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The 2017 national Popular Culture Association conference took place from 12-15 April in San Diego. Several departmental members participated.

>> Dr. Charles Edgar Hicks, "Of Monsters and Mama’s Boys: Returning to the Mother in Rob Zombie’s Halloween Franchise"

>> Dr. Penelope Ingram, "Wild Things, das Ding, and the Jouissant Mother"

>> Dr. Cedrick May, "Exploring the Landscape of the #Black Lives Online and the Implications Behind the Hashtag"

>> Dr. Cedrick May, "The Trope: DuBois, Early African American News Print and Afrofuturism"

biblical studies in berlin: Joul smith

Joul Smith will be attending the Society of Biblical Literature International Conference in Berlin, Germany from August 7-11. The paper he will be presenting is "From Exile to Empire: The International Origins of Anglophonic Translations."

alaimo: preparations for the next book

Dr. Stacy Alaimo will be travelling to New York May 13-19 to conduct research at the Bronx Zoo. She will be studying William Beebe’s papers as part of her preparations for a book manuscript, "Composing Blue Ecologies: Science, Aesthetics, and the Creatures of the Abyss."
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alaimo to speak at asle meeting 

Dr. Stacy Alaimo will be attending the meeting of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment in Detroit, MI from June 20-24, 2017. She will be presenting a paper on: \"Genetics, Epigenetics, and Resistance\."  She will also be chairing a panel. 

rowntree presents in philadelphia 

cover of The Last ManMiriam Rowntree attended the Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies Conference in Philadelphia during March 16-19. She presented a paper called "Ruin(ed) Bodies: Surviving Intimacy in Mary Shelley's The Last Man and Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake" She also served as VP of Graduate Caucus and conducted administrative business at the conference.

dr. beck talks about capitalism

Dr. Estee Beck attended the Assocation of Teachers of Technical Writing Conference in Portland Oregon from March 14-16. She presented her paper on "Intervening upon Regulations of the Female Body within Surveillance Capitalism: Theories, Practices, and Pedagogies."


>> Dr. Krajewski has been invited to be an Editorial Board member for the journal Evental Aesthetics.

>> Dr. Krajewski will be contributing an essay about the philosopher Hans Blumenberg to the collection entitled Dwelling in Possibility, eds. Dr. Elizabeth Bonapfel and Alex Hennig. The book is scheduled to be published in late 2018.

Bring Your Device to Work Days (Expanded Edition)

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The College of Liberal Arts has scheduled additional Bring your Device Events that our faculty and staff can take advantage of. Once again these events will resolve two major projects. Inventory will be scanned and reported as present for the annual Inventory. All devices with a UTA property tag and all laptops and tablets must be brought to one of these events. Pictures are not going to be accepted this year as acceptable accounting of equipment in this year’s inventory. The equipment will also be checked for encryption compliance. Jennifer Higgins will be present at these events to assist with this project. Please remember when you bring your device in you should bring every portable device you have, including tablets.

  • Monday, April 24th – 1:00p.m. to 3:00p.m. – Room 303 Trimble Hall inside the LAC Lab
  • Wednesday, April 26th – 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon – Room 209 University Hall
  • Wednesday, April 26th – 9:00a.m to 10:30a.m. – Room 295D Fine Arts
  • Thursday, April 27th – 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon – Room 209 University Hall
  • Thursday, April 27th – 2:00 p.m. to 4:00p.m – Room 295D Fine Arts

Award-winning Online Magazine Catapult Publishes Non-Fiction Piece by Amy Bernhard

photo of Amy BernhardAmy Bernhard, Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing, has written a piece about teaching a creative writing workshop at a men's prison in Iowa. The non-fiction essay appears in the April 4 edition of the online magazine Catapult. Here is an excerpt from Bernhard's piece:

One of my professors told me about Mary’s prison workshop. I emailed her immediately in hopes the weekly meetings would keep me writing while I worked as a bank teller and applied to MFA programs. Plus I was curious. I couldn’t believe I’d lived in Iowa City for four years and hadn’t known about the prison. Hadn’t seen it on my drives past the Coralville mall only two miles away, tucked back from the road behind a crop of other flat, beige buildings.
Mary takes her seat and now it’s time to get down to business. Perry adjusts his glasses on his nose and looks over the rims at the page in front of him. No matter how many times I’ve heard him read, his voice always startles me. Deep and firm, it’s much too confident for his shy eyes hidden by reading glasses and yet too gentle for the ponytail spilling messily down his back, reminiscent of wilder days.
Perry picks up where we left off weeks ago. He moves to Des Moines after college, the closest you can get to a big city in Iowa. There he takes a job at The Register as an overnight copyeditor. When his shift finally ends he’s no longer sure if it’s night or morning; outside, the sky is a smooth, whitish-brown, the color of his coffee after adding cream. Perry is sore all over. His eyes ache behind his glasses, his shoulders tense from hunching over his desk, a thick volume of The Chicago Manual of Style open in front of him. They’re always coming out with a new edition, it seems, always a new rule to make the old one meaningless. So many rules, he thinks, his temples pulsing as he walks to his car. Who makes them all up anyways?

