Colorado College News http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-rss-news.html Professor Kristina Acri Receives Szenberg Prize Mon, 15 Oct 2018 09:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-kristina-acri-receives-szenberg-prize http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/professor-kristina-acri-receives-szenberg-prize <p>Associate Professor of Economics Kristina Acri has been awarded the Michael Szenberg Prize for an article she co-authored in&nbsp;<em>The American Economist</em>.</p> <p>The award-winning article, &ldquo;Do Restrictions Beget Responsibility? The Case of U.S. Abortion Legislation,&rdquo; co-authored with Associate Professor of Economics Amanda Felkey of Lake Forest College, was selected based on the following criteria: it fills a void in the existing literature, addresses an important topic with critical policy or theoretical implications, is well written, employs sound methodological tools of analysis, demonstrates the importance of economic reasoning, and serves as a model for Omicron Delta Epsilon student members. Acri and Felkey will be honored at a reception in January for their work.</p> <p>Acri also was quoted by National Public Radio in a piece called <span><a href="https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2018/09/28/652546095/drugmakers-play-the-patent-game-to-lock-in-prices-block-competitors">&ldquo;Drugmakers Play the Patent Game to Lock in Prices, Block Competitors,&rdquo;</a></span> which aired in late September. Acri, an economist and international intellectual property expert who joined the CC faculty in 2007, <span>was named a Thomas Edison Innovation Fellow for 2016-17 by the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property at the George Mason University School of Law.</span></p> <p><span><span><a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/economics/people/kristinas-research.html">Acri,&nbsp;&nbsp;n&eacute;e&nbsp;Lybecker</a></span>,&nbsp;received B.A. degrees in economics and Latin American Studies from Macalester College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research analyzes the difficulties of strengthening intellectual property rights protection in developing countries, specifically in the context of the pharmaceutical and environmental technology industries.</span></p> Mellon Foundation Funds FAC Internships Mon, 15 Oct 2018 00:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/mellon-foundation-funds-fac-internships http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/mellon-foundation-funds-fac-internships ]]> <p>You might think for museum interns, it's all about the "stuff," especially when they're interning at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, home to 4,000 cultural artifacts and a permanent collection holding more than 20,000 pieces of art.</p> <p>While <strong>Susan (Suzy) Lewis &rsquo;19</strong> and <strong>Amber Mustafic &rsquo;19</strong> are thrilled to get up close and personal with the works of renowned artists like Auguste Rodin and M.C. Escher, it&rsquo;s the human connection that truly gratifies them.<br /><br />&ldquo;I had my first experience with condition reporting on three Auguste Rodin sculptures that were part of the CSFAC&rsquo;s exhibition of the Morton and Tobia Mower collection. I was inches away, inspecting for damage, ticks and nicks and whatnot, and looking at it with my white gloves on, and using a special flashlight. It kind of just shatters the way that you normally view artwork and brings you into this new world where you don&rsquo;t have the same separation that you had in the past,&rdquo; Lewis says.<br /><br />Their internships are funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and managed by Registrar and Director of the Museum Internship Program Michael Howell. These Colorado College interns get to handle some of the collection&rsquo;s most valuable pieces &mdash; making it one of the most unique museum internship programs in the country.<br /><br />They work in the basement of the CSFAC and their responsibilities, similar in many ways to Howell&rsquo;s and to Assistant Registrar Michael Lorusso&rsquo;s, involve managing collections, handling art, researching, and learning about other institutions.<br /><br />Mustafic recalls being present when members of the Gila River Indian Community came to the museum for three ceremonial objects that were being repatriated to them.<br /><br />&ldquo;We took them to our pots and baskets room down in collections. It was a very moving experience. I like the human side of this job and especially the repatriation work,&rdquo; Mustafic says. &ldquo;Sometimes it hits me that I&rsquo;m around these pieces that are hundreds of years old, and it&rsquo;s such a privilege.