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Dr. Stacy Alaimo's New Book

photo of Alaimo book coverThe University of Minnesota Press has published Dr. Alaimo's latest book entitled Exposed: Environmental Politics and Pleasures in Posthuman Times. Here is a quotation from the Press about the book: "She puts scientists, activists, artists, writers, and theorists in conversation, revealing that the state of the planet in the twenty-first century has radically transformed ethics, politics, and what it means to be human. Ultimately, Exposed calls for an environmental stance in which, rather than operating from an externalized perspective, we think, feel, and act as the very stuff of the world."

Dr. Kathryn Warren Publishes Article on Thoreau in Vox 

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graphic of Vox logoThe September 23 issue of Vox has an article by Dr. Kathryn Warren. In that article, Dr. Warren reflects on Thoreau's point that ambition is a kind of desperation. She is surprised that her students see her as a success when she does not always share that view about herself. The piece works at establishing a contemporary relevance for Thoreau. At the end of the article, Dr. Warren writes, "He [Thoreau] reminded me that though we say 'this is the only way,' 'there are as many ways as there can be drawn radii from one centre.'"

Dr. Penelope Ingram Wins COLA Teaching Award

photo of Dr. IngramAt its recent awards ceremony, COLA's Interim Dean Cawthon recognized the outstanding achievements of Dr. Penny Ingram, whose teaching and mentoring have made an important difference in many students' lives. Undergraduates and graduate students praise her efforts on their behalf.  One of her students said, "Dr. Ingram is amazing. She was the teacher that changed the way I look at a text. She was inspiring, encouraging, and a lot of of fun to watch during a lecture. She was everything you could want to find in a professor." In the materials sent in to support her award, people noted Dr. Ingram's uncanny ability to convey constructive criticism in a way that students find helpful and memorable. 

Quick News 

image of Banned Books Week posterSeptember 25 through October 1 is the American Library Association's nationwide "Banned Books Week." Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community: librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types, in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

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Drs. roemer and matheson read moby dick in fort worth

In mid-September (15-18), the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth held a marathon reading of Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick. Dr. Ken Roemer (below) and Dr. Neill Matheson (lower left) participated in the event near one of the Frank Stella sculptures inspired by the novel.
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Dr. Kenton Rambsy Invited to Present His Work

photo of Dr. RambsyThe University of Maryland at College Park has invited Dr. Rambsy to make a presentation on Nov. 15 at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities. He will be a speaker in a series called Digital Dialogues. The topic for the talk is entitled: "'Looking for the Perfect Beat': African American Literary History--Technology and Texture."

     In December, as part of Purdue's 30th Anniversary Symposium on Africana American Culture and Philosophy, Dr. Rambsy will be one of the plenary speakers, along with Dr. Abdul Alkalimat and Dr. Marisa Parham. The symposium is co-funded by the Mellon Foundation.

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More Quick News 

graphic of travel quotationFaculty members and students in the department travel the world talking about their teaching and research. This space is devoted mainly to reporting recent and upcoming travels. Sometimes the traveling is also about professional development for people's administrative lives. Dr. Kevin Porter (Associate Chair) and Dr. Kathryn Warren (Graduate Coordinator) attended this past summer's ADE Seminar in New York City. 


Dr. Tra Daniels Lerberg and Dr. Desiree Henderson attended in late September the Western Literature Association conference in Montana. Dr. Henderson's paper was entitled, "Civility and Sociability in the Profane West: Three Nineteenth-Century Texas Women’s Diaries." Dr. Lerberg presented "The Parodic and the Profane: Race and (Dis)Placement in Ismael Reed's Yellow Back Radio Broke-Down and Percival Everett's God's Country and Grand Canyon, Inc."


In March, Dr. Yuejiao Zhang is off to Portland to attend the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference.


Dr. Penny Ingram will present "Bioengineering Race in Science Fiction" at the Popular Culture Association Conference. 


In July, Dr. Jackie Fay will be presenting "Treating Age in Anglo-Saxon Medical Texts" at the International Medieval Conference, University of Leeds, UK.


In mid-September, Dr. Tim Morris journeyed to Gdansk, Poland to deliver a paper entitled "Trapped in the Office: Dürrenmatt, Bärlach, and the Commissaire Novel" at the Crime Fiction Here and There Conference.


Dr. Bruce Krajewski spoke about the politics of the Amazon series "The Man in the High Castle" at the FLOW 2016 Conference at UT-Austin. 

Dr. Paul Conrad Joins Team Seeking to Help Native Americans

photo of Dr. Paul Conrad Dr. Paul Conrad, who holds a joint appointment in English and History, is joining a group of other UTA researchers to help determine the Native American population's needs in north Texas. The team is working with the Urban Inter-tribal Center of Texas. "One thing that a lot of people don't realize is that there's a fairly large American Indian community in Dallas," Conrad said. The UTA team is developing a survey, and has plans for meetings with the Native community's members.

Existence Certificate Ceremony 

Dr. Roemer's Nonfiction class
Graduating students from Dr. Ken Roemer's advanced autobiographical writing class display their "Certificates of Existence." The primary model for the class is The Way to Rainy Mountain, a cultural/family/personal autobiography by the Pulitzer-Prize winning author N. Scott Momaday, who believes that we do not exist unless we create ourselves in words -- cultural, family, historical, and personal stories. Momaday approved of the wording on the certificates.

Dr. Alaimo Invited to be Visiting Professor at George Washington

Members of the English Deparptment at George Washington University have invited Dr. Stacy Alaimo to be the Wang Distinguished Professor-in-Residence for 2016-17. The residency consists of several-days' stay on campus, interaction with undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty members. In past years, GWU has hosted Michael Bérubé, J. Jack Halberstam, Sara Ahmed, Rosemarie Garland-Thomson, Simon Gikandi, and José Munoz -- all part of the Visiting Professorship. graphic of George Washington U logo