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Graduate Literature Studies Conference 

This past week, on December 4th and 5th, the first year English graduate students showcased the research they’ve been working on this semester in their literature studies conference:”Under Her Eye: Unveiling Narrative and Power.” Students presented papers on a variety of works, including many papers on Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Following the presentations, attendees had the opportunity to ask question and participate in lively discussion. Thank you to all who attended and participated!  

Award

Congratulations to Dr. Mythili Menon who has been awarded a Multidisciplinary Research Project Award (MURPA) of $7,500 for Spring 2018, for her project ‘Investigating the Spread of Misinformation on the Web by Analyzing Online Sharing Behavior’ with collaborator Dr. Murtuza Jadliwala (Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science). This award will support the work of two undergraduate RA positions in the Menon Lab next semester.

Dan Hoyt Visits Wichita State

Dan Hoyt, professor at Kansas State, came down to visit Darren DeFrain’s ENGL 712 class last week. He spent the entire time with the class answering questions about his new book, This Book Is Not For You. He also met with several of the program’s MFA students before giving a reading at Watermark Books. The reading was preceded by a book trailer created by MFA students Aaron Rodriguez and Will Sandberg. The excellent reading was followed by a Q&A with Darren DeFrain, as well as dinner and drinks at The Anchor. It was an excellent experience all around- thank you to everyone who attended!

Former MFA Student Interviewed by AWP

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Former MFA student Dan Calhoun was recently interviewed by the AWP. A link to the interview can be found here.

 

The Wichita English blog will be going on hiatus for winter break, and will return at the beginning of Spring semester. Have a safe break and a happy New Year!


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Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series Finishes Up for the Semester

The last talk of the ‘Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series’ featured an undergraduate student panel on Constructed Languages. Four undergraduate students presented their ConLangs that were created as applied learning final projects for LING 151: The Nature of Language. Madison Murphy, a junior majoring in English creative writing presented her language Sibis. Sierra Bauman, a sophomore majoring in Spanish Pre K-12 education and minoring in Linguistics presented her language Ashkil. Monelle Brink, a senior majoring in computer engineering presented her language Tonashei. Alyssa Dehncke, a junior majoring in English language and literature presented her language Illesume. The student panel was moderated by David Kummer, a 4th year PhD student in the Department of Linguistics, University of Kansas, Lawrence. (Submitted by Dr. Mythili Menon)

English Speaker Series

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Dr. Michael Behrens, assistant professor of English at Emporia State University, finished out the Speaker Series for the fall semester with his presentation, aptly titled “Conversion and Courtship in the Early Enlightenment”. He focuses on early Modern literature and Restoration and 18th Century literature. His presentation focused on the letters to and from Mrs. Cockburn and how courtship and religious conversion tangled, due mostly to the interrelation of the sacred and the sexual, together in her suitor’s letters.

Open call for submissions

  • Wichita State’s Literary journal, Mikrokosmos, is almost done accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction! Submissions can be entered until November 30, 2017.
  • Graduate Research & Scholarly Projects (GRASP) Symposium
    • A new opportunity for graduate students- the call for GRASP abstracts will be in early spring. The deadline is February 2, 2018.  The Symposium will be held on April 27.  Visit www.wichita.edu/grasp for more details.

