Professor/Chair, Department of English
AUTHOR

Mark West

Monday Missive – August 12, 2019

Urban Connections — Our university has long identified itself as an urban institution.  Our university is named after the city of Charlotte.  Our university’s tag line is “North Carolina’s urban research university.”  Our university has a large facility called UNC Charlotte Center City.  This urban focus is also reflected in our teaching and service work.  I was reminded of our urban emphasis during a recent conversation I had with...

Monday Missive – July 29, 2019


Making Connections through Literature — Last week my wife and I traveled to Stockholm so that I could research the connections between Swedish children’s author Astrid Lindgren and Junibacken.  Promoted as a “children’s cultural center with books at its heart,” Junibacken combines the elements of an interactive children’s museum, a children’s theater, and a children’s bookstore. Junibacken opened to the public...

Monday Missive – July 15, 2019

Partnering with Kingston University — On Friday of last week, Provost Joan Lorden officially approved our proposed MA/MFA Dual Degree Program with Kingston University.  Since her counterpart at Kingston University had already signed the agreement, we are now cleared to launch this dual degree program in creative writing.  We will begin the process of launching the program this coming fall semester, and we expect to enroll students in the program...

Monday Missive – July 1, 2019

Independence Day — My father was born on July 4, 1928, so I always think about him every Fourth of July.  Some of my most distinct memories of my father from my childhood years relate to his elaborate fire-worshiping ritual, otherwise known as outdoor grilling. On special occasions, such as the Fourth of July, Dad was always ready to shed his identity as a dentist and get in touch with his inner caveman self. Like most men of his generation, Dad seldom cooked in the kitchen,...

Monday Missive – June 17, 2019

Exploring the Diversity of Southern Childhoods — On Thursday and Friday of this week, Sarah Minslow and I are co-hosting a curriculum development workshop for thirty-two K-12 teachers titled Exploring the Diversity of Southern Childhoods. This workshop will take place at UNC Charlotte Center City.  The first day of the workshop will focus on Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming, and the second day will focus on the film version of Harper Lee’s ...

Monday Missive – August 5, 2019

Woodstock and the Counterculture Movement — Fifty years ago this month, nearly 500,000 young people converged on a dairy farm in White Lake, New York, to participate in the music festival known as Woodstock.  Promoted as “3 Days of Peace & Music,” Woodstock featured many of the most prominent rock and folk-rock stars of the time, including the following: Joan Baez; The Band; Blood, Sweat and Tears; Creedence Clearwater Revival; Crosby,...

Monday Missive – July 22, 2019


Participating in the Personally Speaking Series
 — While reading the current issue of Exchange, I experienced a brief moment of disbelief when I started reading Susan Jetton’s article titled “Personally Speaking Series:  Authors Series Uncovers Stories Behind the Books.”  In the first sentence, Susan writes that the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is about to “kick off the 10th season” of the...

Monday Missive – July 8, 2019

Welcome Back, Liz Miller — Liz Miller made her triumphant return to Charlotte last week after spending four months in Germany doing research for her Fulbright Research Fellowship.  We chatted for half and hour when she stopped by the department to pick up her mail.  I asked her to write up an account of her Fulbright adventure for this week’s Monday Missive.  Here is her response:

I returned to Charlotte last week, deeply grateful for the four months I was able...

Monday Missive – June 24, 2019

Three Gardeners — Given that our first summer session is nearly over, I have a sense that we are already half way through the summer of 2019, but this sense is nonsense.  In reality, the summer of 2019 started on June 21, which was just last Friday.  The start of summer, after all, is dictated by the summer solstice, not by the Registrar’s Office and its academic calendar. 

The arrival of summer reminds me of my early attempts at planting a garden after moving to Charlotte...

Monday Missive – June 10, 2019

June Is Bustin’ Out All Over — As a high school student, I performed in our school’s production of Carousel, and I still know all of the songs from this Rodger and Hammerstein musical.  One of my favorites is “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over.”   This song popped into my head last week, not only because it is now June, but also because department-related news was bustin’ out all over.   So here are just some of the news items that crossed...

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