Professor/Chair, Department of English
AUTHOR

Mark West

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...

Monday Missive – January 30, 2017

International Holocaust Remembrance Day — This past Friday (January 27) marked the observance of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, and this event sparked me to reflect on my family’s connections to the Holocaust.  Everyone on my father’s side of the family came from the Jewish community in Warsaw, Poland.  A small group of them immigrated to New York City in the early years of the 20th century.  My great-grandparents were among those who...

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 – February 6, 2017

Celebrating Black History Month —  February is Black History Month (also known as African American History Month).  For the members of the English Department, the history of African Americans relates in significant ways to our research and teaching.  A perfect example of this relationship is Janaka Lewis’s current a research project on the history of girls’ play in African American communities.  When I contacted Janaka and asked her for more information...

Monday Missive – January 23, 2107

Celebrating the Centennial of Carson McCullers’s Birth — Copper Restaurant, known for its Indian food, is located just a few blocks from our home.  Whenever I walk our dog along East Boulevard, we pass by it as we get our exercise.  Our dog doesn’t seem to care that the famous novelist Carson McCullers lived in the building where Copper Restaurant is now located, but it matters to me.

McCullers and her husband rented an apartment in the building in 1937. ...

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