Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science – 11 February 2019

Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science - 11 February 2019

Celebrate International Day of Women and Girls in Science (un.org) by learning more about these amazing Women Scientists and Inventors and Many More in my books. Check your local library or bookstore today!

Maria Mitchell [pronounced “mə-RYE-ə”] (August 1, 1818 – June 28, 1889) was an American astronomer, who in 1847 by using a telescope, discovered a comet, which as a result became known as “Miss Mitchell’s Comet.”[1] She won a gold medal prize for her discovery, which was presented to her by King Frederick VI of Denmark. On the medal was inscribed “Non Frustra Signorum Obitus Speculamur et Ortus” in Latin (taken from Georgics by Virgil (Book I, line 257)[2] (English: “Not in vain do we watch the setting and rising [of the stars]”).[3] Mitchell was the first American woman to work as a professional astronomer.[4][5] –  Wikipedia

* That’s Maria you see center stage on the cover of Technical Innovation in American History above!

Bette Nesmith Graham (March 23, 1924 – May 12, 1980) was an American typist, commercial artist, and the inventor of Liquid Paper. She was the mother of musician and producer Michael Nesmith of The Monkees.[1] Wikipedia

* I researched Bette for Technical Innovation in American History as well as Why The Monkees Matter, talking about her famous musician sone, Michael

Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineerphysician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992. After medical school and a brief general practice, Jemison served in the Peace Corps from 1985 until 1987, when she was selected by NASA to join the astronaut corps. She resigned from NASA in 1993 to found a company researching the application of technology to daily life. She has appeared on television several times, including as an actress in an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is a dancer and holds nine honorary doctorates in science, engineering, letters, and the humanities. She is the current principal of the 100 Year Starship organization. Wikipeda

* Mae appears in both Women in American History and Technical Innovation in American History

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Our Latest Encyclopedia, Technical Innovation in American History, Now Available for Pre-Order — Arrives February 28, 2019

Our Latest Encyclopedia, Technical Innovation in American History, Now Available for Pre-Order -- Arrives February 28, 2019

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Technical Innovation in American History — the latest encyclopedia edited by Peg Lamphier and I — is now available for pre-order!

It was a project we took over from another editor and we were shocked to find at that stage it did not include ANY women or domestic technologies. Just a lot of odd stuff about different kinds of bridges. So we jumped at the chance to give it more women and people of color.

THEN we had to battle a bit because 3 cover photos had already been chosen – none of them with a woman in them. We argued for female representation and (after we won the first award on our first set of encyclopedias) eventually the publishers agreed to the photo we chose of Maria Mitchell, America’s first great Astronomer.

Representation matters. Who tells your history matters.

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New Review of “America’s Forgotten Founding Father: A Novel Based on the Life of Filippo Mazzei” from the Historical Novel Society

It’s so nice to see my book on Filippo Mazzei continuing to receive good reviews from the press.  This one comes from website of the Historical Novel Society and seems to like being introduced to such an interesting man as Filippo.

The novel is more of a factual presentation than fictional storytelling; the chronology is interspersed with anecdotal conversations with Franklin, Jefferson, and others involved in the emerging American state. Readers learn about Mazzei’s involvement with the Virginia militia and his work advocating for independence from the British Crown in the Second Continental Congress, conducting business for the colonies in France, and writing essays supporting the American Revolution in the European press after he returns to his homeland.

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They cap it off by telling their readers that…

“But the book has a larger focus than Mazzei’s place in the American Revolution. It covers his early years, travels in Turkey, and relationships with family as well as discussions of religion, the prerogatives of landed gentry versus the rights of ordinary people, even the proper pronunciation of Italian words.” 

So glad they noticed that!

Read the entire review on the Historical Novel Society site

Rosanne appears on Cal Poly Pomona College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS) Podcast to discuss Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) [Video] (30 Minutes)

The Dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS) at Cal Poly Pomona (Jeff Passe) asked me to invite 3 IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) students ( Marie Armayin, Ileana Montes and Trejon Hollins) to a podcast about the courses I teach in the IGE and the particular pedagogy we practice (Don’t you just LOVE alliteration?). 

Rosanne appears on Cal Poly Pomona College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS) Podcast to discuss Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) [Video] (30 Minutes)

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That video is now available on YouTube and the Cal Poly Pomona CEIS Podcast Page. It’s a great way to capture the experience of some of my more expressive and interesting students in the middle of their educational journeys – and to demonstrate the idea of being able to articulate your values and ideas in public, a ‘soft skill’ we all can use for the rest of our lives. I often argue that these soft skills make the difference between acing a job interview (and later the career) and not because everyone who comes to an interview has a matching resume of accomplishment so it’s how they handle those soft skills that wins the race.

