Do we know how to judge teaching?

July 27, 2015 from Inside Higher Ed with response from Professor Martin Bickman. By Stephen L. Chew, professor and chair of psychology at Samford University. Early in my career, there was an incident involving a senior professor in another department. He was a mild-mannered man but deeply embittered about his career. He began savagely berating…

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Aimee Anderson’s confidence boosted, thanks to creative writing award

Aimee Anderson is a junior majoring in English Literature and minoring in Leadership Studies and TAM (Technology, Arts, and Media). She is a Norlin Scholar and has a passion for writing. She specifically loves writing poetry and spends a great deal of her time doing so. Additionally, Aimee enjoys editing and is currently the Managing Editor for the CU Honors Journal. She is…

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Scholarship prizes help Leslie Selcer find a way

Leslie Selcer is currently a senior at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she is studying English literature, secondary English education, and French. She is the editor in chief of Walkabout Creative Arts Journal and is planning to spend the next year student teaching and writing an honors thesis about the construction of gender roles in romantic young adult…

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ELN now accepting special issue proposals

May 2015: English Language Notes is accepting special issue proposals for publication beginning with the Spring/Summer 2017 issue.  If you are interested in editing a special issue, please write up a brief  (250-300 word proposal) for the issue and send it to Laura Winkiel by September 1, 2015. The current issue line-up is listed below. Special issue editors receive…

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Code Name Sasha

ENGL 5529-200 Queer Black Renaissance

Professor: F.I.R.S.T. scholar Gary Holcomb Dr. Gary Holcomb is a professor in the Department of African American Studies at Ohio University. His research interest is in 20th-century African American literatures, with a critical concentration on modernist period literature, including the Harlem Renaissance, the literature of the Great Depression decade, and postwar…

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Scholarship award winner Kim Swendson ecstatic over winning prizes

Kim Swendson is a senior majoring in English with a focus in Creative Writing and minoring in Italian. She works with the ASAP program at CU as an Italian tutor, and breeds award-winning Bernese mountain dogs. During the summer, she works on a biodynamic farm in Santa Fe, cultivating heritage vegetables, working with the local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture), and…

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Bailey Walker deeply grateful for winning competition prize

Bailey Walker is a Broadcast Production major at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She grew up on the Quebec boarder in a small Vermont town where she was homeschooled for seven years. Her favorite place to write is on top of the Wood’s Quarry trail, and on warm Saturday mornings she can always be found amid the glorious hubbub of the Boulder Farmers’ Market.…

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Career Options for English Majors

by Rochelle Ceira, CU-Boulder, Class of 2011 Don’t let anyone tell you that you are out of option with an English major. No one is ever out of options! What some say is a downside of the program—the fact that it is too “general” and not specific to any field—is in fact an advantage to majoring in English. It is a highly flexible program that enables you to…

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Get to know: PhD candidate Cayla Eagon

Cayla Eagon is a first-year PhD candidate in the English Department. She earned her BA from Winthrop University and her MA from Illinois State University. In 2013 she worked as the editorial assistant for Digital Defoe: Studies in Defoe & His Contemporaries. She was awarded Winthrop University’s Caskey Award for Scholarship in the Humanities 2012 and ISU’s Glenn…

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Goodbye and hello to EGSC members

The English Department says farewell to outgoing English Graduate Student Council (EGSC) representatives for the 2014-2015 academic year: Deven Parker (Ph.D. Representative), Allison Shelton (Ph.D. Representative), Jennifer Stroh (M.A. Representative), Alyssa Quintanilla (M.A. Representative), and Logan Blizzard (UGGS Representative). Thank you for another stellar and…

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Shakespeare’s First Folio appears on campus in August 2016

April 24, 2015: As part of the First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare national tour, the First Folio exhibition at CU-Boulder will be open to the public at the CU Art Museum Aug. 8-31 in 2016. Creative programming for all ages will explore topics such as comic books, Elizabethan food, and the music, art and science of Shakespeare’s time. The First Folio exhibit…

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Job Marketing Info for Graduate Students

Paul Youngquist and Janice Ho are hosting a job market information meeting on Tuesday, May 5, from 11am to 1pm in Hellems 104.  The meeting will be in two parts: The first hour is an open Q&A session for any graduate student (both MAs and PhDs) interested in finding out more about the job market and how to think about professionalization over the course of your…

