The hunt is on for Memorial’s next writer-in-residence. The Department of English is inviting applications for a semester-long author residency to take place in the fall 2007 or winter 2008, subject to the availability of matching funding from the Canada Council and the University.
The position is intended to honour new and established writers who have published their work professionally. In the course of the residency, the author continues his or her projects while making time available to discuss writing with students and writers both inside the university and in the larger community.
According to Dr. Jennifer Lokash, English, the department is particularly interested in applications that propose innovative ways of bringing Canadian writing to communities both inside and outside of St. John’s.
Authors wishing to be considered are asked to provide a letter of application and a curriculum vitae no later than Friday, Jan. 22, 2007. Written or electronic applications should be addressed to: Robert Hollett, Head, Department of English Language and Literature at firstname.lastname@example.org.
When the successful candidate is selected, joint application for funding will be made to the Author Residency program of the Canada Council. Remuneration for the position, if approved, will be $12,000 (plus return air fare if applicable).
Slate of development classes offered
The Division of Lifelong Learning’s winter classes are now available for registration. The winter program features a new Lunch ‘n’ Learn seminar with Mount Pearl Mayor Steve Kent; Cisco wireless networking courses, certificates in leadership and workplace communications; classes in wellness, home decor and personal finance, and notice of the division’s popular Easter Youth Camps program.
Many of the classes are available to MUN employees and retirees under the umbrella of professional and skills development, and all MUN employees and retirees are eligible to apply to attend such classes.
For more information about the division’s fall offerings, call 737-7979 or see www.mun.ca/lifelonglearning.
An afternoon of short films
About two dozen students are inviting the Memorial community to the world premier of their videos and documentaries on Friday, Jan. 19. The students are enrolled in the Performance and Communications Media diploma program, and the films represent the projects completed for two courses: Physical Stage and Video Technique, and Producing the Documentary.
The short films in all, it’s expected to be about an hour of viewing offer a variety of fresh perspectives. According to Dr. Denyse Lynde, co-ordinator of the five-year-old diploma program, the audience will see a good show.
“I’ve seen the documentaries, and they’re very good.” She added that previous student projects have won awards, and their films have been shown at international festivals or aired on television.
Arts moving up
The Faculty of Arts is moving up up to the fifth floor of the Arts Annex, that is, to take over the area formerly used as a cafeteria. The University Club, which was the last occupant of the space, ceased operations last spring.
The university’s space committee recently approved a plan that will give Arts an additional 3,115 square feet of space to help meet its most urgent needs, slightly over six per cent of the faculty’s space requirements.
It’s all part of an integrated plan that will happen in stages. The Office of the Dean of Arts and many of its staff will relocate to the fifth floor, along with some academic department offices. This will free up space on the fourth floor for the Department of Sociology, which Dr. Tremblay noted is particularly in need of additional room for both its faculty and graduate students. The resulting domino effect will see other departments gain office space that they require.