Strange WAC Activities Reported

Without warning today, phantoms and monsters roamed the English Department hallways in the new Wedgewood Academic Center. During late morning, a unexplained piercing cry arose near the classrooms on the third floor, and one hunchbacked ogre was caught in the act of surreptitiously advising an English major. When asked about these abnormal phenomena, a furry blue monster replied, “nom nom nom nom,” and then headed to Starbucks for a cookie and a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

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Panelists Discuss Service-Learning at Thomas R. Watson Conference

Three faculty members from the Department of English—Dr. Linda Holt, Dr. Jason Lovvorn, and Dr. Charmion Gustke—recently presented as a panel at the Thomas R. Watson Conference on Rhetoric and Composition, held October 16-18 at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. This year’s conference explored what it means for teachers and scholars of rhetoric and composition to be responsive to communities within and beyond the academy. The panel, entitled “Rhetorics of Service: Expanding Partnership, Engagement, and Citizenship Through Service-Learning,” considered how service-learning practice can benefit the composition classroom as well as the wider university community.  Dr. Holt delivered a talk entitled “Literacy as Liberatory: Responsivity and Community Partnerships.” Dr. Lovvorn addressed “Service-Learning and the Rhetoric of Engagement,” and Dr. Gustke spoke about “Writing Citizenry: Service-Learning and Socially Responsive Knowledge.”

Watson 2014L to R: Dr. Linda Holt, Dr. Charmion Gustke, Dr. Jason Lovvorn

 

Belmont English Well Represented at 13th Annual Belmont Humanities Symposium

HumSym LogoDuring the recently concluded Belmont University Humanities Symposium, English faculty were instrumental in contributing to ongoing conversations about this year’s theme, “Worlds Enough And Time.”  Dr. Maggie Monteverde, chair of this year’s symposium committee, initially proposed the central theme of time, and the event examined this profoundly important topic from numerous interdisciplinary angles. English faculty members and English alumni offered presentations, workshops, panels, and service activities,  and both English faculty and students helped out with the day-to-day efforts of running the symposium.  The English faculty and alumni on the program included the following:

STOP TIME: PRESENT, PAST & FUTURE WALK INTO A BAR…  Dr. John Paine (Monteverde Plenary Address)

TIME REAL & IMAGINED  Dr. Wyeth Burgess (with Dr. John Niedzwiecki)

DREAMING IN TIME…AND OUT: A WORKSHOP FOR THE JUNG AT HEART  Dr. Robbie Pinter (with Laura Hileman)

WRITING OUT OF TIME: THE MEMOIRS OF WOOLF & NABOKOV Dr. Andrea Stover

IT’S THE DEAD FOLKS THAT DO THE DAMAGE: TIME IN FAULKNER  Professor Sue Trout

NO ABIDING PLACE: JANE AUSTEN IN SPACE & TIME Dr. Douglas Murray

REFLECTIONS ON TIME TRAVEL: SHORT FILM WITH DISCUSSION  Dr. John Paine and Dr. Maggie Monteverde

“THAT TIME OF WHICH WE HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE”  Dr. Maggie Monteverde

DEFINING THE PRESENT VIA THE PAST: A READING Dr. Gary McDowell and Dr. Susan Finch

TEACHING CENTER LUNCH DISCUSSION: TEACHING ACROSS TIME  Dr. Annette Sisson (with Dr. Andy Miller)

THE LANGUAGE OF TIME: PANEL DISCUSSION  Dr. Maggie Monteverde & Michael Jackson, MA in English Program (with Dr. Paolo Boero, Dr. Qingjun Li, Dr. Mark McEntire, )

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS SIR CLOUDSLEY SHOVELL Michael Jackson, MA in English Program

TIME & LITERATURE: A JOINT SESSION Hillary Rector, MA in English Program,  & Allison Rau, MA in English Program

TIME & NARRATIVE IN FILM, DIGITAL STORYTELLING & DOCUMENTARY: PANEL DISCUSSION  Dr. Joel Overall (with Louise Woehrle and Will Akers)

COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITY: GIVING TIME  facilitated by Dr. Cynthia Cox and Misty Wellman, MA in English Program

HUMANITIES SYMPOSIUM WRITING WORKSHOP: WRITING POETRY AND THE LYRIC ESSAY IN A VACUUM  Dr. Gary McDowell

2014 SANDRA HUTCHINS SYMPOSIUM WRITING COMPETITION READING & CELEBRATION OF WINNING ENTRIES facilitated by Dr. Gary McDowell and Dr. Susan Finch

SYMPOSIUM WRAP-UP: REFLECTING ON WORLDS ENOUGH & TIME  Dr. Maggie Monteverde and Dr. Jason Lovvorn (with Dr. Andy Davis, Dr. Mark McEntire, Dr. Davon Ferrara, and Dr. Natalia Pelaz)

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English Major Featured at Huffington Post

Keayana Robinson, an English major at Belmont University, was recently interviewed by The Huffington Post along with  collaborators, Kristoff Hart and Cameron Bryant.  The trio  wrote and produced the YouTube video, “I Dig the Skin I’m In,” which offers a positive message about self-image and diversity, particularly for people of color who have suffered racial slurs and subsequently struggled with body image.  In the Huffington article, titled “MC Shakes Off Being Told She’s ‘Too Dark’ With Funk and Grace,” Robinson notes, “We’re all about embracing differences … I think that it’s definitely extremely important for members of the African-American community to embrace their differences and their skin and their flaws, because they’re beautiful.”