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Brown Bag #10

Monday, December 2nd — Brown Bag Discussion #10

“BIRGing 2.0: Status consumption in the digital age”

Dr. Charles Aaron Lawry
Assistant Professor, Marketing
Robert P. Stiller School of Business

Where and when: Morgan Room, Aiken Hall, 12:00-1:30 p.m.

About this discussion:

Status consumption is the purchase or acquisition of luxury goods and status brands in order to fulfill a consumer’s desire for prestige. Consumer researchers traditionally have examined status consumption within physical stores and orthosocial (face-to-face) settings. However, online shopping and digital marketing occur within social media and cyber space. Then, how exactly does status consumption unfold in the absence of a physical store or orthosocial setting? In order to address this question, come join Prof. Aaron Lawry in a discussion of his recently published and forthcoming empirical research on status consumption in the digital age.

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April 18th—the “Meaningful Books” of Laurel Bongiorno


Dr. Laurel Bongiorno
Program Director, M.Ed./Professor, Division of Education & Human Studies

When: Thursday, April 18th, 1-2:30

Where:  Vista Room, 3rd floor Miller Information Commons

Join us as we learn more about some of the books that have made a difference in the life of Professor Laurel Bongiorno—books that she refers to as her “favorite beach reads!”

Laurel is recipient of the 2012-2013 Edward Phelps Lyman Professorship Award, and continues to be one of the most engaged faculty members at Champlain. Her doctoral research is in PLAY and she tries to practice what she preaches.  So, in that spirit, for the Meaningful Books Series presentation,

she will share favorite beach reads in preparation for your vacation this summer!  And not just a few — she’s a SERIES reader, so there will be stacks of recommendations from Clive Cussler’s “save the world” novels to Sookie Stackhouse’s vampire novels (Book 13 comes out May 7th!) t

o our own Vermont author, Chris Bojalian –(she just finished reading The Night Strangers)

Refreshments included!

Lois Price: “Opening Ears To Music” series and performances to attend

What I’m working on:

“Opening Ears To Music” series at the South Burlington Community Library, 550 Dorset Street (in the high school building), Thursday, October 18, 7:00 pm.  I will be featuring composers Robert and Clara Schumann, whose prodigious musical abilities and romance loom large in 19th-century music history.  Come listen to music by both of them.  This event is FREE and open to ALL.

Burlington Civic Symphony Orchestra, Saturday, November 3, 8:00 pm at the Elley-Long Center, 223 Ethan Allen Avenue in Colchester (home of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Assn.).  Program includes Overture to Semiramide by Rossini, Dances from West Side Story by Bernstein and Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius.  Admission is $15/adult, $12/senior and $5/student.

“Opening Ears To Music” series at the South Burlington Community Library, 550 Dorset Street (in the high school building), Thursday, November 15, 7:00 pm.  I will feature composer Camille St.-Saëns and his music. This event is FREE and open to ALL.

Endangered Alphabets: International Recognition and the Smithsonian

My Endangered Alphabets were the central item at two conferences over the summer, one in Cambridge (England) on endangered cultures, one in Barcelona on the book and the future of the written word. Since then they have been on display and/or the subject of lectures at the Burlington Book Festival and three library venues. In November they will be featured at Will Shortz’s Wonderful World of Words, a weekend for bibliophiles and word-gamers led by the puzzle editor of the New York Times. Next June they will be on display at the Smithsonian.

-Tim Brookes