Events this Week

  • Dan Hoyt, Professor of Creative Writing at Kansas State University, will be reading from his new, award-winning novel, This Book Is Not For You, at Watermark Books at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 30. Dan is a terrific writer, reader and person, and his new novel tells the story of Neptune, a punk living in Lawrence who has plans to blow up Wescoe Hall (home of the KU English Department). But plans go astray and Neptune has a change of heart leading to a life-and-death struggle with some very nasty skinheads. In spite of that description the book is hilarious, gripping and engaging. Head to Watermark and check it out! (Flier is below)22791989_1888593044484740_6329593176822539716_o
  • Sigma Tau Delta will be meeting Friday, Dec. 1, at 11 am in Lindquist 500.
  • Mikrokosmos staff will be meeting Friday, Dec. 1, at 12 pm in Lindquist 500.
  • EGSA will be meeting Friday, Dec. 1, at 3 pm in Lindquist 500.
  • Higher Education Day is an advocacy event at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. It is organized by the state universities’ student governments to lobby Kansas legislators on public policy topics that are of interest to college students. Turn in your application to the SGA office in 219 RSC by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1. Higher Education Day will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, in Topeka. Applicants who qualify may be subject to an interview.
  • Grad students party at the Ulrich, co-sponsored by the Graduate School and Ulrich Museum of Art, will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the Ulrich.
    • Meet with grad students from across programs. Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres at the Ulrich Museum — WSU’s nationally recognized modern and contemporary art museum — and view fall exhibitions before they close. A list of professional development and community events are posted on the Graduate School website at http://www.wichita.edu/pds
  • Come celebrate the end of the semester with a literature conference featuring our very own graduate students! On December 4th and 5th, the MA and MFA 2017 cohort will be presenting portions of their final research projects for English 700 in a mini-conference titled “Under Her Eye: Unveiling Narrative and Power.” Students will be presenting on a range of texts, from Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and its recent Hulu adaptation to the writings of James Baldwin, Herman Melville, Junot Díaz, Rosario Ferré, and Amy Hempel. Come join the conversation!
    •  On December 4th, Panel 1 features the research of John Darr, Zach Parker, and Victoria Stewart (@ 4:00-5:15pm) while Panel 2 features the research of Kelsey Abendroth, Sydney Martin, and Sarah Greenall-Sharp (@ 5:30-6:45pm). On December 5th, Panel 1 features the research of Sally Spina, Abigail Rogers, Beth Horton, and Becca Yenser (4:00-5:15pm) while Panel 2 features the research of Dan Arndt, Drew Colcher, and Carolyn Whitaker (@ 5:30-6:45pm). Feel free to stop by for one or two panels or attend all four!
  • Dr. Connor’s ENGL 590 Senior Seminar will be acting out short scenes from selected plays and giving their justification for the depiction of these scenes. Check out the flier below for more information, and join us to watch this interesting and informative event on Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 12:30-1:45 pm in Lindquist 112!

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Upcoming Events 

  • Sigma Tau Delta will be hosting a fundraiser at Barnes and Noble on Friday, December 15. Come get your reading lists at the event and help raise funds for conferences and other activities.
  • Sigma Tau Delta is offering a free Grammar Series presentation at 1 pm in Lindquist 100 on December 8. This presentation, geared towards students before they take their finals, covers some of the common grammatical issues and concerns of undergraduate students. All are welcome.
  • Spring 2018 Professional Development Series & Community Events
    • The Graduate School is planning new professional development and community events for the spring semester. They plan to offer more events in the afternoon and evening, with lunch and snacks provided. Watch for the new posting on the Graduate School website at http://www.wichita.edu/pds.

The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

 

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but the best part? you.

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The Mikrokosmos team hosted an open mic night at a local bar, The Hopping Gnome, to raise funds for their upcoming issue on Thursday, November 9th. Current students, alumni, and community members, read their poetry and fiction to an eager, beer-sipping crowd late into the evening. The packed bar gave students an opportunity to engage with the community in a way that helps promote immediate literacy and build a literary community, but also to build up the literary publications available at Wichita State.

Stay tuned for a podcast of the event as well!

Yannick Murphy Reading

Yannick Murphy, introduced by Becca Yenser, gave a reading of one of her upcoming short stories at the  Ulrich Museum on November 9th as part of the “Writing Now, Reading Now” series.  The short story, titled “Now is the Time” will be published later this month in Big, Big Wednesday and will be part of her upcoming “memoir that isn’t a memoir”. Yenser recalled two of Murphy’s, Wichita State’s current visiting author, pieces of advice on writing: “to begin where it hurts the most” and “Is your writing worth your death?”

 

Mikrokosmos Submissions

Wichita State’s literary journal, Mikrokosmos, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  Submissions can be entered until November 30, 2017.

Submission information: https://mikrokosmosjournal.submittable.com/submit

Conference News

  • SWPACA Acceptance
    • Vistoria Hendricks, current MA student, has been accepted to present at the 39th Southwest Popular/American Culture Association conference in Albuquerque, Nm for her paper “‘Is there a heaven for the black?’ The Functionality of Whitewashing Christianity in Harriet E. Wilson’s Our Nig; or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black“.