&rdquo;<br /><br />Howell, Mustafic, and Lewis recently toured museums in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, where the tight-knit team learned about Puebloan art and culture and interacted with museum staff. Mustafic and Lewis have taken the initiative of starting a blog to share their experiences. They wrote about their presentation to a Block 5 weaving class in one post. Another post covered their role in a condition assessment with a painting conservator who was examining Arthur Dove&rsquo;s <em>Fog Horns</em>. Read more at <a href="http://www.underthefac.blogspot.com" target="_blank">underthefac.blogspot.com</a>.</p> CC Filmmakers on Rocky Mountain PBS Tue, 09 Oct 2018 17:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-filmmakers-on-rocky-mountain-pbs http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/cc-filmmakers-on-rocky-mountain-pbs <p>Colorado College students and recent alumni curated and produced the entire second season of Rocky Mountain PBS&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.rmpbs.org/inshort/in-short-episodes/"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">&ldquo;In Short: Student Films from Across Colorado.&rdquo;</span></a> The 10-episode season, which airs every Monday night through Dec. 3, is a series of&nbsp;documentaries produced in partnership with CC&rsquo;s <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/dept/filmandnewmedia/">Film and Media Studies program</a> to support and promote the work of up-and-coming filmmakers.<br /><br />The season began Oct. 1 with an episode featuring stories about exploring and navigating various traumas through creativity. The second episode featured coming of age stories; stories about learning from one&rsquo;s mistakes, going through hard times, and embarking upon the unknown.&nbsp;</p> <p>Upcoming episodes include:</p> <ul> <li><strong>Oct. 15:</strong> &ldquo;Found Family&rdquo; Two films that show what it is to find intimacy and love in one&rsquo;s community; the first as three individuals struggle to break the cycle of poverty and addition, and the second that features Happy Cats Have, a local nonprofit.</li> <li><strong>Oct. 22:</strong> &ldquo;Crossroads&rdquo; The episode features stories about people or landscapes at a crossroads. A single decision can have serious consequences.</li> <li><strong>Oct. 29:</strong> &ldquo;Dedication&rdquo; These documentaries feature unique people dedicated to equally unique pursuits, such as the man behind the construction of Bishop Castle in Southern Colorado and one of the country&rsquo;s great women barrel racers in a town just south of Colorado Springs.</li> <li><strong>Nov. 5:</strong> &ldquo;Space and Spirit&rdquo; A collection of four films about places that define our spirits and vice versa.</li> <li><strong>Nov. 12:</strong> &ldquo;Family Ties&rdquo; Stories that show how family can affect every part of our lives, including documentaries on a restaurant in town run by a Chinese immigrant family and a family with a son and daughter with Dandy-Walker Syndrome.</li> <li><strong>Nov. 19:</strong> &ldquo;Untold Stories&rdquo; Two films that showcase unusual perspectives, including the transition prison guards have experienced in the different ways of treating prisoners and a transgender woman searching for acceptance and meaning.</li> <li><strong>Nov. 26:</strong> &ldquo;Dramatic Impact&rdquo; Four films that showcase the vitality of the human spirit, including a young woman&rsquo;s attempt to qualify for the 2018 Winter Olympics.</li> <li><strong>Dec. 3:</strong> &ldquo;Distilled Existence&rdquo; These two films highlight when life takes on a special clarity, such a fly-fishing obsession or tackling one of the toughest and most secretive ultramarathons in the world.</li> </ul> <p><a href="http://www.rmpbs.org/inshort/">Learn more about the Colorado College filmmakers.</a></p> Welcome to Homecoming, 2018! Tue, 09 Oct 2018 14:30:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/welcome-to-homecoming-2018 http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/welcome-to-homecoming-2018 <p>Homecoming kicks off Thursday, Oct. 11 and runs through Sunday, Oct. 14, with a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/homecoming/schedule.html">full schedule of events</a> for the nearly 1,200 people registered. Events range from the annual sunrise bike ride on Gold Camp Road to <em><a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/other/homecoming/special-gatherings.html#A Cappella">a cappella performances</a></em>, the traditional Freedom and Authority class, which will discuss &ldquo;Frankenstein,&rdquo; and a variety of reunions, receptions, performances, athletic events, and open houses.</p> <p>Those visiting campus also can take a tour of the newly renovated, award-winning <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/about/index.html">Charles L. Tutt Library</a>, the largest carbon-neutral, net-zero energy academic library in the country; the new <a href="https://sites.coloradocollege.edu/eastcampus/">East Campus Housing Community</a>; and the <a href="https://www.csfineartscenter.org/">Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College</a>.