Set in one of the nation’s most highly segregated cities — Milwaukee, Wisconsin — Meet Me Halfway tells stories of connections in a community with a tumultuous and divided past. In nine stories told from diverse perspectives, Jennifer Morales captures a Rust Belt city’s struggle to establish a common ground and a collective vision of the future.
Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 Public Reading: 6 p.m. | 141 Wimberly Hall Literary Craft Discussion: 3:55-5:20 p.m. | 326 Wimberly Hall
Sponsored by the UWL Department of English, with assistance from the Department of Ethnic and Racial Studies and the Institute for Social Justice.
Here is the schedule for next week's linguistics symposium, which features student presentations from ENG 332 ("Modern English Grammars" - Mann), ENG 334 ("Language Study for Teachers" - Crank), ENG 338 ("Linguistics and Literature" - Mann), and MLG 340 ("The Study of Language" - Linville).
All presentations will take place in the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall.
Feel free to stop by whenever you can to support linguistic research at UW-L and to see all of the phenomenal work that our students are doing.
Fall 2015 Linguistics Symposium
Monday, November 16
12:10-12:20 Dani Weber (ENG 332) 12:20-12:30 Paige Edwards (ENG 338) 12:30-12:40 Alex Johnson (ENG 332) 12:40-12:50 Ellie Brown (ENG 338)
1:10-1:20 Alex Achammer (ENG 334) 1:20-1:30 Breanna Lindemuth and Saba Zaman (ENG 334) 1:30-1:40 Maleah Mumm (ENG 334) 1:40-1:50 Emily Mootz (ENG 334)
2:10-2:20 Jennifer Glaze (ENG 334) 2:20-2:30 Riley Hornickle (ENG 334) 2:30-2:40 A.J. Day (ENG 334) 2:40-2:50 Jennifer Michalke (ENG 334)
3:00-3:10 Jacena Moua (ENG 334) 3:10-3:20 Yi Huang (ENG 334) 3:20-3:30 Alex Bahr (ENG 332) 3:30-3:40 Alyssa Braun (ENG 332)
The English Department's William and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series will offer its monthly presentation on Friday, Nov. 20. Representatives of the English Department's Composition Committee, including Darci Thoune, Virginia Crank, and Sara Heaser, will present "Working with Multilingual Writers: A Film Screening and Workshop." Starting at 2:15, they will show the film "Writing Across Borders" and then lead a panel discussion on best practices for working with multilingual writers. The presentation will focus on contrastive rhetoric, theories of linguistic appropriation, and practical advice for prioritizing response to student writing. The presentation will be in Wimberly 113, and all members of the UWL and La Crosse community are welcome. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
In telling the story of his own accidental “coming of age,” English professor Bradley Butterfield’s fictitious narrator “Bradley Butterfield” tells the stories of a whole cast of lovable, if fallible, characters from his childhood and of the Denver he grew up in from the dawn of disco to the Reagan era. Idiot Boys is a relentlessly funny, heartbreakingly sad, and ultimately philosophical look at the particular idiocy of boys and the universal stupidity of man. Each chapter, or “Exhibit,” represents a rough archetype of idiot boy behavior and a stage in young Butterfield’s quixotic quest to figure himself out and become the hero of his own movie.Butterfield’s narration meanders between every phase of his youth, from pre-school to his first semester in college, but there turns out to be a method in this seeming madness as it builds to a gut-wrenching climax involving repressed memories surrounding his mother’s death and the inevitable dissolution of those childhood friendships he thought would last forever.
Dr. David Hart will present his research titled “Beyond the Story Within the Story: A Case Study of the Art of Narrative Design” on Friday, September 23, 2:30-3:30 p.m., in Wimberly 113.
The question of how narrative accomplishes various meanings, and sometimes leaves a reader with ambiguous conclusions about a story’s meaning, provides the root of my inquiry. Tales that invoke conventional “frame narratives” may include a typical “story within a story” with an “outer frame” that is granted authoritative status over an “inner frame.” Yet what happens when there are multiple frames competing for authoritative attention? This critical inquiry focuses on why readers choose to privilege one narrative frame of reference over another.
