Puget Sound English Department

April 25, 2011

Writing Internships: Presentation Session Tuesday, April 26

As you may or may not know, the English department offers a recurring Writing Internship course (English 497), during which students gain practical work experience, make professional connections, and reflect on the nature of careers open to those proficient in the study and use of language. This year, nine of our students are completing their internships, and will be presenting an informational and poster session on the work they have done in their positions and in the course.

The presentation will take place on Tuesday, April 26 from 6-7 p.m. in Trimble Forum. If you’ve ever wondered “What can I do with an English major?” or “How can I help prepare myself for an exciting post-graduate career?,” you owe it to yourself to stop by. Come help celebrate the achievements of this outstanding group of student interns.

April 19, 2011

Suzanne Warren Reading: Weds., April 20

Please join us for a reading by Suzanne Warren, Doctoral candidate at the U of Cincinnati and a candidate for the English Department’s Visiting Assistant Professorship in Creative Writing. Ms. Warren will be reading “Peachface: Short Fiction,” from her collection Nora Halpern, at 4 p.m., Weds., April 20, in Wyatt 313. In addition to the reading, there will be snacks and time for questions.

April 14, 2011

Department reading: Monday, April 18

Please join us at 4 p.m., on Monday, April 18 in Wyatt 313 to hear Renee Simms, adjunct professor at Arizona State University and candidate for Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, discuss contemporary African American literature and read from her story collection, Necessity of Wings.

April 11, 2011

Department Reading: Karin Lin-Greenberg

Please join us on Wednesday, April 13, at 4 p.m., in Wyatt 313 for a reading by Karin Lin-Greenberg, Visiting Assistant Professor at The College of Wooster and candidate for the position of Visiting Assistant Professor in Creative Writing. She will be reading “Prized Possession,” from her collection Those We Miss When They Are Gone. There will be refreshments, of course, and a chance to ask questions of our candidate.

March 6, 2011

Terry Castle speaks tomorrow (Monday, March 7)

Please join us for a public lecture by distinguished Puget Sound Alum Terry Castle:

“The Necessary Orphan: Insurrection, Autonomy, Parents and Rebellion in 2011.”
Monday, March 7 at 4pm in the Rotunda.
Free and open to the public.

Terry Castle is a UPS alum (English, 1975), who is a leading literary and queer scholar. Her 1995 Apparitional Lesbian is still fresh and crucial reading for anyone working in queer, gothic, novel, or gender studies. Castle’s latest book, The Professor has been receiving rave reviews for its powerful writing and incisive self-reflection, its torquing of the genre of memoir; it has been nominated for a National Book Circle Critics prize. Castle is always provocative and astute. Her talk on Monday is titled “The Necessary Orphan: Insurrection, Autonomy, Parents and Rebellion in 2011” and will discuss the pop psych phenomenon of “helicopter” parents, undergraduate education, enlightenment, and filial rebellion.

February 28, 2011

TODAY (Monday, Feb. 28)!

Jeff Solomon, candidate for Visiting Assistant Professor of 20th-Century Literature, speaks today at 4 p.m., in Wyatt 313:

Young, Effeminate, and Strange: The Queer Debut of Truman Capote

Hope to see you there!

February 23, 2011

Two Events with Dolen Perkins-Valdez

Former Puget Sound English Department member Dolen Perkins-Valdez will be back on campus on Monday, February 28, to offer two events:

11 a.m., in the Rotunda, “The Practice (Of the Writing Life)”

3 p.m., Wyatt 326, “The Slings and Arrows of the Publishing World”

Both events are free and open to members of the campus community. For further information, please contact Beverly Conner: bconner@pugetsound.edu

You can find further information about Perkins-Valdez, and about her acclaimed debut novel Wench at her website. Wench (Amistad, $14.99) deals with an unfamiliar aspect of American history: a resort where wealthy white men once vacationed with their slave mistresses.

February 16, 2011

Whatever you do, don’t miss this!

Stanford University English professor, Puget Sound graduate (’75), cultural critic, and intellectual provocateur Terry Castle will be on campus in just a few short weeks, so mark your calendars and/or put this in your smart phones:

“The Necessary Orphan: Insurrection, Autonomy, Parents and Rebellion in 2011” guest lecture by Terry Castle ’75

March 7, 2011 @ 4:00pm — Wheelock Student Center, Rasmussen Rotunda

From our Office of Media Relations, some additional information about Professor Castle and her work:

Castle, a Puget sound alumna of the class of 1975, will discuss the pop psych phenomenon of ‘helicopter’ parents, undergraduate education, enlightenment, and filial rebellion. Castle is the author of eight books, including “The Apparitional Lesbian.” She is professor of British Literature and the Walter A. Haas Professor in the Humanities at Stanford University.

Terry Castle is a Stanford University English professor and literary critic, who was a friend of Susan Sontag, and who has published eight books, ranging from the feminist, to ghost stories, to literature of the First World War.

Her new book “The Professor and Other Writings” is currently nominated for a National Book Critics Award. (award ceremony Sat. March 5). She and the new book have recently been covered in Salon, London Review of Books, The Chronicle of Higher Education. She writes regularly for the Atlantic and New Republic. Earlier books include: The Apparitional Lesbian: Female Homosexuality and Modern Culture (1993) and Boss Ladies, Watch Out! Essays on Women, Sex, and Writing (2002).

It’s not too late…

… to hear photojournalist Melanie Burford discuss her work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Last night, she delivered a spellbinding presentation on the effect of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the lives of an already-threatened bayou fishing community, Delacroix Island, and she speaks again tonight, Weds., February 16, at 6:30, in Kilworth Chapel. Tonight’s talk is titled “Eyes of the Storm: The Photographic Story of Hurricane Katrina,” and will cover the work for which she and her fellow Dallas Morning News photographers earned a 2006 Pulitzer Prize. Burford’s presentations are part of the Brown and Haley Lecture Series, and are free and open to the public. More information on Burford, her work, and tonight’s lecture here.

November 2, 2010

Events–we’ve got events!

Filed under: Events on Campus,Lectures/Presentations/Debates — ATH @ 6:01 am

This next week is going to be a busy one:

Thursday, November 4 Join us in Trimble Forum from 5-6:30 p.m. for our pre-registration social and information session. Find out about Spring course offerings by our faculty, not only in English, but in core courses (WR, SCIS, HM, FA, CONN), cross-listed courses with other departments, and more. Chat, snack, and get connected with the English Department. Bring a friend! Detailed course descriptions for Spring 2011 can be found on the department’s homepage, under “Spring 2011 Courses.”

Then head back to Trimble Forum on Monday, November 8, from 6:30-8 p.m., for a Coffeehouse Conversation with Professor Julie Christoph about her literacy work in Zanzibar. Our Coffeehouse series features faculty members speaking briefly and informally about their scholarly and creative work, followed by time for questions and conversations. This year’s Coffeehouse events are generously supported by the Humanities Program.

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