Friday, October 30, 2009
The Sigma Tau Delta English Studies Conference is held each fall and spring semester to showcase the writing of WMU students, giving them the opportunity to present their work to an audience in a professional setting. This entirely student-run conference is Sigma Tau Delta’s signature campus event. Participation is open to all WMU students; more than 30 WMU students will present their original creative, scholarly, and critical work at the Fall 2009 conference.
Alpha Nu Pi, the WMU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, was established in March 2006 with 46 charter members and has since grown to 190 active and alumni members, including 39 new members inducted on October 25, 2009. Alpha Nu Pi has twice been recognized as an Outstanding Chapter by the national organization, which describes the WMU chapter as "one of the most active, vital chapters in the country."
Please visit the Sigma Tau Delta website for more information about the Fall 2009 English Studies Conference, including the full program of events.
Students scheduled to present at the Fall 2009 English Studies Conference:
Please, winner of a 2009 American Book Award, is currently in its third printing. -- "Jericho Brown and Salvatore Scibona Among Whiting Award Winners" on the Poets & Writers website.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Friday, Nov. 6. 6:30 p.m. / Reading followed by Q&A
Kazoo Books II on Parkview
William Olsen is the author of four collections of poetry, The Hand of God and a Few Bright Flowers, Vision of a Storm Cloud, Trouble Lights, and Avenue of Vanishing (TriQuarterly, 2007). He is co-editor, with Sharon Bryan, of Planet on the Table: Poets on the Reading Life (Sarabande, 2003). His awards include a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and poetry awards from Poetry Northwest and Crazyhorse. His poems and essays have appeared in The New Republic, Chicago Review, Paris Review, Southern Review, TriQuarterly, New American Poets of the Nineties, The New Breadloaf Anthology of Contemporary Poetry, and many other magazines and anthologies. He teaches at Western Michigan University and the MFA Program at Vermont College.
L. S. Klatt graduated with a PhD from the University of Georgia in 2003 and currently teaches in the English Department at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His first book, Interloper, won the 2008 Juniper Prize and was published by the University of Massachusetts Press in April of this year. His poems have appeared in several literary magazines, including Boston Review, Colorado Review, New Orleans Review, Field, Denver Quarterly, Bellingham Review, Columbia Poetry Review, Chicago Review, Iowa Review, and Verse.
Interloper, winner of the 2008 Juniper Prize:
“. . . The book is a field guide for any mind exercising to learn unknown transfers and connecting combinations.” —Dara Wier
Kazoo Books II
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Steve Feffer's new play, "My Brother, the School Shooter," a short play inspired by the Pearl Jam song "Jeremy" is currently running as part of Ruckus Theatre's Tell It & Speak It & Think It & Breathe It project. Feffer's play tells the story of a young woman who confronts her North Shore Chicago parents about leaving home following her brother's attempt at shooting-up the high school they had previously attended together. The title of the play comes from the college admission's essay the girl, the school's valedictorian, grimly imagines herself writing.
A compilation of short “pl-ongs” or “s-lays” by theater artists from Chicago, New York, California and Michigan, Tell It… includes work my nine playwrights making their Chicago debuts and four playwrights making their world debuts. Over the course of the evening, audiences will experience work inspired by The Breeders, Johnny Cash, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, The Cure, Depeche Mode, Bob Dylan, The Flaming Lips, Fleet Foxes, Paris Hilton, Hot Chip, Joni Mitchell, Neutral Milk Hotel, The New Pornographers, Yoko Ono, Parliament, Peaches, Pearl Jam, John Rutter, Paul Simon, Sir Mix-a-Lot, Cat Stevens, System of a Down, The White Stripes and Thom Yorke.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
E-mail Professor Katrovas at firstname.lastname@example.org using the following format:
In the “subject” write your name, the degree you’re seeking, and your primary genre. For example: Joe Blow PhD fiction.
