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The Life of the Program

Graduate life in the Department of English is rich and filled with opportunities to learn, connect, and to develop your professional skills. The following is a sample of some of the activities in which graduate faculty and students are involved.

Upcoming Scholarly Presentations for Professorial Candidates

Michelle Neely, another job candidate for the 19th Cent. American Literature position, will be on campus on Wednesday, February 15!

We are looking for volunteers to have lunch at the Oak Room with Michelle on Wednesday (12:05–1:10 p.m.). On Wednesday night, Chris
Kuipers is hosting dinner at Benjamin's (6:30 p.m.). Heather Powers and Todd Thompson will be there as well. Please sign up in the mailroom, or
just let me know.

  • Scholarly presentation is at 10:05 a.m. - Leonard 219
  • Teaching demonstration is at 1:25 p.m. - Leonard 105

IUP Center for Film Studies Upcoming Schedule

  • Main Hoon Na - Presented by Carolyn Marcille - Feb.10, 7:00 p.m. at the HUB Allegheny Room
  • Fight Club - Presented by Shana Kraynak - Feb. 17, 7:30 p.m. at the HUB Allegheny Room
  • Rear Window - Presented by Med Oldman - Feb. 24, 5:00 p.m. at the Jimmy Stewart Museum
  • Brazil - Presented by Brandon Galm - Mar. 6, 7:00 p.m. at the HUB Allegheny Room
  • Aliens/Shaun of the Dead - Presented by Med Oldman - Mar. 24, 4:00 p.m. at the HUB Allegheny Room
  • Crude - Presented by Tracy Lassiter - April 6, 7:00 p.m. at the HUB Allegheny Room

EGO Book Sale

EGO will be holding a bake sale to collect donations for the Walk. The sale will be Monday, April 18, and Wednesday, April 20, from noon to 6:00 p.m. in the Leonard lounge. Stop in to buy some delicious treats for a great cause!

Poetry Reading by Dr. Ron Smits

April is National Poetry Month. Dr. Ronald Smits will give a poetry reading on Monday, April 18, from 11:30 to 1:00 in the Susquehanna Room of the HUB. This event is free and open to everyone

The IUP Literary Theory Reading Group

The IUP Literary Theory Reading Group will be holding its next meeting this Friday, April 15, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Leonard 214. This week we will be reading Michel Foucault’s essay, “Of Other Spaces.” This text, originally published in 1984, was the basis for a lecture given by Foucault in 1967. Because this text is not considered part of the corpus of his work, it remains a site for critical inquiry, not only for readers familiar with Foucault but also for practitioners of spatial theory more broadly. Foucault's historical analysis moves in and out of thought-space, ranging from "the space of emplacement" of the Middle Ages, to a reflection on the anxiety of space felt by our modern epoch. He also develops more fully his theory of the 'heterotopia', a place which is simultaneously absolutely real and yet unreal, such as can be found in the constituted space of a mirror-image. Heterotopias need not be geographical markers--they take on quite varied forms, and exist in relation to other cultures and histories. This short essay is sure to generate lots of provocative and critical dialogue, so come join us in your favorite concrete space, Leonard Hall, for a discussion of Michel Foucault. All English graduate students are invited and welcome to attend.

*Select for PDF version of Michel Foucault's "Of Other Spaces"

The English Department Colloquium Series

The English Department Colloquium Series will be hosting an event on Thursday, April 14, at noon in Nicholson Library.

Ann N. Amicucci, Pisarn Bee Chamcharatsri, and John L. Reilly will present "Working with Second Language Writers: Teacher Perceptions and Suggestions for Classroom Practice"

The second annual Gender and Sexuality Symposium

The second annual Gender and Sexuality Symposium is taking place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 13. Please visit IUP Gender and Sexuality for the extended conference program. Highlights include:

Controversial Sexualities
Brad Baumgartner - On the Raunch: Sade, de Beauvoir, and Radical Aesthetics
Theo Sery - The Binding of Chrystos: Two-Spirit Poetry in the Process of Erotic Decolonization
Megan Gallagher - Our Closet Monsters: The Modern Fear of the Wardrobe and Its Impact on Closet Drama 10-11am

Women’s Musings
Exploring the Inspirations of 19th- and Turn-of-the-Century Women Writers
Andrea Harms, Jessica Showalter and Maria Bodenschatz 11:15-12:15pm

Threatened Identities
Gregory Luke Chwala - Subdue Our Fears: Supplanting Homophobia in Bram Stoker’s Dracula
David von Schlichten - Daddy, You Bastard?: Comparison of the Role of Fathers in the Sexuality and Artistry of Elizabeth Stuart Phelps (1844-1911)
and Sylvia Plath (1932-1963)
Robbin Zirkie - Keats Overcoming Resentment through Lamia 1:45-2:45pm

Dual-ing Selves
Jennifer Woolston - The Magdalene/Christ Dichotomy Bolstered by the Occupation of Nursing within Elizabeth Gaskell’s Ruth
Rebecca Santi - the Sexual Double Standard
Gregory Luke Chwala - Silence the Social Hermaphrodite: Gender Subversion in Heldris’s Roman de Silence

M.S Walk

Interest in the M.S Walk has been great so far! Once again, please visit this link to join or donate.

The English Department Colloquium Series

The English Department Colloquium Series Presents 300 Years of Negotiating a Voice: Literary Girls Gone Wild

With presentations by graduate students Maria Bodenschatz, Natalie Yegenian, and Adam Wassel

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Nicholson Library
2:00-3:30 p.m.

