Choosing Literature and Using it Well

Thanks for sharing Dr. Kelly, Cayla Callies and all!

Many thanks to Angie Kalthoff and for hosting a professional development workshop at St.Kate’s this weekend in preparation for Computer Science Education Week on teaching computational thinking and coding at St.Kate’s.

Enjoyed meeting the Katies attending the event and hope to see some of you at the TIES Conference.



Crisis Logic & the Reader with Visiting Artist Sam Gould

Crisis Logic & the Reader is an experimental symposium centered around crowd-sourced questions and facilitated by Mpls artist Sam Gould in the week following the election
Sam Gould – Crisis Logic & the Reader: An Experimental SymposiumAmy Marie Sears Memorial Visiting Artist 2016
November 14 – 17, 2016


Sam Gould Red 76 Portland Art Coloring Book

Crisis manifests relationships and modes of action uncommon outside of other states of disruption. As a positive experience, crisis can highlight topic possibilities such as egalitarianism, collaboration and cooperation, in the midst of the destruction of the day-to-day.

But along with crisis comes anxiety. The repeated boost of adrenaline, while beneficial in small immediate doses, fractures our clarity and composure over time, contributing to the breakage of self.

Crisis Logic & the Reader, an area of inquiry to be centered around crowd-sourced questions and facilitated by artist Sam Gould, will manifest as an experimental symposium at St. Catherine University in November 2016, the week following the US presidential election. Although the project is not explicitly about the election, it aims to engage in meaningful ways with civic and civil discourse through symposia discussions, poster making, a durational listening session, and a musical concert.

Promoting the idea of the “culture of reading” as a long-term, daily alternative to the logic which arises out of singular moments of crisis, Crisis Logic & the Reader will convene students and the public as a means towards unpacking the possibilities and complications of reading culture serving as a vehicle for socio-political engagement.

n.b. All on-campus activities, free and open to the public, will take place in the Visual Arts Building (VAB) in Room 203, St. Paul Campus.

Monday – Nov.14
Installation of a P.A. Sound System in the VAB by Minneapolis-based artist Derek Maxwell.

Lecture and Opening Reception
Afternoon artist lecture will establish the project and parameters for the week.
Reception to follow

Tuesday – Nov.15
1:30 – 4:00
Afternoon symposium
In consort with St. Paul-based artist / thinker / designer Matt Olson, participants are invited to pose questions based on ideas which may present themselves through our shared discussion. The act of reading (seeing/feeling/listening/(un)knowing) each other and our shared social landscape can then later take shape in the form of printed materials or public speech through the P.A. Sound System, a process which will continue throughout the symposium.

Late afternoon/evening
Durational listening
This fluid activity entails durational listening to a compilation of four conversations between American composers Morten Feldman and John Cage that were recorded in 1967 in the studios of the radio station WBAI in New York. Participants are invited to swim in and out of the space and audio recording, to hear the world through different voices.

Wednesday – Nov.16
1:30 – 4:00
Afternoon symposium
Announcements of harvested questions via the P.A. Sound System. Guest conversant to be announced.

Thursday – Nov. 17
1:30 – 4:00
Afternoon symposium
In consort with Minneapolis-based artist Monica Haller the group will unpack and discuss aspects of a new area of work for Haller involving issues of land, class, race, family, and the interconnection between environmental and social ecologies. Announcements of harvested questions via the P.A. Sound System.

Musical Concert and Closing Reception
Live concert by the Minneapolis-based experimental/drone band, IE.
Reception to follow

About the Artist
Sam Gould is the co-founder and editor of Red76, an experimental publication platform. Established in Portland, Oregon in January of 2000, Red76 often works towards creating publics through print and other methods like meals and public projects that open space to discuss social, educational, and political life in America today.

As an artist-educator, Sam is interested in experimental pedagogies and conceives of the classroom space as fluid and non-hierarchical. Sam has taught within the graduate department for Social Practice at the California College of the Arts and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has written, as well as lectured extensively within the United States and abroad.

As a Red76 project, Sam runs the bookstore and publishing site, Beyond Repair, in the 9th Ward of Minneapolis, MN. The project will be in operation from 2016 – 2019 and holds space to help formulate publics and publications to amplify the questions and desires of neighbors.

Have questions or need more information?

  • Amy Hamlin
  • akhamlin at

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SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs

Siri Anderson, Director of Graduate Programs for Licensed Teachers, is the Co-PI on this National Science Foundation funded project!

