Professor/Chair, Department of English
AUTHOR

Mark West

Monday Missive – April 24, 2017

Our Students’ Winning Ways — Last Friday was a remarkable day for many of the students associated with the English Department.  Not only were 25 of our students recognized at our annual Student Awards Ceremony, but a number of our students achieved recognition at two other events that also took place on Friday.

Peter Fields

During an awards ceremony sponsored by the Graduate School, Peter Fields received the Graduate School’s Outstanding Teaching...

Monday Missive – April 10, 2017

March for Science — On April 22, many scientists and scientific organizations plan to gather in Washington, D.C., for an event that is being billed as the March for Science.  While reading about this event, I was reminded about the English Department’s involvement with science and technology.  Our faculty members have published numerous books and articles that deal with these topics, including Alan Rauch’s Dolphin, Aaron Toscano’s Marconi’s...

Monday Missive – March 27, 2017

Supporting the National Endowment for the Humanities — From March 11-13 Jeffrey Leak attended the annual conference for the National Humanities Alliance with a delegation from public and private colleges and universities across North Carolina.  During this conference, the delegates heard many presentations about the President’s proposed budget and its harmful impact on the NEH and affiliated programs throughout the country.  However, Jeffrey reports...

Monday Missive – March 6, 2017

 

CLGO member Amanda Loeffert reading The Cat in the Hat

United for Literacy — The sixth annual Seuss-a-Thon took place this past Saturday, and it attracted a large and diverse group of children, parents, grandparents, and various other Dr. Seuss fans of all ages.  Co-sponsored by the English Department and Park Road Books, this event featured area educators and literacy advocates reading Dr. Seuss books aloud to children in a marathon fashion for four continuous...

Monday Missive – February 20, 2017

A Curious Incident — About two weeks ago I received an email from Provost Joan Lorden regarding one of the plays sponsored by the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.    As she explained to me in her email, the Blumenthal had arranged to bring a touring production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time to Charlotte, and they were looking for moderators to lead a discussion of the play after each performance.  The Provost asked if I would be willing to serve...

Monday Missive – April 17, 2017

National Poetry Month Meets Earth Day

April is National Poetry Month, and April 22 is Earth Day. As I see it, these two celebrations not only overlap in terms of time, but they also speak to each other in meaningful ways. Since ancient times poets have been inspired by the natural world. Many of today’s poets also write about nature and the relationship between humans and the natural world. Three such poets are Christopher Davis, Allison Hutchcraft, and Grace Ocasio,...

Monday Missive – April 3, 2017

Sigma Tau Delta News — The 2017 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention took place in Louisville, Kentucky, from March 29 through April 1under the theme of “Recreation,” and UNC Charlotte students represented the English Department well.  On Thursday, Thomas Simonson, Chelsea Moore, Sara Eudy, Kelly Brabec, and Maria Lignos presented a panel that they proposed on Recreation of African American Female Identities.  On Friday...

Monday Missive – March 13, 2017

Celebrating Our Part-Time Faculty Members — This weekend I received an email from Paula Martinac informing me that her new novel, The Ada Decades, has just been published Bywater Books in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  After congratulating her on this significant publication, I asked her for more information about her novel.  She responded by sharing with me what she calls her “elevator speech.”  The Ada Decades, she wrote,”is a historical novel-in-stories...

Monday Missive – February 27, 2017

A Community of Scholars — As a member of our English Department, I highly value the many opportunities I have to learn from my colleagues.  I often read scholarship by members of the department, and I always enjoy the discussions that I have with faculty members about their current research projects.  I also enjoy hearing scholarly presentations by members of our department, and I always learn from these presentations.  It is not often that I have the opportunity to...

Monday Missive – February 13, 2017

Lights, Camera, Action — Usually when I come to the university on the weekends, the Fretwell Building is pretty quiet, but not this past Saturday.  As I walked toward Fretwell on Saturday morning, I kept noticing temporary signs about “catering” and “crew meetings,” and I became curious about what was happening.  I entered Fretwell on the first level, and I suddenly realized that the building had been taken over by a large film crew.  There...

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