first_imgNovelist Michael Collins, member of the Notre Dame class of 1987, read excerpts from his most recent novel, “The Death of All Things Seen,” on Wednesday in the Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore.As an undergraduate, Collins was a varsity track athlete at Notre Dame on scholarship from Limerick, Ireland, majoring in English and business.“I came as an athlete and only survived two years at Notre Dame on scholarship, and I was allowed by the benevolence of [University President Emeritus] Fr. [Theodore] Hesburgh to stay without finishing my running career,” Collins said. “What he did say was, ‘If you’re going to stay on here, do something, don’t be a quitter. You’re not leaving the team because you’re a failure.’ And I said ‘No, I want to become educated. I want to do something else.’”That “something else” was first programming software — a skill he taught himself — at Microsoft under Bill Gates, and then later becoming a successful novelist whose works have been translated into 17 languages.William O’Rourke, professor emeritus and founder of the Notre Dame Creative Writing graduate program, said Collins was the reason he founded the program.“Michael was one of the most extraordinary students I’ve ever encountered, and it wasn’t just because he had over-the-horizon genius in writing,” O’Rourke said. “He has this ability of prose which very few people have, he’s a long distance runner world class and he also worked with Bill Gates at Microsoft.“He traverses three cultures.”One of Collins’ early novels, “The Keepers of Truth,” which is set in a town that closely resembles South Bend, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the IMPAC Award. The book led to both his recognition in the literary world and his firing from Microsoft, because they were unaware of his writing career, O’Rourke said.Since then, Collins has written 10 novels in total, all part of an American series that “lament the passing of American greatness,” Collins said.Collins read from his most recent novel, “The Death of All Things Seen”, which is the last in the series.“[The Death of All Things Seen is] a Chicago novel. It’s both sociological, realistic and philosophical — a genre that’s very popular these days,” O’Rourke said.Collins attributed his recent success to the current political climate surrounding the election of President Donald Trump.“When I started writing, it was to understand my own country, to process all that I had left behind in Ireland — again in 1983, Catholics versus Protestants and the whole in Ireland, you got to America and you never wanted to go home.” Collins said. “Writing is about psychotherapy for me. Perhaps it takes a point of dislocation to better receive the past or understand it. It would not be until I became an engineer for Microsoft in the mid ’90s that I would begin to reflect on our collective future.”“The Death of All Things Seen” begins in 2008 in the wake of the economic crisis and the election of then-President Barack Obama. The novel “moves around the central idea that there is no single narrative anymore — that each life simply occupies the same moment, that one’s perception and understanding of the world is never the same to any one person,” Collins said. “This is a world of fracture.”Collins, who is an ultra runner in addition to novelist and is captain of the Irish National 100k team, says that distance running and writing overlap in the areas of self-deprivation and discipline.“Every book takes about three months to write. You spend a lot of time preparing for a book and then you have to find a three-month space to do it. Writing a book is not difficult when you decide to do it,” Collins said. “I do 100-mile races, people think three months is long, but 100 miles is long too. If you prepare for it … you say on that particular day, ‘I’m going to do it,’ to the detriment of everything else in your life.”Collins then offered some advice to aspiring novelists.“Compress everything into a short period of time. If you give yourself too much time to do something, you give yourself an out.”Tags: creative writing, Ireland, Michael Collins, rev. theodore hesburgh, The Death of All Things Seen, Tracklast_img read more

first_imgU.K. stage and screen favorites David Tennant and Rupert Everett are among the names set for Brooklyn Academy of Music’s 2016 winter/spring season. Tennant will reprise his performance as the title role of Richard II in King and Country: Shakespeare Great Cycle of Kings, a presentation of the four history plays by the bard in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Everett will also reprise his Olivier-nominated performance as Oscar Wilde in The Judas Kiss.King and Country: Shakespeare Great Cycle of Kings is comprised of Richard II, Henry IV (Parts I and II) and Henry V. Directed by Gregory Doran, the histories will play in repertory at BAM from March 24, 2016 through May 1, following a previous engagement at the Barbican in the U.K. In addition to Tennant as Richard II, the cast will include Antony Sher as Falstaff, Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Hal.Neil Armfield will direct David Hare’s The Judas Kiss, which will run from May 11 through June 12. The play explores two pivotal moments in Wilde’s life. In addition to Everett, the cast includes Alister Cameron, Tom Colley, Cal Macaninch and Charlie Rowe. The production premiered at the Hampstead Theatre and transferred to the West End in 2013.BAM’s theatrical season kicks off on January 16 with Charles Mee’s The Glory of the World, directed by Actors Theatre of Louisville artistic director Les Walters. The season will also include Lev Dodin’s adaptation of Chkhov’s The Cherry Orchard, the world premiere of Rimbaud in New York, written and directed by Steve Cosson and Daniele Finzi PAsca’s La Verità. View Commentslast_img read more