In the body of the e-mail, tell Professor Katrovas how long, approximately, you have until graduation and who will likely serve as the director of your thesis or dissertation committee. Then, in two or three sentences, tell him why you want to be a TA in the Prague Summer Program.
At least one non-creative-writing graduate student will serve as a TA for their afternoon classes. If you are applying as a scholar, in the “subject” box write your name, the degree you’re seeking, then “scholar.” In the body of the e-mail proceed as described above.
Individuals who have served as TAs in the past may re-apply, though it is Professor Katrovas' goal to have everyone who wishes to serve be offered at least one opportunity.
One or two TA positions have already been determined; they hope to fill a total of nine.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
This is a significant induction because we are celebrating our first class of inductees whose lifetime memberships are free of charge to the students. The fee to join Sigma Tau Delta is $50, but thanks to initial funding from the College of Arts and Sciences and donations from faculty and staff that have already started to come into the Sigma Tau Delta Fund at the WMU Foundation, the Fall 2009 inductees are able to accept the honor they have earned by qualifying for membership in Sigma Tau Delta, now without the financial obligation that unfortunately discouraged some deserving applicants in years past. We hope this is the beginning of a new, permanent tradition of free membership.
This induction is also significant because the Fall 2009 class of inductees is among the largest in our chapter's history, second only to the March 2006 induction of our founding members, when 46 charter members became the first WMU Sigma Tau Deltas.
Thirty-nine students, undergraduate as well as graduate, will join us this semester, bringing our total membership to 190 active and alumni members. Not bad for a chapter whose charter is not quite four years old.
Please scroll down for a list of our 39 new Fall 2009 inductees. And for those who have given to the Sigma Tau Delta Membership Fund, please accept the sincere thanks of the Alpha Nu Pi chapter. For those who would still like to give, you may visit http://www.wmich.edu/foundation/gift to donate online (please designate your gift to the Department of English -- Sigma Tau Delta) or return your WMU Foundation contribution form with your donation or payroll deduction election. (Extra forms are available from Lisa Minnick.)
The Fall 2009 WMU Sigma Tau Delta Inductees:
Monday, October 19, 2009
The journal seeks three exceptional students to participate in the journal’s production for a semester term. The students will gain valuable, hands-on publishing experience and exposure to advanced academic writing.
Interns will meet with an editor once a week and attend editorial meetings. Responsibilities include reading essay contributions, fact checking, researching humanities databases, and assisting with editing and correspondence.
All undergraduate English majors are encouraged to apply. The internship will be helpful especially for students pursuing careers in publishing and/or who wish to attend graduate school. The internship will serve as an elective toward the English major. For students majoring in Practical Writing, the internship can substitute for 3620, “Readings in Creative Nonfiction,” or 3700, “Writing Creative Nonfiction.” Contact email@example.com for more information.
Application forms will be placed in faculty mailboxes this week. Professors, please help spread the words to our students!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
For more information on migrant education or on Dr. Moreno's book, contact Karen Vocke.
WMU students plan Family Literacy Night at El Sol Elementary School
October 8, 2009
Kalamazoo – Students from Western Michigan University are teaming up with educators at El Sol Elementary School to present a Family Literacy Night.
“We are hoping to focus on literacy as a skill that is developed and enjoyed throughout life,” said Dr. Paul Babladelis, principal at El Sol. “We want parents and children to value literacy together, read together, and understand the joys and advantages literacy provides.”
El Sol Elementary is dedicated to bilingual education using a two-way immersion program: all students receive half of their instruction in English and the other half in Spanish.
Students from WMU’s English course, Language and Literacy in the Multilingual Classroom, have been planning the Family Literacy Night from top to bottom. The class is led by Dr. Karen Vocke.
“This is an unparalleled opportunity for our pre-intern teachers to work with students at a variety of levels: teaching, interaction with families, and lesson planning,” Vocke said. “They also gain experience in knowing how to organize family literacy events, a key skill for any teacher.”
