Thursday, May 22, 2014  
Women Nobel Peace laureates | Humanists tackle programming
Ellen Gorsevski
Communication of women Nobel Peace laureates explored in new book

We are all familiar with Al Gore, Mother Teresa, and maybe even Aung San Suu Kyi, but how many have heard of Shirin Ebadi, Jody Williams, or Wangari Maathai? And yet all have won the Nobel Prize for Peace, many fairly recently.

In "Dangerous Women: The Rhetoric of the Women Nobel Peace Laureates," published in February by Troubador Publishing, Dr. Ellen Gorsevski, communication, examines the lives and enormous contributions of 15 women who used any nonviolent means of communication available to them to advocate for peace, often at great risk to themselves and their families. She traces the history back to 1905 laureate Baroness Bertha von Suttner, who used her writing, first as a novelist and later as an essayist and persuasive author, to build an international peace movement during an increasingly unstable time in world affairs.

The laureates have used their persuasive strategies toward banning land mines, to advocate for the rights of indigenous people, calm ethnic and racial conflict, promote nuclear disarmament during the Cold War, and more. Jane Addams, famous for founding the profession of social work and Hull House and as a women's suffragist, is perhaps less well known as the 1931 Peace Prize recipient for her international diplomacy.

"It's been an amazing journey of discovery," Gorsevski said of the book project.

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'Coding for Humanists' workshop presents new research avenues

Although "coding" and "humanists" are words not typically found in the same sentence, a campus workshop May 13 and 14 proved the two can happily inhabit the same realm.

Organized by Dr. Andrew Schocket, director of the American culture studies program, and taught by Dr. Jerry Schnepp, visual communication technology, the two-day learning experience brought together faculty, staff and graduate students for an introduction to computer programming and exploration of possibilities, along with hands-on experience.

"There's a wealth of information out there," Schocket said. "The workshop presented basic concepts about what computer programming is and what the possibilities are for using it to investigate and research large corpuses of materials."

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IN BRIEF

The 13th annual autism summit on June 6 will focus on "Social Stories™," a widely used strategy for helping people with autism deal with social concepts as well as challenging life issues. Carol Gray, developer of the technique, will give the keynote address.

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