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Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis set

The UNT Health Bone and Joint Institute is the presenting sponsor for this year’s 21st annual Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis.

Institute chairman David M. Lichtman, M.D., who is a retired U.S. Navy rear admiral, will serve as the event’s honorary chairman. 

The Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis will be held Dec. 1 at Chesapeake Plaza, 100 Energy Way in Fort Worth.

Advance registration is available online at

Activities begin at 2 p.m. with a festival that will include contests for best costume, best-dressed dog and activities for the entire family. The reindeer run starts at 4:30 p.m., with the 5K starting at 5 p.m.


Distinguished Speaker Series lecture set

The University of North Texas Department of World Languages, Literatures and Cultures will present “Theorizing the New World Baroque in Art and Literature: Aesthetics and Ideology,” a lecture by Lois Parkinson Zamora, professor in the departments of English, History and Art at the University of Houston.

Zamora is a leader in the comparative study of literature of the Americas. Her area of expertise is literature of the Americas on New World Baroque art, architecture and literature, which is showcased in her recent book, “The Inordinate Eye: New World Baroque and Latin American Fiction.” This book was awarded The Harry Levin Prize by the America Comparative Literature Association for the best book in comparative literary studies published during 2006 and 2007.

Zamora’s previous books include Writing the Apocalypse and The Usable Past, both of which examine the nature of historical imagination and its representations in contemporary U.S. and Latin American fiction.

Tuesday’s free lecture is part of the 2012-13 World Languages, Literatures and Cultures Distinguished Speaker Series.

It will begin at 3 p.m. in Room 104 of UNT’s General Academic Building, on the southeast corner of Avenue B and West Mulberry Street. A reception will follow in Room 410 of UNT’s Language Building, on the southwest corner of Avenue B and West Hickory Street.

For more information on this event, contact Carol Anne Costabile-Heming, chair of the department of World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and professor of German at 940-565-2404 or .


UNT signs cooperative agreement

Faculty members in the University of North Texas departments of English and Linguistics and Technical Communication will help their counterparts at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) in Islamabad, Pakistan, upgrade the university’s graduate programs in English literature and linguistics.

Representatives from both universities signed a three-year cooperative agreement for initiatives that will be funded by a $1 million grant from the U.S. State Department’s Public Diplomacy Programs for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

NUML has 19 academic departments offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in 20 languages on its flagship Islamabad campus, including separate graduate and undergraduate departments of English. The university also has seven regional campuses.

The agreement will allow UNT faculty members to share the university’s resources and expertise with NUML faculty members and graduate students, and to expand UNT’s reach in South Asia.

Beginning in 2013, Masood Raja, UNT assistant professor of English and project director and a native of Pakistan who earned a diploma in Japanese language from NUML, will spend two months at NUML each summer through 2015 to assist with curriculum restructuring in NUML’s graduate Department of English. Raja will also provide NUML faculty members with new teaching methodologies. He will be joined for part of the summer by Ryan Skinnell and Kyle Jensen, both UNT assistant professors of English, and Haj Ross, UNT distinguished research professor of linguistics.

Under the agreement, approximately 53 NUML faculty members and graduate students will visit UNT during the next three years for curriculum development training and research with UNT faculty members, who will act as mentors. Eleven faculty members and six graduate students will spend two months of the 2013 fall semester at UNT. Twenty-four more faculty members and 12 more students are scheduled to come during fall 2014 and 2015.


Speaks Out programs on food, veterans set

The University of North Texas Libraries’ UNT Speaks Out Faculty Lecture Series in October and November will feature UNT faculty members discussing their research about food and about veterans returning from deployment in the Middle East.

UNT Speaks Out on the Food We Eat is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. today on Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable and sustainable food. 

Dornith Doherty, a professor of studio art, will discuss her project, Archiving Eden, which involves photographs of seed bank collections around the world. Pankaj Jain, an assistant professor of anthropology and philosophy and religion studies, will discuss Hinduism, Jainism, and the 2,000 years of vegetarianism in South Asia.

Jennifer Jensen Wallach, associate professor of history, will focus on food and race, which is the subject of her book, How America Eats: A Social History of U.S. Food and Culture.

On Nov. 15, the UNT Libraries will present UNT Speaks Out on Coming Home, which will focus on veterans returning from deployments in the Middle East. The event is part of UNT’s observance of Veterans Day.

Adriel Boals, associate professor of psychology, will discuss post-traumatic stress disorder and other responses to trauma and stress in veterans.

Cindy Hasio, a doctoral student in art education, will discuss methods and findings from a project she participated in related to how veterans narrated their experiences through art.

Shelley Riggs, associate professor of psychology and director of the Family Attachment Lab, will discuss her Student Veteran Research Project and family relationships of veterans after deployment.

Student veterans will also participate in the panel, and lunch will be served following the discussion.

The discussions are held in the Forum on the first floor of UNT’s Willis Library, which is located one block east of Highland Street and Avenue C at 1506 W. Highland St. There is no cost to attend.

For more information or questions about the events, contact Caroline Booth, director of communications and marketing for UNT Libraries, at 940-369-7573.


Islamic Art and Culture Forum scheduled

Nargis Virani will lecture on “Sacred Poetry and Music in Muslim Cultures” on Friday at the University of North Texas as part of the ongoing Islamic Art and Culture Forum at UNT.