</p> <p>The Class of 1968, celebrating its 50th reunion, graduated at a time marked by protests, social unrest, and civil disobedience. A Class of &rsquo;68 Tiger Talks &mdash; Think TED Talks, but CC style &mdash; will be offered, as well as a two-day, pre-Homecoming symposium titled <a href="https://ourcc.coloradocollege.edu/s/1251/forms.aspx?sid=1251&amp;gid=1&amp;pgid=2921&amp;content_id=3050">&ldquo;1964-68: Music that Changed CC and the World.&rdquo;</a> The mini-symposium will be devoted to the music and movements that defined the 1960s. The class also is organizing an art sale of their classmates&rsquo; works, including those by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist <strong>David Burnett &rsquo;68</strong> and acclaimed Southwest artist <strong>Darcie Peet &rsquo;68</strong>, to benefit the Class of 1968 Scholarship.</p> <p>An annual highlight of Homecoming is Homecoming Convocation and the Alumni Awards Ceremony. President Jill Tiefenthaler and the Alumni Association Board will present the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/us/alumni/community/alumni-association/alumni-association-awards/index.html">Benezet, Worner, Riley, and Spirit of Adventure Awards</a> at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 13 in Shove Memorial Chapel. The honorees will later participate in a panel discussion, &ldquo;The Wonderful Things I&rsquo;ve Done with My CC Education,&rdquo; in which they will talk about their career paths. <span>The 2018 </span>award recipients are:</p> <ul> <li><strong>D&rsquo;Ann Campbell &rsquo;72 and Charles H. &ldquo;Chip&rdquo; Collins &rsquo;77 </strong><strong>are the recipients of the </strong>Louis T. Benezet Award, which <em>recognizes outstanding achievement in one&rsquo;s chosen field, excellence through unusual success or contribution, innovation or research that has advanced a profession or a cause, and/or extraordinary contributions and achievements that have impacted people&rsquo;s lives and exemplify the values of a liberal arts education.</em></li> <li><strong>Artie Toll Kensinger &rsquo;53</strong> is the recipient of the Lloyd E. Worner Award, which <em>recognizes outstanding loyalty, service, and generosity to the college as evidenced by continuing concern and support for students and the quality of teaching and learning, as well as the general well-being and future excellence of the institution.</em></li> <li><strong>David C. Hendrickson &rsquo;76</strong>, professor of political science, is the recipient of the Gresham Riley Award, which <em>recognizes faculty and staff who have made a significant difference to the Colorado College community through outstanding service, commitment, and accomplishment.</em></li> <li><strong>Lee Sessions &rsquo;86</strong> is the recipient of the Spirit of Adventure Award, which recognizes <em>an alumnus/a who exemplifies the unique CC experience through a life of intellectual, social, or physical adventure.</em></li> </ul> Dvd of the Month - October Sun, 07 Oct 2018 00:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/dvd-of-the-month-october http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/dvd-of-the-month-october <h4><span style="text-decoration: underline;">DVD of the MONTH:</span> October 2018</h4> <h4><span style="text-decoration: underline;"></span> <strong><em>Don't Tell Anyone (No Le Digas a Nadie)</em></strong></h4> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em><span>This documentary about Angy Rovera won a 2015 <a href="http://peabodyawards.com/">Peabody Award</a>. Angy Rivera lived for 20 years in the USA as an undocumented person at the start of this film. The film follows her path as she becomes an activist for immigrants when she began writing a popular advice column called "Ask Angy&rdquo;. It also shows her proceeding through the process of obtaining a&nbsp;<a href="https://www.uscis.gov/humanitarian/victims-human-trafficking-other-crimes/victims-criminal-activity-u-nonimmigrant-status/victims-criminal-activity-u-nonimmigrant-status">UVisa,</a> a visa for "<span id="news-article-ct">victims of certain crimes who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity".</span> </span><span><span></span></span></em></p> <hr /> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em><span><span></span></span></em></p> <h4>September 2018 -<em>Showing Roots</em></h4> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em><span>Two women, played by&nbsp;</span></em>Uzo Aduba<em><span> and </span></em>Maggie Grace<em><span>, look to integrate the 'right' and 'wrong' sides of the tracks of their small southern town. Set in 1977, these young women - one white, one black - forge an unlikely friendship that sparks a journey of independence and self-discovery that ultimately results in the discovery of the perfect hairdo.<br /></span></em></p> <p style="padding-left: 30px;"><em><span></span></em></p> <hr /> <p><em><span></span></em></p> <p>Ask for these films at the Circulation Desk.