Our books, Women in American History, named to ALA’s 2018 list of Best Historical Materials

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My co-editor Peg Lamphier and I are honored to have awoken this morning to this lovely email telling us that our book, Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection, has been named to the American Library Association’s 2018 list of Best Historical Materials.  

“The list recognizes effectiveness in coverage of historical resources in all fields of history and promotes enhanced availability  of historical works and information, and is published in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ).  These sources are selected by the Historical Materials committee that seeks to improve the usefulness of bibliographies, historical materials, and indexes in the field of history and shared among bibliographers, indexers, publishers, and professional associations.”

Since both of us have our PhDs in American History – and we both have taught Women’s HIstory at one time or another (on top of our other courses) — this is a most wonderful acknowledgment of all the time we took to make sure as many women from as many multicultural backgrounds — and as many new documents (not merely retreads from past books) could be included.  Of course, we also have to thank the many professional editors at ABC-Clio who helped proof and copyedit and cull permissions for all that material. It truly was a team effort.

Women in American History named to ALA's 2018 list of Best Historical Materials

Dear Dr. Welch:

            I am writing as a representative of the Historical Materials Committee of the Reference and User Services Association, a division of the American Library Association.  It is my pleasure to inform you that your book, Women in American History: A Social, Political, and Cultural Encyclopedia and Document Collection, has been named to the 2018 list of Best Historical Materials. 

The list recognizes effectiveness in coverage of historical resources in all fields of history and promotes enhanced availability of historical works and information, and is published in Reference and User Services Quarterly (RUSQ).  These sources are selected by the Historical Materials committee that seeks to improve the usefulness of bibliographies, historical materials, and indexes in the field of history and shared among bibliographers, indexers, publishers, and professional associations.

Congratulations on your remarkable contributions to scholarly literature.

 

Sincerely,

Steven A. Knowlton

Journal of Screenwriting Volume 9 Issue 3 Now Available!

Journal of Screenwriting Volume 9 Issue 3 Now Available!

The latest issue of The Journal of Screenwriting (where I serve as the Book Reviews Editor) is now available.

The special theme of Volume 9 Issue 3 is Animation so it contains articles with titles such as

  • “How to write a screenplay with a chainsaw”
  • “Performing without the use of a net: Making an animated feature without a storyboard”

— as well as the more academically titled — 

  • “Analysing the advantages of Aristotle’s two-act structure in comparison with Syd Field’s three-act structure in short comedic animation scriptwriting”. 

Naturally, the book reviews have been written by many wonderful colleagues whose work I am happy to share. 

If you work for a university, ask their library to order a subscription today!

Here are the books reviewed in the Journal of Screenwriting Volume 9 Issue 3

The Aspiring Screenwriter’s Dirty Lowdown Guide to Fame and Fortune: Tough Lessons You Need to Know to Take Your Script From Premise to Premiere, Andy Rose (2018) New York: St. Martin’s Griffin, 304 pp., ISBN 978-1-25015-949-6, p/bk, $16.99; ISBN 978-1-25015-950-2, ebook, $9.99

Creating Compelling Characters for Film, TV, Theatre and Radio, Rib Davis (2016) London: Bloomsbury Academic, 168 pp., ISBN 978-1-47426-020-6, p/bk, $23.36; ISBN 978-1-47426-022-0, ePDF, $16.19; ISBN 978-1-47426-021-3, ePub, $16.1

The Writers: A History of American Screenwriters and Their Guild, Miranda J. Banks (2015) New Brunswick, New Jersey and London: Rutgers University Press, 328 pp., ISBN 978-081357-139-3, h/bk, $32.79; ISBN 978-0-81357-138-6, p/bk, $23.93; ISBN 978-0-81357-140-9, digital, $19.99

Classical Hollywood Cinema: Film Style and Mode of Production to 1960, David Bordwell, Janet Staiger and Kristin Thompson ([1985] 1988) London: Routledge, 652 pp., ISBN 978-0-41500-383-4, p/bk, £32.99

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Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019 via Instagram

Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019 via Instagram

Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019 via Instagram

Last Stephens MFA Workshop for the Class of 2019

Many, many thanks to the soon-to-be-graduating Class of 2019 from the Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting who presented me with a marvelous photo of them all posed in front of the mural that adorns the conference room where we hold so many of our classes. It was a great final week of workshop for this low residency program, topped off with excellent Q&A sessions with producer Karen Loop (“On the Basis of Sex”), executive producer Aaron Thomas (SWAT), producer (and current mentor) Valerie Woods (Queen Sugar), writer (and alum) Sahar Jahani (Ramy) — and lectures on Italian neorealism from visiting professor Dr. Paolo Russo (Oxford-Brookes).