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Spring 2015 Commencement

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students at the English Department's Commencement ceremony, Friday, May 8, 2015 in the Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. We will host a casual reception at 10:30am; program will begin at 11:30am. Our keynote speaker is Selah Saterstrom, and our undergraduate valedictorian is Lauren Thurman. CU-Boulder's Commencement…

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Get to Know: PhD candidate Deven Parker

March 2015: Listen to an interview with Deven.   Deven Parker is a second-year PhD student in the Department of English. Her research interests include British Romanticism, media studies, critical theory, poetics, drama, and print culture. She is group coordinator for the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century Graduate Reading Group (18/19), and PhD…

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Find out how podcasts can open up options

Podcasts are a great way to listen to your favorite show or connect with the latest on iTunes when and how it works best for you. If you haven't tried it yet, here are instructions from the Hubspot blog on how to access podcasts on your devices. February 20, 2015 // 6:00 AM How to Subscribe to a Podcast on Your Phone & Computer Written by Dave Gerhardt |…

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Doug Burger Lecture Series 2015

On Tuesday, March 10, the English Department is kicking off the First Annual Doug Burger Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Literature to honor Doug Burger, a much-loved professor. There will be a reception at 4 pm in the British and Irish Studies Room (Norlin Library), followed by a talk at 5 pm by David Aers of Duke University. Aers's talk will explore one of the grand…

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Severed dragon head morphs into bomb cappuccino threat in LitBuffs story

At our last Lit Buffs meeting (2/12/15), we did an activity that is similar to a one word story, but where everyone adds a sentence. Each person only knew the sentence just written, and none of the rest of the story. Here is the outcome: His eyes rolled like grey-glass marbles in his sockets. Mesmerized by the elusive dragon he chased so persistently. The tail whipped in…

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WIP: Touching/Feeling the Past

WIP: “Touching/Feeling the Past: Material Emotions and Embodied Time in Early Modern History”

Feb 11, 2015: Don't miss the first WIP of the Spring semester! Melanie Lo will be reading her paper: “Touching/Feeling the Past: Material Emotions and Embodied Time in Early Modern History”. WIP will be held in the Dilts Lounge from 11:30 to 12:30pm today! Stop by for what is sure to be a great paper and some delicious…

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Get to know: PhD candidate Alex Corey

Alex Corey is a fifth-year PhD candidate in the English Department and works in the field of American Studies. Alex explores the intersection of literary studies, musicology, and American Studies. In his dissertation, "Unruly Intimacies: U.S. Literature and Music from Ragtime to Modal Jazz," he questions how popular music's seductive force has fostered attachments within…

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Connect Securely and Worldwide Through Eduroam

Eduroam is an encrypted wireless network service available to all CU-Boulder students, faculty and staff, as well as students, faculty and staff from participating institutions worldwide. Visitors from participating institutions can securely connect by selecting the eduroam network from their wireless device and logging in with their institution’s credentials and…

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New critical/creative magazine seeks contributors

January 13, 2015: The online critical/creative magazine,Vannevar, is seeking contributors for its upcoming issues and projects.  www.vannevar.net Vannevar, founded by Matthew Treon (MFA 2014) and Steve Lewis (MFA 2013) in October 2013, is a site of cross-genre, cross-disciplinary, multimedia collision. Interests range from pop culture and entertainment to social…

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Technology of the past at the MAL

The motto of the Media Archaeology Lab (MAL) is that “the past must be lived so that the present can be seen.” Nearly all digital media labs are conceived of as a place for experimental research using the most up-to-date, cutting-edge tools available. By contrast, the MAL – which is the largest of its kind in North America – is a place for cross-disciplinary…

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All things tech-y. Need help?

If you're new to campus, hooking up with the right technology tools and resources is a must. CU-Boulder offers fantastic resources and opportunities. Plus, with the support of the Office of Information Technology (OIT), you'll be up and going in no time. Make sure you bookmark this page: colorado.edu/oit for online help. Put OIT in your cell contacts: 303-735-4357…

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Works in Progress/WIP

The Works-in-Progress Colloquium (or WIP) is an ongoing series of presentations, sponsored by the English Graduate Student Council (EGSC), designed to workshop and showcase graduate work in all theoretical fields and historical periods. Through the WIP Colloquium Series, we aim to increase discussion and engagement between the sub-disciplines represented in the English…

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