</p> <p><strong>Come back in November to find out the movie for that month.&nbsp; <br />Check out&nbsp;<a href="https://tiger.coloradocollege.edu/search~S2">other dvds at Tutt Library</a> now.</strong></p> Innovative Endowment Inspires CC Class Mon, 01 Oct 2018 00:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/innovative-endowment-inspires-cc-class http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/innovative-endowment-inspires-cc-class ]]> <p><strong>Sally Zimmermann &rsquo;17</strong> and <strong>Rayna Nolen &rsquo;17 </strong>co-directed the senior gift program for the Class of 2017. In their last semester at CC, the duo promoted engagement through events that incentivized giving and fostered a sense of togetherness. They encouraged their classmates to give back to the school that had given them so much.<br /><br />&ldquo;Our classmates were very receptive and for the most part were happy to give,&rdquo; Nolen says.<br /><br />Later in 2017, an anonymous CC donor created an endowment totaling $566,000 in the name of the Class of 2017 to inspire its members to continue to give back to their alma mater after having been impressed by students&rsquo; participation in their senior gift program. Those who gave could vote on how the endowment&rsquo;s annual distribution was allocated and became trustees of the endowment charged with making a difference for the college. The endowment continues in perpetuity.<br /><br />The senior gift program, spurred on with the Class of 2017 endowment, continued to engage the class long past Commencement. Emails, text messages, and phone calls kept the class engaged and informed of progress. A Venmo account to allow for gifts made via mobile phone served to ease communication and streamline giving.<br /><br />When the college&rsquo;s fiscal year ended on June 30, the entire class learned the outcome of their efforts. Altogether, 162 graduates made $54,588 in commitments.<br /><br />They voted to split this year&rsquo;s allocations for the Class of 2017 endowment as follows:<br /><br />40% Financial Aid<br />37% The Annual Fund (Fund for CC)<br />9% Academic Departments<br />7% The Butler Center<br />7% The EcoFund<br /><br />&ldquo;Everyone has that special place that they really care about and being able to choose where you wanted to give made it a very personal and meaningful experience. Everyone was able to give to where they felt the most connection,&rdquo; says Nolen, who noted she wasn&rsquo;t surprised that her class directed most of their giving toward financial aid, which is a top funding priority of <em>Building on Originality: The Campaign for</em><br /><em>Colorado College.</em><br /><br />&ldquo;I think the Class of 2017 wants everyone to be able to enjoy CC the way that we did regardless of their financial background,&rdquo; she says.<br /><br />Compared to recent graduating classes, the Class of 2017 outperformed its peers in terms of number of donors, amount given, and average gift size. Nolen says the experience taught her the importance of giving back.<br /><br />&ldquo;A little bit can go a long way. The majority of students gave $10, and I got to watch that grow into thousands, which was very cool,&rdquo; she says.</p> Library Connection: Diane Seuss, Visiting Writers Series Wed, 26 Sep 2018 12:15:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/library-connection-diane-seuss-visiting-writers-series http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/library-connection-diane-seuss-visiting-writers-series <p>Diane Seuss is the speaker for the Visiting Writers Series on <strong>Thursday, September 27<sup>th</sup> </strong>at<strong> 7 p.m</strong>., <strong>Gaylord Hall</strong>, Worner Center, 902 N. Cascade Ave.</p> <p><strong> </strong></p> <p>&nbsp;<img src="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/images/news-blog-images/wolf lake.jpg" alt="wolf lake" class="" width="81" height="109" />&nbsp; <img src="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/images/news-blog-images/four leg.jpg" alt="four leg" class="" width="73" height="110" />&nbsp; Diane Seuss is the author of three poetry collections, including &ldquo;Wolf Lake,&rdquo; &ldquo;White Gown Blown Open,&rdquo; winner of the Juniper Prize for Poetry, and &ldquo;Four-Legged Girl,&rdquo; which was a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/"><em>The New York Times Book Review</em></a> calls her newest volume, &ldquo;Still Life with Two Dead Peacocks and a Girl,&rdquo; a &ldquo;marvelous, complex, attractive, frightening book.&rdquo; Her work has appeared in <em><a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/">The New Yorker</a>, <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/">Poetry</a>, <a href="https://brevitymag.com/">Brevity</a>,&nbsp;</em>and<em> <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/">The Missouri Review</a></em>, as well as &ldquo;The Best American Poetry&rdquo; (2014).