ND to host summer creative writing program in Ireland

first_imgNotre Dame undergraduate students now have the option to take a three-credit creative writing workshop in Ireland through a summer program sponsored by both the creative writing program and Notre Dame International. Running from July 17 to Aug. 7, students will spend one week in the city of Dublin and two weeks at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara, County Galway, professor of English Valerie Sayers said. Catherine Owers | The Observer Students participating in a new summer study abroad program sponsored by the English department in Ireland will spend a week at Kylemore Abbey, pictured.“One thing we want all our students to think about is not just their place in American literature, but also their place in world literature, and where better to start than Ireland?” Sayers said.  Valerie Sayers said the course was the brainchild of Barry McCrea, professor of Irish studies, English and Romance languages, and Lisa Caulfield, director of the Notre Dame academic center at Kylemore Abbey. Sayers and Joyelle McSweeney, director of the creative program within the department of English, will teach the course. Guest authors Alice McDermott and Kevin Barry will also participate in the course. Sayers said she and McSweeney will collaborate on the classes and teach two separate sections of the class. “Students in both sections will have the opportunity to work on whatever genre interests them. We know we’ll be doing prose, and a lot of it, because that’s where the majority of interest lies,” she said. “We’re also both open to and will create some opportunities for people to think about the overlap between fiction and nonfiction, between prose and poetry, and even, if people are interested, drama, which is the great Irish genre.  “I think we’re both excited to teach that way, too,” Sayers said. “In the program here, though we encourage a lot of inter-genre work in the graduate program, just for practical reasons the undergraduate curriculum is set up as prose or poetry. And this is one of these rare opportunities to mix it up.” Sayers said writers of all levels of experience are invited to enroll in the course. The course will fulfill the University and College of Arts and Letters fine arts requirement, and for English majors it will count as a standard major elective and will also fulfill one of the four required courses for the Creative Writing concentration.“Non-English majors are more than welcome. In fact, they always provide a great contrast and complement to English majors,” she said. “One thing we like about the design of this course is that it is open to all levels. … There’s maybe an initial shyness from people who have never written before, but it dissipates so quickly when you realize that every time you write, you are a beginner because you are learning how to create a new manuscript. Every single time is a beginning time — that is one of the things I’m most excited about.”Sayers said the dual locations of the course will make for a “richer experience, particularly for students who are going to Ireland for the first time and have not had a chance to experience the rest of Ireland.”For the first week in Dublin, Sayers said, students will have the chance to absorb the literary traditions of the city, as well as see theatre productions and hear live music.“Dublin is one of my favorite cities in the world, and the literary vibe there is intense and infectious,” she said. “I think by contrast, the time at Kylemore, which by its nature will be very contemplative and very meditative, will make for a really rich, full experience, both of writing and of culture.”The course will be designed to provide a multitude of stimuli for students while giving them the opportunity to pursue their own projects. Both in Dublin and at Kylemore, Sayers said, the course will link “the practice of walking and the kind of opening up of the language centers that walking provides.”“We’re going to be doing lots of exercises around place, both architectural space and Kylemore Abbey itself will be a fabulous architectural space to explore, but absolutely once we’re in Connemara, we’ll be thinking about nature,” she said.  “We’re still working on course texts and things like that, but we’re trying to include some writing that thinks about both nature and ecology, and our moment in climate time.” Sayers said the program is designed for accommodate 20 Notre Dame students and 10 Irish university students. “Because this is the first year, those would be ideal target numbers for the life of the program, but it’s entirely likely that we’ll be a smaller group going over the first time,” she said. More information regarding the course and the potential to apply for financial aid will be available to students at an information session Wednesday at 11 a.m. in 320 Malloy Hall. Applications for the course are due Feb. 26. Tags: creative writing program, English Department, Ireland, Notre Dame Internationallast_img read more

