Congratulations to Erin Frost, whose co-authored article (with Dr. Marie Moeller of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse) “Food Fights: Cookbook Rhetorics, Monolithic Constructions of Womanhood, and Field Narratives in Technical Communication” was selected for (re)publication in Best of the Journals in Rhetoric and Composition 2017. The series authors describe “Food Fights” as an example of how “Writing has the power to sort, label, and isolate people according to descriptions of gendered and national identity as monolithic categories” (p. ix). Erin presented on this article while it was in progress at the Faculty Speaker series several years ago and is grateful for the support and suggestions received there.
Congratulations to PhD student Alicia Hatcher, who has been awarded the 2018 CPTSC/Bedford St. Martin’s Diversity Scholarship Award. She will receive $750 to assist her with expenses associated with attending and presenting at this year’s Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication (CPTSC) conference. She will be recognized at the annual conference reception on October 4 in Minneapolis, MN.
Congratulations to Ron Hoag, who has been elected to a two-year term as President of the Thoreau Society, taking office at the Society’s July convention in Concord, Massachusetts. Headquartered in the restored house in which Henry Thoreau–author of Walden and other works–was born in 1817, the Thoreau Society is the oldest and largest organization devoted to an American author. Founded in 1941 by Thoreau biographer Walter Harding (The Days of Henry Thoreau) and Professor Raymond Adams of UNC-Chapel Hill, the Society now has some 1200 members in all 50 states and 22 foreign countries. The Thoreau Society hosts a week-long Annual Gathering in Concord, with scholarly programs and field trips, and sponsors sessions at the conferences of the Modern Language Association (MLA), American Literature Association (ALA), and the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment (ASLE). It publishes two scholarly journals, the annual Concord Saunterer: A Journal of Thoreau Studies (which Hoag edited for seven years at ECU) and the quarterlyThoreau Society Bulletin. It also provides an annual Thoreau Society Fellowship for research in conjunction with its collections housed at the Thoreau Institute Library in Lincoln, MA. Hoag has previously served several terms on the Board of Directors, chairing both its Fellowship Committee and the Standing Committee responsible for the Society’s significant Thoreau-related holdings including one of two extant Daguerreotypes of Henry David Thoreau. In May Hoag presented a paper at a four-day conference on “Uses and Abuses of Thoreau at 200” in Gothenburg, Sweden–one of many international events recognizing the bicentennial of the author’s birth.
Congratulations to Amanda Klein on two recent accomplishments:
First, Amanda was invited to join the board of Console-ing Passions. Console-ing Passions is comprised of a board of senior feminist scholars whose interests converge around the study of media and identity, and who are committed to promoting further research in this area. This board membership recognizes Amanda’s important work in the field. Amanda also led the conference planning team that hosted the Console-ing Passions conference here at ECU in July 2017.
Second, Amanda’s invited essay “Genre and Form” was published in The Craft of Criticism: Critical Media Studies in Practice, Eds. Mary Celeste Kearney and Michael Kackman. New York: Routledge, 2018. With contributions from 30 leading media scholars, this collection provides a comprehensive overview of the main methodologies of critical media studies.
Congratulations to Andrea Kitta and Solveig Bosse, whose ENGL 2570 (The Supernatural) and LING 2720 (Invented Languages) are featured on the ECU homepage among twelve cool classes being offered this fall:https://blog.ecu.edu/sites/ecunow/blog/2018/08/20/cool-classes-12-unique-courses-offered-this-fall/. As you know, we are working to offer excellent and engaging gateway courses, and these two courses are among them. It’s good to see them being recognized.
Congratulations to Nikki Caswell, who received the Recent Alumni Award from the College of Education, Health, and Human Services at her alma mater, Kent State University. The Recent Alumni Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a former student who graduated within the last ten years from a program within the college. The award recognizes an alumnus who has achieved extraordinary distinction in a career rooted in education, health, and human services. As an award winner, Nikki will be inducted into the college’s Hall of Fame and will travel to Kent State in October for a ceremony and a conversation circle with current students.
ECU English professor Dr. Tom Shields has had his work on the Lost Colony cited in The Washington Post. The Post’s piece focused on Virginia Dare and white nationalism.
To read the article, visit https://www.washingtonpost.com/…/how-a-child-born-more-th…/….
The article was also reprinted in the News & Observer: http://www.newsobserver.com/opi…/op-ed/article212325244.html.
ECU English’s PhD alum Janine Butler (2017) has published an article, “Integral Captions and Subtitles: Designing a Space for Embodied Rhetorics and Visual Access,” in the journal Rhetoric Review.
Read her work here: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/07350198.2018.1463500?journalCode=hrhr20.
Janine’s work at ECU focused on accessibility and multimodality. She is currently an Assistant Professor at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, a college of Rochester Institute of Technology. Go English!
English major and Honors College EC Scholar Glenesha Berryman was a keynote speaker at the 2018 Duke TIP State Recognition Ceremony held at ECU’s Hendrix Theater on Friday, May 11, 2018. Glenesha spoke to the attending 7th graders enrolled in the 7th Grade Duke TIP Talent Search program about “minding the gap” as they progress from middle school to high school and college. These students were invited to State Recognition Ceremony because they achieved 22 or higher on the ACT English, Math, Reading, and Science tests; or at least 540 on SAT Math and Reading/Writing tests normally taken by high school juniors and seniors. Glenesha captured her audience’s attention and made us very proud. Go English!