Events This Week 

  • The last “Language and Linguistic Colloquium Series” for Fall 2017 is today, November 15th at 3 PM in Hubbard Hall 208. The undergraduate student panel on constructed languages will feature four undergraduate students who created their own language for the final projects in LING 151: The Nature of Language. Students presenting their works include:
    • Madison Murphy- Sibis
    • Sierra Bauman- Ashkil
    • Monelle Brink- Tonashei
    • Alyssa Dehncke- Illesume
  • The English Speaker Series is featuring Dr. Michael Behrens this Thursday, November 16th, in RSC 258 at 4 PM. Dr. Behrens is an assistant professor of English at Emporia State University where he specializes in early Modern literature and Restoration and 18th century British literature. The title of his talk is “Conversion and Courtship in the Early Enlightenment.”
  • The Ulrich Museum of Art will be hosting a workshop titled “Living and Sustaining a Creative Life” on Friday, November 17th, from 11 AM- 1 PM. It is free to students.  To reserve your spot, email ulrich.wichita.edu
  • The Graduate Student Association will be meeting Friday, November 17th, 2017, at 4:30 PM in Hubbard Hall 228.

Upcoming Events

  • The Graduate school is hosting a party for all grad students Friday, December 1st, 3-4:30 PM, at the Ulrich museum.

    The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

 

 

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bold hues: mikrobrews.

Publications

  • John Darr, Poetry MFA student, will have three poems published in the March 2018 edition of SOFTBLOW and three poems published on November 21st in Anti-Heroin Chic. Congrats, John!

Upcoming Blog Addition: Spotlight Series

  • We will be featuring both students and faculty in an upcoming spotlight series.  Are you knee-deep in exciting research or halfway through a huge project?  Show off your passions, research, and aspirations by emailing us and signing up for a Student Spotlight or Faculty Spotlight.  Remember that you can always send in news, research, projects, and anything else exciting on our Contact Us page.

Conferences

  • Do you have research that is relevant to the state of Kansas? If so, the Graduate School wants you to present at their annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit next year – February 20th, 2018. Abstracts, 250 word limit, are due Friday, November 10th. Please speak with your research or faculty adviser about preparing your abstract– it should include how your research is relevanct to the state of Kansas. Want to know more about CGRS? Check out the website: www.wichita.edu/cgrs. There’s also a section called “WSU Students Only” where you will find more information, including how to submit your abstract.

Open call for submissions

Wichita State’s literary journal, Mikrokosmos, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  Submissions can be entered until November 30, 2017.

Submission information: https://mikrokosmosjournal.submittable.com/submit

Events this Week

  • “Tips for Writing Good Grants” is happening today, Nov. 8th at 5:30 pm in Lindquist 207. Lisa Dodson will be speaking, and has over 25 years of nonprofit experience, as well as experience writing successful grants and serving as a grant reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • Writing Now, Reading Now is hosting Yannick Murphy on Thursday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Murphy is the visiting distinguished writer this semester and will be teaching the writers tutorial to advanced undergraduate fiction writers and MFA students. The reading is free and open to the public. Her books will be for sale after the reading and she will be available for signing copies.
  • Mikrokosmos is hosting Mikrobrews, a fundraising event at Hopping Gnome Brewing Company this Thursday, Nov. 9th from 7-9 pm. There is a $2 cover added to any tab, and there will be an open mic, so grab your friends, grab some work to read (5 minutes tops), and help Mikrokosmos make this a great event!

Upcoming Events

  • The Graduate School is hosting the professional development event “Job Search Skills” on November 15th from 12-1:30 PM. RSVP before November 8th at wichita.edu/JSS. To see all Fall 2017 events, go to www.wichita.edu/pds.

