Annoucement – Dianne Bos Lecture

Interested in Photography? Want to know more about the History of Visual Culture?

Join us for “A brief history of the Camera Obscura, the Pinhole Camera and the
Photobased Work of Dianne Bos.” This is a public lecture by Dianne Bos, presented by the Department of Visual Arts, Brock University

Friday, November 7th
Noon – 1pm (Bring your lunch!)
GLN 162
All are welcome!

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Happy New Year!

I rarely make New Year’s resolutions in January, but at the start of Sept. I find myself making lists, getting organized and promising to do (or not do) things I didn’t do last year. The fall brings that feeling of a “new beginning” — a chance to start fresh. Sure, I didn’t get as much as I’d hoped done in the summer, but there’s no point in dwelling on that, right? Time to look forward and to make plans for the coming weeks.

There is a buzz in the air, campuses are starting to get busy once again. It is an exciting time of year and I’m trying to feed off that energy. I’ve made some changes to my courses this year, changes that I hope will improve the courses while at the same time allow me to use my time more efficiently. I’ve got a good teaching schedule this term and will try my best to keep those “research days” free for doing research. I always have the best of intentions, but I have been guilty of letting meetings, errands and other activities encroach on those days in the past. This year I need to make sure I protect those days and use them wisely.

To everyone starting a fresh academic year — Happy New Year! Here’s hoping the 2008/09 academic year will be a happy and productive one.

A Quiet Oasis

Fall term started this week, and the campus has sprung back to life. I love the renewed sense of energy that accompanies the start of the fall term, but after a relatively quiet summer it can take a day or so to adjust to the hustle and bustle that September brings. There are a few spots on campus, however, where it is possible to slip away for a quiet moment of tranquillity. Yesterday I stopped by for a quick visit to a lovely little pond nestled in among the campus buildings. I sat for a moment and watched a frog hopping around along the edge of the water.

As I was sitting at the edge of the pond I recalled a faculty event held in a room overlooking the pond last spring. A number of us (including the president of the university) were fascinated to discover a beaver swimming around in the pond. The event concluded with faculty members from all disciplines and departments pressed up against the glass, straining to get a better look at the beaver. I didn’t see the beaver yesterday, but I did see a structure that looks like it could have that Castor canadensis touch. (The zoom on my camera isn’t great, but you can sort of see it in the middle area of the second photo).

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