Her visit is sponsored by the Aga Khan Council for Central United States and the Contemporary Arab and Muslim Cultural Studies Institute (CAMCSI).

Virani’s free lecture will begin at 2 p.m. in Room 170 of UNT’s Business Leadership Building.

Virani is currently assistant professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Arabic section coordinator at The New School in New York. Formerly, she taught at the University of British Columbia in Canada and Washington University in St. Louis, where she also headed the Arabic language program and served a term as the director of the Center for Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures. A graduate of Harvard University, she has studied at many prestigious institutions in the Muslim world such as the University of Jordan in Amman, the Bourguiba Institute in Tunis and al-Azhar mosque in Cairo.

Her research explores intersections between the scripture of the Quran and the literature in a Muslim milieu.


College of Music presents fall events

The University of North Texas College of Music presents its fall season, which will include Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette and a visit from the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

For a complete list of UNT College of Music events, including faculty and student recitals, visit the College of Music website at .

For ticket information for performances at the Murchison Performing Arts Center, call the box office at 940-369-7802 or visit the center’s website at . Some concerts are streamed live online at .

The fall schedule is as follows: 

•  7:30 p.m. Thursday — Symphonic Band conducted by Dennis W. Fisher in the Winspear Hall of the Murchison Performing Arts Center, located along the north side of Interstate 35E at North Texas Boulevard. Tickets are $8 to $10.

•  1 p.m. Friday — Guest Artist Clinic presented by the UNT Percussion Club with Mark Walker on drum set in the Recital Hall of the Music Building, located at the southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. Tickets are $5 at the door for non-percussion club members.

•  8 p.m. Friday — Student Chamber Music Concert Series directed by Nikola Ruzevic in the Recital Hall and Voertman Hall of the Music Building, located at the southeast corner of Avenue C and Chestnut Street. Free.

•  8 p.m. Saturday — Student Chamber Music Concert Series directed by Nikola Ruzevic in the Recital Hall and Voertman Hall of the Music Building. Free.

•  8 p.m. Monday — Global Rhythms with guest artists, including Andy Narell on steel pan, the One O’clock Lab Band, Steve Wiest, director, and Mark Ford, percussion coordinator. Tickets are $8 to $10.

•  8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31 — Concert Orchestra’s Halloween Spooktacular, featuring dancers from Tuzer Ballet and conducted by Clay Couturiaux in the Winspear Hall of the Murchison Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $8 to $10.


Nigerian fashion exhibition under way

The University of North Texas will present “Get your gele on: Nigerian Dress, Diasporic Identity and Translocalism” an exhibition of contemporary Nigerian dress and custom head wraps, known as “geles.”

The exhibit, curated by Jessica Strubel, lecturer of merchandising and digital retailing in the UNT College of Merchandising, Hospitality and Tourism, is a visual representation of Texan-Nigerian Americans’ use of ethnic dress as a means to explore cultural identity and search for a broader social identity in the United States.

It is presented in conjunction with the Texas Fashion Collection, College of Visual Arts and Design and the UNT Art Galleries.

The free exhibition is scheduled through Friday on the first floor of the North Gallery of UNT’s Art building, which is located one block west of Mulberry and Welch streets. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.


Professor earns top international award

Jon Christopher Nelson, professor of composition studies and the associate dean of operations for the College of Music at the University of North Texas, was awarded the International Computer Music Association’s 2012 America’s Region Award at the International Computer Music Conference in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

This recognition is provided by an international jury that evaluates more than 500 conference composition submissions from around the world in a double-blind, two-tiered adjudication process.

The international jury provides one award for the highest ranked composition in each of three international regions: the Americas, Europe and Asia/Pacific regions.

Nelson’s composition, “Turbulent Blue,” was the highest-ranked composition from the Americas region and is featured on the conference CD.

Nelson’s electro-acoustic music compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America.

He has been honored with numerous awards, including fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Fulbright Commission.

He is the recipient of Luigi Russolo and Bourges Prizes and was recently awarded the Bourges Euphonies d’Or prize.

In addition to his electro-acoustic works, Nelson has composed a variety of acoustic compositions that have been performed by ensembles such as the New World Symphony, Memphis Symphony, Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra the Contemporary Music Ensemble at Boston University and others.

He has composed at Sweden’s national Electronic Music Studios and at IMEB in Bourges, France.

His works can be heard on the Bourges, Russolo Pratella, Innova, CDCM, NEUMA, ICMC, and SEAMUS labels.


Anthropology students win national awards

Fourteen University of North Texas students in principle lecturer Beverly Davenport’s Anthropology 1100 (World Cultures) course won awards for their op-ed pieces submitted in a competition sponsored by the Center for Public Anthropology.

The contest included submissions from more than 3,500 students from 25 universities in North America. 

As part of the course curriculum, the students in Davenport’s class participated in a 2 1/2-week online community action project.

The project required students to write a professional-style op-ed piece for which they received anonymous feedback from other student participants.

The students, whose op-eds were ranked in the top 5 percent in North America, were given certificates of recognition from the Center for Public Anthropology.

The goal of the exercise was to give students the experience of writing for a large audience in a way that attracts serious consideration on important public issues.

This project aimed to help students begin to understand how democracy works through discussions in the public sphere as well as effectively participating in the process.