A trio of Baltimore institutions want the performing arts to be a viable path for students who showed they were meant for the stage. Read More →
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The trial of Officer Edward M. Nero, the second Baltimore police officer indicted in the death of Freddie Gray is set to begin Wednesday. According to an article in today’s New York Times, Baltimore residents who were eager to see police held accountable for Gray’s fatal spinal injury are less hopeful this time around. That may be fitting. Read More →
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!
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