</p> <p>She is teaching a poetry class Block 2.&nbsp; Check out <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/">her work owned by Tutt Library</a>, currently in the First Floor, New Arrivals book display.&nbsp;<br /><br /></p> <p><em>&ldquo;The literary world is more than readers and writers, more than an audience and truth-speakers or world-builders. It&rsquo;s about participating as a citizen in a literary community that is changing daily and taking on volatile and critical topics in every genre,&rdquo;</em> <em>says Natanya Ann Pulley, a CC Assistant Professor of English and fiction writer.</em></p> <p>The series is sponsored by the Colorado College Department of English with the support of the MacLean Visiting Writers Endowment and through co-sponsors such as the NEH Professorship, the Hulbert Center for Southwest Studies, the Journalist-in-Residence program, and The Press at Colorado College.</p> <hr /> <p></p> <p>2018-19 Visiting Writer Series Posts:</p> <p><em>9/11<a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/library-connection-julia-dixon-evans-visiting-writers-series#.W6AKXyRKhpg"> Julia Dixon Evans</a></em></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p><em></em></p> Dr. Heidi R. Lewis Receives AALAC Grant Fri, 21 Sep 2018 07:47:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/dr-heidi-r-lewis-receives-aalac-grant http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/dr-heidi-r-lewis-receives-aalac-grant <p>Dr. Heidi R. Lewis (Director and Associate Professor of Feminist &amp; Gender Studies), in collaboration with&nbsp;Dr. <a href="https://wgss.williams.edu/profile/07kmg/" target="_blank">Kai M. Green</a> (Williams College) and Dr. <a href="https://english.williams.edu/profile/ksl3/" target="_blank">Kimberly Love</a> (Williams College), was recently awarded a grant from the <a href="http://www.aalac.org/" target="_blank">Alliance to Advance Liberal Arts Colleges</a>&nbsp;(AALAC) to organize and host a faculty workshop entitled "<a href="http://www.aalac.org/2018-funded-workshops/" target="_blank">From the Archive of Our Black Lives: How to Write and Tell Black (Hi)stories Across Genre and Form</a>."</p> <p>This workshop will allow participants to discuss current oral history and ethnographic projects and to collaborate with artists as they think through innovative ways of sharing narratives. Each day will feature three sessions designed to examine Oral History, Dynamic Performance and Mixed Media Storytelling, followed by sessions during which participants will work on their projects.</p> <p>The AALAC,&nbsp;which includes <a href="http://www.aalac.org/" target="_blank">Colorado College</a>, "strives to advance liberal arts education through collective efforts to support faculty research and teaching so as to enhance the overall experience of students and to develop faculty leadership. By working together, AALAC members seek to develop a broader view of their institutions in the landscape of higher education and thereby to address more effectively the pressing challenges facing American liberal arts colleges. Through assessment of AALAC activities and dissemination of our findings, the organization seeks to share best practices with other liberal arts colleges and to make the case to the larger public for the value of liberal education in the twenty-first century."</p> Provost Townsend Featured at Tribeca Festival in ‘Let Science Speak’ Fri, 21 Sep 2018 00:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/provost-townsend-featured-at-tribeca-festival-in-let-science-speak http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/provost-townsend-featured-at-tribeca-festival-in-let-science-speak <p><span><a href="https://letsciencespeak.com/">&ldquo;Let Science Speak,&rdquo;</a></span> a six-part digital short documentary series about the importance of science&nbsp;in our ever-evolving world, premiered Thursday, Sept. 20 at the<strong> Tribeca&nbsp;Film Festival in New York</strong> and featured a segment with Colorado College <span><a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/offices/provost/">Provost Alan Townsend</a></span>.&nbsp; Townsend also participated in an opening night panel discussion that included environmental journalist Andy Revkin, Rep. Bill Foster (D. Ill.), the only Ph.D. physicist in Congress, and Johnathan Foley of the California Academy of Sciences.</p> <p>The goal of the film series and campaign is to call America&rsquo;s attention to the importance of science in one&rsquo;s daily life, as well as to the damaging effects of censorship, and to help rally public support for scientists and the vital work they do every day.</p> <p>&shy;The documentary project, slated for a prime spot at the festival, tells the personal stories of six environmental scientists who are not only well known in their fields, but also have additional ways to make science personal. The goal of the project is to try to help shift the narrative about science and scientists, as part of broader campaigns to restore public trust therein.