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8:00 am

The HAMUN conference is an annual conference that educates participants about world issues and promotes peace and the work of the United Nations through cooperation and diplomacy. This event is by invitation only and is being hosted by HAMUN.

10:00 am

Antena is a language justice and language experimentation collaborative founded in 2010 by Jen Hofer and John Pluecker, both of whom are writers, artists, literary translators, bookmakers and activist interpreters. FromJ anuary 18 – May 10, 2014, Antena will be in residence at Blaffer, where they will inhabit various spaces of the museum to explore how critical views on language can help us to reimagine and rearticulate the worlds we live in.

For more information visit: http://www.blafferartmuseum.org/antena-at-blaffer-antena-en-blaffer/

The telenovela is one of the most popular products of Latin America. It is a format that exploits the world market through the articulation and preservation of cultural difference, and at the same time serves as a powerful tool of self-representation and the re-signification of the continent’s colonial legacy. soy mi madre (2008) by Phil Collins and Crying for the March of Humanity (2012) by Christian Jankowski both employ the format of the telenovela for critical purposes that draw on the aesthetics of the melodrama to talk about issues of immigration, class and race, and the relationship between arts, media and politics.

For more information visit: http://www.blafferartmuseum.org/melodrama-on-tv-works-by-phil-collins-and-christian-jankowski/

The University of Houston Libraries now offers a series of technology training courses open to all UH students, faculty and staff. Courses cover Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Access and PowerPoint, and content are tailored for basic, intermediate and advanced skill levels. More courses will be added to the rotation, including training on software such as Outlook, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and other commonly-used programs. Sessions run for 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the topic and skill level, and most sessions will take place in the Learning Commons training areas. Requests for group training will be considered in the future.

The full training calendar is posted online and is updated on a monthly basis. Seating is limited to about 15 people per session and currently first come, first serve basis.

See upcoming Training Sessions: http://info.lib.uh.edu/services/library-technology/training

10:30 am

Speaker: Juliano Laran, Miami

This presentation investigates motivation to perform a behavior as a function of the perceived effort to perform it. We propose two routes through which effort influences motivation. One route is the difficulty route. When effort is interpreted in terms of how difficult a behavior is to perform, higher effort will decrease people’s motivation to perform the behavior. A second route is the challenge route. When effort is interpreted in terms of how challenging a behavior is to perform, higher effort will increase people’s motivation to perform the behavior. We demonstrate the effect of interpreting behaviors as difficult vs. challenging in the contexts of staying in shape, exposure to advertising, willingness to do volunteering work, and loyalty programs. We end with a discussion of implications for theories of effort and motivation and for the way marketers communicate the effort involved in consuming products and experiences.