Spring 2014 Newsletter

English at RIC

Department of English, Rhode Island College, Craig Lee 264
(401) 456-8028; dscott@ric.edu; aaywas@ric.edu


Important Dates

February 14: : Course Description Booklet

February 24: Summer registration begins

March 03: Advising for Fall 2014 Begins

March 24: 202 and 460 Pre-Registration

March 28: Last Day to Withdraw without Permission

March 31: Registration Begins

April 09: Celebration of English Department Honors

April 30: Cap and Gown

May 15: Graduate Graduation

May 17: Undergraduate Graduation

Rhode Island Writing Project's Spring Conference: March 8

9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at RIC's Donovan Dining Center

Featuring Thomas Newkirk, University of New Hampshire, in a keynote talk titled: "Minds Made for Stories: How We Really Read and Write Informational and Persuasive Texts." A former teacher of at-risk students in Boston, Thomas Newkirk is a Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, where he teaches courses in writing and rhetoric and conducts research in the fields of composition, teacher education, and literacy learning. He is also the Founder and Director, for the past 30 years, of the New Hampshire Literacy Institutes.

Student registration: $25

Visit http://www.ric.edu/riwp/programs_springconference.php to register.

Make the Most of Your English Degree: Career Night

No matter how far you are in your major, it’s always good to consider what your next step will be. Come and find out as alumni talk about what they have done with their English degrees. Career Night takes place Thursday, April 10 in Craig-Lee 255, running from 6:00 – 7:00pm. Questions and answers will follow (refreshments, too). Contact: Michael Michaud, at mmichaud@ric.edu or 456-8661 for more information.

Faculty News

TOM COBB’S novel With Blood in Their Eyes has received a Southwest Book Award from the Border Regional Library Association.

JENNIFER COOK will be presenting a paper in June with two of her colleagues from England at the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference at the University of Minnesota. The session is titled, "Undoing the Voice? Subjectivity, objectivity and the space between" and looks at voice and authority in American and British first-generation college students' academic writing.

ROBERT FOREMAN’S short story “Cadiz, Missouri” appeared in the 2014 edition of The Pushcart Prize: The Best of the Small Presses.

MAUREEN REDDY has been doing research in Ireland on Irish crime fiction. She gave a talk at the Humanities Institute of University College Dublin (UCD).

ALISON SHONKWILER will present three conference papers this spring: at the MLA in Chicago in January, at the American Comparative Literature Conference in New York in March, and at the International Society for the Study of Narrative Conference in Boston in March.

Cathy Calbert Reading on March 19

Please join us in CL 255 from 12:45 to 1:30 for a “free period” of poetry by RIC creative writing professor Cathleen Calbert. All students, faculty, and staff are invited.

You and your students can get a preview of Professor Calbert’s poetry at these links:

Cathleen Calbert’s poetry and prose have appeared in many publications, including Ms. Magazine, The New Republic, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and The Women’s Review of Books. She is the author of three books of poetry: Lessons in Space (University of Florida Press), Bad Judgment (Sarabande Books), and Sleeping with a Famous Poet (C.W. Books). She has been awarded The Nation Discovery Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Mary Tucker Thorp Award from Rhode Island College, where she is a Professor of English.

Refreshments will be served.

First Year Writing Instructor Talks

Tuesday, February 25th, 2:00-3:00, C-L 052 , Moira Collins “Reaching Across the Aisle: What I learned when I sat down with colleagues from other departments…”; Thursday, March 20th, 2:00-3:00, C-L 052, Danielle Lavendier “Thematic Content and Writing Instruction: Finding a Balance in Themed Composition Courses”; Thursday, April 10th, 2:00-3:00, C-L 052, Rosemary Golini “Writing as Process: Stages and 
Strategies"; Wednesday, April 23, 12:30-1:30, C-L 251, 
Pamela Mazzuchelli “The Sticky FYW Subject of Cohesion in Writing.” For more information, contact FYW at 456-8674; bcaouette@ric.edu; or www.ric.edu/firstyearwriting.

Open Books Open Minds: Student Conference and Events

Students and faculty are invited to participate in The Third Annual Open Books – Open Minds Student Conference, to be held on April 11, 2014. We’re looking for student papers, roundtable discussions of literature or film, poster presentations, readings of student poetry or other creative pieces. The deadline for proposals is March 20.

Friday, April 11, 8:00 – 3:00 p.m., Student Union Ballroom THE THIRD ANNUAL OPEN BOOKS – OPEN MINDS STUDENT CONFERENCE

Conference Theme: Imagination and Exploration Keynote Lecture, Student Union Ballroom following lunch, “Monstrous Genres: Hip-Hop Theory, Zombies, and Apocalypse in Mat Johnson’s PYM,” Pamela Bedore, University of Connecticut. We’re also excited to present two fabulous OBOM events leading up to the conference:

Thursday, February 27, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., Fortes Room, Adams Library: “Across Time and Space – Art, Exploitation, and Material Diversity in PYM,” Bob Dilworth, Department of Art, University of Rhode Island

Tuesday, March 18, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., Fortes Room, Adams Library: “True and Interesting Narratives: Poe’s Pym and PYM’s Poe,” Russell Potter, Department of English, Rhode Island College

For more information about OBOM, including the Student Conference Call for Papers, visit https://www.ric.edu/obom/. And while you’re on the OBOM webpage, please vote for the 2014-2015 common book.

Please contact Zubeda Jalalzai or Anita Duneer with any questions about OBOM or the Student Conference.

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