Guest Speakers THIS WEEK: Robert Caserio & CHAT DH Panel

Please join members of the English department community this afternoonTuesday October 21, at 3:00pm for a presentation from Dr. Robert Caserio, Professor of English at Penn State University, in Anderson 1221. Dr. Caserio will be discussing William T. Vollmann’s 2010 monograph Kissing the Mask: Beauty, Understatement, and Femininity in Japanese Noh Theater. Prior to the talk, Dr. Caserio will be attending the Student-Faculty Theory Reading Group at 2:00pm.

Tomorrow, the Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT)’s Digital Humanities in Practice Series will be hosting a panel on Digital Humanities Research and the Classroom. Rebecca Frost Davis, Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology at St. Edwards University, will discuss “Engaging Undergraduates with Digital Scholarship Projects,” and Brian Croxall, Digital Humanities Strategist at Emory University, will present on “Test Tubes and Poetry: How to Not Read Hemingway.” The panel will begin at 4:00pm, on Wednesday, October 22, in the CHAT lounge (Gladfelter 10th floor).

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This Wednesday – First Works-In-Progress session of the Fall semester

The GEA would like to invite you to join us for our first Works in Progress event of the 2014-2015 academic year! We will attempt to hold a several works-in-progress (WIP) sessions throughout the year, where students can discuss their own work with peers and faculty in an informal setting. We hope these events will help us learn more about each other’s work and encourage each other through collaborative inquiry.

On Wednesday, October 15, we will meet in the CHAT lounge (Gladfelter Hall, 10th floor) at 12:00pm to discuss Rita Mookerjee’s “The Demonized Other: Analyzing the Supernatural in Season of Migration to the North,” which she will be presenting at the upcoming MAPACA conference in November. The meeting will begin at noon and will probably last for an hour to 90 minutes. Please spread the word so that we can support and engage the work of our colleague!

If you are planning to attend, please send an email to Charlie Manis (charles.lazlo.manis@temple.edu) for a copy of Rita’s essay.

Hope to see you there!
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Lecture with American Literary Critic Donald E. Pease – Thursday, Oct. 2

This Thursday, Oct. 2, the Temple English program will host Donald E. Pease for a lecture titled “Cat on A Hot Tin Roof: Restoring Tennessee Williams’ Production of the 1950s Primal Scene.” The lecture will begin at 3:00PM in Anderson 1221, and it will be preceded by a discussion with Dr. Pease facilitated by the Student-Faculty Theory Reading Group.

Donald E. Pease is an influential Americanist scholar and literary critic who serves as Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Dartmouth College, and as founder/director of Dartmouth’s Futures of American Studies Institute. His talk is sure to be thought-provoking and entertaining for all. Please see the flyer below for more information.

Before the lecture, Dr. Pease will join the Student-Faculty Theory Reading Group to discuss his recent essay: “The Crisis of Critique in Postcolonial Modernity.” The essay touches upon many of the themes discussed in last week’s reading group discussion, and it approaches the question of problematic legacy of the enlightenment by turning to Foucault and CLR James. The Student-Faculty Theory Reading Group will meet at 1:45PM in AH 1006 on Thursday, 10/1.Professor Donald E Pease-page0001

 

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TOMORROW – Job Market Support Meeting with the Placement Committee

The English Department’s Job Placement Committee will be holding an informational meeting for students tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 3:30pm in the Graduate Lounge (Anderson 1006). Graduate students who are on the job market or considering going on the job market soon are strongly encouraged to attend. Professors Kate Henry, Talissa Ford, Eli Goldblatt, and Carissa Harris will answer questions and offer their insights into job search and application strategies.

Hope to see you there!

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Student-Faculty Theory Reading Group convening this week

The Student-Faculty Theory Reading Group will have its first meeting of the semester on Tuesday, September 23rd, from 11:00am – 12:00pm in Anderson 1006. The reading for the first meeting, Susan Buck-Morss’ “Democracy: An Unfinished Project”, has been distributed via the graduate student listserv. New and returning members are welcome to join the group for what is sure to be an engaging semester of thinking and discussion. Contact Colleen Kropp for more information.

 
“Democracy: An Unfinished Project” abstract:

This essay criticizes Ahmet Davutoğlu’s proposal that Islamic civilization complete the “unfinished project of modernity” (Jürgen Habermas), by challenging the concept of civilization itself. As scholars in multiple disciplines have demonstrated, civilizations are hybrid constructions that cannot be contained within a uniform conceptual frame, such as Islamic “authenticity.” The past is shared, and the present is as well. The Arab Spring demonstrates that modernity confronts political actors with similar problems, whatever their background. The essay addresses successive paradoxes within the unfinished project of democracy: the contradiction between free markets (capitalist inequality) and free societies (political equality), the hierarchical relationship between the people and their leaders (Jacques Ranciére’s Ignorant Schoolmaster is discussed), and the lack of democracy between nations within the present world order.

