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UTA English's Dr. Christian Worlow incorporated the UTA Libraries Maker Literacies Program into two technical writing courses taught in Fall 2017, and the Program has posted Dr. Worlow's reflection on having technical writing students work with the UTA FabLab. URL for article
Dr. Ponce Included in UT System Book
Dr. Frank headed to iceland for conference presentation
Dr. Luanne Frank will be attending the 20th Annual Society for Phenomenology and Media Conference in Akureyri, Iceland from March 14-16, 2018. She will be presenting her paper, "Heidegger's Hand: A Defense."
Dr. Tigner Publishes New Book
New Scholarship from Former Dean
When Dr. Jeanne Gerlach, the Associate Provost for K-16 Initiatives at UT Arlington, was informed that a scholarship was donated in her honor to a college of her choice, she knew she wanted the endowment to go to UT Arlington’s Department of English. Gerlach said, “I owe a lot to English education, it’s what got me into teaching in the first place.” Gerlach has enjoyed a long and storied career that includes serving nearly 20 years as the founding Dean of the College of Education at UT Arlington. She also authored or edited/co-edited many notable published works, taught around the globe, received many national and international awards and her research focusing on urban and women education is prolific. She earned a Bachelors and Master’s degree in English/Curriculum & Instruction, a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction/English Education and a second PhD in Higher Education Administration.
The $2,500 scholarship called the Jeanne Gerlach Future Teacher Award will be given to a worthy undergraduate student nearing completion of a B.A. in English with Secondary Education Certification. The award will be presented to the student at the department's Awards Day brunch at the end of the Spring 2018 semester.
Former Creative Writing Student Lands Publishing Contract
Shaun Hamill, former English major and Creative Writing minor in our department, will have his book, "A Cosmology of Monsters," published by Tim O'Connell at Pantheon/Knopf Doubleday. Shaun worked with Laura Kopchick, Coordinator of Creative Writing, while he was here at UTA, and she helped him get into the country’s top creative writing school, the MFA Program at the University of Iowa.
Recipe Transcribathon Nov. 7
Dr. Amy Tigner sponsored a Recipe Transcribathon. A group of undergraduates and graduate students turned out. Participants transcribed 17th-century recipes, and those transcriptions are now part of the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC) digital humanities project. The students help to create a digital database of early modern recipes. Dr. Amy Tigner has run several Transcribathons, and, not that long ago, took some students to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to work on recipes in that library's collection.
Recipe Transcribathon on Nov. 7
Dr. Amy Tigner is sponsoring a Recipe Transcribathon from 11:00-5:00, and people are welcome to drop in any time during that period to participate. Coffee, cookies, and light refreshments will be available in Carlisle 212, thanks to an anonymous, private donor. Participants will transcribe 17th-century recipes, and those transcriptions will become part of the Early Modern Recipes Online Collective (EMROC) digital humanities project. You would be helping to create a digital database of early modern recipes. No experience necessary. Dr. Amy Tigner has run several Transcribathons, and, not that long ago, took some students to the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. to work on recipes in that library's collection.
former grad student wins "the oscar of teaching"
Jennifer Fuller took two graduate level English courses at UTA in the past year or so in order to be certified to teach in the Collegiate High School program (TCC and AISD). She took one class each from Dr. Warren and from Dr. Gustafson as a non-degree-seeking student. Dr. Peggy Kulesz has known Jen for years, and describes her as "a marvelous teacher."
DR. stephanie tavera has article accepted
A future issue of Utopian Studies will include Tavera's article "Her Body, Herland: Reproductive Health and Dis/topian Satire in Gilman's Herland."
New Book by Dr. Cedrick May
Cedrick May’s The Collected Works of Jupiter Hammon, just out from the University of Tennessee Press, offers a complete look at the literary achievements of one of the founders of African American literature. Born into slavery on the Lloyd plantation in 1711, Jupiter Hammon became the first African American writer to be published in the present-day United States at the age of forty-nine. It has been decades since a collection of Hammon’s work has appeared, and May’s intensive research has yielded two additional poems, adding new layers to his works and life that, until now, have gone unexplored.
Kazuo Ishiguro Wins 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature
The English author Kazuo Ishiguro has been named winner of the 2017 Nobel prize in literature, praised by the Swedish Academy for his “novels of great emotional force”, which it said had “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world”.
Department Launches Two Research Clusters for 2017-19
Dr. Stacy Alaimo, Chair of the departmental Research Committee, has announced the formation of two Research Clusters for the next two years. These clusters will guide part of the collective investigations in the department, and allow students to participate in ongoing activities connected to the topics.