I look forward to working with all our future alums as they move forward in their own exciting careers!

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My essay, “As Silent as ABC” appears in New Collection on Buffy The Vampire Slayer [Writing]

Once again I’m honored to be included in one of ATB Publishing’s pop culture collections, this one focused on perhaps my favorite TV series to teach:  Buffy the Vampire Slayer. 

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OUTSIDE IN TAKES A STAB: 139 New Perspectives on 139 Buffy Stories by 139 Writers

Among the 139 essays covering all 139 episodes included in Outside In Takes a Stab you’ll find my essay on the Emmy-nominated episode “Hush”. It’s called “As Silent as ABC” as it offers a scene by scene breakdown, illustrating how this episode offers the perfect template to A, B, and C storylines for new writers of one-hour dramas. So it’s for Buffy geeks AND TV writing geeks.  One cool fact is that Editor Robert Smith? donates 50% of the proceeds of all sales to Avert, a UK-based HIV/AIDS charity.  Another cool fact is that my Stephens MFA student Mary Gwen Scott (who wrote her graduate thesis on the enduring influence of Buffy and Harry Potter on the generations that have followed them) will have an essay in their upcoming volume on the Buffy spinoff Angel. 

Put ten Buffy fans in a room, and you’ll wind up with eleven opinions, fourteen heated debates about the nature of the soul and somebody cosplaying Mirror Willow as an Initiative-produced demon hybrid with a stake in her arm. That’s because Buffy fans are gloriously weird, uniquely different and sometimes entirely outlandish. And so is this book.

Celebrating over 25 years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, OUTSIDE IN TAKES A STAB is a collection of 139 reviews, one for every story of the television series, plus the movie and a couple extras. Well, we say “reviews”, but we mean that loosely: within these pages, you’ll find mix tapes, mazes, recipes, speeches, games, songs, crosswords, plays, policy documents, D&D manuals, documentaries, term papers and a Turing machine. Not to mention insightful and thoughtful articles, examining the world of Sunnydale from just about every aspect imaginable… and then some!

Provocative, engrossing, hilarious and utterly gonzo. These aren’t your mother’s reviews.

Featuring contributions from Susanne Lambdin, Jill Sherwin, Rosanne Welch, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Robert Greenberger, Rich Handley, David A. McIntee, and over a hundred more!

As with all previous OUTSIDE IN volumes, 5% of the full retail price of all sales of this book will be donated to Avert, a UK-based HIV/AIDS charity.

More Outside In collections featuring my work:

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Happy Mentor Monday!: Today we’re happy to celebrate Dr. Rosanne Welch!

What a lovely post to wake up to when I popped open my computer this morning!  I do adore my work with all my Stephens students – and can’t wait for the next workshop to start so we can all talk screenwriting at the tables under the Henson Studio trees. — Rosanne

From Stephens College MFA in TV and Screenwriting…

Happy Mentor Monday!

Today we’re happy to celebrate Dr. Rosanne Welch!

Dr. Welch teaches the History of Screenwriting and edited When Women Wrote Hollywood, a collection of 23 new essays focusing on the lives of female screenwriters in the Golden Age of Hollywood written by our MFA students.

Writing/producing credits include Beverly Hills 90210, Picket Fences, ABCNEWS: Nightline and Touched by an Angel. Dr. Welch also serves as Book Reviews editor for the Journal of Screenwriting and on the Editorial Advisory Board for Written By magazine, the magazine of the Writers Guild.

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A Happy Birthday, Dinner And A Show! Just an average day!

Thanks to all who wished me a Happy Birthday yesterday. It was a fun day that started with Stephens MFA alumni Julie Berkobienn, who brought me a celebratory cupcake while picking up books for a book signing event.

Then Doug and I had dinner with my Mom and my friend Peg Ann Lamphier before she and I spent the evening at the Chapman University Library making presentations on our historical novels.

There we met Italian Studies professor Dr. Federico Pacchioni, and Essraa Nawar, the Leatherby Libraries Development Librarian. In this photo we’re also joined by Karen Richardson, editor of the Mentoris Project Book Series and the Series’ founder, Robert Barbera. Great night all around!

A Happy Birthday, Dinner And A Show! Just an average day!

America’s Forgotten Founding Father — Get Your Copy Today!


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