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Libraries present undergrad multimedia awards & honor English professor

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Still from Haiku, by Tiffany Dodson.

The Rutgers University Libraries welcome members of the Rutgers community and the general public to attend Celebrating Creativity, an event that recognizes artistic creativity from students to the professorate. The program will feature the presentation of the 2011 Margery Somers Foster Undergraduate Multimedia Awards and a tribute to a distinguished Rutgers professor.

The Celebrating Creativity event will be held on Tuesday April 26th, starting at 3:00 pm, in the Mabel Smith Douglass Library on the Douglass campus. A reception will follow the presentation of the awards to the 2011 recipients.

The undergraduate multimedia award acknowledges the creative use of university library collections in the production of a multimedia-based research project focused on women's or gender issues.

The Libraries are pleased to recognize the two award recipients:

  • Tiffany Dodson, a senior in Mason Gross School of the Arts and the School of Communication and Information, won the award for her stop-motion animation, Cameo, and a video, Haiku, which illuminates women's and gender issues and racial concerns in America. Cameo may be viewed at Youtube (by searching for "cameo dodson") and Haiku may be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wzjmam4YwKsfeature=related
  • Mimi Zander, a senior in the School of Arts and Sciences, won the award for her short documentary film featuring an interview with noted author and cartoonist Alison Bechdel, the creator of the serial comic Dykes to Watch Out For. Her film may be viewed at: http://wh.rutgers.edu/whtube/watch/108/inked-alison-bechdel.html

At the event the Libraries will also recognize two 'honorary mention' recipients; Karin Oxford, for her short film, Women's Education, that depicts the status of women's colleges across the United States and Anna Zailik, for her documentary film, Cathy Stanford: A Journey Woman, chronicling the work of a New Jersey activist leader.

Also at this event, the Libraries will offer a tribute to Alicia Ostriker, a distinguished scholar and poet and Emerita Professor of English at Rutgers who recently donated a valuable collection of poetry to the Libraries.

Professor Ostriker has published twelve volumes of poetry, ranging from Songs (1969) to The Book of Seventy (2009), winner of the Jewish Book Award for Poetry. Her other works include The Mother/Child Papers (1980); The Crack in Everything (1996), a finalist for the National Book Award and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize; and The Volcano Sequence (2002). Her poems have also appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Antaeus, The Nation, Poetry, American Poetry Review, Kenyon Review, The Atlantic, MS, Tikkun, and many other journals, and have been widely anthologized.

The Ostriker collection donated to the Libraries includes several hundred volumes of poetry by American women writers of the second half of the 20th Century (and from the opening of the 21st Century). The volumes provide scholars and students with a significant portion of the corpus of American women poets at a time when women were successfully challenging and profoundly changing the accepted norms of poetry.

For more information on the undergraduate multimedia awards, please contact Kayo Denda – head of the Margery Somers Foster Center – at kdenda@rulmail.rutgers.edu or by phone at 732/932-9407, ex. 23. To RSVP for this event, send email to vents@rulmail.rutgers.edu or call Tara McDonnell at 732/932-7505 ex. 318.





Posted April 15, 2011