NYT Op-Ed: Writing Tips

The August 25, 2017 op-ed columnist, Bret Stephens, offered an article entitled, Tips for Aspiring Op-Ed Writers.  There are 15 tips worth considering.

A few to pay attention to when writing:

  • “every sentence has to count in grabbing the reader’s attention, starting with the first”
  • “Authority matters.”
  • “Avoid the passive voice.”
  • “Keep your sentences short and your paragraphs tight.”
  • “Kill the clichés.”

Daryl Duke Prize

Do you have a story to tell? Consider submitting your screenplay!

The Daryl Duke Prize is an annual $25,000 prize awarded for excellence in a screenplay for a not-yet-produced long-form dramatic film telling a fictional story.

Submissions must be received before 5:00 pm Eastern time on September 30, 2017.

Additional information can be found at the Daryl Duke Prize website.  Last year’s winner was Kate Bond, a Vancouverite!  Read the Rules!

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CFP: Contingent Horizons

York University has a peer-reviewed student journal of anthropology, Contingent Horizons.  It is seeking scholarly and creative works of academic excellence by undergraduate and graduate students.  For its fourth volume, the theme is Public Anthropology.

Here’s your opportunity to get published or to serve as a peer reviewer.  From the promo, read on!!

1) Submissions (Theme: Public Anthropology) 

We are accepting submissions of original works that pertain to the discipline of anthropology, specifically relating to the issue’s theme of Public Anthropology.  Authors of works that relate to broader public concerns, as well the intersections between social justice and anthropological theory, are strongly encouraged to submit. Essays could address, for example: social movements, health and illness, politics, environmental concerns, identities, development and displacement, migration and movement, decolonization, knowledge systems, public affects, technoscience, art and aesthetics, and activism. Submissions can include but are not limited to: ethnographic research papers, literature reviews, photo essays, and creative writing.

We are also looking for students to write brief book reviews of current anthropological or ethnographic works relevant to public anthropology published between 2016-2017. Students of anthropology and related disciplines are encouraged to submit their work.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, October 13th, 2017. Please review the Contingent Horizons Submission Guidelines prior to submission.

2) Peer Reviewers:

We are recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students who are willing to act as peer reviewers between October 2017-April 2018. Each peer reviewer will be asked to provide substantial and constructive feedback about the content of a maximum of 1-2 submissions.

If you are interested in being a peer reviewer, please e-mail the Editorial Collective at contingenthorizons@gmail.com with the subject line “Peer Review.” Please include your institutional affiliation, degree program, year of study, and areas of scholarly interest.

For more information please visit Contingent Horizons and follow us on Twitter @continghorizons

AAA podcasts & more

If you are reading this message, then you presumably have an interest in anthropology.

Did you know that the American Anthropological Association (AAA) has a digital-only, public journal entitled, Open Anthropology?  “Each edition of Open Anthropology is made available free on the public Internet for a minimum of six months permitting any user to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of the articles in each edition.” Image: Open book with Open AnthropologyAs well, AAA has a Podcast Library.  From the August AAA News & Notes:

Anthropod_icon.jpg In AnthroPod‘s latest episode, “Ethnography and Design 2: Swedish Design and Ethnocharrettes,” Keith Murphy discusses the anthropology of design through his work in Sweden as well as bringing design methodologies into anthropology. This is the second episode in a three-part series on ethnography and design. Listen to the first episode with Cassandra Hartblay here, and keep an eye out for the final episode with Lilly Irani in August.
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This Fall, the A Story of Us podcast hosts a series on Death. The graduate students at The Ohio State University discuss death from a variety of anthropological perspectives, from the smallest, individual level all the way up to extinction.
ThisAnthroLife_icon.jpg Ryan, Adam, and Aneil spend this episode of This Anthro Life exploring happiness through the lens of fetishism. They discuss Daniel Gilbert’s Stumbling on Happiness, the film Happy, and more! They seek to answer the following questions: What kinds of things make us happy? How does happiness inhere in objects and how do we use objects to display our happiness?
anthropological_airwaves_100.jpg Anthropological Airwaves is a podcast that explores the craft of anthropology in all of its forms. Building on American Anthropologist‘s commitment to four-field, multi-modal research, the podcast hosts conversations about anthropological projects—from fieldwork and publishing to the discipline’s role in public debates.
CIAMS.jpg RadioCIAMS probes critical debates in archaeology in conversation between leading practitioners and the next generation of researchers. The most recent episode, with NYU Abu Dhabi archaeologist Fiona Kidd discusses wall painting and elite iconography at the site of Akchakhan-kala in modern-day Uzbekistan.

Digital BC – BC Studies

You are studying in BC, which means you likely have written or digitally produced something related to this province.  Consider submitting something to BC Studies, a peer reviewed quarterly journal.

If you want to begin ‘small’, there’s Digital Postcards, which began accepting submissions in July on an ongoing basis.  Check out the gallery!  It includes videos and images from diverse locations of BC, categorized under Monuments and Photos of BC.

Send submissions to: info@bcstudies.com with Subject: Digital Postcard Submission.   Include your name and the location of the photo or video.

Story Gathering Project

A new project, Contact-No Contact, supervised by Randy Fred of Nanaimo with Geist magazine and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts’ New Chapter: 2017 and Beyond, offers you the opportunity to share a personal story.

From the project website:

Contact No Contact is a gathering of personal contact narratives created by writers and storytellers. We have collected stories—short narratives in writing and on video—on the subject of contact: how contact appears in our lives and our memories and how we encounter our own culture as well as the culture of others.

Contact No Contact is designed to welcome Canadians into a conversation that they might otherwise feel excluded from, by considering “how Contact started” (or failed to start) in their own lives, and then how it went on from there—that is, how did “Further Contact” emerge or fail to emerge in their lives?

Don’t be shy!  If you have something to say, submit your story.  I have.

SDG Bootcamp

Image: SDG BootcampThis is a hands-on program for youth between the ages of 18 and 24.  If you have the desire to engage in UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this may be the opportunity for you.

From the promo blurb: “SDG Bootcamp will run from October 4th, 2017 to the end of February 2018. The program will consist of an introduction into the SDGs, which will be held on October 4th and 5th. Following that, there will be a 5-day road trip, from October 20th – 25th, to the Calgary SDG Symposium, ‘Together 2017‘. Between November and February participants will use their newly honed skills and knowledge to organize and hold their own community engagement activities. The minimum time commitment for the course will be approximately 10 days over the 5 month period.

Want to learn more?  Go to: http://bccic.ca/the-sustainable-development-goals-engagement-program/