    The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

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Presentations and Conferences

 

 

  • On Friday, Dr. Kristina Darling gave a presentation on “From Literary Magazines to First Books: How to Build an Audience for Your Work.” She detailed the pleasures and pitfalls of publishing creative writing and offered students extensive resources for ways to promote their work. In addition, Dr. Darling spoke on the importance of social justice to the creative process, encouraging students to consider the power and privilege associated with publishing and the responsibility of editors to focus on diversity and inclusion in their presses. -Submitted by Dr. Rebeccah Bechtold

 

 

  •  Last week, Mythili Menon traveled to Boise State University to present two papers at Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL 2017, https://english.boisestate.edu/wecol2017/). The first paper (co-authored with Rachel Showstack) titled, “Measure Phrases in Spanish Spoken in Multilingual Learning Contexts” was presented in the ‘Syntax’ panel. The second paper (co-authored with her undergraduate student Jamillah Sleiman) titled, “The Changing of Arabic Terminology in Times of War and Displacement” was presented in the ‘Language and Displacement’ panel. Mercedes Lubbers’s presentation titled “Literacy as a Tool to Colonize Native Americans” was also selected as a poster in the undergraduate research session. -Submitted by Dr. Mythili Menon

A Spooky Sixth Floor

  • As an end to a fun-filled spirit week created by Annie Woods and Josh Zimmerer, on Halloween, the department celebrated with a large potluck put together by English faculty and staff.  Even Ernest and Leroy dressed up for the occasion!

Upcoming Blog Addition: Spotlight Series

  • We will be featuring both students and faculty in an upcoming spotlight series.  Are you knee-deep in exciting research or halfway through a huge project?  Show off your passions, research, and aspirations by emailing us and signing up for a Student Spotlight or Faculty Spotlight.  Remember that you can always send in news, research, projects, and anything else exciting on our Contact Us page.

Conferences

  • Do you have research that is relevant to the state of Kansas? If so, the Graduate School wants you to present at their annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit next year – February 20th, 2018. Abstracts, 250 word limit, are due Friday, November 10th. Please speak with your research or faculty adviser about preparing your abstract– it should include how your research is relevanct to the state of Kansas. Want to know more about CGRS? Check out the website: www.wichita.edu/cgrs. There’s also a section called “WSU Students Only” where you will find more information, including how to submit your abstract.

Open call for submissions

Wichita State’s literary journal, Mikrokosmos, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  Submissions can be entered until November 30, 2017.

Submission information: https://mikrokosmosjournal.submittable.com/submit

Events this Week

  • Sigma Tau Delta will be meeting on November 3 in Lindquist 500 at 11 AM.
  • The English Graduate Student Association will be meeting November 3 in Lindquist 500 at 3 PM.

Upcoming Events

  • The Graduate School is hosting the professional development event “Job Search Skills” on November 15th from 12-1:30 PM. RSVP before November 8th at wichita.edu/JSS. To see all Fall 2017 events, go to www.wichita.edu/pds.
  • Writing Now, Reading Now is hosting Yannick Murphy on Thursday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Murphy is the visiting distinguished writer this semester and will be teaching the writers tutorial to advanced undergraduate fiction writers and MFA students. The reading is free and open to the public. Her books will be for sale after the reading and she will be available for signing copies.

    The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

     

 

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Wichita State English Department Active at Conferences 

Several Wichita State University students recently presented at the Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference, as follows:

  • Zach Parker presented a creative paper, titled “This is Not a Story”.
  • Sally Spina presented a critical paper, titled “Double Exposure: Applying Ecocritical and Postcolonial Theory to Nadine Gordimer’s The Consevationist
  • Carolyn Whitaker presented a poetry collection, all of which are variation on a theme.

 

 

Jamillah Sleiman, a senior undergraduate student, gave her first conference presentation at the 2017 Western Conference on Linguistics (WECOL). She presented “The Changing of Arabic Terminology in Times of War and Displacement.”

Sixth Floor Celebrates Halloween Spirit Week

 

October spirits

high as floor six of Lindquist,

dressed up in friendship 🙂

 

Student Accolades

A congratulations to the following students, who received a fellowship for the Spring semester:

  • Victoria Hendricks
  • Victoria Stewart

Several students will be serving as student liaisons on faculty committees this year, as follows:

  • Zach Parker will be serving on the Composition Committee.
  • Victoria Hendricks will be serving on the English Literature Committee.