The WMU students will put their knowledge of diversity, language, and literacy into practice as they assist the families during the event. Some of the activities planned include poetry writing, storytelling, and mural drawing. All of the families will get to keep a book of their choosing in order to encourage literacy in the home.
A second Family Literacy Night is planned for later in the semester.
For more information:
Dr. Karen Vocke
Dr. Paul Babladelis337-0230
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Please RSVP if you are interested by contacting Sunil Joy at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 785.841.2680 with your name, phone #, email address and school. DART is now accepting applications for the 2010 DART Organizers Institute, the paid, four-month field school for people interested in launching a career in community organizing. Participants will undergo a combined classroom and field training covering such topics as:
• Entering a community
• Identifying and training local leaders
• Strategic planning and issue cutting
• Relationship and community building
• Direct Action on community issues
The DART Center, has built coalitions throughout the country that have won important victories on a broad set of justice issues including:
• Education reform in low-performing public schools
• Job Training
• Drugs and Violence
• Criminal Recidivism
• Living Wage
• Neighborhood Revitalization
• Predatory Lending
• Affordable Housing, etc.
The DART Organizers Institute combines a 7-day classroom orientation with 15 weeks of infield training at a DART host organization. This is a paid training program that includes: a $7,000 living stipend, transportation to the classroom orientation and host city, and mileage reimbursement during the infield training. Room, board, and tuition will also be paid by DART during the 7-day classroom training. After successful completion of the program, DART will work to place graduates into permanent full time salaried positions ranging from ($30-33,000/year for Associate Organizers and $32-37,000 for Lead Organizers starting salary + health & benefits).
Graduates from the four month DART Organizers Institute have gone onto accept Executive Director and Associate Community Organizing positions throughout the country. The 7-day classroom orientation and 15-week infield training starts July 2010. Training locations will include placements in several states around the country. Although it may be helpful, no direct experience is necessary. Organizer Trainees (OTs) hired to participate in the DART Organizers Institute must demonstrate a desire to pursue community organizing as a long-term professional career. A master's degree or similar life experience is preferred though unnecessary. Candidates must have a college degree or be graduating prior to July 2010. Also, candidates must display a workmanlike diligence, be driven to produce sustained results, have proven capacity to build relationships of trust, create and execute a plan, act professionally, feel comfortable working with religious institutions, be accountable and willing to hold others accountable, demonstrate disciplined thought and action, and work in a team setting. OTs must also have access to a car during their training and be flexible regarding relocation. Fluency in Spanish/English is a plus and people of color are encouraged to apply. Low and moderate income communities across the country are feeling the bite of recession on issues like healthcare, education, employment, and housing. At the same time, the field of community organizing has obtained more legitimacy and interest than ever before given its recent profile in the 2008 presidential election. Low and moderate income communities are in need of passionate and talented individuals with the dedication and skills necessary to transform communities. Now is the time to stand up for social and economic justice.
To find out more about DART or to apply, we encourage you to contact: Sunil Joy, DART Network, 820 New York Street Lawrence, KS 66044 or by email: email@example.com. If you have any questions, please call: (785) 841-2680. Also, you can download applications or view profiles from previous OTs at the DART website: www.thedartcenter.org.
ph: (785) 841-2680
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
TONIGHT, October 12th @ 8pm
Free to the public
D. Terry Williams Theatre, Western Michigan University
The creators of the highly acclaimed play The Laramie Project, which since 2000 has been one of the most performed plays in America, will premiere a compelling and groundbreaking epilogue to the original piece. Entitled THE LARAMIE PROJECT: 10 YEARS LATER, the play will be performed in New York at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, and over 100 other theaters in all fifty states, Canada, Great Britain, Spain, Hong Kong and Australia on October 12, 2009. Western Michigan University's Department of Theatre has the honor of participating in this worldwide theatre event. The writers of this play are Tectonic Theater Project members Mosises Kaufman, Leigh Fondakowski, Greg Pierotti, Andy Paris, and Stephen Belber.
