Today, the English Department voted to approve a merger between our departmental area and film, so we have become Multicultural and Transnational Literatures, Film, and Folklore. While the merger will not have any immediate effect on our curriculum, my guess is that the new name and members of the team (including Dr. Anna Froula and Dr. Amanda Klein) will represent exciting new possibilities for us going forward. It’s also gratifying to have Folklore represented officially as a part of our departmental name, especially since Dr. Kitta has done such an outstanding job in leading the area. That change, too, I believe, will bode well for future development of the area.
Congratulations to Nate King upon his successful defense of his CAPS project, “Historical Positions of Christianity in Postcolonial Literature: Or, Colonial Complicit Christianity,” directed by Dr. Ulibarri. The project involved a course design for a college-level sophomore/junior literature course.
So excited to learn from Dr. Kitta that Erin Hawley has successfully defended her CAP project, “Disability Advocacy and Technology – an Online Course” today. The project sounds very exciting and a subject that we really ought to feature more in our own curriculum. Best wishes and keep in touch, Erin.
Congratulations to Morgan Thompson, who has successfully defended her CAPS project, “A Seminar in U.S. Immigrant Literature for Adult Distance Education.”
Congratulations to Sarah Wise upon successfully defending her thesis “The Sum of Our Parts: Race, Blood, and Genetics in Three Dystopian Young Adult Novels,” directed by Dr. Ulibarri.
Congratulations to Gergana Adams upon successfully defending her CAPS project, a design for a world literature class at the community college level. Dr. Huang directed.
Congratulations to Amanda Ferris Frederico upon her successful defense of the thesis “Memorializing Individuals, Seeking Justice for Communities: The Epidemic of Systemic Violence Against Indigenous Peoples and the Role of Art and Public Response in Bringing about Social Change,” directed by Dr. Bardill.
Congratulations to Shannon Murphy upon her successfully defending her professional project, “The Chinese Experience in America: A Teaching Unit of The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan.”
Congratulations to Alexandria Faulkenbury upon successfully defending her thesis, “Necessary Absence: Familial Distance and the Adult Immigrant Child in Korean American Fiction,” directed by Dr. Huang.
Congratulations to our M.A. graduate Bryant Scott upon receiving a scholarship to study at Harvard’s Institute of World Literature program in the summer of 2016. Bryant is a doctoral student at the University of Miami.