Two Writers Reading for National Poetry Month

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 Cheryl Kutcher

 Thanks to Laura Kopchick and Amy Bernhard for arranging these events.

Former Creative Writing student in our department, Cheryl Kutcher, will be reading in PH 211 on April 21 at 1:15. Cheryl Kutcher is currently in the MFA Program at Oklahoma State. 

The second reading this month is by Dr. Patricia Foster from the English Department at the University of Iowa. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, and has published two nonfiction books, and edited three others, in addition to having work published in literary quarterlies, e.g., the Virginia Quarterly Review, and Prairie Schooner. Dr. Foster's reading will take place on April 28 from 3:30-4:30 in Nedderman 100, and her books will be available for purchase, thanks to cooperation from the people at UTA's Bookstore.
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Faculty Development Leave

photo of Dr Henderson Interim Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Ron Elsenbaumer, announced last week that Dr. Desiree Henderson has been awarded Faculty Development Leave to work on a book project entitled "How to Read A Diary: Critical Contexts and Interpretive Strategies for 21st Century Readers." Dr. Henderson has a contract with Routledge for the manuscript. The leave is for one academic semester in the 2017-18 academic year.

Dr. Tra Daniels Lerberg Selected for NEH Summer Institute Opportunity

photo of Tra Daniels LerbergFrom June 12 to June 30, Dr. Tra Daniels Lerberg will be at the Library of Congress. She has been awarded funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities to attend a Summer Institute on the topic "On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories and the Land." Twenty-two faculty from diverse humanities disciplines will be meeting to enhance their teaching and research through a three-week residency at the Library of Congress, engaging in seminars with ten distinguished Visiting Scholars in the field of Native American ethno-history.

Dr. Kathryn Warren Chosen for NEH Summer Institute in Concord, MA

photo of Kathryn WarrenDr. Kathryn Warren has been selected to participate in a two-week Summer Institute run by the National Endowment of Humanities. The topic of the Institute is "Transcendentalism and Reform in the Age of Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller." The Institute runs from June 18 to July 1 in Concord, Massachusetts. She will be studying the topic with senior scholars, including two Pulitzer Prize winners. Some of the work will take place in the archives of the Concord Free Public Library, and the Concord Museum.

Dr. Ingram Newest Member of Academy of Distinguished Teachers

photo of Dr. IngramDr. Raymond Elliott, Chair of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers, has announced that Dr. Penelope Ingram has been selected to join the Academy. The invitation letter reads, "This honor is a clear indication of your devoted, enthusiastic and long-standing commitment to students and the teaching mission of the University." Dr. Ingram's achievement will be recognized at the Spring Meeting of the University Faculty and Associates on April 25th at 4:00 in the Rio Grande Ballroom of the UC.

Tenure-track Jobs for Recent Graduate Students 

Dr. Julie McCown has accepted a tenure-track Assistant Professor position at Southern Utah University. While working on a project in Dr. Cedrick's May's class a few years ago, Dr. McCown found one of the earliest poems by Jupiter Hammon

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Dr. Alison Torres Ramos has accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of English at Southwestern Adventist University in Keene, Texas. For a number of years, Dr. Torres Ramos has been Production Editor for the journal Fast Capitalism, in addition to her role as a teacher of a variety of courses in the English Department.

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Supreme Court Justice Explains Importance of Liberal Arts

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Esther Kentish at ACESEsther Kentish (photo above) was one of three English students whose research and work were highlighted at the Annual Celebration of Excellence by Students (ACES), which took place on March 22. Ms. Kentish presented her book of poetry entitled The Emotional Healing Behind Words. Graduate Student Angela Mack spoke about her research on Writing Centers under the title "Assistive Technologies, Tutoring, and the Online Writing Lab (OWL): Access and Equity in Writing:Supplementation for Students with Disabilities." Samuel Fatzinger chatted with the ACES audience about his project "Lacanian Subjects Made Strange: Animal Agency in Uncanny Places and Questionable Proximity."  


Assistant Director of the FYW Program, Miriam Rowntree, attended the Interdisciplinary 19th Century Studies Conference in Philadelphia March 16-19. She presented a paper called "Ruin(ed) Bodies: Surviving Intimacy in Mary Shelley's The Last Man and Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake." She also served as VP of the Graduate Caucus at the conference.


