Homewood i-site kiosks win national graphic design
Homewood's network of information devices known as
i-sites have been honored with a 2004 Juror Award in design
from SEGD, which stands for Signs Environments Graphics
The first system of its kind, i-site uses a touch
screen and buttons to provide an innovative wayfinding
system for disseminating directions and important campus
information. Users can use the screen to find locations of
buildings and offices, handicapped-accessible routes and
details of daily events, or can push a button for instant
access to a help desk in the Security Office. The 12 units
were unveiled in October 2003.
"This project represents great vision and foresight in
challenging technology for complex wayfinding in an
exterior environment," said the competition's jury.
The kiosks were developed for Johns Hopkins by
Thinkframe, a Philadelphia design firm.
Baltimore Free University offering 20-plus spring
More than 20 courses will be offered this spring by
University, the informal adult education program
revived last fall by Johns Hopkins. The semester, which
runs from Feb. 23 to June 11, will have noncredit classes
in poetry writing, documentary photography, yoga, ballroom
dancing, socialism, drawing, art history, public speaking,
urban planning, the nature of prejudice, civil liberties,
training for childcare providers and debt management. The
number of class sessions varies from onetime workshops to
courses that meet once a week for several weeks.
Registration will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on
Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Sherwood Room of Levering,
Homewood campus. Attendees will be able to meet the
instructors, many of whom are doctoral candidates,
professors and students at Johns Hopkins.
Like its predecessor, which existed from 1968 to 1984,
the new BFU features an array of personal enrichment,
social issues and practical trade courses. There is a
nominal registration fee of $10 for two courses per
student. For more information, call 410-516-4777.
Homewood Arts Programs presents original movement
A performance of original movement theater titled Fear
will be presented at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13, in
Levering's Arellano Theater, at Homewood.
A collaboration of Johns Hopkins'
Programs and the Towson University MFA in Theater
program, Fear was designed and will be directed by Towson
graduate student Tatsuya Aoyagi as part of his MFA final
project. Aoyagi and 10 advanced student actors from Towson
will be premiering original movement pieces based on work
generated during a course titled Creative Process of
Original Ensemble Theater. A similar course, Voice and
Movement for the Stage, is being offered at Johns Hopkins
this spring by Christine Glazier, a lecturer in the
Writing Seminars and stage
director at the
While much of Western theater is based on the words in
a text, this type of theater uses primarily movement and
physical gestures as its text, said Eric Beatty, director
of the Homewood Arts Programs and one of Aoyagi's thesis
Aoyagi is a founding member of Naoko Maeshiba
Performance Collective and has performed at the Kennedy
Center and the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C., and at
Baltimore Theatre Project.
Writing faculty to share their craft at Wednesday Noon
Writing Seminars faculty Jean
McGarry, Stephen Dixon and Tristan Davies, all nationally
recognized writers, will share their techniques and tips
during "How I Wrote This Story," a presentation at noon on
Wednesday, Feb. 11, in Homewood's Shriver Hall. McGarry is
chair of the department, Dixon is a professor, and Davies
is senior lecturer.
Copies of McGarry's Dream Date, Dixon's 14
Stories and Davies' Cake, all published by Johns
Hopkins University Press, will be available for sale and
McGarry's stories in Dream Date, funny and
haunting in equal measure, explore the subtleties of
romantic relationships. The collection is her sixth book of
fiction. The stories in Davies' Cake also examine
the modern relationship, its moments of crisis as well as
its moments of quiet success. Dixon has published more than
125 short stories and more than a dozen books; readers of
14 Stories will find the same inventive humor that
characterizes his distinctive style.
This event is part of the Wednesday Noon Series
presented by the Office of Special
Events and is co-sponsored by
'Talk to Her' opens Women, Gender and Sexuality Film
The Women, Gender
and Sexuality Film Series called Bee-Have opens this
week on the Homewood campus. The 10 films, presented as
"Movie Screenings and Discussions in Five Acts," are
divided into themes, with each film introduced by a faculty
member. The films, which run from Feb. 13 to April 20, will
be shown at 7 p.m. on Fridays in 110 Gilman, the Donovan
The first two films are paired under the topic
"Inversions." Pedro Almodovar's Talk to Her (Spain,
2003) opens the series on Friday, Feb. 13, and will be
introduced by Jorge Minguell of the
and Literatures Department. On Friday, Feb. 20,
Jennifer Lin of the Political Science
Department will introduce Karim Ainouz's Madame
Sata (Brazil, France, 2003).
Future screenings include The Night Porter, Lolita,
The Exorcist, Aliens and Barbarella. For
listings, see The Gazette's calendar each week.
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