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Illinois State plays key role in David Foster Wallace biopic article thumbnailIllinois State plays key role in David Foster Wallace biopic. A new biopic’s portrayal of author David Foster Wallace is winning praise from two of his former colleagues at Illinois State, even if the University itself is a little lost in translation. [Read the rest]
Professors help alum rebuild school after Nepal quake article thumbnailProfessors help alum rebuild school after Nepal quake. Faculty members of the Children’s Literature Program are helping an alumnus raise funds for a school demolished in Nepal during the recent earthquakes. [Read the rest]
Obsidian offers a platform for globalization and diversity article thumbnailObsidian offers a platform for globalization and diversity. This May, the Publications Unit is officially releasing a journal dedicated to African and diasporic African literature, art and scholarship. [Read the rest]
Staged reading of Beebo Brinker Comes to Town April 13 article thumbnailStaged reading of Beebo Brinker Comes to Town April 13. A staged reading of the play Beebo Brinker Comes to Town will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Center for the Visual Arts, room 151. Admission is free. [Read the rest]
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Sondheim and the American musical theatre focus of College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lectureship March 24 article thumbnailSondheim and the American musical theatre focus of College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lectureship March 24. Professor of English Robert McLaughlin will present "So Many Possibilities: Stephen Sondheim and the American Musical Theater" for the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Lectureship at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, in the Old Main Room of the Bone Student Center. [Read the rest]
Digital desserts make history article thumbnailDigital desserts make history. English class publishes The Redbird’s Word: Sweets and Tweets, a review of desserts at local eateries. The book is entirely digital and interactive with Twitter.  [Read the rest]
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Euphemism editorial meeting
Location: Publications Unit - Williams Annex
Start Time: 8/26/2015 6:00 PM
End Time: 12/2/2015 8:00 PM
Description: Please let interested students know that Euphemism editorial meetings will take place Wednesday nights at 6 p.m. in the Pub Unit. Euphemism is the English Department's online creative arts journal. No experience is necessary to be on staff. In addition to putting out our fall issue, we'll probably do a little workshopping and maybe come up with a new campaign to mess with the normals.
Rhetoric, Comp, & Tech Comm Gathering
Location: Stave, Uptown Normal
Start Time: 9/11/2015 4:00 PM
End Time: 9/11/2015 6:00 PM
Description: Informal get-together for faculty and graduate students in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication. Appetizers and cash bar.
MLA JobList: Advice for Reading
Location: STV 128
Start Time: 9/18/2015 5:00 PM
End Time: 9/18/2015 7:00 PM
Description: Advice for reading and interpreting MLA job ads in rhetoric, composition, and/or technical communication. Pizza and soda will be served.
Laura Gray-Rosendale presentation
Location: Stevenson 401
Start Time: 9/22/2015 2:00 PM
End Time: 9/22/2015 3:00 PM
On behalf of the Professional Growth Committee, I’m writing to let you know that Laura Gray-Rosendale, author of the acclaimed memoir College Girl, will be the Department’s Fall Speaker. Laura is President’s Distinguished Teaching Fellow, Professor of English, and the Director of STAR English (a writing program for “at risk” students) at Northern Arizona University. In addition to College Girl, she is the author of Rethinking Basic Writing, co-editor, with Sibylle Gruber of Alternative Rhetorics: Challenges to the Rhetorical Tradition, and co-editor, with Gil Harootunian, of Fractured Feminisms: Rhetoric, Context, and Contestation.
College Girl includes a blurb by Kass Fleisher: "College Girl is a monumental achievement that ranges from memoir to cultural critique to documentary nonfiction, but it's also a stunning study in prose stylings that reaches from the sublime to the grotesque. Lyrical, repulsive, elegant, and hideous,  College Girl is expressed in language so thought-provoking, so astute, that we cannot help but be right there with her. I urge all of us to engage with and learn from this deeply important book--and never, ever forget."
College Girl recounts Laura’s brutal rape and its aftermath while a student at Syracuse University more than 25 years ago. At once an important contribution to current conversations about rape on campus and an illustration of the necessity of others to tell her own story, the memoir beautifully integrates work in life writing, rhetoric, and trauma theory.
Laura will give a scholarly presentation at 2:00 that day. And in the evening, at 7:00, she will read from and later sign copies of College Girl. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reading.
Please mark your calendars for Laura’s visit and let me know if you’re teaching a class you might like to have Laura visit. And please feel free to share this announcement with others.
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