Heather Vorhies’s Excellent Adventure–Heather Vorhies met President Obama on Friday, January 23. Heather’s husband, James, recently ended seven years of service with the National Security Council, and the White House arranged for a ceremony to recognize James’s years of service. Heather had her photograph taken with President Obama in the Oval Office, and along the way she got to hang out in the Palm Room, sit on some White House furniture, and meet the First Family’s dogs, Sunny and Bo. She also had a brief conversation with the President about her research, to which he replied,“There was a lot of rhetoric in the eighteenth century.”
English Graduate Student Association Conference —The 15th Annual English Graduate Student Association Conference took place last Saturday at the Student Union. The conference was a great success. Our graduate students did an excellent job of organizing this conference, and the quality of the papers presented impressed all of us who attended. This year’s conference attracted graduate students from many universities in addition to UNC Charlotte. Among the other universities represented were Clark University, East Carolina University, George Mason University, Harrison Middleton University, N.C. State University, Old Dominion University, University of Alabama, University of Alaska Anchorage, University of Birmingham, UNC Asheville, and UNC Wilmington. The conference ended with the EGSA’s Professor of the Year presentation. This year the award went to Tony Jackson.
Celebrating Jim McGavran — I am working closely with Deje McGavran, the wife of Jim McGavran, to organize a campus event that we are calling “A Celebration of Jim McGavran.” This celebration will take place on Friday, February 20, from 2:00-4:30 in the Rowe Recital Hall (Rowe 140). The official program will begin at 2:30 to be followed by a reception in the main lobby of Rowe. More details will be made available in the near future.
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:
Henry Doss, the Executive-in-Residence for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a graduate of our English program, recently published a co-authored book titled The Rainforest Scorecard: A Practical Framework for Growing Innovation Potential.
Kirk Melnikoff was given a Cambridge University Press contract for his co-edited collection Booking Christopher Marlowe: Cultures of Performance and Publication. The volume will be published in 2016.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines— Here is a date to keep in mind:
February 10 — The third presentation in this year’s Personally Speaking Series will take place on Tuesday, February 10, at 6:30 at UNC Charlotte Center City. John David Smith will speak about his recent book Lincoln and the U.S. Colored Troops. On March 24, Paula Connolly will give the fourth and final presentation in this year’s Personally Speaking Series. She will speak about her book Slavery in American Children’s Literature, 1790-2010.
Quirky Quiz Question — During her recent visit to the White House, Heather Vorhies met the First Family’s dogs, Sunny and Bo. Sunny and Bo belong to what breed of dogs?Last week’s answer: “The New World”