The clusters are in place from 2017 through 2019 and are as follows:
Making + Digital Humanities (Estee Beck, Cedrick May, Tim Richardson)
Posthumanism (Stacy Alaimo, Jackie Fay, Neill Matheson, Erin Murrah-Mandril)
This fall, faculty and ABD doctoral students will be launching the new Research Clusters by workshopping their research and discussing new work in these fields.
A Kenton Rambsy Omnibus
Dr. Kenton Rambsy Is Part of the "Smart Revolution"
The COLA Dean's Office has awarded to Dr. Rambsy a "Liberal Arts + Smart Revolution" grant for "The Black Anthology Data Project." The award is $8,000. This is a seed grant to help Dr. Rambsy pursue external funding. The funding will help Dr. Rambsy make progress with his metadata collection project with African American and American anthologies. He may be hiring a student or two to assist him.
COLA Outstanding Teacher Award Winner - Dr. Desiree Henderson
Dr. Desiree Henderson has won COLA's Outstanding Teaching Award for 2017, and will be honored at a COLA Awards ceremony on September 14. Colleagues in the department nominated Henderson for the award, and a college-level committee vetted the people who were nominated. Some of the student comments (below) about Dr. Henderson's teaching tell the story about her excellence in the classroom. "I am not an English major and I loved her class." "She is a tough professor but you learn a lot! I enjoyed her lectures greatly but she definitely makes you use your brain and think outside the box." "Thoughtful and fun class discussions."
Dr. Beck to Present Work at Ohio Conference
Dr. Estee Beck will be attending the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference from October 4-7 in Dayton. "Rise Up for a Feminist-Led Internet Privacy Revolution!" is the title of her talk.
Future of Tech Depends on Liberal Arts Majors
The Boston Review reports that two new books on Silicon Valley indicate that the future of the tech industry depends upon the skills and learning liberal arts majors possess. You can read the article below with the link.
Dr. Charles Hicks Speaks about His Publication in Hypatia
The NEH reviewers and workshop organizers chose only 40 participants from 300 applications to be part of the 2017 "Object Lessons Workshop." Dr. Beck is one of the 40 who has been selected to participate in one of several upcoming workshops under the theme's umbrella. The workshop in which Dr. Beck will participate will be held in early March at the Association of Writers and Writing Programs conference in Tampa, FL. The "Object Lessons Workshop" is designed for academics and writers who seek to write and publish for broad audiences, particularly about contemporary technology, everyday objects, and digital culture.
Summer Reading - Part II
We asked some other people in the department to make seasonal reading recommendations.
Dr. Tim Morris, Professor & Essayist:
Giuseppe Catozzella, Don't Tell Me You're Afraid
Dr. Gyde Martin, Senior Lecturer:
Vladimir Nabokov, Pnin
Jennifer Higgins, Senior IT Analyst, OIT:
Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
Lineup of 2017-18 Speakers Begins to Take Shape
Some speakers have already accepted invitations to speak at UTA this coming academic year, and we are hoping for a couple of more positive responses.
Greg Brownderville, a poet who teaches at SMU, will come to the department on Wednesday, September 13. Brownderville has published three books of poetry, the most recent of which is A Horse with Holes in It. That collection was released in November of 2016 by LSU Press on Dave Smith’s Southern Messenger Poets series. Collaborating with composer Jacob Cooper, Brownderville wrote the words to “Jar” (Silver Threads, Nonesuch Records, 2014) and Ripple the Sky, which premiered with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2016. Brownderville has been awarded prizes and fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, The Missouri Review, Prairie Schooner, New Millennium Writings, and the Porter Fund. In 2012 he joined the faculty of SMU. He is an associate professor of English and the director of Creative Writing.
The Arlington Public Library will be co-sponsoring a visit by the food writer and blogger Vianney Rodriguez. In addition to her blog, The Sweet Life, Rodriguez has published Latin Twist (2015), a book of cocktails. Rodriguez has been recognized as LATISM 2012 Best Latina Food Blogger, one of NBC Latino's Food Blogs We Love, and featured on Latina Magazine as one of their Best Food Blogs. Further details TBA.
Many people read not to become more empathetic, nor to learn about the world, nor to discover themselves, but for fun and escape. That's the conclusion of an empirical study by Professor Simon Frost of Bournemouth University, who reports on a survey of 530 readers. The results are part of an article in the forthcoming issue of Logos: Journal of the World Publishing Community. The interwebs are flooded now with summer reading suggestions. What will people read on beaches, during vacations, etc.?
two items on DR. KRAJEWSKI
>> Prof. Mohamad Shariati, who helps run a cultural journal in Tehran, Iran called Today's Culture, interviewed Dr. Bruce Krajewski about the cultural contributions of the German philosopher Hans Blumenberg (pictured above). The other scholars asked to contribute to the article on Blumenberg are Martin Jay, Angus Nicholls, and Richard Wolin. You can read the Persian version, or the version="">.