first_imgEighty youth participated in the online 2020 Georgia 4-H state poultry judging contest hosted on July 6 in collaboration with the University of Georgia Poultry Science Department.This evaluation competition is a culmination of many months, and sometimes years, of studying Georgia’s top agricultural industry. The event encourages youth to learn and understand the standards used in poultry and egg production. In addition, they learn the importance of marketing to the public and how to apply those learned skills in a realistic decision-making process. The poultry judging program teaches animal husbandry fundamentals as well as life skills including critical thinking, teamwork and oral communication.“The virtual judging format this year, while a bit more challenging, is still a great way for us as a university to interact with Georgia youth interested in agriculture and, specifically, poultry,” said Casey Ritz, UGA poultry science professor and Extension coordinator. “Unique opportunities such as these will hopefully be remembered by our youth and help to shape their futures. Even in trying times as we have, these events give us the opportunity to share with students the great programs and events available to them here at the UGA Department of Poultry Science.”In the virtual format, senior participants in grades nine through 12 evaluated classes through a PowerPoint presentation and online test of their evaluation skills. This contest includes nine classes for youth to apply egg and carcass grading as well as place live bird classes based on egg-laying productivity. In addition, participants must provide oral arguments justifying their decisions. The senior high individual and first place senior team will earn Georgia Master 4-H’er status. The state winning team will represent Georgia 4-H at the national 4-H poultry judging contest in Louisville, Kentucky, in November. The winners of the 2020 Georgia 4-H state poultry judging contest are:First place team: Leopold Joh, Alexa Hillebrand, Nicole Hillebrand and Lexi Koenig — Coweta CountySecond place team: Clayton Adams, Sophia Merka, Alyssa Goldman and Kaylie Goldman — Madison CountyThird place team: Whitley Gatch, Joleigh Butler and Kate Yaughn — Bulloch CountySenior High Individual: Whitley Gatch — Bulloch CountyThis event is sponsored by Mike Giles and Carla Abshire. To learn more about the Georgia 4-H Livestock Program, visit 4-H empowers youth to become true leaders by developing necessary life skills, positive relationships and community awareness. As the largest youth leadership organization in the state, 4-H reaches more than 242,000 people annually through the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension offices and 4-H facilities. For more information, visit or contact your local Extension office.last_img read more

first_img… Hikers Generals pull off third win THE smoke has begun to settle as we see clear front-runners emerge when the 2019 Noble House Goals Galore Indoor Hockey Championships continued on Wednesday evening at the National Gymnasium. The Hikers Generals pulled off their third win of the men’s competition to remain unbeaten and atop pool B with 6 points, while Vintage GCC and the PEPSI Hikers lead Pool A with similar records.On the ladies’ side the GBTI GCC Tigers rebounded from a loss in their opening match to lead the table 6 points after their victory over YMCA OFHC Bellatrix.The Hikers Generals took the floor against the SHC Splinters in the men’s Pool B with both teams on an even 9-goal handicap.The Splinters had disposed of defending champs Bounty GCC on the opening night and would be a sound challenge for the Generals who were also coming off a victory over YMCA OFHC Top Form.  The Generals controlled the game from the outset, scoring two goals in the first half from Devin Munroe and Sherwyn Caesar, compared to just a single from Hilton Chester, captain of the Splinters.Nkhruma Hutson drew the scores even with an early second half goal for the Splinters but Munroe put the game beyond reach with two more goals for the Generals to complete his hat-trick while Caesar added a second in the closing minutes.The 14-12 victory moves the Generals to the top of the Pool going into the fourth evening of the competition.The highlight match of the evening was a high-paced and thrilling encounter between defending champs Bounty GCC and the talented YMCA OFHC Top Form.With Top Form enjoying a 2-goal advantage from the start, GCC drew the scores even in the first 15 minutes through a double by Kareem Mckenzie.GCC went one ahead one minute before the half when Shaquille Leung slammed home his team’s third to leave scores at 6-5 to Bounty GCC.  Omar Hopkinson drew the scores for the second time in the first minute of resumption with a penalty corner for Top Form and young prolific goalscorer Warren Williams added a second to move Top Form ahead by one.The Bounty boys drew even for the third time through Meshach Sargeant and then a fourth and final time as Hopkinson and Kevin Spencer scored a final goal each for Top Form and GCC respectively.After a close and hard-fought match, the teams had to settle for an 8-8 draw.Two YMCA teams faced each other in the next men’s fixture which saw the YMCA OFHC Champs edge the YMCA OFHC Pacesetters by 16-15.  The victory was the first of the competition for the Champs. The PEPSI Hikers continued their form with a 13-10 beating of the SHC Slick Sticks.With the Slick Sticks enjoying an 8-goal handicap, it took the Hikers to the last five minutes to secure the victory but they made it a productive five minutes to take their total to 13.Aroydy Branford was once again the leading scorer of the match with 7 goals.In the ladies; competition, defending champs GBTI GCC Tigers dominated newcomers YMCA OFHC Bellatrix with a 16-9 victory.  With the Bellatrix beginning the match with a nine-goal handicap and the Tigers with three, the scores were even by the half.The Tigers continued their onslaught with seven more unanswered goals in the second half of the match.Saints and YMCA OFHC Wolves were the other ladies’ matchup of the evening and both sides began with an even 5-goal handicap.  Several misses, and neither team scored and the match finished on a 5-5 stalemate.last_img read more