When this scribe was doing his journalist-in-training duties by spending some college days typing out obituaries for an afternoon newspaper near Boston, an editor provided a piece of career advice: “You’ll be fine if you can write.” The nugget always struck me as prescient, given the newspaper industry’s immediate shift upon my graduation. (Witness: This was only 2005 or so, and things like afternoon newspapers and green reporters writing obits already seem like relics). But I think the real reason it stuck with me is the wider idea embedded within: that writing is more of a life skill that can be applied across disciplines that just so happens to be a career path for some people. Having seen many talented writers who have no formal training, I would also add that it’s a skill that’s within all of us that can be used to learn unexpected things. Bringing the writer out of everyone is an idea that’s embodied by a new writers’ workshop that formed in Baltimore earlier this year. Read More →
When students return to class in the fall, the University of Baltimore is looking to help students continue the conversations that started during the spring’s protests and unrest. University officials are even writing it into the curriculum. Read More →
In the recent Captain America movie, in between fights and explosions there was a throwaway reference to Tony Stark, AKA Ironman. It was just one example of how certain superhero movies aren’t stand-alone experiences, but are meant to exist in an alternate universe in which every superhero is friends (or frenemies) with every other caped crusader. It’s the Marvel Universe, and it’s complex enough that it apparently deserves a college course of its own.
Have you heard the phrase “meds and eds”? It refers to the idea that hospitals and universities are the institutions with the money and power to revitalize struggling cities. Baltimore has a wealth of both.
The Baltimore City Anchor Plan is a formalization of Baltimore’s plans for meds and eds-based development. The eight hospitals and universities that signed on to the plan this week promised to prioritize four areas: public safety, local hiring, local purchasing, and quality of life in the city.
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Call us old fashioned, but Plork Press still believes books are meant to be held in your hands—not to be scrolled and clicked, but to be cradled, flipped, fondled no less, to be eyeballed inside and out. Plork Press believes that the visual and tactile processes are exactly what make reading the extrasensory experience we all discovered it to be once upon a time when we first learned to do it. A student-driven imprint at the University of Baltimore, Plork Press announces the release of its first book, Plorkology: Stories, Poems, and Essays. Join us on October 3rd at 7:30 p.m. for the book launch party in the basement of the Langsdale Library and behold these colorful, hand bound books. To learn how this is done, visit us for bookmaking sessions and snag creative training right on the spot. Or you could hang with us and simply watch books get built.
Wait, what is Plork anyway? Only the beginning of everything! Plork marries work and play to create a life that engages all the senses.
We plan to use earnings from Plorkology sales as seed money to continue our seriously playful publishing endeavors in the years to come. Won’t you join us? Do you Plork?! Come on, it’s never too late to create.
For more information, please visit Plork Press here — or on Facebook. Learn more about our first book after the jump!
Sure, the Internet’s slow-folding, death-of-print side effect saddens many of us who still cherish the tactile experience of holding a book or a magazine and hearing the pages turn as our brains take in the literature at hand. Book heartbreak aside, it’s heartening to remind ourselves that digital publishing itself doesn’t minimize our lit-reading options—it actually increases them. Although everything’s permutating in the world of fiction and poetry publishing, and I’m the first to complain about it, that doesn’t mean great writing’s not being born digitally all the time—same goes for on-the-rise online publishing imprints like Dzanc that raise funds to print books the old-fashioned way.
As long-established literary journals like Shenandoah bid farewell to print and take up residence online, so are numerous startup journals staking their claim on the web and in some cases even producing actual tangible books with artistic covers–the kind you can touch. And they’re using yet another fast-growing digital playing field to find their funds: Kickstarter.
Case in point: Cobalt, an online quarterly lit journal featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and interviews edited by University of Baltimore alums, wants you to visit their Kickstarter page and consider pledging part of the $2000+ they’ll need to produce their first book through Cobalt Press. Why should you consider this project among the other dozen your music-video-making friends are hounding you to help with? Read More →
If University of Baltimore Professor Roger Friskey’s brisk attitude and winning grin remind you of Robert Preston in the film classic The Music Man, in which, of course, Preston’s charming band leader character only pretends to teach teens to play their expensive instruments, cease the comparisons at cosmetic ones. Yes, Friskey’s teaching a brand-new songwriting class as part of the summer schedule at UB; true, Friskey encourages anyone and everyone to register, even those without a hint of musical training or ability. But the guitar-strumming, Renaissance businessman, who typically lectures on persuasive and public relations writing for the university, isn’t promising to turn his students into pop stars or producers overnight. He’s just saying all are welcome to join the lively workshop discussion of songwriting technique and the seminar chat about the fast-changing face of the music industry. And all are encouraged to compose at their level. Read More →
As World War I left Berlin devastated, a depressed and bewildered citizenry turned to the occult for comfort — private seances and one-on-one psychic readings provided a sense that the tragically dead weren’t completely out of reach, and a much needed escape from reality. In the early 1930s, Erik Jan Hanussen, a famous Jewish-German mind reader, gained eerie and unlikely entree into Hitler’s inner circle. Eager to please the fuhrer, Hanussen transformed his life and changed his occult publication into a Nazi propaganda rag. Ultimately, Hanussen’s psychic knowing wasn’t enough to save his life… Want to learn more? You can hear the rare nonfiction author Arthur Magida, a writer in residence at UB, discuss his book on Hanussen, The Nazi Seance (Pallgrave Macmillan), at the Ivy Friday evening at 7. Read More →
It’s not who you might expect. PayScale, a website that aggregates economic data to help people understand whether they’re under- (or over-) paid just released its 2012-13 data ranking various universities for their salary potential. A quick data point: Princeton grads have an average starting salary of $58,300 and an average mid-career salary of $137,000. And because money isn’t everything, PayScale also asks alumni whether their job “makes the world a better place”; 49 percent of Princeton grads think that it does. (The site surveyed students with a bachelor’s degree from the institution, not MD/MA/PhD grads, in case you’re wondering). The lowest-earning school on the list is the online division of the Art Institute of Pittsburgh (because who goes to art school online!?), where fresh grads average $34,200 and those with a decade or more under their belt make $42,300, on average. Curious about how some local schools measure up? We’ve got the answers below:
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