Kyle Larkin served in the US Army Infantry and was deployed to Iraq during
2004 and 2005. He recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin--La
Crosse, double majoring in Literature and Philosophy, and is writing a
novel about the Iraq War. His essay "Convoy" appears in the recent issue of Tikkun, and is available here:
The next three Capstone
Colloquia featuring presentations by Rhetoric & Writing and Literature Majors will take place this week. A
brief question-and-answer period follows each presentation. Light refreshments
will be served. Please drop in for
any or all of the presentations and encourage your students to attend.
May 7th(259 Cartwright)
Rhetoric and Writing Capstone
Olivia Allen: “Like us on Facebook. A look at Social Media in
Rose Davey: “Growing Pains: Capitalism and the Commerce of Hurt”
Michael Gibson: “Redundancy, Mediocrity, and Merit in Online
Xiaoqi Wu: “Do Translators need to be Creative?”
Caleb Brown: “Missing the Meaning”
Megan Couch: “The Growing Implications of Social Media in Student Administrative Affairs”
Melissa Holen: “Affirmative Action:
A Progressive Initiative or An Outdated Program?”
Mitch Marty: “Control of Cultural Objects in the Digital
Literature Capstone Colloquium:
Ashley Dillard: “Questioning
the Boundaries of Humanity: Gender and Species in Chaucer's ‘Parliament of
Amber Griffin: “Crime
and Punishment’s Ambiguities through a Sociological Lens”
Phillip Hernandez: “Crash: A Linguistic
Analysis of the Impact of Race on Language”
Rachael Hillegass: “Food
as a Means of Feminine Resistance in Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar”
Patrick Lee: “Decentering
Ellison and Eliot: Implications of Intertextuality”
Ryan O'Grady: “The
Heritage of Spanish, the Importance of English, and the Language of
Assimilation: A Study of Spanglish and its Role in
Benjamin Alire Sáez's Sammy & Juliana
Sarah Pedretti: “Nature and Human Relations: William Wordsworth’s The
Prelude through Humanist, Post-Humanist, and Christian Stewardship
Teresa Turner: “The
Transition of Fairy Tales from Then to Now”
Andrew Wolcott: “Blood
in the Gutters: Trauma and Time in Spiegelman's Maus”
Rhetoric and Writing Capstone
Elizabeth Bowman: “The Emergence of Digital Art:
Breaking New Ground and Dissociating the Human”
Natalie Goodman:”(De)constructing the Gender Binary”
David Briggs: “The Compensation of Independence: How Digital
Media and Direct Sales Are Finally Making Creativity Both Popular and Practical”
Xi Ming Yu: “Crisis on Public Transportation: Analyses and
Rebecca Franzel: “Voices Behind the Screen: Social Change Through
Anonymity or Pseudonymity in the Digital Age”
Emily Jones: “Technical Communication and Perceptions on
Lindsey Casto: “Choosing your Words Wisely: Rhetorical Ethics in
Technical and Professional Writing”
Amanda Specktor: “The Value of the Arts and Arts Education”
Nicole Meulemans: “Language Revolution through Digital Technology”
Ticket is a literary journal
produced annually by students enrolled in ENG 320, featuring poetry, creative
writing and artwork from gifted minds across the country. Come join us in
celebrating the release of volume 16! There will be short fiction and poetry
readings from local authors published in this year's issue, as well as free
Over the next two weeks, the English Department
will hold four Capstone Colloquia for Majors in Literature and Rhetoric &
Writing. The Colloquia presentations are for ENG 484 and ENG 413. In the
first Colloquium, on Wednesday, May 1st in 3214 Centennial Hall, eight English majors from
ENG 484 will present their Literature Capstone projects.
following students will present papers in the first Colloquium:
May 1, 8:45-10:40am(3214 Centennial Hall)
Erin Anglin: "The Language
of Privilege in Charles Chestnutt's The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure
Jacob Brunclik: "Joyce's
Gabriel Conroy and the Struggle Against Colonial Social Binaries in Early
Twentieth Century Ireland"
Elizabeth Chavalas: "'All of
Russia is our orchard': New Historicism and Anton Chekhov's The Cherry
Amanda Janikowski: "'We were irreconcilably
other': Questioning Disability and Identity in Adolescent Literature"
Dillon Mader: "New
Materialism in Robinson Crusoe, Homo Economicus: An Application of Thing
Theory, Vibrant Matter, and Alien Phenomenology"
Steven Prihoda: "Shouting into
a Hole in the Wall: Etgar Keret, Magical Realism, and Language"
Kallie Schell: "The
Poisonwood Bible: A Microcosm of Colonialism of the Congo"
Samuel Slater: "Drowning in Dionysian Thirst: The Self-Destruction of
Gustav von Aschenbach"
brief question-and-answer period follows each presentation. Light refreshments
will be served. Please drop in for any or all of the presentations and
encourage your students to attend.
the week of May 5th, there will be two Rhetoric & Writing
Colloquia, as well as a second Literature Capstone Colloquium. A second announcement
with students’ names and paper titles will be posted next week. In the meantime, here are the dates and
times of the second week of colloquia:
The Rhetoric & Writing Colloquia: 259
May 7th : 9:00-10:30am and 11:00-12:30pm
May 9th : 9:00-10:30am and 11:00-12:30pm
Colloquium: 3214 Centennial Hall
A Presentation of the
English Department's William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series.
