Professor/Chair, Department of English
AUTHOR

Mark West

Monday Missive – December 11, 2017

There and Back Again — The subtitle for J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit is There and Back Again. This phrase seems apropos for today’s Monday Missive since I just returned from Oxford where Tolkien wrote The Hobbit. I went to Oxford to participate in the Oxford Education Research Symposium and to present a paper titled “LeVar Burton and the Evolution of Language Arts and Literacy Education in the Digital Age.” While I was there, however, I had dinner...

Monday Missive – November 27, 2017

Mark West and Bill Hill

Learning from Bill Hill — At the end of this fall semester, Bill Hill, the Senior Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will retire.  Bill and I arrived at UNC Charlotte within two years of each other.  Bill came in 1982, and I came in 1984.  At the time, the English Department housed speech (as communication studies was then called), so we both started off as assistant professors in the same department.  Over the years,...

Monday Missive – November 13, 2017

Service to the Profession — Last week Pilar Blitvich showed me a copy of the latest issue of the Journal of Language Aggression and Conflict, a journal that she co-edits.  As I thumbed through the issue, I was impressed with the international nature of this journal.  Both the articles and the contributors have connections with many different countries.  The fact that Pilar plays such a key role in editing this international journal underscores for me the importance...

Monday Missive – October 30, 2017


 

A Friendly Takeover — In the realm of corporate business, hostile takeovers are commonplace, but in the realm of our English Department a completely different kind of takeover took place last week.  The students associated with Sigma Tau Delta and the Early Modern Paleography Society (with assistance from our other student groups) organized a “Haunted English Department Takeover” on Friday, October 27.  Many of us on the faculty and staff opened...

Monday Missive – October 16, 2017

 

Thomas Wolfe Moves In — Paula Eckard will be talking about her book Thomas Wolfe and Lost Children in Southern Literature as part of the Personally Speaking Series on November 14, 2017.  In the lead up to her presentation, we have just installed an exhibit on Thomas Wolfe in the main lobby of the English Department.  Among the items included in the exhibit are copies of Wolfe’s books, recent issues of the Thomas Wolfe Review (edited by Paula),...

Monday Missive – December 4, 2017

A Semester to Remember — As the fall 2017 semester draws to a close, I think we should take a moment to celebrate the English Department’s record of achievement over the span of one semester. The semester began with the announcement that the English Department is the 2017 recipient of the Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Also at the beginning of the semester, we learned of Kirk Melnikoff’s designation as a finalist for the 2017 Bank of America...

Monday Missive – November 20, 2017

Family, Friends, Food, and Film — I associate Thanksgiving with spending time with my family, connecting with friends, preparing and consuming food, and perhaps seeing a film at some point during the long Thanksgiving weekend.  All of these associations relate in one way or another to the film Pieces of April.  I didn’t see the film when it first came out in 2003, but my wife and I rented it a few years later when it came out on DVD.  It has since become my favorite...

Monday Missive – November 6, 2017

Connecting with the Public Library — For the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, the beginning of November is a special time of the year, for this is when two of the public library’s signature events take place.  On November 2, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation held Verse & Vino, the library’s biggest fundraising event.  On November 4, the public library held EpicFest, a free, daylong festival celebrating children’s literature...

Monday Missive – October 23, 2017

 

Lending a Helping Hand — The spirit of volunteerism and a commitment to community engagement often go hand in hand.  This pairing was clearly the case earlier this month when a group of students from the English Learning Community (ELC) volunteered at the 6th Annual Charlotte Literary Festival at the Little Rock Cultural Center.  Janaka Lewis helped organize this community event, and she contacted Tiffany Morin, the coordinator of the ELC, to see if any of the...

Monday Missive – October 9, 2017

 

 

 

 

All the World’s Our Stage — The 42nd Annual UNC Charlotte International Festival will take place on Saturday, October 14, at 10:00 a.m. in the in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center.  For more information about this festival, please click on the following link: http://ifest.uncc.edu  As I checked out the information about this festival, I was reminded about the English Department’s many global connections....

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