targeted to an actual professional conference; hence, our "conference" conference. This assignment is intended to professionalize our students through learning how to target and present their work to specific professional audiences.
CWFE Conference Conference Panel Topics and Presenters:
Textual Significations: Danielle Furr, Eric Huber, Nathan Rinard
Mythologies: Masculinities, Curses, and Goddesses: Amanda Edlow, Carissa Helm, Logan Umbach
SmartGeek and Other Identities: Ashley Harris, Olivia Albright
Gogol Ganguli: What's in a Name? Maddi Armstrong, Renee Reedy
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao: DR + NJ = SF? Ile Kauppila, Andrew Anderson
Monday, May 6, 2013
Sunday, March 31, 2013
As promised, Dr. Smith has provided valuable online resources including her powerpoint presentation [here] and a comprehensive website attempting to demystify the numerous Dominican references in Diaz's novel [here]. Enjoy your reading!
Monday, March 25, 2013
|Photo: The Gardian|
Saturday, March 23, 2013
|Image: cover of Edwidge|
Danticat's 2013 novel
Claire of the Sea Light
In our discussion of the character Catherine's exploitation of Princesse, I mentioned a long essay by Jamaica Kincaid called "A Small Place." Google Books offers an 11-page preview [here]. I defy you to finish this preview and not buy the entire book on Amazon. If you'd like to read the reflective exercise (including an excerpt of Kincaid's essay) that I gave to my GCP Trinidad and Tobago group last year, click [here].
Finally, for those of you interested in the blog I created for that trip, click [here]. Any questions about Trinidad, Tobago, or the GCP program? I'm happy to answer questions or gush about how great the trip and program are.
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Attention undergraduate student writers!
The Shenandoah University English Department invites submissions of original poetry and short stories for the annual S. Gordden Link Poetry and Bruce C. Souders Fiction Writing Contests. Each contest prize is $250. Submission deadlines for both writing contests: extended to March 18.
Poetry entries may consist of no more than five poems. Short stories may be no longer than 5,000 words. Students who submit manuscripts must be enrolled full-time (at least 12 credit hours) at Shenandoah during both semesters of the 2012-13 school year. Submitted manuscripts must be unpublished in any other form. Each entry should identify the writer on only the cover sheet to ensure anonymity until judging is complete. The English faculty will judge all submissions and its decisions are final. Submit one typed copy of each entry to Jo Strader in the Office of Arts & Sciences located in Henkel Hall, Room 206, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Contact Associate Professor of English Joanne Jacobs at email@example.com for more information.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Great discussion in our last class on how our study can change our lives... and those of others by our example (if they're willing). Let's keep talking about how literature--and art in general--can change the world. The idea is central to postcolonial studies.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Specific criteria are determined by Shenandoah University within the following broad general guidelines: excellence in teaching; civility and concern for students and colleagues; commitment to value-centered education; and service to students, the institution, and the community. To nominate an outstanding professor, submit an email letter to Dr. Rodney Bragdon <firstname.lastname@example.org> within the next week or 10 days. The letter should explain the ways in which the professor meets these criteria:
- Must be a full-time SU faculty member, but not necessarily a member of the United Methodist Church.
- Must have an exceptional reputation as a teacher in terms of knowledge of the subject, course organization, clarity of instruction, and availability to students.
- Is expected to contribute to the welfare of Shenandoah University and to the greater community.
- Is expected to show interest in scholarly and professional achievement. Recitals and lectures before learned societies are considered on an equal footing with publications, research, application of professional expertise, or postgraduate study.
- Should demonstrate reasonable concern for student welfare in areas beyond the academic.
- Collegiality in the candidate shall be defined as cooperation with and respect for colleagues even when there is basis for debate.
Monday, February 25, 2013
|David's Story cover|
- What does David do to the hit list he finds?
- What happens during Dulcie's nightly visitations?
- What does the narrator practice doing at malls?
- Who is Ouma Ragel's father?
- What industry does Thomas try to hire David to join?
- Why does David delve so deeply into Le Fleur/Griqua research?
- Why does the narrator abandon the narrative?
Saturday, February 23, 2013
|Virginia Tech Graduate Center|
Next Friday, March 1st, at 5:00 p.m., in HHH 222 are the time and place for answers.
Representatives from the Virginia Tech Graduate School will be in Halpin-Harrison Hall, room 222, next Friday, March 1, at 5:00 p.m., to answer your questions about graduate school over free pizza. Click here for a list of Tech's graduate programs. SU faculty will also be on hand to answer any other questions.
All SU students from any major and any academic level are invited. Questions? Email Dr. Michelle Brown at email@example.com or visit me in Henkel 218.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Here's McIntosh's list, with thanks to Danielle for supplying it. Let's continue this conversation. In the meantime, take note of McIntosh's list. How many items of privilege do you carry around without even thinking about them?
Video poem by DeDe Hunt
Trailer for the film Black Venus, about Ms. Baartman
How does gaining a better understanding of Sara Baartman through these clips enhance our understanding of gender- and race-based themes in Zoe Wicomb's novel David's Story?
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
How do these clips from the film Witness to Apartheid inform your reading of Zoe Wicomb's David's Story? Submit a 2 paragraph comment to this post by midnight, February 20.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
|Dr. Elizabeth Colton|
Photo: American Committee
on Foreign Relations
Dr. Elizabeth Colton will speak on Thursday, February 21 at 4:00 p.m. in the Byrd Board Room. She will also speak during Dr. Gina Daddario's 2:00 class in HHH 107, which is open to anyone on campus.
Dr. Colton's talk is titled "Diplomacy and the Media: At Home in the World's Hot-Spots."
Dr. Colton taught at the Department of Mass Communication at Shenandoah in the 1990s. She left in 2000 and joined the Foreign Service where she worked as an Officer and Spokesperson at the American Embassy in Riyadh, Algiers, Khartoum, Baghdad and Islamabad.
Before the Foreign Service and Shenandoah, she worked for ABC News, NPR, NBC News, etc. Finally, remember those Iraqi soldiers in the Gulf War who surrendered to a journalist? She was that journalist.
This talk will be of especial interest to students with an interest in international politics, journalism, and the Foreign Service.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
|Leslie Marmon Silko|
Assignment: In a two- to three-paragraph comment to this post, answer this prompt: in Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, Betonie says, "White people are only tools that witchery manipulates; and I tell you, we can deal with white people. . . . because we invented white people" (122). What does Betonie mean by "witchery"? What does he mean by the claim "we invented white people"? Finally, what is the nature of Betonie's relationship with Tayo?
You will begin work on this very short essay in class today; you may finish at any time prior to the deadline posted below. Use standard English. Cite textual evidence from Silko's novel. Remember: summarize or paraphrase most evidence and quote only when the exact phrasing is unique or especially important. Your comment may respond to previous comments as long as it otherwise fulfills these assignment criteria. Citation includes in-text citation and a list of Works Cited. See the citation link on this blog for instructions. In order to post a comment here, you must have an online account compatible with Blogspot. You may use either an existing online account, like your SU Gmail account, or set up a new one expressly for online work in this class. You may use whatever online moniker you prefer (barring the offensive) as long as your posts include your name. After the semester is over and final grades issued, you are free to disable any online account you used for this class. This assignment counts as one participation grade and is due by midnight on 1/29/13.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Shenandoah Languages" Facebook page on which she posts announcements and links to articles and videos pertinent to literature and language study. I hope you'll take a look!