This case study focuses on Robert Antoni’s historical fiction As Flies to Whatless Boys. The multi-framed organizational structure of this novel begs the questions, which frame should a reader privilege, and how and why does privileging occur? Does one narrative frame serve as an ultimate reference point for the others? This discussion attempts to answer these questions through the lens of narratology. A narratological approach leads to a rationale for the cognitive mapping of the novel based on narrative frame privileging. The outcome of this case study results in a narrative map that shows the cognitive ordering of meaning in Antoni’s storyworld that may be applicable to other texts. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 608-785-8295.
The world of science has long been dogged with communication problems, like how to convince the world, for example, that humans really are changing the planet’s climate. Or that we really did evolve slowly over time rather than springing forth suddenly and fully formed. What’s missing, Randy Olson argues in his new book, Houston, We Have a Narrative(University of Chicago Press), is a nuanced understanding of narrative. A deep-seated grasp of and appreciation for narrative, Olson writes, would give scientists the tools to not only argue more persuasively, but produce better work as well.
Mary Baldwin College's online literary magazine is currently accepting submissions for our first annual publication of the year. We accept all areas of work, including digital files such as video-recorded spoken word. Each semester we look for fiction, non-fiction, drama, art, photography and poetry. As professors and department heads, we would greatly appreciate it if you let your undergraduates know about this opportunity to submit their work for publication.
Kicking off the English Department's 2015-2016 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series, English Department faculty member Dr. Rob Wilkie will present "Animated Monsters: Class and the Nonhuman." Contemporary culture has taken a "nonhuman" turn. In the theoretical arguments of writers like Jane Bennett (Vibrant Matter), Timothy Morton (Hyperobjects), and Graham Harman (The Quadruple Object), as well as in the plots of popular films like Godzilla and Avengers: The Age of Ultron, there is a sense that the only way to address the large-scale social and environmental crises caused by humanity is to eliminate the "human," by which is meant not human extinction, but shifting from a human-centered reality to one that more fully recognizes the agency and being of nonhuman objects. Taking this idea as his starting point, Dr. Wilkie will examine some of the core theoretical and class assumptions of the nonhuman turn and will propose instead a more historical and materialist approach to the relations between the human and the nonhuman. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 25th in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public and all are welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or 608-785-8295.
Throughout the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Tex., software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.
Big tech employers are widening their hiring horizons beyond the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering and math. Larry Quinlan, Deloitte’s chief information officer, argues in favor of “STEAM,” in which the A stands for the arts. “It’s not enough to be technologically brilliant,” Quinlan says. “We need senior people who understand business processes, too.”
You can't tell by looking which students at Mount Sinai's school of medicine in New York City were traditional pre-meds as undergraduates and which weren't. And that's exactly the point.
Most of the class majored in biology or chemistry, crammed for the medical college admission test and got flawless grades and scores.
But a growing percentage came through a humanities-oriented program at Mount Sinai known as HuMed. As undergraduates, they majored in things like English or history or medieval studies. And though they got good grades, too, they didn't take the MCAT, because Mount Sinai guaranteed them admission after their sophomore year of college.
Adding students who are steeped in more than just science to the medical school mix is a serious strategy at Mount Sinai.
Dr. David Muller is Mount Sinai's dean for medical education. One wall of his cluttered office is a massive whiteboard covered with to-do tasks and memorable quotations. One quote reads: "Science is the foundation of an excellent medical education, but a well-rounded humanist is best suited to make the most of that education."
The HuMed program dates back to 1987, when Dr. Nathan Kase, who was dean of medical education at the time, wanted to do something about what had become known as pre-med syndrome. Schools across the country were worried that the striving for a straight-A report card and high test scores was actually producing sub-par doctors. Applicants — and, consequently, medical students — were too single-minded.
Kase, according to Muller, "really had a firm belief that you couldn't be a good doctor and a well-rounded doctor — relate to patients and communicate with them — unless you really had a good grounding in the liberal arts."
So Mount Sinai began accepting humanities majors from a handful of top-flight liberal arts schools after their second year of college. These students are expected to continue to follow their nonscientific interests for the remainder of their college careers.