The newsletter is published biweekly throughout the academic year.
The next issue will appear on 4 November 2009.
Ann Colley reminds us: “Conversations in and out of the Disciplines" will hold
its second session today, October 23 in Ketchum Hall 320. The lecture begins at 3 p.m. Ann will speak "Mountains as Spectacle in the 19th. Century" – with pictures! Please encourage graduate students and others outside the department to attend. The series got off to a wonderful start with Barish Ali's talk earlier this month. Let us keep the momentum going.
The African and African American Studies Interdisciplinary Unit (AAS) has organized a week-long program focusing on Africa, October 26-30, 2009. Barish Ali and Aimable Twagilimana are among the featured speakers. The whole Africa Week program is available online. Please encourage your students to attend one or more of these events. The program was made possible by a minigrant from the Auxiliary Services Grant Allocation Committee with additional support from University College. Sigma Tau Delta and the English Department are participating, as hosts of
the screening of Cry, the Beloved Country on Friday, 30 October.
The English Department's Writing Major will host a Pizza Social on Thursday, October 29, from 12:15-1:30 pm in the English Department lounge. To all Writing Majors and Minors are welcome to come and meet fellow writers and faculty. The social is open to anyone interested in pursuing a Writing Major or Minor at Buffalo State College, or just wanting more information about the program. Just bring yourself, your questions, your appetite. For more information, contact Kim
Don’t forget that the next speaker in the “Conversations in and Out of the Disciplines”—Andrew Nicholls— will be presenting in November!
Last minute reminder about the Sterling Awards: The English Department seeks nominations for two or more Sterling Awards, which recognize students who excel as writers. Students receiving an award get $300-$1000 for up to three years, provided they remain in good standing. All majors within the English Department are eligible, provided the student is a freshman, a recent transfer, or a continuing student who will not graduate this year. Applications are due today, 23 October;
contact Maureen Lougen for more information.
The McNair Scholars Program provides financial and academic support for talented sophomores and juniors who are first-generation college/low-income and/or from traditionally under-represented groups. Eligible students need to pursue graduate study, with a goal toward entering a doctoral program. The program currently is recruiting academically strong and motivated students from all disciplines; applications are due by December 11. Encourage interested students to
visit the McNair Scholars Program homepage or the McNair Scholars Office, 253 Science, or to call 878-3411. Faculty Supervisors for the McNair Scholars program are needed. Benefits to
participating faculty include a $1,000 stipend to supervise a student’s research project
and financial support to fund the student’s material costs for research. For more
information, contact Sandra D. Washington.
Funding Available for Undergraduate Students to Conduct Research: The Office of Undergraduate Research’s Small Grants Program provides up to $400 to assist students in carrying out their research and creative activities during the academic year. NEW this year: up to $600 may be requested for a single project that involves two or more students. The funding is intended to help defray the cost of travel, supplies, and other materials necessary to conduct a research, scholarly, or creative project. It is not intended as salary for the student(s). Student(s) receiving small grants awards are required to participate in the 12th annual Student Research and Creativity Celebration, April 30 and May 1, 2010. A second round of this program has a spring call for applications and a submission deadline of February 26, 2010.
Dana Symons is presenting a paper entitled "Patriarchal Patterns in Robin Hood (1922)" at the upcoming "Robin Hood: Media Creature" conference, October 22-25, held at the University of Rochester. She has also had a paper accepted for inclusion in an edited collection of essays called Standing in the Shadow of the Master? Chaucerian Influences and Interpretations (ed. Kathleen A. Bishop, New York University), scheduled to be published next year (Cambridge Scholars Press). The title of her essay is "Not Just 'Chaucer's England' Anymore: Reassessing John Clanvowe's Boke of Cupide."
Ann Colley has just received a contract from Ashgate Press for her book Victorians in the Mountains: Sinking the Sublime. “I feel fortunate because the book is slightly longer than many being published; and the Press is allowing me to have 40 illustrations,” she reports.
Lisa Berglund attended the East Central American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies conference in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, October 8-11, where she read her paper “Revisiting Europe from Weston-Super-Mare: Hester Lynch Piozzi’s 1819 Annotations to Observations and Reflections Made during a Tour of France, Italy and Germany”; chaired a panel on “Teaching Religion and the 18th Century”; evaluated 12 presentations as chair of the Molin Graduate Student Research Award committee; and appeared in a staged reading of Frances Burney’s The Witlings,
playing Mrs. Voluble.
Alumnus E. Douglas Pratt reports, “I’ve been doing a combination of professional technical writing…instructional design, curricula, sociolinguistic research…and avocational African American folklore field research with a few minor publications over the years. Got the training with my Masters in English concentration inAmerican Literature at Buff State…!”
We want to share your news! Send updates and weblinks to Lisa Berglund or Maureen Lougen.
Each year the English department produces workshops, poetry and prose readings, scholarly presentations, student scholarships, and student publications. Alumni are always welcome to participate in department events, and even a small donation can help. To donate online to your English Department, visit the Buffalo State English Department Giving; under School, Department, and Specific Funds choose the ENGLISH DEPARTMENT FUND. You may also choose to support a specific department project. If you have any questions please contact Maureen Lougen
English Department Newsletter
Buffalo State College
Compiled by Lisa Berglund
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