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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 785-8295.
Four student writing awards will be presented this year on behalf of the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony and the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to full-time students attending high school or two- and four-year colleges.
All entrants may submit works of creative nonfiction; college students may also submit works of poetry. Learn about entrance requirements and guidelines for each of these awards on the NCTE website.
Prizes include cash awards of $2,500 and $5,000, and winners receive travel and lodging to attend the Colony's prestigious annual National Award Ceremony in Fall 2014.
** Submissions are due April 30, 2014, noon CST. **
ENTRIES ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY at the four award submission sites listed below: