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.