Nine songwriters perform new music, written this semester as part of the course Acoustic Songwriting for Beginners. Each student has written between seven and ten songs, many of which have been workshopped with the class, and in this final showcase concert each student plays two songs. A seven-week one-credit course that keeps expanding--eight, nine, ten weeks!--UC 170 Acoustic Songwriting for Beginners takes novice songwriters through techniques that help produce solid lyrics, beautiful harmonic progressions, and winning melodies.
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Mary Sponberg Pedley, adjunct assistant curator of maps at the Clements Library, discusses how "A New and Accurate Map of the English Empire in North America by a Society of Anti-Gallicans," published in London in 1755, demonstrates how jealousy, greed, and commercial rivalry can drive foreign affairs. With this illustrated talk, Dr. Pedley looks carefully at the map's sources, publishers, and historical context of intense commercial and political rivalry between France and Great Britain both in Europe and in North America.
A panel discussion with U-M faculty who work with video games as they discuss their game-related research and how they integrate games into their teaching. Panelists include Sheila Murphy, Screen Arts & Cultures; Sean Silver, English; and Erik Hildinger, Engineering/Technical Communications.
Harriett Green, English and Digital Humanities Librarian at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, discusses collaborative digital humanities research work she has pursued with Professor Ted Underwood as well as other researchers at UIUC and beyond.