Dr. Karen Hart, English Department faculty member, will
conclude the English Department's 2012-2013 William J. and Yvonne Hyde
Colloquium Series with a presentation entitled "The Ethos of
Monstrous Love and 'Becoming Woman' in Robert Musil’s Man Without Qualities." Dr.
Hart's research investigates the ethical potential of what Gilles Deleuze calls
"becoming woman" as it plays out through Robert Musil’s
quasi-incestuous siblings Agathe and Ulrich. She will specifically
consider how "becoming woman" transforms and challenges a life
negating "'master consciousness"' In
this context, "master consciousness" signifies a hegemonic mode of
thought that forces the complexities of life into hierarchies such as male and
female, and thought and feeling, for the purpose of mastering both nature and
people. Metamorphosis out
of this type of consciousness is at the base of Musil’s ethical guide for
behavior. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, May
3rd, 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.
UW-La Crosse English Professor William Barillas has been selected to receive the 2013 MidAmerica Award from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature (SSML). Barillas will receive the award during the society’s annual symposium May 9-11 at Michigan State University. The award for distinguished contributions to the study of Midwestern literature, presented annually since 1977, recognizes a body — rather than a single book or essay — of criticism or scholarship.
Barillas is the author of The Midwestern Pastoral: Place and Landscape in Literature of the American Heartland (2006), which won the Midwestern Studies Book Award from SSML and was designated an Outstanding Academic Title in Language and Literature by Choice magazine. He has also published many scholarly articles about Midwestern and Latino/Latina literatures, as well as creative nonfiction and poetry. He serves on the editorial boards of the peer-review journal MidAmerica and the forthcoming Dictionary of Midwestern Literature, Volume Two.
Celia Groff and Kaitlindh Moubry remember age 22 well. Armed with degrees in English literature and classical humanities, respectively, they didn’t know the extent of their career possibilities.
The two came to a UW-La Crosse technical writing class to share the future they found in the not-so-familiar field of technical writing. Both work at Epic, a Verona-based company that develops and installs health care software. The company has grown significantly in the last 12 years and now employs nearly 120 technical writers.
“Being able to write well is not a common skill these days,” notes Groff. “We wanted to let students know Epic is a potential career path because we want to attract good colleagues.”
Epic employees visited English Professor Marie Moeller’s technical writing class twice during spring semester. They focused on project management, effective communication and the importance of working with and connecting to clients.
On Friday, April 26th, 2013, the UW-L English Department will host the second annual UW-L College Writing I Symposium. UW-L students currently enrolled in our ENG 110 and 112 (College Writing I) courses will present original papers on a wide variety of research topics.
There will be multiple hour-long paper sessions that will begin at 9:00 am, 10:30 am, and 1:00 pm. Please come to the registration and welcome room in the Hall of Nations, Centennial Hall, and join us for one, two, or all three sessions. Together, we will celebrate the work of our College Writing I students. If you have questions, contact Dr. Darci Thoune, Freshman Writing Program Coordinator, at email@example.com or 608-785-6921.
The English Department
is sponsoring a pair of presentations on Science and Chinese Buddhism
at 4:30 in 3212 Centennial Hall.
Master Xianqi "The Scientific
Spirit in the Development of Chinese Buddhism"
Ven. Xianqi, PhD, is a
member of the Management Committee of Beijing Longquan Monastery, in charge of
the Charity Dept. (Beijing Ren Ai Charity Foundation), the Culture Dept., Voice
of Longquan website, Beijing Great Sinology Foundation, and the Cartoon and
Master Xianwei “The Dialogue Between
Buddhism and Science”
Ven. Xianwei, MA and
ABD, is Secretary to the Management Committee of Beijing Longquan Monastery.
A Presentation of the English Department's
William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series.
Dr. Ryan Friesen,
English Department faculty member, will continue the English Department's
2012-2013 William J. and Yvonne Hyde Colloquium Series with a presentation
entitled "'A consummation devoutly to be wished': Observations on
sleep and dreams in Agrippa's philosophy, Shakespeare's plays, and Lovecraft's
horror." Today, when we ask "Why did I dream that?"
we likely mean "What does it say about me that my brain authored that
dream?" However, in the early modern works Dr. Friesen will examine,
characters asking "Why did I dream that?" are more likely to mean
that dream end up in my
head? Where, outside of me, did it come from, and why?" Comparing the
insights of twentieth and twenty-first century science to the early modern
understanding of sleep and dreaming in order to better comprehend this
biological "constant," Dr. Friesen will focus on dreams described in literature as
mundane, non-mystical, non-prophetic experiences related to the inner life of
the dreamer. These dreams, having originated within the dreamer, provide the
closest functional overlap with our time period's perspectives on the dreaming
phenomena. The presentation runs from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19th,
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.