A live webcast from New York's Lincoln Center will be broadcast before the performance featuring host Glenn Close and speaker Judy Sheperd, Matthew Sheperd's mother. Following the reading of the play, a panel discussion will be held featuring local community members Dave Garcia, Sarah Stangl, Reverend Matt Laney, Jon Hoadley and David Topping to discuss where we are as a community 10 years later in regards to LGBT relations.
The epilogue focuses on the long-term effects of the murder of Matthew Sheperd on the town of Laramie. It explores how the town has changed and how the murder continues to reverberate in the community. The play also includes new interviews with Matthew's mother, Judy Sheperd, and Matthew's murderer, Aaron McKinney, who is serving two consecutive life sentences. The writers also conducted many follow-up interviews with Laramie residents from the original piece, including Romaine Patterson, Reggie Fluty, Jedediah Shultz, Father Roger Schmidt, Jonas Slonaker and others.
In tandem with the premier, an online community will be launched where participants can blog, upload video and photos and share their stories about the play, experiences in preparing and presenting the Epilogue in their communities. The members of the Tectonic Theater Project will be active participants in the online community, offering participants feedback and encouragement.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Keynote Speakers for the event are Corey Harbaugh and Pen Cambpell, the Co-Directors of Third Coast Writing Project.
The event takes place on October 17, 2009 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center.
For more information, contact Dr. Bill Tucker (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kimberly Pavlock (email@example.com)
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
--Expanded opportunities for overseas internships due to broader collaboration with WMU’s Career and Student Employment Services.
--Presentation of two informational sessions: Intern Abroad for Academic Credit from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and the Study Abroad 101 panel discussion from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with financial aid staff members and students who have previously studied abroad.
--Prize giveaways hosted by STA Travel-a three-week Eurail pass and two international cell phones. STA is one of the largest student travel organizations in the world.
--A free pop and slice of pizza, while supplies last.
Monday, October 5, 2009
The Electronic Theatre
in association with
The Public Media Network
the premiere of
a movie by Chuck Bentley
at the Kalamazoo 10 Cinema
(West Main St. by US131)
Sunday Oct 11 at 5:30pm
intermission at 7pm
part II continues at 7:30pm
(movie ends at 9pm)
(limited seats: first come, first served!)
More info about CB's "epic" can be found in THIS ARTICLE.
From the trailing sleeves and towering headdresses of the High Middle Ages to the ornate, jewel-encrusted ensembles of Elizabethan England and the elaborate turbans of the Mamluk and Ottoman empires, clothing and headgear have captured the imagination of historians for decades. Few, however, have given thought to what lies beneath, which, even while having a functional role, comprises a system of sartorial signs that tell much with respect to social mores and shifting views of the body. This conference aims to explore the evolution of undergarments from the Middle Ages through the early modern era in a variety of contexts, from the material forms of the garments themselves to their symbolic associations and latent meaning. Geographic and temporal reach: global, 500-1750.
Possible topics of discussion include:
Differences and similarities in men’s and women’s undergarments according to class, social status, age, and distinctions between the laity and religious; Changing notions of modesty, comfort, and hygiene and their effects on the under-covering of bodies ; The materiality of undergarments ; The decorative range of undergarments, from the utilitarian to the elaborate, including the use of lace and embroidery ; Underwear as outerwear (the exposure of undergarments through sleeves, necklines, and cutaway skirts; the display of underwear in private spaces; the role of underwear in the public stripping of the body); Shaping the body: the use of undergarments to achieve desired silhouettes; The effects of sumptuary laws on undergarments; The rise of certain industries related to the production of undergarments, including the whaling trade in relation to the rise of the whalebone corset; The erotics of underwear; The myths and realities of the chastity belt ; The representation of underwear in painting, poetry, and song
Proposals for individual papers (20 minutes maximum) should be no more than 500 words in length and may be sent by email, with a current CV if graduate level and a resume if undergraduate, to firstname.lastname@example.org (Re: Undergarment Conference). Those wishing to submit hard copies of the proposal and CV should forward them to: CEMERS (ATTN: Undergarment Conference),
Sunday, October 4, 2009
The ESC is a yearly conference held by Sigma Tau Delta that celebrates student work in the field of English studies at WMU. Anything English related is fair game to submit, and we mean that very literally. That includes poetry (single poems or a collection), prose, creative non-fiction, linguistics papers, literary analysis, lit/cultural theory, poetry explications, English education and pedagogy (but not teaching tips or lesson plans, please), etc etc.
