Slave narratives and current archival research will be the central theme for the 2014 Hermanns Lecture Series this spring. The annual Department of English event, slated for April 3 in the Central Library Sixth Floor Parlor, will feature speakers from across the country. The lecture series, “New Directions in African American Studies,” will include Katherine Clay Bassard (Virginia Commonwealth University), Margaret Brucia (Temple University), independent scholar Charla Bolton, and UT Arlington Associate Professor Cedrick May. “African American Studies is quickly becoming of interest to digital humanists,” said May. “The field had been stagnant for for decades leading up to the early 1980s, then there was an explosion of interest and research on authors like Olaudah Equiano and Harriet Jacobs. Something similar is happening today, and more people are talking about slave narratives and slavery. Now researchers are uncovering new authors and documents and designing new methodologies that dovetail into digital humanities.” You can read the program.
February 20th, 2014: Former English major Shaun Hamill has been offered a full fellowship for Fall 2014 into the prestigious Iowa Writers' Workshop. The acceptance rate for the Iowa Writers' Workshop is approximately 2% of all applications.
February 12th, 2014: Bethany Morian has won the Hall-Kohlfeldt Scholarship from UTA's Southwest Study Center to do archival research on one of the early journals that published works by American Indian authors. She will be traveling to the journal's archive at Brown University.
December 20th, 2013: Professor Ken Roemer has been selected as one of the two UTA nominees for the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.
December 18th, 2013: Dr. Desiree Henderson has been selected as a 2014-2015 UT Arlington Faculty Fellow.
November 2nd, 2013: Dr. Kenneth Roemer served as group leader for ENGL 6333 students (and family and friends) for a tour of Whitehawk, the grassroots sustainability intentional community established in the late 1970s outside of Denton, Texas.
September 27th, 2013: Dr. Cedrick May is cited in a Sept. 27 New York Times article entitled "Technology and the College Generation." Here is an excerpt: "He [Dr. May] soon learned that the students did not know he had changed the reading assignment because they did not check their e-mail regularly, if at all. To the students, e-mail was as antiquated as the spellings 'chuse' and 'musick' in the works by Cotton Mather and Jonathan Edwards that they read on their electronic books. 'Some of them didn’t even seem to know they had a college e-mail account,' Dr. May said. Nor were these wide-eyed freshmen. 'This is considered a junior-level class, so they’d been around,' he said."
September 15th, 2013: The International Association of Environmental Philosophers will meet in October in Eugene, Oregon. Part of the conference in Oregon will be a special session devoted to responses to Dr. Stacy Alaimo's book Bodily Natures: Science, Environment, and the Material Self (Indiana UP, 2010). Dr. Alaimo will attend the conference and act as a respondent to the session.
Award-winning Writer Marilyn Chin Visited Campus on 13 February
As part of the Visiting Writers Series for 2013-14, Marilyn Chin came to UTA's campus on 13 February. She performed some of her poetry and tales, and, after her reading, autographed copies of her books for the audience.
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