TPT Wins Regional Emmy® Award
for SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs
Saint Paul, Minn. November 3, 2016 – Twin Cities PBS’s STEM Media & Education Unit was honored with an Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Award for SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs on Saturday, October 29th.

This thirty-minute documentary profiles women from diverse cultural and professional backgrounds sharing both the challenges and triumphs of “a day in the life” in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) workforce. The film portrays women working in STEM careers ranging from the more “traditional” (like engineering and chemistry) to the unexpected (like firefighting, construction and bicycle design). The featured stories, which highlight the women’s career paths, challenges and triumphs, were selected to help broaden girls’ view of STEM professions, and expand their vision of what’s possible in their own lives.

“The women in this documentary are innovators,” said series producer Marie Domingo. “Their stories are engaging and relatable, and they’ll motivate today’s high school girls to prepare for tomorrow’s workforce.”

Producer Angie Prindle adds, “For twelve years, SciGirls has inspired girls by showcasing STEM role models and mentors. We are grateful for National Science Foundation’s support in creating new and exciting ways to reach youth audiences with media.”

SciGirls Stories: Real Women, Real Jobs, premiered on TPT2 on May 27th, on TPT MN on May 29th, and is available online at This documentary was produced as part of “SciGirls Strategies: Gender Equitable Teaching Practices in Career and Technical Education Pathways for High School Girls,” a National Science Foundation-funded project designed to help high school educators recruit and retain more girls from diverse backgrounds in STEM and career and technical education (CTE) classes and career pathways.

SciGirls includes a nationally broadcast PBS Kids TV series, website, professional development workshops and educational outreach programming. The project was created to address girls’ declining interest in STEM starting as young as fourth grade, and continuing through college and career. Since its inception, SciGirls has reached millions of children, trained over 2,500 educators nationwide, and tens of thousands of youth have participated in an outreach program at SciGirls CONNECT’s 155 educational partner organizations nationwide. SciGirls was recently honored with two 2016 Parents’ Choice Gold Awards for the PBS Kids television series and PBS Kids website, and received the National Science Foundation’s Showcase Presenters’ Choice Award.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION The National Science Foundation is an independent federal agency that supports education and research across all fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). In addition to providing major support for SciGirls, the NSF supports other science and math programs on PBS and, including DragonflyTV, Peg + Cat, Design Squad Nation and Plum Landing. Visit here for more information on NSF activities.

About Twin Cities PBS (TPT) The mission of TPT is to “enrich lives and strengthen our community through the power of media.” As one of the nation’s leading public media organizations, Twin Cities PBS (TPT) uses television, interactive media and community engagement to advance education, culture and citizenship. Over its nearly 60-year history, TPT has been recognized for its innovation and creativity with numerous awards, including Peabody awards and national and regional Emmys. Based in St. Paul, MN, TPT is the most highly-viewed public TV station in the nation, reaching over 1.7 million people each month through multiple broadcast and online channels. The organization’s particular areas of focus include: the educational readiness of children; serving the needs and unleashing the potential of America’s aging population; engaging a new generation in the power of public media; and being the preferred media partner for organizations that align with our mission to enrich lives and strengthen community.

For more information about TPT, visit our website at or join us on Facebook and Twitter.
Rita Karl, Managing Director, TPT STEM Media & Education Unit
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Rick Riordan Coming to St. Kate’s

Copied from the Friends of St. Catherine University Libraries linked below!

YA Author Rick Riordan Speaking on Campus Oct 8

Are you a fan of the Percy Jackson series? What about the Kane Chronicles or the Heroes of Olympus? Or how about Magnus Chase, the newest series by young adult author Rick Riordan?

If you can say YES to any of these questions, you’re in luck. Rick Riordan is coming to St. Kate’s!

Red Balloon Bookshop and the Friends of St. Catherine University Libraries welcome internationally best-selling author Rick Riordan to the O’Shaughnessy Auditorium on tour for The Hammer of Thor – Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book 2.

Saturday, October 8, 7pm.

The Friends of the Libraries are also hosting a family-friendly reception in the Library before the event. Refreshments, activities and discussion will be available starting at 5:30 p.m.

Buy your tickets below, and if you’re a Friend of the Libraries, you can receive a discount. Visit the Friends page to find out how to become a Friend and for more information on the discount.


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