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October 2020: Grant Deadlines, Upcoming Events, Recent Publications, and more!

Hello to all! Just a reminder that the PublicsLab has two grant opportunities with upcoming deadlines: our second round of Covid-Affected Research Agenda (CARA) Grants are due 15 October 2020, and our Doctoral Curriculum Enhancement Grants are due 13 November 2020. More information, including application requirements, can be found on our website.

We also have a handful of exciting events coming up in the second half of the semester! See more details below and register on our website. You'll also be able to check out recap blog posts (a new initiative!) for our fall events, which will be posted a few weeks after the conclusion of each event.

These newsletters will be published monthly in order to provide you with program updates, event recaps, upcoming events, and anything else that might be of interest! At any point in time, please feel free to reach out to us at or visit our website. You can also check us out on TwitterInstagram, and our Project Blog!

Upcoming Fall Events

After wrapping up a three-part workshop series with Dr. Siovahn Walker on "How to Start Your Successful Mission-Driven Business or Nonprofit," public fellow Madeleine Barnes wrote a recap and reflection blog post. Stay tuned for similar blog posts recapping all of our fall semester events!

The PublicsLab is co-sponsoring the Writing Center's Writing for the Public Speaker Series, a two-part series featuring trained academics who write for a wider public. The first event will be held on 21 October 2020, and features Scott Poulson-Bryant, an Assistant Professor of Afroamerican and African Studies at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor.

Briallen Hopper, who teaches the new professional development course at the GC, "Public Writing for Academics," will interview each speaker. Register for the first event here.

9 November: "Putting the Public Back in Publication: Reaching Many Audiences Through Open Access" with Jill Cirasella

"Sometimes you write for other scholars, and sometimes you write for the broader public. But is there really such a stark distinction between audiences? When the public can access your scholarly works as well, you can reach readers you never imagined. Furthermore, your research can be discussed, cited, linked to, and built on in ways you never expected. We will discuss the many reasons to make your scholarly works open access, and cover best practices for ensuring long-term access for all."

19 November: "Video Editing with iMovie: A real-time crash course!" with Mike Mena

"iMovie continues to be one of the most accessible and powerful editing programs available for free to all Apple/MacOS users. It is, however, notoriously intimidating to taking your first steps into the video editing world. In this 1.5-hour workshop, Mike Mena will guide participants through the process of editing a video from beginning to end, privileging the needs of educators wishing to make lecture videos. Mike will verbally explain each step while his iMovie screen is 'shared' through the Zoom platform. Participants will be able to ask questions, take notes, and walk away with the recording of the live video editing session. Mike will cover the following: trimming the beginning/end of video, cutting out mistakes, stumbles, and pauses, raising the volume of you video, what are the important function 'buttons,' how to crop/re-size for video, how to add a title-screen, how to overlay text/keywords, how to add pictures/PowerPoint slides, and more."

For more details and upcoming workshop registration, please check out the events page of our website.

Recent Publications by the PublicsLab Community

Members of our community have been busy publishing! Check out their work:

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