>> >From June 5-9, Dr. Krajewski participated in the University of Victoria's Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and completed a course on digitisation projects.
Department's U.S. News Ranking Improves - Tied with Baylor
The 2017 U.S. News rankings of English graduate programs has UTA's English program at 116, tied with Baylor's English Department (for a Texas comparison). This is a jump up from 125th place, and shows that the department's outstanding graduate faculty profile is being noticed outside of Arlington.
Dr. Kathryn Warren Wins 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award
On August 23rd in Austin, Dr. Kathryn Warren will sit down to a special dinner to honor recipients of this year's UT-System-wide teaching awards. This is another in a string of teaching honors for Dr. Warren. The Regents' Award is prestigioius, and it acknowledges outstanding undergraduate teaching. As the acceptance letter states, "to win one of these awards is a truly remarkable achievement." The application process is rigorous, and applicants go through several levels of screening. The award includes a monetary prize. One of the student comments included in the materials for Dr. Warren's review captures the tone of praise that characterizes Dr. Warren's student evaluations: “I am in awe of how much Dr. Warren cares about her class, and I can honestly say that I haven't had another learning experience like this. Her attention to the assignments we did and her ability to interact with us as a class was amazing.”
Our Latest Graduates
At the May 12 Commencement, a number of students from the English Department received their degrees.
Awards Brunch 2017
Each year, the English Department celebrates student achievements at a brunch attended by students, their family and friends, donors, faculty members, and staff.
Wall of Honor: Dr. Ken Roemer
Frederick Tran Wins UT System Award in Creative Writing
Senior Frederick Tran, who is completing a minor in Creative Writing, has won the 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Arts and Humanities Award for his short fiction piece entitled "Airstrikes." The piece is about a doctor serving with Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) in Yemen, who suffered a terrible loss.
Dr. Tigner Invited to Canadian University for DH Workshop
Faculty members at the University of Guelph have invited Dr. Amy Tigner to give a workshop on digital manuscripts. The workshop will be held from May 8-11.
Bring Your Device to Work Days (Expanded Edition)
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.
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
Miriam 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."
TWO ITEMS ABOUT DR. KRAJEWSKI
>> 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.
Award-winning Online Magazine Catapult Publishes Non-Fiction Piece by Amy Bernhard
Amy 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?
Faculty Development Leave
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. Kathryn Warren Chosen for NEH Summer Institute in Concord, MA
Dr. 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. Tra Daniels Lerberg Selected for NEH Summer Institute Opportunity
From 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. 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.
Dr. Ingram Newest Member of Academy of Distinguished Teachers
Dr. 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.
ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF TECHNICAL WRITING
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."
Supreme Court Justice Explains Importance of Liberal Arts
Student? Need Money? Apply for a Scholarship
We want to give away money. Your chances of landing one of the English Department's scholarships are far greater than those of winning the Texas Lottery, or games of chance in Las Vegas. In some cases, we have had but one qualified student appy for a scholarship. You can be in the running for money in less than the time it takes to run to the store to buy a six pack of energy drinks. Here's all the information you need to get started.
First Day of Spring
University of Nebraska Invites Alaimo to Deliver Lecture
Laura Kopchick a Semi-Finalist in Iowa Fiction Contest
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
Dr. 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.
Dr. Roemer in the News
The Shorthorn interviewed Dr. Ken Roemer about the surge in sales of George Orwell's famous book 1984. Some readers are seeing 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.
New Collection Edited by Dr. Alaimo
The 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."
Dr. Kevin Porter publishes essay in NEW COLLECTION
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.
Regents' Award for Creative Writing: Apply Now
In recognition of its support of the arts and humanities, The University of Texas System Board of Regents established the annual Regents’ Outstanding Arts & Humanities Awards to foster excellence in student performance, reward outstanding students, stimulate the arts and humanities, and promote continuous quality in education. For 2017, The UT System Board of Regents will recognize students in creative writing. Awards will be given in two categories: (1) Poetry and (2) Short Fiction. One winner will be named in each category. A $1,500 monetary award will be made in the winners’ names to the department of their choice. Students need to fill out some forms, one is a release form, and one is an application form. Both are available here. The deadline is this coming Monday, Jan. 23, by 5 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Professor Laura Kopchick (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Specific Evaluation Criteria:
Graduates from December 2016
Space, Sound, and Social Justice: Hermanns Lectures 2016-17
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.