Dr. Kate Parker will present "The Marquis de Sade's Communities of Feeling: A (Re)Enlightenment Salon" from 2:30-3:30 p.m., Friday Feb. 19, in Wimberly 113.
Given how our understanding of the philosophy and literature of the eighteenth century has radically shifted over the course of the past few decades—carving open a unified “Enlightenment” to see how it pieces together pure rationality with raw sentiment, how it emphasizes the communal as well as the alienation of the individual—this presentation on the Marquis de Sade will sketch a different, more nuanced, and in some ways significantly less radical Sade, one who finds resonance with eighteenth-century discourses of sentimentality and feeling as well as those of rationality and radical alienation. Together we'll uncover a Sade who strives to connect as much as he aims to estrange, who is as much defined by the communities of beings and things that he constructs in his texts as he is by the “cold and cruel” libertines who sit, all-consuming, at their center. Indeed, just as Sade might once have been said to be the extreme embodiment of Enlightenment principles—Enlightenment ideals gone too far, so to speak—so too does he nestle himself within its most treasured and traditional narratives: narratives of sociability and rational feeling. All are welcome to attend!
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.
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.
The English Department's Rhetoric and Writing Emphasis Capstone Presentations will be Tuesday, May 5, and Thursday, May 7, in 332 Cartwright Center and features Rhetoric and Writing emphasis majors:
Tuesday, May 5
Martha Nedeau-Owen - "Gendered Rhetoric in Inaugural Addresses" Christian Velguth - "I, Shepard: Individualism in Modern Sci-Fi" Mikaela Kornowski - "Health Care Rhetoric and Literacy: Racial Reform in the United States" Jarrett Taivalkoski - "Escape! A Look at What Draws Us to Worlds of Fantasy"
Chuying Liang - "The Semiology of Watching English: From Grammar Translation Method to Semiotic Approach in Teaching English as Second Language" Chelsea Dolan - "'Breaking Up is Hard to Do': The Trivialization of University Mental Health Resources" Louie Schuth - "Will the Real Paul Walker Please Stand Up?: The Groundbreaking Digital Realism of Furious Seven " Zeyao Wu - "Having consciousness of cultural differences in cross-cultural collaborative study" Jingjing Fang - "Culture, Language, and Translation Principles"
Ying Li - "Website Design on a Global View: Pizza Hut" Storm Larson - "Paradigm of Oppression: The (Socially) Constructive Nature of Coming Out" Jordan Batchelor - " Mother of Writing : A rhetorical approach to the Pahawh Hmong messianic script"
Thursday, May 7
Madeline Marquardt - "UW-L 400 - A Rhetorical Analysis of Recent College Graduates" Yi Wei - "Translation Using: Should Translation Be Literal or Spiritual?" Jingyu Liang - "Media and the Rhetoric of Body Perfection" Erin Jahns - "Diet in America: How our Culture Perpetuates an Obsession with Food"
Emily Schulz - "The F Word: Communicating the Need for Feminism in a Postfeminist Era" Crystal Oravis - "Freedom of Speech: Social Media Policies in the Workplace" Mark Springborn - "Space Exploration: The Manifest Destiny of Mankind" Virginia Wightman - "Second Language Acquisition and S#!t: a Look at the Value of Swearing in SLA Environments"
Kyle Stokes - "Culture and Public Participation in the Information Age" Shiyang Chen - "When We Are a Part of 'We:' A Discourse Analysis of Hong Kong and Mainland China" Samantha Sanders - "We Followed the Song" Dani Weber - "The Value of Creative Writing MFA Programs"
Anna Nachreiner - "Male Hair: Beards and Masculinity" Katie TerBeest - "Undercover Salespeople: The Ethics Behind Viral Marketing " Yi Huang - "The Value of TESOL" William Ricioppo - "Deploying Ethics on the Modern Day Battlefield: The New Face of Private Military Contracting"