Graduate Research Symposium — This past Saturday I attended the 2014 Graduate Research Symposium. Two of our graduate students delivered presentations at this event. Laura Erturk gave a presentation titled “The Construction of Race and Identity in the American Stand-up Comedy of George Lopez and Margaret Cho.” Brook Blaylock gave a presentation titled “Now and Then: The Twin Voices of Narrative and Cultural Identification in Nick Lake’s In Darkness.” Both Laura and Brook gave polished and thoughtful presentations. During the awards ceremony at the end of the day, Laura received an award for delivering one of the top presentations in the humanities category. In addition to Laura and Brook, we had a number of other graduate students who served as volunteers throughout the day-long symposium. These students were Traci Cruey, Sarah Davis, Jessica Morton, Erika Romero, and Jennifer Vogt. All of these graduate students impressed me with their high level of engagement and professionalism.
Mary Turner Harper — For those of you who have long-time associations with the English Department, you will remember Dr. Mary Turner Harper. A specialist in African American literature, she taught in our department during the 1970s and ’80s. She is interviewed in this week’s edition of Inside UNC Charlotte. Here is the link: http://inside.uncc.edu/inside-unc-charlotte-looks-legacy-mary-harper-and-herman-thomas
Kudos— As you know, I like to use my Monday Missives to share news about recent accomplishments by members of our department. Here is the latest news:
Lil Brannon received $20,000 grant from the National Writing Project for Preparing Teacher Leaders in the Teaching of Writing. Also, she just returned from the Conference of College Composition and Communication s where she received the Braddock Award and gave a paper titled “Critical Creativity and Rhetorics of the Body Politic.”
Paula Connolly recently learned that her book Slavery in American Children’s Literature has been selected as one of the four books that will be featured during the 2014-2015 Personally Speaking Series. She is scheduled to give her presentation on March 24, 2015.
Juan Meneses presented a paper titled “Futurities of Resistance: Thatcher and Contemporary Neoliberalism in Ian McEwan’s The Child in Time” at the American Comparative Literature Association Conference.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines— Here are some dates to keep in mind:
March 26 — Last day for students to withdraw from a course with the grade of W.
April 3 — Henrietta Goodman will read and discuss her poetry on Thursday, April 3, at 6:00 pm in the English Department Lounge. She is a 1991 graduate of UNC Charlotte’s English Department and is the author of two widely acclaimed books of poetry: Take What You Want (2006) and Hungry Moon (2013).
Quirky Quiz Question — I am looking forward to Henrietta Goodman’s poetry reading on April 3rd. Thinking about this reading, I am reminded that we now have another talented poet in the department who is teaching creative writing courses for us as a part-time faculty member. What is the name of this part-time faculty member?