Congratulations to Margaret Bauer, who has been named one of six recipients of this year’s North Carolina Award, the state’s highest civilian honor. Margaret wins for Literature and will receive the award from Governor Roy Cooper at a gala in Raleigh next month. She is certainly in august company among this year’s winners as well as among past honorees. A press release with details is below. Go English!
ECU English faculty, graduate students, and alumni present at 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference
Twelve members from the Department of English at ECU presented their research, shared their expertise, and participated in collaborative/interactive workshops at the 11th Biennial Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference held October 4-8, at the University of Dayton. The conference theme, “Rhetorics, Rights, (R)evolutions,” asked participants to “bridge feminist rhetorics with feminist activism and advocacy to bring about social change.” The conference was sponsored by the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition (CFSHRC).
Dr. Wendy Sharer facilitated a collaborative/interactive session, “Opening the Scholarly Conversation: Feminist Publishing Practices,” and presented “We Have Always Been Stronger Together: Rethinking Anthologizing Practices in the History of Rhetoric.” She participated on a panel “Creating a Safer C’s: Developing Action Plans for the CCCC 2018 Task Force.” Dr. Sharer also serves as Member-at-Large of the CFSHRC Executive Board. Drs. Erin Frost and Michelle Eble served as Small Group Facilitators at the Seminar, “Feminist Rhetorical Science Studies: Politicizing Posthumanisms, Rhetoricizing New Materialisms.”
Friday afternoon’s ECU panel, “Intersectional (Black, Political, and Professional) Bodies: Feminism, Rhetoric, and Social Justice in the 21st Century,” featured English alumnus and teaching instructor, Joshua Gardner‘s, “Reading the Woman: Power, Gender, and Embodiment in the 2016 Presidential Election;” third-year PhD students, Cecilia Shelton’s “Why Should I Believe You?: #BlackLivesMatter Building Ethos as a Movement on the Margins” and Temptaous McKoy’s “Black Thighs Matter; Rhetorical Concepts of Taste and Black Bodies;” and Dr. Matthew Cox’s “Intersectional Bodies: Workplaces as Queered, Feminist, & Rhetorical.” Several in attendance remarked that this was one of the finest panels of the conference.
Other sessions featured Carleigh (DeAngelis) Davis, fourth-year PhD student, who presented “Dialogic Collaboration in Coded Interactions: Cultivating Feminist Values and Practices in Digital Spaces” and third-year PhD student, Ruby Nancy, who presented “Be Like Alice: Multi-Genre Writing as an Intersectional Feminist Rhetorical Strategy for Amplifying Activism,” who also served as one of the social media curators for the conference.
On Saturday, Dr. Michelle Eble facilitated a Mentoring Feminist Scholars’ session on “Publishing an Edited Collection: A Feminist, Process Approach.”
Drs. Will Banks, Nicole Caswell, and Stephanie West-Puckett (ECU PhD alumna and faculty at University of Rhode Island) delivered the second ECU panel “Failing Sideways: Toward a Queer Methodology for Writing Assessment.”
One of the final collaborative/interactive sessions of the conference featured Dr. Erin Frost, who presented “Using Feminist Methodologies to Build Healthcare Partnerships.”
All of the sessions generated questions and discussions and often continued after the sessions were over. ECU faculty, students, and alums clearly made a lasting impression on the conference as several conference attendees remarked at the important work related to social justice being done in the Department of English at ECU. Congratulations to all!
Dr. Erin A. Frost was a Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop last week. Her workshop, “Feminist Credibility: Negotiating Subjectivity in Public Spaces,” examined the ways women’s experiences are often treated as less credible than other perspectives in supposedly “objective” and “neutral” spaces, from research to politics. Dr. Frost also created a website that contains a variety of resources on feminist credibility, along with a collaborative Google doc that participants were asked to contribute to.
A link to this website resource can be found here: http://feministcredibility.weebly.com
A link to a recorded version of FSDW’s keynote workshop with Dr. Erin Frost can be found here:
The Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop (FSDW) is a biennial, online, interdisciplinary workshop for individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects. The workshop is sponsored by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) and James Madison University’s School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.
Dr. Lida Cope was recently invited to teach a new seminar focused on the language and culture of Texas Czechs at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. The seminar took place during the last week of May 2017. Most students in the class were future teachers of Czech as a foreign language. Transcription of recordings from the late 1980s and 1990s and of immigration letters from the 1880s, assigned to the attending students, will be integrated into the digital archive of the Texas Czech Legacy Project (led by Cope since 2012). During her stay in Prague, Lida Cope gave an interview about her work in Texas Czech communities to the Czech Radio’s Magazín Leonardo (news Magazine Leonardo)
As part of community outreach in Czech Moravian communities in Texas, Lida Cope of ECU’s Department of English organized a roundtable Legacy of Svatava Jakobson (with Roger Kolar, Thadious Polasek, and Woody Smith of Austin and Moravia, Texas) in the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange, TX, on May 19, 2017. The roundtable was followed by the opening of an exhibit of recovered photographs prepared by Svatava Jakobson for the 1984 Ethnic Folk Festival in San Antonio, Texas (organized and prepared by Janis Hrncir of the TCHCC and Lida Cope). Lida Cope is the only scholar currently working to make available recordings and artifacts collected by folklorist Svatava Jakobson of Columbia, Harvard and UT Austin between the late 1940s and 1980s. Following the roundtable and exhibit opening, Cope presented and led a discussion on the Texas Czech Legacy Project, an open-access digital archive that documents the dying Texas Czech dialect through its speakers’ voices to help maintain the community’s linguistic and ethnocultural heritage. These events, part of the annual Májové Slavnosti (May Celebrations) at the TCHCC in La Grange, marked the 20th anniversary of the Center’s founding. Incidentally, this was also the 20th anniversary for Cope who began her fieldwork in Czech Moravian communities in Texas in May 1997.
In addition to news of Rick Taylor being recognized with the UNC Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award and Nicole Sidhu receiving her Scholar-Teacher Award, several other colleagues were celebrated and recognized at the University Teaching Awards ceremony.
Also recognized were Erin Frost (finalist for Alumni Association/Jones Teaching Award), Andrea Kitta (nominee for Alumni Association/Jones Teaching Award), and David Wilson-Okamura (nominee for Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching).
It is also worth mentioning that applying for teaching awards is an especially involved process, and the department is grateful to the winners and the nominees for representing English so well in their application materials.
Congratulations to Guiseppe Getto, who guest co-edited the May 2017 issue of the journal Technical Communication. This special issue focuses on culturally sensitive user experience (UX design). You can read the guest editors’ introduction to the special issue here: https://www.stc.org/techcomm/2017/05/10/localizing-user-experience-strategies-practices-and-techniques-for-culturally-sensitive-design/.
Congratulations to Dr. Jessica Bardill, who has a busy summer scheduled. She will participate in the Mining Ethnicity Colloquium at Stanford University (a joint effort to strengthen conversations and connections between comparative race studies and the digital humanities) in May, give a paper at the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association annual meeting in June, and help lead the Summer Internship for Indigenous Peoples in Genomics (SING) workshop at the University of Arizona in July.
Nicole Sidhu received her Scholar-Teacher Award (and also presented a beautiful (and beautifully obscene) poster on her research into medieval obscenity)! Congratulations Nicole.