Conferences

  • Submissions are now open for the Sigma Tau Delta International Conference.  The final date to submit is October 30th.  Submission requirements and information can be found at http://www.englishconvention.org/2018/submissions-overview/
  • Do you have research that is relevant to the state of Kansas? If so, the Graduate School wants you to present at their annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit next year – February 20th, 2018. Abstracts, 250 word limit, are due Friday, November 10th. Please speak with your research or faculty adviser about preparing your abstract– it should include how your research is relevanct to the state of Kansas. Want to know more about CGRS? Check out the website: www.wichita.edu/cgrs. There’s also a section called “WSU Students Only” where you will find more information, including how to submit your abstract.

Open call for submissions

Wichita State’s literary journal, Mikrokosmos, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  Submissions can be entered until November 30, 2017.

Submission information: https://mikrokosmosjournal.submittable.com/submit

Events this Week

  • The Graduate School is hosting a professional development event this thursday, October 26th, 5:00-6:30 PM. RSVP at wichita.edu/JSS. To see all Fall 2017 events, go to www.wichita.edu/pds.
  • Mikrokosmos staff is meeting this Friday, October 27 at 12:00 PM in Lindquist 500.
  • Kristina Darling will be presenting information on publishing and cultivating an audience on Friday,  October 27 at 4:30 PM in Lindquist 112.  You can view the flier here.
  • Richard Davies has an art showing on Friday, October 27 at Reuben Saunders Gallery in downtown Wichita.  The collection is titled “Fate” and will be on display from October 27- November 17.
  • Halloween Comicfest is Saturday, October 28th, 1-4 PM in Ablah Library’s 1st floor C-Space. There will be a costume contest, roundtable discussions on various fandom topics, a greenscreen photo booth, film screening of Nosferatu at 2:00 PM, kids craft table, and free comic books! For more information on events and the schedule, go to : http://libresources.wichita.edu/comicfest

Upcoming Events

  • The next Sigma Tau Delta meeting will be on November 3 in Lindquist 500 at 11 AM.
  • The next English Graduate Student Association meeting will be November 3 in Lindquist 500 at 3 PM.
  • The Graduate School is hosting the professional development event “Job Search Skills” on November 15th from 12-1:30 PM. RSVP before November 8th at wichita.edu/JSS. To see all Fall 2017 events, go to www.wichita.edu/pds.
  • Writing No, Reading Now is hosting Yannick Murphy on Thursday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Murphy is the visiting distinguished writer this semester and will be teaching the writers tutorial to advanced undergraduate fiction writers and MFA students. The reading is free and open to the public. Her books will be for sale after the reading and she will be available for signing copies. 

    The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

     

 

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Sigma Tau Delta held its October meeting (pictured above)

Sigma Tau Delta is an international collegiate honor society for students of English at four-year colleges and universities who are within the top 30% of their class and have a 3.5 GPA. It presently has over 850 chapters in the United States and abroad. English Majors and interested students are welcome! The next meeting will be November 3rd, 11 AM in Lindquist 500.

Conferences

  • Submissions are now open for the Sigma Tau Delta International Conference.  The final date to submit is October 30th.  Submission requirements and information can be found at http://www.englishconvention.org/2018/submissions-overview/
  • Do you have research that is relevant to the state of Kansas? If so, the Graduate School wants you to present at their annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit next year – February 20th, 2018. Abstracts, 250 word limit, are due Friday, November 10th. Please speak with your research or faculty adviser about preparing your abstract– it should include how your research is relevanct to the state of Kansas. Want to know more about CGRS? Check out the website: www.wichita.edu/cgrs. There’s also a section called “WSU Students Only” where you will find more information, including how to submit your abstract.

Open call for submissions

Wichita State’s literary journal, Mikrokosmos, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  Submissions can be entered until November 30, 2017.