If you have a piece of English-related work but you're not sure if it fits as conference material, feel free to shoot us an email! Also, please tell all your literary-minded and creative friends! Presenters do not have to be members of Sigma Tau Delta in order to participate.
We also allow whole panel submissions - so if you and a couple students are in the same class or have written similar papers that would complement each other in one panel, please feel free to submit them all together!
Please keep in mind that works-in-progress are always welcome! As is the case with all professional conferences, we expect that you will further polish and improve upon drafts before presenting them at a conference.
We ask that no more than two submissions be sent in per person, and to keep these submissions in different genres. We all love to see a ton of variety and loads of new faces at our conferences!
More practical info: the conference will take place Friday, November 6th from 12:30-5:00PM in in various classrooms and meeting rooms in Brown Hall.
The deadline for submissions is October 23rd. Please send all submissions to email@example.com. Include your name, contact information, and a short biography for the program along with your submission.
Special note to faculty and graduate students: please encourage your students to submit! It's a great way to network with other English faculty and students, as well as practice important conference skills in a relaxed format.
Sound good? Of course it does. Tell all your friends and strangers on the street (but not the unsavory-looking ones) and get those submissions in! As always, if you have any questions please feel free to email us back!
We hope to hear from you by the 23rd!
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Location: Portage District Library, Austin and Sugarloaf Lake Rooms
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Contact Number: 329-4542 ext 600
"An unmatched collection bringing to high school basketball the nuance and detail the film Bull Durham brought to minor league baseball. Poems so compelling, so varied, so familiar to anyone who has felt the impact of high school sports that they may well introduce a new genre. This is a terrific book —there’s nothing like it."—Conrad Hilberry
JACK RIDL has authored collections of poetry including Broken Symmetry, and is co-author of several textbooks. CASE/Carnegie Foundation awarded him Michigan Professor of the Year.
IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Eastern Michigan University
Student Center, 900 Oakwood St, Ypsilanti 48197
Friday, October 2, 2009
REGISTRATION: 8:30 to 9:30 and throughout the day
SESSION ONE – 9:30 to 10:45
Session 1A -- Poetry in Crisis Times (Room 302)
Presenters: David Settle, Grand Rapids Community College, “ ‘dear Jim:’ Poetry, Perspective, and Personalization”
Zenobia Joseph, U Texas at Austin, "Neverending Noose"
Martha Vertreace-Doody, Kennedy-King College, "Elizabeth Caldwell Duncan and Other Poems"
Moderator: Janet Heller, Western Michigan University
Session 1B – The Gothic and the Unconventional (Room 330)
Presenters: Robert Stevens, Eastern Michigan University, "Monstrous Persuasions: Uses of the Gothic in Frederick Douglass's My Bondage and My Freedom"
Ahmed Bashi, Eastern Michigan University, "Mom, Baseball, Marianne Moore-- the Puella Aeterna as a Literary Project"
Moderator: Abby Coykendall, Eastern Michigan University
Session 1C – New Directions in Rhetorical Studies (Room 352)
Presenters: Phil Arrington, Eastern Michigan University, "A Saving Doubt - Exploring the Meaning of an American Anti-Religion Movement"
Caleb Brokaw, Eastern Michigan University, "Hell as Rhetorical Invention in Tertullian"
Beth Church, Bowling Green State University, “A Time of Crisis, A Time of Blame?