Dr. Estee Beck attended the ATTW Conference in Portland Oregon (March 14-16). She presented her paper on "Intervening upon Regulations of the Female Body within Surveillance Capitalism: Theories, Practices, and Pedagogies"

 DR. Catherine Corder to speak in San diego 

Dr. Corder will be attending the Popular Culture Association Conference in San Diego April 12-15. She will be presenting on "The Supercop as Revolutionary in Alan Moore's V for Vendetta."

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University of Nebraska Invites Alaimo to Deliver Lecture

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Laura Kopchick a Semi-Finalist in Iowa Fiction Contest 

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Laura Kopchick's short story collection, The Meditating Mother, was selected as one of twenty semi-finalists (out of several hundred submissions) for the Iowa Short Fiction Book Award.

Art + Seek Interviews Dr. Rambsy about new Baldwin Film

photo of movie posterDr. Kenton Rambsy was the guest on a recent episode of KERA's "Art + Seek" program. The interviewers engage Dr. Rambsy about I Am Not Your Negro, a new documentary on the life of James Baldwin. Dr. Rambsy calls Baldwin "a social preacher." The catalyst of the film is a book Baldwin was working on about Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and Medgar Evers, three of Baldwin's friends who were assassinated.

Dr. Murrah-Mandril in the News

Dr. Erin Murrah-Mandril presented “Re-membering Mexican American Literary Inheritance” at the 25th anniversary of the Recovering the U.S. Hispanic Literary Heritage Conference in Houston on February 11th (shown below, third from left) with colleagues Karen Roybal, Colorado College; Leigh Johnson, Marymount University; and Diana Noreen Rivera, UT Rio Grande Valley).  In addition to presenting at the Recovery Conference and the MLA Convention this academic year, Dr. Murrah-Mandril participated in a roundtable for the Irving Public Library Big Read event celebrating Alberto Urea’s Into the Beautiful North

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Dr. Roemer in the News 

photo of 1984 book coverThe Shorthorn interviewed Dr. Ken Roemer about the surge in sales of George Orwell's famous book 1984. Some readers have detected parallels between a "futuristic past" (Orwell wrote 1984 well before 1984) and the present. The logic in 1984 was that if certain words can be eliminated from people’s vocabulary, like revolution, resistance or rebellion, then people can’t even think those concepts, Roemer said.“The words that somehow oppose the regime in power, those obviously would be the words you would go after,” he said. The second tactic employed in 1984, Roemer said, was using doublethink to get people to believe things like “war is peace.” For example, Oceania can show its citizens that during war, more people are employed, and war has been so perpetual it becomes customary. These two tactics allow for complete control of society in the novel. “In 1984, I would say the biggest thing is the control of knowledge and the control of words, and what’s scary about that is the whole notion of post-fact or the continued attacks on the media,” he said.

In unrelated news, some words from Dr. Roemer have appeared in the 19 January London Review of Books. The article in which Roemer's quotation appears is entitled "Utopia in Texas." The item about Roemer connects to a class he taught here at UTA on utopias.
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New Collection Edited by Dr. Alaimo

photo of book coverThe 27-chapter volume subtitled "Matter" is part of the Gender series of the Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks, and has just been published.

Dr. Stacy Alaimo wrote a brief introduction to the volume. Dr. Jacqueline A. Fay, contributed a chapter, "Medieval Genders," and Connor Stratman and Jeffrey Marchand contributed a chapter on "Posthumanism." Also, former doctoral student, Christy Tidwell, now Assistant Professor at South Dakota School of Mines, contributed a chapter on "Biology."

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photo of bookwheelDr. Kathryn Warren has published an essay in the Chronicle of Higher Education (Jan. 22) about reading some literature with an Engineering student who surprised her. "The American literature I was teaching, Henry asserted, had nothing good to say about the United States, or about humanity, for that matter. It wasn’t uplifting." Dr. Warren's essay explores her reactions and the ways in which Henry and his instructor agreed about the transformative power of fiction.

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Dr. KRAJEWSKI's ESSAY in theory into practice collection 

In Putting Theory into Practice in the Contemporary Classroom (Cambridge Scholars Press, 2017), Dr. Bruce Krajewski has an essay entitled "Žižek on Ideology as Not Seeing, or, the Eyes (Don’t) Have It."