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TOMORROW (Thursday 9/18) – LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs

The Temple MFA Creative Writing Program invites all members of the Temple English community to join them in welcoming writer, vocalist, and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs to campus tomorrow (Thursday, September 18) for an evening of poetry and conversation. The reading will begin at 6:00 p.m., at Temple Contemporary, the gallery at Tyler School of Art, 2001 N. 13th St.  See the event flyer for more information.

This reading is the first in exciting lineup of poets and writers for the 2014-2015 Poets & Writers Series. The Poets & Writers Series is sponsored by the Creative Writing Program, with the assistance of the Richard Moyer Fund. Each year a number of poets and fiction writers are invited to speak (usually on Thursdays) to members of both the Temple community and the local Philadelphia arts scene. Joining each invited writer is a writer from Temple’s graduate program in Creative Writing. Click here for more information and a full schedule of Poets & Writers series events.

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Conferences: GEA Professionalization Workshop, and CLA Conference funding

Attending a conference this fall? Be sure to attend the GEA’s first Professionalization Workshop of the fall semester, on Conferencing as a Graduate Student. In this panel discussion, current graduate students will offer feedback and best practices advice on selecting conferences to attend and apply to, composing successful abstracts and proposals, and optimizing one’s conference experience. See the event page for more information.

Could you benefit from financial assistance to attend a conference this fall? The College of Liberal Arts offers Graduate Student Travel Awards for graduate students who are presenting papers and representing Temple at professional conferences. Awards are typically limited to $300 for domestic travel and $500 for international travel.

Applications for the first round of funding are due to the CLA by October 1. (The CLA has four funding periods, with deadline dates of October 1, December 1, March 1, and June 1. Travel must occur on or after the funding round deadline, but before the next round of funding.)

Be sure to carefully follow the application instructions provided by the CLA. Many students in the Temple English department have been awarded this financial support in past years, so be sure to reach out to the GEA or your grad student community with questions and concerns.

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GEA Welcome Reception & Happy Hour

Welcome back, Temple Graduate English friends and scholars!

The GEA would like to welcome all incoming and continuing students to our first event of the Fall semester, a meeting and meet & greet for the incoming class of MFA, MA, and PhD students.

On Friday, August 22 at 3pm, we will convene in the Women’s Studies Lounge (Anderson Hall 8th floor) for a short, informal meeting, during which a small panel of graduate students will speak about the state of the department, and some need-to-know items about being a graduate student at Temple. We warmly welcome your presence along with any additional information you’re willing to provide.

After the meeting, we will reconvene for the first HAPPY HOUR of the fall semester at Prohibition Taproom (501 North 13th Street) at 5 p.m. Please keep in mind that the meeting (and the happy hour, of course) is relevant to all graduate students. We hope to see you there!

Along with an opportunity to meet the new class of graduate students, the meeting will also include a brief presentation of a project that has been evolving over the summer, which involves a newly crafted vision statement for the English department. This statement, along with several other practical ideas for shaping our department are products generated by the labor of a group of graduate students who have been working collaboratively for several months. While this group is not directly associated with the GEA, many of you received notice of, and/or participated in it. We are eager to share these ideas with those of you who could not attend the initial meeting over the summer, as well as with the incoming students.

As a final note, we’d like to thank those of you who have consistently contributed to and supported the GEA. We cannot stress how grateful we are for your attendance and participation at GEA events. Because of your support, we were able to have a very successful conference last fall, an excellent symposium in the spring, and several other great events. Over the past several years, members of the GEA and many other graduate students have been persistently striving to strengthen our grad community, since part of our strength lies in our numbers. We make up a significant portion of this department as both students and instructors; moreover, some of us devote a substantial part of our lives to this institution, and in many cases, when we leave, our accomplishments here at Temple follow us in our professional lives. With that in mind, we know there are many of you (ourselves included) who would like to see our department in a better state. Part of the GEA’s purpose is to act as an advocate for graduate students in this department—we are here to relate the state of the department to the graduate student body, and to convey the state of the student body to the department. Please let us know what we can do for you, and we hope you’ll continue to help us work to improve our department and our community.

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“Michel Foucault on Rene Magritte” lecture tomorrow

Join the Art History department tomorrow, May 1, for a guest lecture with art and visual culture historian Catherine Soussloff (UCSC). Professor Sousloff will be lecturing on French philosopher Michel Foucault’s engagement of art history and the works of surrealist painter Rene Magritte. The lecture will take place at 5:30pm in Tyler School of Art, room B004.

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