Faculty Members Receive Funding from COLA's New Digital Arts and Humanties Initiative
Dean Paul Wong announced on 13 January the awarding of 11 grants totaling $100,068 in funding for his Digital Arts and Humanities' Initiative. Two faculty members from English will receive money from those grants. Dr. Jacqueline Fay will be working on a project entitled "Changes in Vernacular Perspectives on Health: Medieval to Modern Texts Highlighting Food and Health." Dr. Fay will be working with Laurel Stvan (Linguistics) and Sridhar Nerur (College of Business). The image to the right is from the medieval manuscript Tractatus de Pestilencia. COLA will also fund Dr. Estee Beck's proposal entitled "Pilot Intervention Study on Digital Consent in an Age of Corporate and Government Surveillance."
Dr. Roemer's Fall 2015 class toasts Ursula Le Guin
Dr. Roemer's class toasting Ursula K. Le Guin with acorn soup: In Le Guin's Always Coming Home there is a recipe for the soup based on her father's knowledge of California Indigenous cooking. Gabe Mamola (standing at center) recognized the recipe; it was one his father makes. So Gabe made some. Dr. Roember sent the photograph to Le Guin, because he has corresponded with her for years. I kept her up to date on what the class was doing, and she said he wished she could have been there for the tasting.
Graduate Student Conference Call for Papers
The theme for this year’s English Graduate Student Conference, to be held April 7-8, 2016: “Bodies at Work: Reimaging the Lines of (Re)Production.” Details of the conference are forthcoming; however, we will hold a symposium on Thursday, April 7 with keynote and panels on Friday, April 8. If you have questions concerning the CFP, the conference itself, or would like to volunteer to moderate a panel, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or the conference email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Immigrant Consciousness Events from February 26 - March 5
Graduate students Rod Sachs, Shewanda Riley, and Robert LaRue are working with a number of departments and community organizations on a Decolonial Symposium that will address the topic of "immigrant consciousness." The program will feature Dr. Walter Mignolo (Duke University), performance artist Patrice Naiambana (Sierra Leone), and Alanna Lockward (Berlin-based Dominican author).
Students Visit Utopian Community near Denton, Texas
Dr. Kenneth Roemer has made his international reputation in part by studying, researching, and teaching about utopias. He has made numerous trips with students up north near Denton to visit what Roemer calls "one of the most interesting and successful intentional communities in Texas -Whitehawk." (See pages 6-8 of the newsletter of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, where you can read an in-depth report about the community by Dr. Roemer.) The photograph is from a Nov. 14, 2015 visit to Whitehawk by Dr. Roemer and his students.
The Courtyard Poet competitions are under way. Today's event at 1:00 in the Architecture Courtyard features poets celebrating international poetry. The poets will be reading poems in four different original languages. You can read about earlier coverage of the weekly event. Rod Sachs has several new poets lined up to read their work. Find out about future competitions.
In late April, as part of COLA's new initiative connected to the Digital Arts and Humanities, Dr. Melissa Terras, Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at University College London, will be on campus to talk about the latest developments in DH.
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