Writing And Social Justice: A Performance and Talk by Sean Thomas Dougherty
10/29/14, 7:00 PM
Wimberly Hall, Room 102
Craft talk on prose poetry: 5:30 PM, Wimberly 117
Late night set: The Root Note, 10:00 PM
For three decades, Sean Thomas Dougherty has created a powerfully inclusive, demanding American art in the tradition of jazz, Walt Whitman, and American gospel. His poems and stories connect American life from the street to the symphony, chronicling passion, loss, work, and commitment. Raised in a working class, multi-racial family, Dougherty’s work stays true to his roots, calling on vital traditions in its constant effort to rise. Join Dougherty for a performative talk on language, art and social justice, featuring works from his highly acclaimed retrospective, All You Ask for Is Longing: New and Selected Poems. This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the UWL English Department.
“These soul-infused, deftly crafted stanzas pulse with the rhythms of a poet who lives his life out loud. Sean Thomas Dougherty has always shunned convention in favor of his fresher landscapes—and this book will be the one that stamps his defiant signature on the canon.”
"There is a remarkable range of references here, from Edith Piaf to Biggie Smalls, from Jackson Pollock to Killer Kowalski. Above all, however, there is empathy, that essential element of poetry and humanity, for a dying grandfather, for the insomniacs of the city, for all the forgotten histories the poet cannot forget. To him I say: Keep singing."—Martín Espada
Dr. Haixia Lan will initiate the English Department's 2014-2015 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series with a presentation entitled "Rhetorics, Truths, and Writings Cross Cultures." What is the function or goal of rhetoric? Does it negate truth? Or, is the rhetorical art merely a conduit, a tool that is completely neutral? Any effort to compare and contrast rhetorical activities cross-culturally compels us to reflect upon these questions regarding why we have rhetoric as well as which rhetoric we are comparing and contrasting. In this presentation, Dr. Lan argues that Aristotle and Laozi see rhetoric as both constructing and discovering truths as we know truths. Given that their views of truths bear similarities and differences, their thinking has shaped writing traditions that both compare and contrast. Through this discussion, Dr. Lan will show also that understanding rhetorical differences among cultures depends, to an important extent, on our sensitivity to the differences within each culture that is under comparison. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, September 26th, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-8295.
We hope you can stop by the English Club Social this Friday. We will be holding our food and games social at theWings Pavilion from 4-6pm this Friday. (However the 4th floor lounge is still our rain location, so if the weather doesn't cooperate, you can find us there.)
The College of Liberal Studies will honor top students, faculty and staff during its annual “An Evening of Excellence” Tuesday, April 29. A reception begins at 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts lobby, followed by an awards ceremony at 6:30 p.m., in Toland Theatre. The Departments of Music and Theatre Arts will provide entertainment and the Graduating Seniors Art Show will be on exhibition at the University Art Gallery. All are welcome to support friends and colleagues being honored.
Those being recognized include:
Instructional Academic Staff Recognition of Excellence Award
• Bruce Handtke, English
Faculty Recognition of Excellence Awards
• Marie Moeller, English
John E. Magerus Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior
• Karin Johnson who will triple major in public administration, political science and English rhetoric in May, Bloomington, Minn.
Undergraduate Student Excellence
• Rose Davey, Department of English, Lone Rock
• Crystal Kelleher, Department of English, Richland Center
The English Department is invited to a screening of Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Labor
Sponsored by the IAS Committee
Con Job: Stories of Adjunct and Contingent Labor describes and makes visible the pedagogical, economic, and ethical costs of higher education’s growing reliance on adjunct and contingent faculty. Armed with a borrowed video camera, Megan Fulwiler and Jennifer Marlow, two teachers of composition, set out to record the voices of faculty who are often invisible in and marginalized by the institutions where they teach.
Con Job features interviews with contingent faculty from across the nation, as well as with labor activists and leading figures in the field of Composition and Rhetoric. Ultimately, the film calls on the field of Composition to use its collective rhetorical strength to challenge the current state of exploitative labor practices in writing instruction.