The IUP Literary Theory Reading Group

The IUP Literary Theory Reading Group will be holding its next meeting this Friday, April 1, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Leonard 214. This week we will be reading Nick Land’s essay “Machinic Desire.” Currently, a group of Speculative realists, theorists in a new movement in Continental philosophy called Speculative Realism, have taken up interest in Land’s work as a prototype of speculative thought capable of shifting paradigms in academic and para-academic communities. Land’s essay diagnoses a new machinic impulse inherent to late capitalism. Utilizing a critique of psychoanalysis that Deleuze and Guattari termed 'schizoanalysis', Land's essay develops his theory of desiring-machines, assemblages of flows and disjunctive syntheses which implement a machinic unconscious in a constant state of flux. Once a philosopher at the University of Warwick, Land was one of the founders of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit. His work, called by some to be "rabid nihilism" and "mad black deleuzianism," is now being revived in the SR blogosphere and in works of speculative horror fiction. Come join us for a provocative and critical discussion of Speculative realism. All English graduate students are invited and welcome to attend.

The pdf version of Nick Land’s "Machinic Desire" can be found here.
Please e-mail Brad Baumgartner at gysn@iup.edu if there be any questions.

Call for Papers

The 2011 Teacher-Scholar Symposium

Critical Perspectives on Teacher-Scholarship
Sponsored by Composition and TESOL and the Frederick Douglass Institute
Friday, June 17, 2011, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

The IUP English Department and the Frederick Douglass Institute proudly announce our second annual Teacher Scholar Symposium, designed to stimulate an academic conference atmosphere and to foster collegiality among students and faculty in interdisciplinary approaches to teacher-scholarship work. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome, as well as their faculty doing work related to critical perspectives on teacher scholarship.

You are encouraged to submit proposals in one of the following formats:

  • Single/co-author paper presentation (20 minutes);
  • Panel presentation (60 minutes);
  • Theory to Practice (Praxis) (interactive) workshop (60 minutes); or
  • Poster presentation

Highlights of the Second Teacher Scholar Symposium

  • Opening Plenary: Katherine Sohn, the author of Whistlin’ and Crowin’ Women of Appalachia: Literacy Practices since College
  • Luncheon Plenary: Veronica Watson, Brian Jones, Crystal Machado, and Mary Lou Metz, board members of the Frederick Douglass Institute

EGO announcement: The War of the Comps Workshop

Wednesday, April 6, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Nicholson Library
Dr. Mike Sell

English Department Colloquium Series

The English Department Colloquium Series will host its next event on Thursday, February 24, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Brad Baumgartner, Shana Kraynak, and Adam Wassel will present “Media(ting) Traumas after 9/11.”

CFP-Teacher Scholar Symposium

Please take time to consider applying for this year's Teacher Scholar Symposium (TSS). This year, the symposium is looking at “Critical Perspectives on Teacher-Scholarship.” The TSS will be held Friday, June 17, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This is a tremendous opportunity to share your research and your academic voice with other IUP students, faculty members, and members of the academic community. Please forward questions or submit proposals by March 20 to Dr. Gloria Park.

English Department Colloquium Series

The English Department Colloquium Series will be hosting its next event on Monday, February 21, in Nicholson Library, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Patrick Bizzaro, John Reilly, and Johnny R. Hrebik will be presenting “Mutuality in First Year Writing: Some thoughts on Assigning and Responding to Writing.”

IUP Literary Theory Reading Group Meeting

The IUP Literary Theory Reading Group will be holding its second meeting this Friday, February 11, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Leonard 214. This week we will be reading "A Zombie Manifesto: The Nonhuman Condition in the Era of Advanced Capitalism" by Sarah Juliet Lauro and Karen Embry. This essay examines the historical trajectory of the zombie figure since its key usage in the Haitian Revolution to its recurrent metaphoric state in popular culture, and argues that there is an inherent tension between global capitalism and the theoretical school of posthumanism. The authors explain the zombie figure's paradoxical status as a material entity who occupies a site between being and non-being. Incorporating elements of postcolonial, post-Marxist, and film theories, this essay is packed with bite. Come join us for a provocative and critical discussion of posthumanism. All English graduate students are invited and welcome to attend.

Miller is Keynote Speaker at National Council Teachers of English Conference

Carvalho and Downing Interviewed by “InsideHigherEd”

Academic Job Search Workshops Offered by English Department

English Doctoral Students Form Partnership with Local Libraries. See more about the story.

EGO Meeting

I would like to invite all of you to the first EGO general meeting of the semester. It will be held on Thursday, February 10, at 5:15 in the Leonard Lounge. We will be discussing plans, including our upcoming interdisciplinary conference, workshop plans, social plans, and service project plans. All English graduate students are encouraged to attend and provide feedback and suggestions for the semester.

IUP Literary Theory Reading Group Meeting

The IUP Literary Theory Reading Group will be holding its first meeting of Spring 2011 next Friday, January 28, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. in Leonard 214. Come join us for a viewing of the documentary film Zizek! to be followed by a short critical discussion. Readings this semester will likely include texts on/by posthumanism, speculative realism, Homi Bhabha, and Julia Kristeva. As always, group members are more than welcome to suggest texts for future meetings. All English graduate students are invited and welcome to attend.

EGO Library Database Workshop

EGO will be holding a workshop on using the different library databases for researching topics in Literature and Criticism and in Composition and TESOL. This is not a general orientation session like the ones we normally have; it specifically targets these two fields of specialization. If you have any questions regarding research tools and how to use them, this will be the perfect time to raise them. The session will be held on Monday, November 29, in Stabley 210 from 11:00 to 1:00.

Savova and Widodo Publish Book on English as a Second Language Materials Design

Proposal Writing Workshops Offered by English Department

  • English Graduate Programs
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  • Phone: 724-357-2263
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