Submission information: https://mikrokosmosjournal.submittable.com/submit

Events this Week

  • Dr. Francis Connor will be presenting as part of the October 13 Wichita Art Chatter at the Wichita Art Museum.  Part open-mic, part thought cocktail, part happy hour on a Friday night, several local creative types are asked to give their thoughts on different topics.
  • Student Activities Council is hosting Geek Week October 9th-12th:
    • Power Up! Wednesday, October 11th, 12 PM- 3 PM, Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes
    • Anime- Is It a Cartoon? Thursday, October 12th, 11 AM- 1 PM, 1st floor RSC
    • Anime Movie: The Wind Rises, 7 PM & 9:30 PM, Hubbard Hall 208

Upcoming Events

Open Mic Night: Poetry, Vocals, and Storytelling, Thursday, October 19th at 7 PM in Hubbard 231. Everyone is welcome!

Richard Davies has an upcoming Final Friday art exhibition at Reuben Sanders on October 27. Final Friday is a free local art crawl which spans the downtown area.

Halloween Comicfest is Saturday, October 28th, 1-4 PM in Ablah Library’s 1st floor C-Space. There will be a costume contest, roundtable discussions on various fandom topics, a greenscreen photo booth, film screening of Nosferatu at 2:00 PM, kids craft table, and free comic books! For more information on events and the schedule, go to : http://libresources.wichita.edu/comicfest

The Graduate School is hosting two upcoming professional development events:

  • Mastering Literature Reviews, October 26th, 5-6:30 PM
  • Job Search Skills, November 15th, 12-1:30 PM

RSVP before November 8th at wichita.edu/JSS. To see all Fall 2017 events, go to www.wichita.edu/pds.

Thursday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Murphy is the visiting distinguished writer this semester and will be teaching the writers tutorial to advanced undergraduate fiction writers and MFA students. The reading is free and open to the public. Her books will be for sale after the reading and she will be available for signing copies.

The Weekly Digest will be taking a short hiatus due to Fall Break. Our weekly posts will return Wednesday, October 25th. 

 


The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

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The furriest squirrel

which lurks in Lindquist, floor six

is named in Earnest.

Thank you to everyone who participated in naming our newest inhabitant of the sixth floor. We tallied up the votes today, and we are happy to present Earnest, newly named and fully welcomed into the sixth floor community!

Recent Events

On October 28, the English Department hosted Wichita author, illustrator, and orthodontist Grant Snider.  Snider’s presentation, titled “Good Ideas, Bad Ideas”, took a look at the creative process and the effort to separate good ideas from bad ideas and practices.  Afterwards, Snider autographed his new novel The Shape of Ideas: An Illustrated Exploration of Creativity.

Dr. Mythili Menon guest lectured in English 700. She spent over an hour with our English 700 students, providing them with an extensive overview of the field of Linguistics. She titled her lecture “A (crash) Crash Course in Linguistics.” The students loved having her and were appreciative of the breakdown of the field!

Conferences

  • This week Dr. Rebeccah Bechtold is traveling to Tulsa to attend the South Central MLA Annual Convention. She organized the panel “Social Transformations in the Marvel Universe” that she is presenting on. The title of her paper is “A Marvel Soundscape: Jessica Jones and the Violence of Sound.” This paper was also awarded the SCMLA Prize for the “Best Paper in Historical, Literary, and/Or Cultural Studies” by the conference executive committee.
  • Submissions are now open for the Sigma Tau Delta International Conference.  The final date to submit is October 30th.  Submission requirements and information can be found at http://www.englishconvention.org/2018/submissions-overview/
  • Do you have research that is relevant to the state of Kansas? If so, the Graduate School wants you to present at their annual Capitol Graduate Research Summit next year – February 20th, 2018. Abstracts, 250 word limit, are due Friday, November 10th. Please speak with your research or faculty adviser about preparing your abstract– it should include how your research is relevanct to the state of Kansas. Want to know more about CGRS? Check out the website: www.wichita.edu/cgrs. There’s also a section called “WSU Students Only” where you will find more information, including how to submit your abstract.

Open call for submissions

Wichita State’s literary journal, Mikrokosmos, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  Submissions can be entered until November 30, 2017.

