Professor/Chair, Department of English
AUTHOR

Mark West

Monday Missive – April 15, 2019

This Is What Community Engagement Looks Like —  Last week was National Volunteer Week.  In support of this national campaign, UNC Charlotte’s Office of Community Relations organized several volunteer opportunities for university employees.   Jennie Mussington and Angie Williams from our English Department both participated in this campaign.

On Monday, April 8, 2019, Jennie volunteered for “Operation Sandwich.”  Jennie and the...

Monday Missive – April 1, 2019

Going Beyond the Classroom — The learning process is not limited to the classroom, and the same holds true for the teaching process.  Examples of how learning and teaching go beyond the classroom abound in our English Department.  Over the past week, three such examples came to my attention, and I thought I would share them with you in today’s Monday Missive.

Last week, students from Jen Munroe’s ENGL 4072/5072: Ecologies of Eating in Early Modern England...

Monday Missive – March 18, 2019

Celebrating the Connections between the English Department and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program — Beginning in 1987, March has been designated as Women’s History Month in the United States.  Since I am writing this Monday Missive in the middle of March, it seems like an appropriate time to write about the longstanding relationship between our English Department and the Women’s and Gender Studies Program.

UNC Charlotte’s Women’s...

Monday Missive – March 4, 2019

Bridging Generations at the Seuss-a-Thon — The eighth annual Seuss-a-Thon will take place on Saturday, March 9, at Park Road Books (4139 Park Road) from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This community event is co-sponsored by the English Department and Park Road Books, Charlotte’s only full-service, independent bookstore.   At the Seuss-a-thon, many members of the English Department and other literacy advocates will participate in a four-hour marathon of...

Monday Missive – February 18, 2019

Going on an Expotition — Toward the end of Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin gathers up his friends sets out on an expedition to discover the North Pole.   Pooh, however, is not familiar with the word expedition, so he replaces it with the following new word that he invents on the spot: Expotition.  Apparently for Pooh, this new word is a proper noun, for it is always capitalized in the book.  For Pooh, an Expotition has to do with going on adventures and discovering...

Monday Missive – April 8, 2019

Shall We Dance — Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were both magnificent dancers on their own, but when they danced together they created cinematic magic.  One of the ten films that they did together was Shall We Dance, which came out in 1937.  I watched this film several years ago on my return flight after giving a talk at the National University of Singapore. The airline offered a whole array of old musicals, and I watched one after another.  I saw Shall We Dance on...

Monday Missive – March 25, 2019

The Center City Literary Festival as a Cultural Catalyst — In what has become an annual event, the Center City Literary Festival will take place on Saturday, March 30, 2019, at UNC Charlotte Center City, 320 E. 9th Street.  Co-sponsored by the English Department and UNC Charlotte Center City, this festival is divided into two parts.  The day-time part is intended for children and their families and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00...

Monday Missive – March 11, 2019

Writing about Place — As a fiction writer, Bryn Chancellor stresses the importance of place in many of her stories.  The title of her debut novel, Sycamore, underscores this point.  The title is the name of the small town in Arizona where the novel takes place.  For Bryn, settings involve the natural world, the built environment, and the history of a place.  For Bryn, settings can be deceptive.  The places she describes have their secrets, and in the case of Sycamore...

Monday Missive – February 25, 2019

Experiential Learning — A few years ago, a colleague in the English Department noticed me wandering down the department’s hallways and talking to everybody whose doors were open.  This colleague diagnosed me with a rare condition called “Restless Chair Syndrome.”  I think it might be related to Restless Leg Syndrome.  However, as far as I know Restless Chair Syndrome has not yet made it into the The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, ...

Monday Missive – February 11, 2019

Games People Play — For the members of the Children’s Literature Graduate Organization (CLGO) this spring semester is barely long enough to fit in all of the events and projects that they have planned.  The biggest of these events is their annual Graduate Student Colloquium, which will take place on March 21 in Cone 111 from 9:30 to 2:30. The title for this year’s colloquium is “Modern Authors, Historic Influences:  Framing Children’s Literature...

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