Commerce Week on Writing, Day 4!

The biggest day yet! SEVEN panels, lectures, Open Mics, workshops, and other excellent CWoW activities today!

We begin with a panel of literacy narratives from FOUR PhD students in the Department of Literature and Languages: Jessica Martin (with Donna Dunbar-Odom), JP Sloop, Wade Thompson, and Anna-Marie Lopez. Hall of Languages, Room 203

Organized by Donna Dunbar-Odom

What: “On Being an Artist: Daily Affirmations and Gang Violence” (artist lecture)
When: Oct. 22, 2009, 1:00-2:30pm
Where: Art 111
How: Drop by!

Organizer: Michael Miller, Professor of Art (

What: “The Use of Video for Art Making, Documentation, and Writing Purposes” (artist lecture)
When: Oct. 22, 2009, 3:15  pm
Where: Art 111
How: Drop by!

Josephine Durkin will talk about how she uses video as both an art  medium and a teaching tool.  Video plays an important role in the
contemporary art world and can work in a variety of installation formats while also allowing for appropriate documentation of kinetic and performance art.  Additionally, video can function as a writing tool when students are challenged to create and edit video essays in a way that parallels the method of writing and editing papers.
Josephine, along with several of her students, will share how video has contributed to their learning experience.  Josephine is an artist and Assistant Professor of Art at Texas A&M University –Commerce.  She teaches Sculpture, 3-D Design, Contemporary Issues in Art, Video in Art and Visual Stroke / Verbal Expression.
Information will be provided about her various course offerings that utilize and focus on video.  Students studying in all disciplines are encouraged to take these beginning and advanced courses that introduce and further develop video and audio editing skills as they apply to essay writing, documentary, animation, and art making.

Josephine has a B.F.A. in Sculpture from Virginia Commonwealth University and an M.F.A. in Sculpture from Yale University.  She has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally.  Recent exhibitions have included solo and group shows at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia, the Ulrich Museum of Art in
Wichita, Kansas, Lohin Geduld Gallery in New York, Kunstraum Innsbruck in Austria, the University of California, Berkeley, State of Flux Gallery in Kingston, Ontario and and an upcoming show at Metro Space in Richmond, Virginia.  She was a guest artist and speaker at Texelectronica, an International Symposium on Art, Music, Technology, Society and Culture held at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.  Her work can be seen at

Organizer: Josephine Durkin, Assistant Professor of Art (

What:Workshop, Creative Non-Fiction” (hosted by Sigma Tau Delta)

Details at above link, including contact information.

What: “No Experience Necessary: 24 Hour Short Play Competition and Festival”
When/where: begins with an optional workshop in the Performing Arts Building Thursday afternoon (4:30), followed by an announcement of the prompt and guidelines. Plays due for judging the next day (10/23) at 10:00 am, judged immediately after that, then rehersals begin for the winning play at 3:00. Doors open for festival at 5:00 Friday night.

More information and fun details at


in the Community

What: Commerce Public Library presents, an “Open Mic for Kids!
When: Oct. 22, 2009, 4:30-6:00pm
Where: Commerce Public Library, off the Commerce Square

How: Just drop by! Participants will consit of local middle and high school students reciting original or selected poems. Are you a writer? Are your students writers? Are your children writers? Share your work and join the fun!

Organizer: Gayle Gordon, Director of the Commerce Public Library ( and 903-226-6858), with Mary K. Croft

 Kid friendly!


What: Open Mic (Mayo Review)
When: Oct. 22, 2009, 7:30 pm
Where: Cowhill Express (downtown Commerce)
How: Drop by! Details at

Organizer: Brandon Barnes (


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