Monthly Archives: March 2013

Faculty Spotlight: Sandra Dyas

The Prague Summer Program is excited to welcome a new faculty member into our photography program, Sandra Dyas.

From the Director, Richard Katrovas:

Sandra Dyas will join Jan Pohribny to form the Prague Summer Program’s new photography unit. What I find so exciting about this team is how starkly the two artists contrast: Jan’s work embodies multiple dream worlds that quaver just beyond the Bohemia landscapes as well as the bustling cityscapes of his at once ancient and wholly-in-the-moment Prague.  Many of Sandra’s images seem to emerge from the cornfields of Iowa; they are starkly, unapologetically of the American heartland. Jan’s work captures Bohemian dreams; Sandra’s captures, and celebrates, American dreamers. Both love their art profoundly, and relish teaching technique, as well as everything beyond the realm of technique.

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Sandra also took the time to answer a few questions from Shana Wolstein, PSP Assistant, through email:

PSP: Not all creative people are born teachers, how did you find your way into becoming a teacher? What’s your favorite part of teaching?

SD: A big reason I actively enjoy teaching is because I know that I can change a person’s life by encouraging and mentoring them. You can make a difference by how you teach. I can sense that certain students are drawn naturally to art and then they find photography and it just opens them up. It is so rewarding to see a student find something they connect with. I like sharing the passion I have for art. I also enjoy pushing students to develop into themselves—to grow. It is really the most fun job someone can have—to teach. Yes, it is really challenging in many ways and sometimes very exhausting but worth the effort. I feel like I am growing too. It is never the same, it is always changing.

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AWP 2013 Boston

Friends, colleagues, and future PSP-ers alike, many of us are getting ready for the Association of Writers & Writing Programs’ annual conference, commonly referred to as AWP. This year we’ll be meeting in Boston and the Prague Summer Program is proud to announce we have to events for you to look forward to in addition to our presence in the Bookfair.

“Stalking the Golem: The Prague Summer Program’s 20th Anniversay” will be a celebration of the PSP’s 20th anniversary. Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the Prague Summer Program, faculty and former students discuss the relation of the study-abroad experience to the pedagogy of creative writing. Each panelist–Jaimy Gordon, T. Geronimo Johnson, Melinda Moustakis, and Robert Eversz–will speak anecdotally about what the PSP means to him or her, and broadly about the value of the study-abroad experience.The panel discusses the evolution of the structure of the PSP, as well as the institutional interface, over time, between American institutions and the foreign entities with whom they partner. We explore how such programs as the PSP serve as points of confluence for American and host literary cultures. This is set to take place at 10:30 on Friday in Room 308, Level 3.

“Yoga and the Life of the Writer” is about Yoga and the writer’s often sedentary life; Krista Katrovas will be joined by Melissa Pritchard, Pam Uschuk, Suzanne Roberts, and Andrea England who will give brief testimonials regarding Yoga practices and discuss how meditation as well as physical aspects of Yoga enhance writing/reading lives. Her panel will also touch on meditation and spirituality.  The session concludes with demonstrations of chanting and chair Yoga, the latter offering practical, safe techniques, for counteracting the effects of sitting still for long periods. The audience is encouraged to participate. Career status is irrelevant to this panel, which will consist of writers/Yoginis at different stages of their careers. This is set to take place at 10:30 on Friday in Room 313, Level 3.

Finally, please find us at the bookfair! We look forward to seeing your faces in Boston!

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