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The electric guitar will be the rock star at the “Electric Guitar in Popular Culture” conference at BGSU March 27-28.

The conference, which is being hosted in part by the Department of Popular Culture, will consist of a combination of scholarly presentations and performances.

“During the two-day forum, academics, professionals, performers, hobbyists and fans will come together to highlight and celebrate this iconic instrument,” said conference co-organizer Dr. Matthew Donahue, popular culture.

“Both popular culture and popular music are linked to the electric guitar,” Donahue said. “Topics such as material culture, visual arts, cultural studies, American culture studies, history, ethnic studies and gender studies have a connection to the electric guitar.”

The scholarly presentations and some of the musical performances will be held in the Bowen-Thompson Student Union; the evening musical performances will be at Grounds for Thought, 174. S. Main St.

Among the speakers are Martin Popoff, former editor in chief of Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles; Steve Waksman, professor of music and American studies at Smith College, and Ken Haas, general manager for Reverend Guitars.

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March 30, 2015
9a - 12p
BTSU 314, 315, & 316

BGSU takes "girl culture" international this year for its celebration of Women's History Month. "Global Girls" is the theme for the month's events, which include girls and women from around the world. The month culminates March 30 with a research symposium, guest speaker and presentation of awards and scholarships.

The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program will host the research symposium, featuring the work of undergraduate and graduate students, with concurrent sessions from 9 a.m. to noon March 30 in 314, 315 and 316 Bowen- Thompson Student Union. A fund-raising silent auction will be held from 12:30-3 p.m. in 308 Union, where the remainder of the events will take place, including Women's Equity Action Legacy Award presentations at 1 p.m. for undergraduate and graduate student winners of the research/writing competition.

Keynote speaker Dr. Heather Switzer, assistant professor in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, will discuss "Postfeminist Politics and Girl Effects: Exploring the Limits and Possibilities of Girls Gone Global" at 2 p.m.

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Improvisation is not only central to music and art, in a world where the only constant is change, it has become a necessary tool to deal with society's daily uncertainties. As rules, guidelines and planning become increasingly obsolete, qualities such as spontaneity, inventiveness and creativity become important to our lives.

A two-day conference will explore "Improvisation in the Arts and Everyday Life." Hosted by the Department of German, Russian and East Asian Languages (GREAL), the symposium will be held April 10-11 at BGSU and downtown Bowling Green's Clazel Theatre, 129 N. Main St. Throughout the event, experts on improvisation from various fields will address recent advances in the understanding of improvisation, its history and cultural significance, and its relevance in today's society through performances, dialogues and seminars.

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Kids' Tech U is for students ages 9-12 who are interested in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. They will learn from scientists who work in these fields, and participate in hands-on activities that let them explore scientific concepts.

Spring Sessions

  • Feb. 7 - Dr. Peg Yacobucci, a BGSU associate professor of geology, will lead an interactive session titled "How Do Fossils Reveal Our Planet's Past, Present, and Future?"
  • Feb. 14 - Dr. Karen Lynn Snover-Clift, director of the Cornell University Plant Disease Diagnostic Clinic, associate director of Northeast Plant Diagnostic Network (NEPDN), and national quality manager of the network, will share "A Mighty Oak Tree Is Killed in the Forest; DNA Can Tell Us Who Did It."
  • March 28 - Dr. Andrew Torelli, a BGSU assistant professor of chemistry, will answer "What's the Best Way to Grow Crystals?"
  • April 11 - Dr. John McDowell, a Virginia Tech professor of plant pathology, will discuss "Why Are the Foods that You Love the Most in Danger from Rusts, Blights, Molds and Mildews?"

Kids' Tech U Sign-up Information

  • For students who live within a one-hour driving distance of BGSU.
  • $80 registration fee to participate; scholarships are available
  • Includes lunch card and a KTU T-shirt
  • Students work with undergraduate and graduate students, professors and STEM leaders from community organizations and local industries.

Online registration is now open and will be limited to 150 children.


Ohanami | Cherry Blossom Festival

Saturday, April 18, 2015
6-9 p.m. Lenhart Grand Ballroom
Bowen-Thompson Student Union
Bowling Green State University Campus
Bowling Green, Ohio


All activities/presentations are indoors

  • Japanese calligraphy
  • Origami
  • Traditional Japanese games
  • Rice-cake making
  • Taiko performance
  • Martial Arts demonstrations
  • Japanese traditional dance
  • Taste sushi and authentic Japanese refreshments

FOR INFORMATION Akiko Kawano Jones 419-372-7136 or jakiko@bgsu.edu