A Heuristic Model for Analyzing Rhetoric That Criticizes – and Builds Community”
Moderator: Phil Arrington, Eastern Michigan University
SESSION TWO – 11:00 to 12:15
Session 2A – Flexible Habits of Mind: First-Year Composition in a Changing America (Room 330)
Clarinda Flannery and Diane Benton, Eastern Michigan University
Moderator: John Dunn
Session 2B – Gender in Wartime (Room 300)
Presenters: Bernie Miller, Eastern Michigan U, "Helen and Peitho’s Prism: Reflections of Women and War"
Cassandra Miller, University of Michigan, "The Iliad and the Persistence of Tribalization: Analyzing Gender Roles in War"
Kathryn Christolear, CSU Northridge, "The Duality of Peter Walsh in a Moment of Crisis: Juxtaposing Intersection and Isolation in Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway"
Moderator: Elisabeth Daumer, Eastern Michigan University
Session 2C – Art in Times of Crisis (Room 302)
Lori May, "How Creative Writers Adapt to Technology in During Tough Economic Times"
Scott Still, Henry Ford CC, "If You Can Keep Your Head: The Steadying Hand of Art in Times of Crisis"
Lindsay Gorman, University of Michigan - Dearborn, "On The Crucible"
Moderator: Ed Demerly, CEA
Session 2D – Crisis and the Classroom (Room 352)
Presenters: Joyce Meier, U Michigan, "From Political to Personal- and Back: Negotiating Crisis in a Community-Based Writing Program"
Angela Hathikhanavala, Henry Ford Community College, “Real-World” Becomes Real: Problem-Based Learning and a Campus Shooting"
Robert Scott, Ohio Northern University, Assessing the Uneasy Use of Adjunct Faculty at One Small College
Moderator: Loretta Woolard, Marygrove College
LUNCH AND GUEST SPEAKERS – 12:30 to 1:45 (Room 310)
Featured Speakers: Sari Adelson and Mary Heinen, Coordinators, Prison Creative Arts Project, a project that collaborates with incarcerated youth and adults, Urban youth, and the formerly incarcerated to do creative expression, especially in theater, poetry, and art.
SESSION THREE – 2:00 to 3:15
Session 3A – “I’m Across the Hall”—Student Writing in the English Department: Tensions and Opportunities from the Perspectives of Composition, Literature, and the Writing Center (Room 330)
Presenters: John Dunn, Joseph Lieberman, Natalie Tomlin, Marlena Goodsitt, Eastern Michigan University
Session 3B – Radical Past, Radical Future (Room 352)
Presenters: Adam Mitchell, Eastern Michigan University, "Zamyatin's We and Technological Advancement: De-Railing the Progress Narrative"
Brad Romans, Eastern Michigan University, “Now We’ll Burst with All Our Greatness”: Utopian Labor in Karel Čapek’s Rossum’s Universal Robots"
Patrick Manning, Eastern Michigan University, "The Crisis of Double Consciousness and the Communist Party in Lloyd Brown’s Iron City"
Moderator: Charles Cunningham, Eastern Michigan University
Session 3C – Crisis and Culture (Room 302)
Matthew Cicci, Central Michigan University, “Adorno, the Base-Superstructure Model, and ISAs: A Map through the Culture Industry”
Arvid Sponberg, Valparaiso University, "Crises in Playwriting in Chicago 1950-2009"
Moderator: Ed Demerly, CEA
MCEA Brief Business Meeting – 3:30 to 4:15 (Room 302)
We welcome all MCEA members and conference participants to come and give us their ideas for future conferences.
Students are encouraged to dress professionally and bring a resume with them. To RSVP visit BroncoJobs at www.wmich.edu/career
Also, on Tuesday, October 6 from 7-8 PM in room 212 Bernhard Center, there will be a preparation session hosted by the Society for Public Service and conducted by a USDA representative, who will talk about the most effective ways to obtain federal positions.