New faculty to attend reading at UNT

Sat, Sep 17, 2016 - 8:53pm

Three new faculty will read from their work at the University of North Texas Visiting Writers Series at 8 p.m. on Sept. 28 in Room 116 of Sage Hall.

Jehanne Dubrow, Ian McGuire and Jill Talbot will be featured during the new faculty reading. Dubrow’s sixth book, Dots & Dashes, won the Crab Orchard Series in Poetry Open Competition Award and will be published in 2017. Her work has appeared in Virginia Quarterly ReviewThe New England Review,Ploughshares and The New York Times Magazine.

A native of England, McGuire writes criticism and fiction...

Hazard Warnings: Who Should Be Warned to Do What and When?

Fri, Jul 29, 2016

A group of risk experts is proposing a new framework to improve the effectiveness of public warnings when a hurricane, wildfire, toxic chemical spill or any other environmental hazard threatens safety.

Right now, “the potential for errors is high” when officials decide when to issue emergency warnings, who to send them to, and what safety measures to urge the public to take, says Thomas Cova, a professor in the University of Utah geography department.

That’s because “researchers tend to focus on one or two of those questions,” Cova says. “But it’s a challenge to think about all three,” which is necessary to avoid...

Meredith Clark: Fisher case reveals entitlement and superficial perspective

Tue, Jun 28, 2016 - 4:36pm

If you can control the narrative, I tell my journalism students, you can control reality.

Repeat certain phrases long enough, use words and images well, and you have the ability to take advantage of the limited attention span of the average American, spinning a story that appeals to emotion rather than fact.

Fisher v. University of Texas is a prime example.

At the root of Fisher's story are two issues that trouble me every day as a college professor: a sense of entitlement and superficial understanding of any perspective outside one's own.

From the outset, we were told that this case was...

'Stage Kiss' peppers comedy with absurdity, music

By Lucinda Breeding

What happens when a pair of one-time lovers reunites on stage?

In Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss opening next month at the University of North Texas, there’s a lot of music, a little absurdity and lots of lucid questions about what grown-up love means.

“This is a thinking man’s comedy,” said director Marjorie Hayes. “Sarah Ruhl is looking at the expression of different types of love — there is infatuation, sexual attraction and then something more mature. Ruhl says you need three things to have mature love — exclusivity, consistency and longevity.”

Stage Kiss is about a...