Max Kepler was called out on strikes despite pitcher not throwing a single strike

first_imgHe was smart not to, because the pitcher threw nothing but balls. But umpire Jerry Meals didn’t see it that way. The end result was Kepler being called out on strikes. But if you look at MLB.com’s strike zone, all five pitches were outside. (MLB.com) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e0/3/twins-vs-brewers_1fnagxfqmuznz1km8gv1zal3ww.png?t=-493392285&w=500&quality=80His poor effort was noticed by fans as well.I’m fine if you don’t want to have robot strike zones, but then the trash effort like Jerry Meals has put forth tonight deserve publicly noted fines or discipline from @MLB— Ted (@tlschwerz) August 12, 2020I’m sorry, I have to break my silence. Jerry Meals is having the worst game by an umpire I’ve seen in years. Good lord. #MNTwins— Greg Jensen (@JensenGregory) August 12, 2020This is why there’s a demand for robot umpires. (MLB.com)center_img Twins outfielder Max Kepler had an interesting at-bat Tuesday night.Kepler was facing Brewers pitcher Eric Yardley in the top of the sixth inning. It was a crucial at-bat because the Twins were down by two runs, and had runners on first and second with no outs. While standing at the plate, Kepler didn’t swing at any of Yardley’s pitches. Max Kepler’s strike out https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/54/c5/max-kepler_164z8di1w6g7518cotzys5v2uw.jpg?t=-494175773&w=500&quality=80MORE: What should MLB do with the Cardinals?That obviously looks bad.But maybe it just looks worse because it’s a clear-cut strike zone. Umpires don’t have a magical box in front of them when calling pitches that come hurling toward them at 90-plus mph. So maybe those calls looked a little better when you view the replay.Umpire Jerry Meals took the bat out of Max Kepler’s hands.Three blown strike calls in one at bat. #Twins v #Brewers pic.twitter.com/ijjvSX6Uef— Umpire Auditor (@UmpireAuditor) August 12, 2020Not really.Those are pretty bad calls no matter which way you look at it. The second strike call was especially egregious. The third strike call was at least close enough to where you can’t get too upset, but you can even see Kepler in the video looking at the umpire and point down, indicating it was a low pitch.But that single at-bat wasn’t the only complaint fans had about Meals during Tuesday’s game. A comparison of his called strikes vs. the Twins and vs. the Brewers shows two different strike zones (credit to Baseball Savant).last_img read more

DONEGAL MAN’S ANGER: ‘GOVERNMENT IS FORCING ME TO EMIGRATE’

first_imgA well-known County Donegal businessman will fly abroad tomorrow – saying he is being forced to work abroad by red-taped Government bureaucrats.John Shine runs a number of businesses in Killybegs and has been campaigning for a brighter future for the fishing town.But he says Government Minister Simon Coveney and his civil servants in the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine don’t understand or care about saving jobs. Mr Shine has been in dispute with the department over rent rises on property he leases from it in Killybegs.He says he came up with a business plan which would create up to ten jobs – but the refusal of the Government to review his rent or negotiate to extend his lease means he can no longer go ahead with his plans.“I had the finance from the bank, I had all the plans in place to open a deli and other businesses in the former ice house on the quay but this crazy stupid government and its civil servants won’t extend the lease until it’s actually run out so it’s no longer a bankable proposition,” said Mr Shine.“As a result I’m being forced to leave my family behind and go and find work abroad and I am flying out tomorrow. “This is what we have come to. We have a Government full of people with fine words but when it comes down to the nitty gritty we have the same civil servants operating the same rules and you can’t find a Government TD prepared to take them on and change things.“Instead of creating jobs in a town starved of jobs I’m being forced out too.”Mr Shine has been involved in a group called FishingForJobs but says getting through to the new Government has been “a nightmare.”He added: “I suppose like everyone else in the country I thought a change of Government would help this country through the bad times. I was so wrong.“There’s enough civil service red tape to strangle the country.” PREVIOUS ARTICLE HEREhttps://www.donegaldaily.com/2011/05/09/killybegs-businessman-says-there-is-soemthing-fishy-about-his-plans-to-open-seafood-deli/DONEGAL MAN’S ANGER: ‘GOVERNMENT IS FORCING ME TO EMIGRATE’ was last modified: January 6th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:John ShineKillybegslast_img read more