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University Writing Program Schedules Conference

To address the complex issue of students' differing writing abilities, UNC Charlotte's University Writing Program will host writing instructors from throughout the region at its inaugural one-day regional writing conference on Friday, September 12. The event will be held at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street, Charlotte.

"Bridging Inquiries: Research, Process, and Literacy from High School to Higher Ed" will offer panels and round-table discussions on topics such as commonalities in curricula, partnerships across institutions, academic literacies, inquiry-guided learning and teaching, academic transferability, and best practices in the teaching of writing. Presenters will include educators and scholars from Charlotte-area K-12 schools, colleges, and universities. Publisher representatives will offer writing resources for purchase, and lunch will provide a space for exchange and discussion.

Registration details and additional information can be found online.

Music Professor’s 'Violins of Hope' Published

Jay Grymes, interim chair of the Department of Music, has written a new book Violins of Hope: Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour. The book, published by HarperCollins, is receiving critical praise and should be in bookstores now.

Academy Award-winning film composer John Williams wrote, "Violins of Hope is a work of research and scholarship that forms one of the most moving chronicles in the history of Western music. James A. Grymes has earned our plaudits and praise, and deserves our everlasting gratitude."

Violins of Hope tells the stories of seven violins played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and restored to playing condition by Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein. Grymes was inspired to write the work when UNC Charlotte brought 18 Violins of Hope to Charlotte for a series of exhibitions and performances in April 2012.