</p> <p>&ldquo;Chipping away at America&rsquo;s solid scientific foundation means we risk losing much of what we hold dear. &lsquo;Let Science Speak&rsquo;&nbsp;is a window into the fundamental humanity of science &mdash; and why we all should care about its future,&rdquo; says Townsend.</p> <p>Townsend, who joined CC in June as provost and professor of environmental science, says he participated in the project to help &ldquo;do what we can to chart a more sustainable relationship between human progress and the environments on which we all depend.&rdquo;</p> <p>His childhood in Hawaii and Montana led him to a career devoted to understanding our changing planet, and what we can do to chart a more sustainable relationship between human progress and the environments on which we all depend. &nbsp;He is a highly cited author of more than 130 peer reviewed articles, and a strong advocate for academic engagement beyond the ivory tower. <span><a href="https://letsciencespeak.com/">Watch the trailer and find full episodes</a></span>.</p> Jessy Randall Publishes Book of Visual Poetry Thu, 20 Sep 2018 15:00:00 MDT http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/jessy-randall-publishes-book-of-visual-poetry http://www.coloradocollege.edu/newsevents/newsroom/jessy-randall-publishes-book-of-visual-poetry ]]> <p>If you&rsquo;re not sure you&rsquo;re human, Jessy Randall, curator and archivist in Special Collections at CC&rsquo;s Tutt Library, might be able to help. But don&rsquo;t expect a physiology book; instead, Randall&rsquo;s new book of visual poetry, &ldquo;How to Tell if You Are Human,&rdquo; might have the answer.</p> <p>Although Randall has written numerous books of poetry, this is her first collection of visual, or diagram, poems. &ldquo;Visual poems are their own weird sub-set of poetry,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;For me, the diagrams are like a poetic form.</p> <p>&ldquo;The diagrams I used for the scaffold usually provided, by their shape and sometimes by their original meaning, some kind of spark for the words I added,&rdquo; she says. For example, a sketch of a school building and adjoining playground prompted this poem: &ldquo;All day long we looked out the windows/and then at recess/we looked at each other.&rdquo; A graphic of the earth&rsquo;s sediment accumulating over time inspired this: &ldquo;Slowly, inexorably, over many years of conversations and travels, they revealed their true natures. By the time they knew all each other&rsquo;s flaws, it was too late for them to stop being friends.&rdquo;</p> <p>Randall, who has a degree in English from Columbia University and a master&rsquo;s in library science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (where she held a graduate assistantship in the Rare Book Collection and her thesis was a collection analysis of books by three modern poets) combines her library science background with her poetry. The two blend seamlessly throughout the book; take, for instance, an example of a poem/illustration that has its roots in &ldquo;From Nebula to Nebula,&rdquo; a 1917 text that features a circle with intersecting lines. The diagram inspired Randall to write: &ldquo;I am trying so hard not to turn into my mother/but my mother also tried very hard not to turn into her mother, so it&rsquo;s probably hopeless/I&rsquo;m going to keep trying though.&rdquo; Says Randall, &ldquo;The circle with intersecting lines seemed to me to fit perfectly with the problem of children turning into parents, despite all our best intentions, over and over again, generation by generation.&rdquo;</p> <p>All the diagrams in &ldquo;How to Tell if You Are Human&rdquo; are taken from illustrations in library books, says Randall, who joined Colorado College as curator of Special Collections in 2001. They possibly might all even come from books in the <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/library/">Tutt Library</a> collections, although Randall says, &ldquo;I&rsquo;m not 100 percent sure about that &mdash; the project took many years, so I don&rsquo;t remember exactly how I came across all the books.&rdquo; The sources for the illustrations, most of which were published before 1923, are provided in the book&rsquo;s table of contents.</p> <p>In addition to &ldquo;How to Tell if You Are Human,&rdquo; due out from Pleiades Press on Oct. 1, other poetry collections by Randall include &ldquo;Suicide Hotline Hold Music,&rdquo; &ldquo;Injecting Dreams into Cows, and &ldquo;A Day in Boyland,&rdquo; which was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award. Her poems, comics, and other writings have appeared in <em>Poetry, McSweeney&rsquo;s</em>, and <em>Best American Experimental Writing.</em> Randall also co-teaches a class in <a href="https://www.coloradocollege.edu/academics/curriculum/course/topics-in-history-the-history-future-of-the-book-201620">The History and Future of the Book</a>.</p>