Submission information: https://mikrokosmosjournal.submittable.com/submit

Events this Week

  • Writing Now, Reading Now is hosting Kristina Darling on Thursday, October 5, with a reception at 5:30 PM followed by a reading at 6 PM in the Ulrich Museum. Darling is the author of twenty-seven books and currently serves as Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Quarterly, Associate Editor-in-Chief of Tupelo Press, and contributing writer at Publishers Weekly.
  • The next Sigma Tau Delta meeting will be on Friday, October 6 at 11 AM in Lindquist 503.
  • Linguistics Club is presenting a Practice Talk by Jamillah Sleiman Friday, October 6 at 12 PM in Lindquist 500. Sleiman, a senior undergraduate student, will be presenting “The Changing of Arabic Terminology in Times of War and Displacement.”
  • The next English Graduate Student Association meeting will be on Friday, October 6 at 3 PM in Lindquist 500.
  • Student Activities Council is hosting Geek Week October 9th-12th:
    • Reader’s Circle: Monday, October 9th, 10 AM-2 PM, 1st floor Ablah Library
    • Marvel V. D.C. Craft, Tuesday, October 10th, 11 AM- 1 PM, 1st floor RSC
    • Power Up! Wednesday, October 11th, 12 PM- 3 PM, Shocker Sports Grill & Lanes
    • Anime- Is It a Cartoon? Thursday, October 12th, 11 AM- 1 PM, 1st floor RSC
    • Anime Movie: The Wind Rises, 7 PM & 9:30 PM, Hubbard Hall 208

Upcoming Events

The Writing Now Reading Now series is hosting Yannick Murphy for a fiction reading on The Graduate School is hosting two upcoming professional development events:

  • Mastering Literature Reviews, October 26th, 5-6:30 PM
  • Job Search Skills, November 15th, 12-1:30 PM

RSVP before November 8th at wichita.edu/JSS. To see all Fall 2017 events, go to www.wichita.edu/pds.

Thursday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Murphy is the visiting distinguished writer this semester and will be teaching the writers tutorial to advanced undergraduate fiction writers and MFA students. The reading is free and open to the public. Her books will be for sale after the reading and she will be available for signing copies.

 


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The English Weekly Digest

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What’s in a name? The

name of a squirrel? You tell me.

Vote and name the beast.

Sixth Floor Squirrel Nominations

Possible names for the new mascot in the Writing Center are as follows:

  • Ernest
  • Pierre
  • Prudence

Votes can be cast for our newest, and certainly most taxidermied, friend in the Writing Center. A bucket will be placed by our squirrel friend and you may cast your vote by writing one of the names on a slip of paper and leaving it in the bucket.

Submissions open for Mikrokosmos and Mojo

Wichita State’s literary journal, Mikrokosmos, is currently accepting submissions of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.  Submissions can be entered until November 30, 2017.

Submission information: https://mikrokosmosjournal.submittable.com/submit

Conferences

Several Wichita State students will be presenting at the Sigma Tau Delta High Plains Regional Conference at Fort Hays:

  • C.E. Whitaker will be presenting three poems, entitled “Heartburn”, “The Pulse”, and “These Americans and a Strange God”.
  • Sally Spina will be presenting a critical paper titled “Double Exposure: Applying Postcolonial Theory and Ecocriticism to Nadine Gordimer’s The Conservationist“.
  • Jose Suarez will present a critical paper titled “The Satire in Dryden’s ‘Mac Flecknoe’, the Savagery of Tupac’s ‘Hit ‘Em Up’: Art and Male Confrontation”.
  • Zachary Parker will be presenting a creative work titled “This is Not a Story”.

 

Events this Week

Kelsey Harper from Texas A&M University will be speaking at the second Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series event today, Sept. 27th. Her talk: “Minority dialects in contract: Peruvian Spanish in the U.S.”

Grant Snider will be presenting at Wichita State for the English Speakers series on Sept. 28th at 3:00 pm, RSC 261. The title of his talk: “Good Ideas, Bad Ideas: Exploring the Joys and Frustrations of Creativity in Words and Pictures.”

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Wichita State’s Theatre Department is putting on States of Happiness this week, Sept. 27th- Oct. 1st. This play is the winner of the WSU Playwriting Competition.The central character seeks meaning but doesn’t know where to look. She learns of a service that will allow her to do something extraordinary. But through this, she tumbles into an experiment that may have drastic repercussions. Will this actually help her or will it send her further into hopelessness? The show is free for students with an ID. Check out the play and get your tickets at the box office prior to the show! (Also, for those playwrights out there–keep an eye out for the competition next year and consider submitting your own piece.)

