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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."

Quick News 

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

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


MASTER'S DEGREES:
Michael Thomas Burgess
Joel Mathew Morrow
Mark Stephen Reeder
B.A. DEGREES:
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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Quick News 

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. 

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. 


TWO PRESENTATIONS IN MONTANA

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."

PACKING FOR PORTLAND, OREGON

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

SCI FI IN SAN DIEGO 

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

LEADING THE WAY IN LEEDS

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


THINKING IN POLAND ABOUT THE CRIME NOVEL

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.

GOING WITH THE FLOW 

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.