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 email@example.com or call 785-8295.
On Thursday, May 8th, graduating English majors with a Rhetoric and Writing emphasis will present their senior capstone projects. The presentations will be held in 259 Cartwright. They are free and open to the public and everyone is welcome to attend. To arrange for disability accommodations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-8295.
1:00-2:30 Casey Seneczko -- Communication Competence and Patriotism Abroad. Meiyi Liu -- Rhetorical Choices in Online Shopping Yandan Liu -- How to Create an Effective Video for Academic Program Marketing Leighann Emo -- The Problem with Social Media Marketing Emily Pyrek -- Sensationalism in Journalism
3:00-4:30 Sarah Lechner -- Is Today's Popular Literature Post-Feminist? Mariah Maras -- Post-College Hypomnesis and Anamnesis in the Construction of the Digital Self Hannah Kepros -- Depictions of College Life in Film Shelby Phillips -- Small Community Reactions to Large-Scale Art Projects Philippe Meister -- A Discourse Analysis of Diversity Statements in Higher Education
5:00-6:30 Nicholas Covaleski -- Resuscitation of Meaning: History, Genre and Semiotics Qucheng Deng -- Web Design for Global Audiences Matthew Otto -- The Editor's Influence in the Digital Age Melissa Koch -- Women in Sports Media Dana Chellman -- Constructing Identity in Neil Gaiman's "Sandman"
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.
Can you write a short story given only five minutes and three words? Anyone interested in the challenge can participate in the UW-L English Club’s Flash Fiction Face-off from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at 337 Cartwright Center.
Participants will be given five minutes and three words to write one short story. The stories will be typed on a computer that is connected to a projector screen so audience members can watch the writing in progress.
The Stories will be judged by professors from the English Department, with the best and most creative stories winning prizes from Gaming Generations, Pearl Street Books, Culvers, Toppers, The Root Note, and more. Those interested in competing can email the English Club at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We only have space for about 15 contestants, so register soon. Walk-ins, space permitting, are welcome as well.
Even if you don't feel up to competing, feel free to stop by and enjoy the action while munching on some free snacks! The event is free for both participants and audience members.
The Catalyst, Steam Ticket, and the UW-L Creative Writing program will host a reading / open mic on Wednesday evening, April 30th, at 8:30 PM at The Root Note. We'll start the evening with a handful of featured readers--current students and recent grads, Tegan Daly, Luke Brekke, Carly Frerichs, Stella Nathan, Dave Briggs, and Jason Crider--who will each read a short selection of work, and then at about 9:30, we'll open the mic for the remainder of the night. The event is free of charge.
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 email@example.com or call 785-8295.