Upcoming Events

The Writing Now Reading Now series is hosting Yannick Murphy for a fiction reading on Thursday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Murphy is the visiting distinguished writer this semester and will be teaching the writers tutorial to advanced undergraduate fiction writers and MFA students. The reading is free and open to the public. Her books will be for sale after the reading and she will be available for signing copies.

The next Sigma Tau Delta meeting will be on October 6, 2017 in the Writing Center.


The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog. 

The English Weekly Digest

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Now Accepting Nominations for Sixth Floor Squirrel

Joining our Writing Center is another animal mascot (pictured above) who is, as of yet, unnamed. Please email us at wichitaenglish@gmail.com in order to nominate a name for our furry friend. Stay tuned next week for your chance to vote and help select the winning name, and as always, feel free to come visit Leroy.

New Student Leadership in the English Department

As the new school year starts, changes in leadership have already begun on the sixth floor.  The following organizations have all selected new student leaders:

  • Sigma Tau Delta Chapter:
    • President- Victoria Stewart
    • Vice President- Sally Spina
    • Secretary- Kelsey Abendroth
    • Treasurer- Zach Parker
    • Faculty Advisor- Dr. Rebeccah Bechtold

 

  • English Graduate Student Association:
    • President- Victoria Hendricks
    • Vice President- Cole Ethington
    • Treasurer- Aaron Bristow
    • Secretary- Dan Arndt
    • Faculty Liaison- Nicole Byrne
    • Student Relations- Sydney Martin
    • Faculty Advisor- Dr. Rebeccah Bechtold

 

  • Wichita English Department Blog
    • Sydney Martin
    • John Darr
    • Zach Parker
    • Faculty Advisor- Dr. Mythili Menon

 

Dr. Dale Koike Kicks Off Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series for the Year

On Thursday, Sept. 14th, Dr. Dale Koike from The University of Texas at Austin presented her talk entitled “Teaching for Intercultural Awareness” in order to kick off the Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series for the year.

First-year MA candidate Drew Colcher attended the event and highlighted some takeaways from Dr. Koike’s presentation. In her talk, Dr. Koike explained the importance of encouraging students to develop strategies that help them understand the culture of a second language they are studying. This is important not only for gaining a deeper appreciation of the culture, but also for avoiding stereotyping. Dr. Koike has distributed questionnaires asking for explanations of how students would react in different situations to classes in a variety of cultures. Responses from students provide descriptions of how cultures actually function. When we learn about a second language and the culture it exists in, we are taught pragmatically what to say and how to act. But many times, this is completely different from what people in that culture actually do. Dr. Koike and her questionnaires make us remember that there is also a social side to language, and it is important to study the social as well the pragmatic if we are to truly understand a second language and its culture.

Dr. Koike’s talk was just the first of many events this semester for the Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series. Your Wichita English Blog will keep you updated on events to come!

Events this Week

Kelsey Harper from Texas A&M University will be speaking at the second Language and Linguistics Colloquium Series event on Sept. 27th. Her talk: “Minority dialects in contract: Peruvian Spanish in the U.S.”

Upcoming Events

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Grant Snider will be presenting at Wichita State for the English Speakers series on Sept. 28th at 3:00 pm, RSC 261. The title of his talk: “Good Ideas, Bad Ideas: Exploring the Joys and Frustrations of Creativity in Words and Pictures.”

The Writing Now Reading Now series is hosting Yannick Murphy for a fiction reading on Thursday, Nov. 9th at 5:30 pm at the Ulrich Museum of Art. Murphy is the visiting distinguished writer this semester and will be teaching the writers tutorial to advanced undergraduate fiction writers and MFA students. The reading is free and open to the public. Her books will be for sale after the reading and she will be available for signing copies.

 


The weekly digest is published online on the blog every Wednesday. We’d love to hear from you! If you have any news at all to share, please send it to wichitaenglish@gmail.com or use the “Submit Blog News” form located on the rightmost corner on the blog.