5 Memoirs to Spring For: Anzaldua, Bag, Muzyka, Strayed, Rodriguez

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If you are looking for a few good books to read this spring, books where the authors are exploring issues of identity, crossing borders,  overcoming obstacles, and living living sin fronteras, and look no further than these:

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National Adjunct Action Week Feb 23-27 2015 Calls Attention to Equity Issues

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

I’m wearing my A for Adjunct sticker –are you?

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With middle-class wages stagnating and the rich getting richer, income inequality has

Reporter magazine

become a rallying cry for Democrats and Republicans alike. Reviving opportunity for all resonates with Americans who feel left out as growth picks up and the stock market reaches record highs, writes Keith Naughton, Lynn Doan, and Jeff Green.

More and more people are realizing the extent to which part-time, temporary workers are exploited at colleges and universities across the nation. The National Adjunct Action Day planned for February 25 is an effort by part-time (adjunct) faculty members to raise awareness of the rise of contingent (part-time) labor in academia.

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Don’t Forget The Databases: Librarians Go Gaga

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Going Gaga in the Library

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While library research can be intimidating, it doesn’t have to be. Students and faculty from the University of Washington’s Information School get their groove on in this 2010 parody video directed, edited, and produced by Sarah Wachter with lyrics by Sarah Wachter (compare to the original Lady Gaga song “Poker Face”).

Yes, librarians

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Staples Discussion Questions

1. Staples’ essay was published in the mid-1980s and has since been widely anthologized. How do you account for its popularity? In your response, consider the way it is written, the points Staples has to make, and the essay’s relevance to today. Do you think this popularity is justified? Why or why not?

2. Rather than confront the fears and prejudices of the strangers he encounters, Staples explains that he goes out of his way to accommodate them. How does he do so? Why does he do so? How do you respond to his actions and motives?

3. Write about any times that you have made a stranger uncomfortable because of the way you “alter space.” How did you respond? Alternatively, write about any times you have judged others as threatening solely because of their appearance. Were your responses justified? Do you think people tend to mistrust one another based too much on appearance?

Cesar Reyes Reads 1/15/15

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Check out these poems by the young poet Cesar Reyes who is reading in Ventura 1/15/15. (Students–Ask about extra credit!)

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This Thursday 1/15/15 Cesar Reyesis the featured poet at the EP Foster Library in the Topping Room651 E. Main Street,  downtown Ventura. Hosted by Phil Taggart every Thursday at 7:30pm, an open mic follows the featured reader. The reading is free but they pass the hat to collect donations for the poet.

In the video above, Cesar Reyes reads his poem “Vegan” during a “young poets reading” that is an initiative by Ventura County Arts Council and the Ventura County Poet Laureateship, under Ventura County poet laureate Mary Kay Rummel and Marsha de la O. The event was held at the 643 Project Space as part of the Ventura Artist Union exhibit, “This is the Time” on October 19, 2014 in Ventura, California.

Here’s another sample poem by Cesar Reyes.

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Malala: Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons

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It’s time to start a new semester of college! “Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons.” Malala

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Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. Malala

127_what_it_takesIn an LA Times article by Ellen Olivier on 10/19/14 titled “The Power To Help Others,”

Jane Fonda says, “I grew up believing that service is the rent you pay for life.”

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8 Tips for In-Class Writing Exams

It’s the limagesast day of finals at Ventura College! And in my classes, like many, there is a written final essay exam.

Last week, I substituted for another teacher who offered these tips to his students so I thought I’d pass them on here. These “Tips for Writing In-Class Essay Exams” are adapted from “A Student Guide to Writing at UCI” 9th ed. My comments are in italics.

1. Warm up beforehand: You will perform better after getting into the rhythm of writing. Write a note to a friend or freewrite about anything while you’re waiting for the exam to begin.

Before the essay part of the test, my students have short answer questions which also serve as a warm-up.

Free Writing by hand (instead of typing) can also warm up the creative side of the brain and connect your hands with your imagination.

Free Writing about the topic can also get your imagination going.

If you’re nervous about the exam, writing about it can help! Try writing a letter to a friend about your worries. Continue reading

Zhena Muzuka Presents “Life By The Cup”

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

author Zhena Muzyka presents at Ventura College Weds 12/10 12:30 Wright Event Center

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zhena-header-about  “Life by the Cup is a true story that stretches from single motherhood and hard times through unique personal success. Pour a cup of tea, open to the first page and find a friend who will teach you: Your hopes are a form of planning.” — Gloria Steinem

On Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 12:30, author ZHENA MUZYKA aka @MistressofTea and  will discuss and zhena-1-booksign her 2014 memoir and highly acclaimed self-help book Life by the Cup (Simon and Schuster) at Ventura College H. P. Wright Event Center on Day Road near Telegraph. We’ll be sure to have a seat for you if you join the Facebook Event Page here.
According to her website (and I would agree), “Life by the Cup is the inspiring story of Zhena’s journey as founder of a company that benefits health, protects the environment, and supports humanitarian efforts. Each chapter shares a…

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Listen, Read: Poetry by Suzanne Lummis, Christopher Buckley plus AP and Students

Gwendolyn Alley aka Art Predator:

Here are all the details for our publication parties Dec. 4 and 11 at EP Foster Library, Ventura.

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On Thurs. Dec 4 and again Thur. Dec. 11, please join my Ventura College students and I at EP Foster Library in the Topping Room for the poetry reading that happens almost every Thursday at 7:30pm. Located at 651 E. Main Street in downtown Ventura across from Winchesters and between Chestnut and Fir, the reading is hosted by Phisuzanne and Vine 1944l Taggart; open mic follows the featured reader, and we will be reading in the open mic. Sign-ups are at 7:15pm. On Dec 4,  LA’s Suzanne Lummis features.  Among her many accolades, Suzanne Lummis won the 2013 Blue Lynx Poetry Prize for her latest collection of poems, Open 24 Hours. Her poem “How I Didn’t Get Myself to a Nunnery” is in the November 3, 2014 issue of the New Yorker 11/3/2014; read and listen to it here:

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