English Department Events

Please join us in congratulating Patricia Baines, winner of the 2012-13 Outstanding FTT Teaching Award.
Please join us on Friday, February 12 for Middle Tennessee State University's 2010 Peck Composition Series, featuring Dr. Deborah Brandt of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Winner of the 2003 Grawemeyer Award in Education for her book Literacy in American Lives (2001), Dr. Brandt is also the author of Literacy and Learning: Reflections on Writing, Reading, and Society (2009) and Literacy as Involvement: The Acts of Writers, Readers, and Texts (1990). Dr. Brandt teaches graduate courses in literacy, writing studies, and qualitative research methods as well as a number of undergraduate writing courses.
Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Mendy Richards, Dr. Carol Westby will be on campus this week. On Tuesday, September 25th, 2007, Dr. Westby will make a presentation in Dr.Aleka Blackwell's Introduction to Linguistics class on the topic of the Keres language, an American Indian language whose native speaking children struggle as they are taught to read in English when reaching school age.All are invited to attend. PH 215. 11:20 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Mohammed Albakry, Dr. Randi Reppen (professor at Northern Arizona University and director of the American National Corpus Project) will be on campus in early October. On October 11, she will present a lecture in room R109 of the nursing building from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The linguistics club will provide refreshments. Her talk is titled "The many faces of corpus linguistics."

Abstract: In recent years corpus linguistics (i.e using computerized text collections for language study) has gained in popularity. This presentation will begin with a brief examination of corpus linguistics and then explore some of the many areas where corpus linguistics can provide insights. The areas that will be explored include historical linguistics, psycholinguistics, and language teaching.

Thanks to the efforts of Dr. Timothy Wilt, a panel presentation on intercultural communication will be held at the Cultural Diversity Conference on October 31 at 4:00 p.m. in PH215. The panel consists of Timothy Wilt (Panel Coordinator), Mohammed Albakry, Yang Soo Kim, and Aleka Blackwell (Discussant).

Thanks to the efforts of Linguistics Club officers, two faculty presentations are scheduled for this fall. On Wednesday, September 26 at 6 p.m. in PH213, Dr. Cyrille Magne has agreed to discuss the linguistic specificity of the brain areas involved in processing language.

On October 24 at 6 p.m. in PH213, Dr. Rami Shapiro will speak to the club about issues related to translations of the Bible. All invited to attend.

In addition, the Linguistics Club plans to hold game nights/informal gatherings on the following evenings: October 10 and November 7 at 6 p.m. in PH 213. If you like Scrabble or similar word games, please join us on one or both of those evenings.

With the help of the Linguistics Club members, Dr. Aleka Blackwell is once again organizing a Linguistics Olympiad for area high schools. If you would like to contribute a problem or two to this competition (to take place on Saturday, February 2, 2008), please email her. If you would like to volunteer to help score at the Olympiad, please let her know as well.

As a host of the Linguistics Club of MTSU, the English department's linguistics faculty and students organized a Linguistics Olympiad for area high school students on Saturday, 3 March 2007.

The University Writing Center is hosting an Open House on Thursday, September 8, 2005, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. in PH 325 and 326.

Come by and meet the new staff, including the new assistant director.You can also check out our resources, eat some good food, and possibly win a door prize.

University Writing Center Midnight Madness, April 27-28, 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m.
The English Graduate Student Orginaztion held its Re-Visioning Conference on Saturday, April 16, 2005, for 8:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in the Business and Aerospace Building, Rooms 213, 262, and 264.

The University Writing Center and the Virginia Peck Fund are happy to announce a poetry reading in the center. Please invite your students to join us.

Matt Maki
Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 7:30 p.m.
at the University Writing Center (Peck 325)

Matt Maki has studied at Northern Michigan State University and completed his MFA in creative writing at the University of Alabama where he continues to teach. He has served as an editor for Passages North and other small
literary journals and as the fiction editor of Black Warrior Review. His creative and critical work, most recently published in The Rectangle and the book Hermes-Aphrodite Encounters (Summa 2004), reflect his interest in myth theory and the blurring of literary genres.

Thanks to the Virginia Peck Foundation, Ava Leavell Haymon will come to campus Tuesday, April 12, 2005, and do a reading at 4:30 in Dining Room C of the James Union Building. She will be reading from, and talking about, her new book with LSU Press, The Strict Economy of Fire, poems (mostly) about Nepal. Ava is delightful as a reader, and her poetry is both formal and exuberant. Students respond well to her, so please invite your students to come to her reading. Afterwards, there will be a reception Michael and Sara Dunne's house, 801 East Lytle St., and we hope you will come to that, too.

Dr. David Hufford, University Professor & Chair of the Humanities Department and Professor, Departments of Neural & Behavioral Sciences and Family & Community Medicine, will speak at Middle Tennessee State University, Monday, Marth 28th at 4:30 p.m. in room 123 of the Cason-Kennedy Nursing building. Dr. Hufford is well known for his work in the area of folk medicine.

This lecture is sponsored by the English and Nursing Departments at MTSU with the financial assistance of MTSU's Distinguised Lecturer Fund.

Reminder for the upcoming Modern Critical Approaches to Children's Literature Conference, held at the Nashville Doubletree Hotel March 31-April 2.As most of you know, this is a major scholarly conference attended by researchers from all over the US and Canada. We will have about 82 papers presented on children's literature as an area of literary analysis, including several of our own: Bob Petersen, Bene Cox, Paige Klein, Patricia Baines, and Rachel Robinson, one of our M.A. grad students. Our keynote speaker is Donnarae MacCann, a leading scholar on African and African- American issues in children's literature. You can check the department website (see Journals and Conferences link) for a list of paper topics and the program schedule.

Faculty and graduate students (and, of course, undergraduates, if interested) are welcome to attend, free of charge. We particularly encourage graduate students to come, since this is a major scholarly conference and a good introduction to how these sorts of conferences work, children's literature or not.

The Virginia Peck Composition Series Presents: Dr. Lisa Ede, Oregon State University, February 25, 2005, 9:00—4:00, Alumni Center (West Wing).

Dr. Barton Palmer, an award-winning translator of French medieval verse and the author of several books on European and American cinema, will speak on "The Noir Redemption Film: from The Accused to The Man Who Wasn't There. The
talk will be held at the Martin Honors Bldg, room 106, on Thursday, February 24 at 4:30 pm.Palmer is Calhoun Professor of Literature and director of the South Carolina Film Institute at Clemson University.

Following Dr. Palmer's talk a faculty reception will be held at the home of Elizabeth and Robert Bray, 521 E Main St. Parking is available both on the street and at the church across from the Bray residence. If you plan to come to the reception, please let Robert know (rbray@mtsu.edu) so that he will know how many people to expect. Thank you!

Comments/questions/suggestions should be directed to mclayton@mtsu.edu. We are especially interested in hearing from alumni of the English Department.

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