiction will be Oct. 23 at 3:30 p.m. in the Quincy Wong Center for Artistic Expression on the first floor of the Wabash Campus Building, 623 S. Wabash Ave.Most Creative Nonfiction events will be held in Film Row Cinema, located on the eighth floor of the Conaway Center at 1104 S. Wabash Ave., unless otherwise mentioned.

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