 Dr. Kevin Porter publishes essay in NEW COLLECTION 

"Writing (,) Hypothetically" is Dr. Porter's contribution to a new volume out from Southern Illinois University Press entitled Abducting Writing Studies (2017). 
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 DR. Ken roemer to be in film about Dystopias 

This past fall, Dr. Roemer got a call from a film director in Vienna asking him to ruminate about dystopia. He was one of three scholars interviewed by Skype for a documentary, produced at the University of Vienna, on 21st-century dystopian film.  The director, Michael Eduard Gschwandtner, a graduate student at the University, sought out Roemer as an expert on the history of utopian and dystopian fiction and thought. The other two selected were Jack Zipes, a professor of German and a Guggenheim Award winner, who specializes in fairy tales, and Tom Moylan. The film will be available later this spring.

Space, Sound, and Social Justice: Hermanns Lectures 2016-17 

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Dr. Cedrick May has arranged this academic year's lecture series, which will feature Amy Ledbetter Parham, Executive Director at Habitat for Humanity Texas; Robert Darden, Director of Baylor's Black Gospel Music Restoration Project, who writes about music and social justice; and UT Arlington's Kate Holliday, Associate Professor of Architectural History in the School of Architecture and the Director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture; and Stephanie Snider, Associate Professor of Art at Penn State University's School of Visual Arts.

Graduates from December 2016

Rachael Mariboho
Dissertation: Practical Magic: Magical Realism & the Possibilities of Representation in 21st-Century Fiction & Film

Michael Thomas Burgess
Joel Mathew Morrow
Mark Stephen Reeder
Sarah Abuhandara; Trinity Bratcher; Shatahvia Brown; Clayton Broyles; Michael Camele; Elizabeth Catanzaro; Cassandra Cortez; Ben Dishman; Ayona Dixon; Madeline Duff; Stephen Gonzales; Yocelin Hernandez; Thomanique Hubbard; Carly Krug; Joaquin Machado; Stefanie Maki; Viviana Martinez; Quincy McMorries; Cody Needham; Meolody Noel; Madisen Patman; Allison Piercy; Brooke Pincince; Liliana Rodriquez; Valerie Salazar; Janai Smith; Lorena Smith; Yosseline Soto; Evonna Stewart; Magen Toole; Shaylee Walsh; Nicole Weibert

Meagan Solomon Wins Scholarship

Meagan Solomon has been awarded the Judith J. Carrier Women's Alliance Scholarship given by the Women's Alliance of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce.  Meagan is an English major and Women's & Gender Studies minor. 

Learning about "The Greatest Beefs": Students in Dr. Rambsy's Class Publish Web Site

The website was created by the students in Dr. Kenton Rambsy's English 3347-002: "The Greatest Beefs." Throughout this course, the students studied some of the most prominent rap beefs in history including the Malcolm v. MLK beef, the Nicki Minaj v. Lil' kim beef, Tupac v. Biggie beef, and the Jay Z v. Nas beef. 

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photo of medieval manuscriptHappy Holidays! The English Department will be closed at the same time the University is for the holiday break. In addition, please be aware that major construction will take place in the Carlisle ground floor lobby from 26 Dec. until 16 Jan., during which time the elevators will be functioning, but will not be accessible on the ground floor.

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 presentATIONS at the 2017 modern language association convention 

Six people from the department will make presentations at the annual convention in Philadelphia in January. Their names appear as they do in chronological order of appearance from the program: Dr. Kenton Rambsy; Dr. Tracey Daniels Lerberg; Stephanie Peebles Tavera; Dr. Erin Murrah-Mandril; Sarah Shelton; Dr. Matthew Lerberg.
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students win writing contest 

The winners in the UT System Little Orange Book 2 writing contest are:

1st Place: John Martin Crowley, "Real-Time Teaching in Three Dimensions" ($100)
2nd Place: Allison Piercy, "Teaching to the Moment" ($50)
Honorable Mention: Lea Arista-Smith "True Education"
Honorable Mention: Michael Camele, "Helping Students Overcome Self-Doubt"

Dr. Kenneth Roemer and Amy Bernhard were the judges for the competition.


Dr. Amy Tigner's Latest Book out from Duquesne University Press

photo of cover of Culinary ShakespeareDr. Tigner's latest book came out in early summer. Here is a description from the press's catalog: "Eating and drinking — vital to all human beings — were of central importance to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Culinary Shakespeare, the first collection devoted solely to the study of food and drink in Shakespeare’s plays, reframes questions about cuisine, eating, and meals in early modern drama. As a result, Shakespearean scenes that have long been identified as important and influential by scholars can now be considered in terms of another revealing cultural marker — that of culinary dynamics. Culinary Shakespeare seeks to open new interpretive possibilities and will be of interest not only to scholars and students of Shakespeare and the early modern period, but also to those in food studies, food history, ecology, gender and domesticity, and critical theory."

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. 

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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.