During finals week (December 9-14), the Graduate English Association will be holding elections for the 2014 calendar year. We have some open seats and are eager to get new people involved in the group. The elections will take place next week, so if you are interested in joining or would like to know more, please contact Ted Howell or Megan Holmberg as soon as possible.
The GEA has been steadily increasing its presence over the past few years: we built a new website, invited Susan Stanford Friedman to speak in April of 2012, arranged a graduate student symposium in the spring, and then hosted a two-day academic conference last month–in addition to organizing regular social and professional events throughout each semester. We are already planning more events for the 2014 calendar year, and are hoping that you’ll consider joining us.
The GEA would like to provide the best possible support for the Temple Graduate English community, so we also invite your continuing feedback and ideas for events and resources that we can provide. Do not hesitate to send an email to TempleGEA@gmail.com with ideas for GEA events, Temple or Philadelphia events and programs, funding and job opportunities, and resources to include on the GEA website. We would love to hear about poetry readings, discussion groups, professional development seminars, teaching and vocational workshops, program Q&As, class projects, and other events and initiatives that GEA can help to support.
Be sure to vote in next week’s elections, and good luck on the final days of the fall semester!
See the event page for more information on this week’s meeting of the Student-Faculty Theory Reading group.
The College of Liberal Arts’ food drive to benefit Philabundance ends THIS FRIDAY. Please make plans, if you are able, to collect non-perishable food items and deliver them to the 12th floor of Anderson Hall by Friday evening. Philabundance is the region’s largest food bank and hunger relief organization. Their services will be invaluable this season as more individuals and families than ever before face cuts in supplemental nutrition assistance funds.
The “Theorizing” reading group at the University of Pennsylvania (affiliated with their program in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory) will be hosting guest speaker Rita Felski this Thursday, November 21, for discussion of her forthcoming book on the limits of critique.
Professor Felski will explain what she describes as “a five part definition and redescription of the idea of critique as it is deployed in contemporary literary and cultural studies.” Refreshments will be provided. See flyer for more information:
The College of Liberal Art’s is currently sponsoring a month-long food drive to benefit Philabundance. Philabundance is the region’s largest food bank and hunger relief organization. As the CLA explains, “On November 1, the increase to the supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) that was part of the 2009 federal stimulus package was cut. [This represents the first food stamp benefits cut in American history. See Inquirer article for more information.] This puts a significantly greater burden on organizations like Philabundance, as more and more people turn to food banks to keep their families from going hungry.”
Donations can be dropped off at the reception area on the 12th floor in Anderson. See the list below for high-priority items, and please consider donating to the drive before you head home for the Thanksgiving holiday.
The GEA would like to invite you to HAPPY HOUR this Friday, November 15, starting at 5:00 PM. This time we’ll be at Sugar Mom’s, a basement bar in Old City (225 Church St.). Sugar Mom’s is kitschy and casual, with a great selection of beers and comfort food snacks. Come early for a cozy, quieter atmosphere, and stay a few hours as the energy picks up to kick off your weekend. Draft beers are half off from 5:00 – 7:00pm.
photo from www.uwishunu.com
If you rely upon public transportation, the Market-Frankford Line stops at 2nd and Market. From there you can take Market street half a block north to its intersection with Church St., at which point you can take a left and arrive at the bar (the sign outside reads “Sugar’s” (not Sugar Mom’s) in half a block.
Hope to see you there!
If you are interested in expanding your horizons outside of the English department next year, consider taking a course offered by another Temple Department. The Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) offers a listing each semester of courses in other departments that welcome scholars from other disciplines. Experience in new disciplines could help you refine your own research interests, hone your methodology, and network with researchers and resources in other fields.
Among this spring’s offerings are courses in African American Studies, Anthropology, History, Philosophy, and Religion: these courses include “Culture, Reason, and Historicity in 19th-Century Philosophy,” “African American Biography/Autobiography as History,” “Law and Social Order,” and “Violence: An Anthropological Approach.” See the CHAT listings for more information.
The GEA would like to remind you about two upcoming events of interest at universities in the Tri-State area.
This Wednesday, November 13, the English department at Rutgers University – New Brunswick will be hosting Salman Rushdie for their Writers at Rutgers reading series. The reading begins at 7:00pm at the Rutgers Student Center. See the event page for more information. Rutgers campus in New Brunswick, NJ is accessible by public transportation via Amtrak and via the SEPTA Regional Rail (Trenton Line.)
Through the winter and spring, nearby Villanova University will be hosting a Literary Festival through the winter and spring, featuring readings by acclaimed poets and novelists as well as up-and-coming writers in the field. All readings will occur at 7:00pm and will be followed by receptions and book signings with the authors. The first event of the series, a reading by novelist David Gilbert, is on January 20th. See the event flyer for more information..
Are you pursuing eco-critical or geopolitical research, or interested in learning more about environmental/ecological studies in the humanities? The Center for the Humanities at Temple (CHAT) is hosting an Environmental Humanities lecture series this year that may stimulate your thinking.
This Thursday, November 14, historian Emmanuel Kreike will present a lecture titled, “Environmental Infrastructure in African History: The Myth of Natural Resource Management in Namibia.” As Professor Kreike explains, this research proposes “a new way of analyzing and narrating understanding environmental change that builds on but pushes beyond the idea of a ‘middle ground’ or ‘middle zone’ between Nature and Culture. The approach qualifies humans as ‘architects of Nature’ rather than Nature’s rulers or victims, or its destroyers or champions. Instead of separating the realms of Nature and Culture, the natural and the artifact, or natural resources and technology, the paper bridges the dichotomy: the products of both Nature’s and Culture’s creativity constitute environmental infrastructure.” The lecture will begin at 5:00pm in CHAT (Gladfelter Hall, 10th floor.)
The Environmental Humanities series continues through the Spring semester. See the CHAT website for more details.
After a year’s hiatus, the College of Liberal Arts will once again be offering funding for graduate students to offset the traveling expenses of professional conferences. With these travel awards, the CLA hopes to encourage students’ original research as well as their representation of Temple at national and international events. This funding is limited, with awards typically limited to $300 for domestic travel and $500 for international travel.
Funding is awarded quarterly, during four application cycles. Submit your materials by December 1 at 4:00 p.m. to apply for travel that will occur between December 1-end of February; by March 1 for travel that will occur between March 1-May 31; by June 1 for travel that will occur between June 1-August 31; and by October 1 for travel that will occur between October 1-November 30. To apply, you must submit the following information during the relevant funding cycle:
- Application form (.pdf)
- Current CV
- Copy of your letter of acceptance or other evidence of your participation as the first author of the presentation
- Summary of your research (1-2 paragraphs) as though you were speaking to someone unfamiliar with your discipline
- Description of the impact your research has on the scholarly literature. What does your research show that is new?
- Budget of all estimated expenses
If you are presenting at a conference this winter and are planning to apply, it would be wise to start collecting these materials soon. See the CLA website for more information and for guidelines and restrictions.