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.
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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
Dr. Carla Graham, Professor Emerita in the English Department, will bring the English Department's 2013-2014 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series to a conclusion with a presentation entitled "Hopkins, Darwin, and the Scene of the Crime: An Exercise in Creative Noncriticism." Her presentation addresses an old research quandary fueled by her admiration for two Victorian Heroes. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or call 785-8295.
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.
The English Department's 2013-2014 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series continues with a presentation by Henry Shen, visiting scholar sponsored by Dr. Bradley Butterfield. It will explore the system of objects of the protagonist’s kitchen in Don DeLillo’s White Noise. The discussion is approached via the Baudrillardian theory especially as developed in Baudrillard’s The System of Objects. Following the tenet of (post)structuralism, echoing Heideggerian assertion “language speaks us” and the Lyotardian narration theory, Baudrillard delves into how consumer commodities reify subjects, articulating them into the system of objects. The narrations of objects, preluding and wrapping up White Noise, stage narrations by objects which invade and inform the text. The presentation argues that the consumer’s kitchen in White Noise, as a microcosm of the consumer society, is a main venue where consumption, reification and systematization by objects are played out. The kitchen showcases the family relationship being swallowed, broken down by and articulated into the system of consumer objects which features fluidity, ephemerality and fragility. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 11th, 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.
A Presentation of the English Department's William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series.
Dr. Rebekah Fowler, English Department Faculty Member, will continue the English Department's 2013-2014 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series with a presentation entitled "Sansa's Songs: Medieval Romance in A Game of Thrones." This presentation argues that George R. R. Martin's use of the medieval romance genre in A Game of Thrones, the first book of the Song of Ice and Fires series, problematizes the genre's idealized heritage by simultaneously developing engaging characters for whom readers root and expressing life's complications, particularly where life and politics intersect. Martin's work demonstrates how medieval romance inadequately accounts for those complications while also proffering hopefulness for more positive, idealized, and simplified solutions to those complications. Postmodernity, Martin seems to suggest, with all of its disruptions, discontinuities, and gray areas, desires the romance with all of its magic and fictivity, but only if it can be repurposed to better reflect postmodernity's myriad truths. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 28th, in 113 Wimberly Hall. The event is free and open to the public. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact email@example.com or call 785-8295.
On Tuesday, April 1, at 5:30pm, in 1404 Centennial Hall, Dr. Robert Antoni will read and discuss his book As Flies to Whatless Boys (Akashic Books, 2013).
Dr. Antoni, a Trinidadian and Bahamian American, is recognized for his use of vernacular and multi-voiced narratives. Awarded The Commonwealth Book Prize for his first novel Divina Trace, he is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, and teaches at The New School University, NYC.
This event is free and open to the public. For details or special accommodations email Dr. David Hart or call (608)785-8302.
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