Month: September 2016

Monica Popescu Lecture

Literary Establishments and the Cold War: Rethinking African Literary History”

Monica Popescu is Associate Professor of English at McGill University. She is the author of South African Literature Beyond the Cold War which won the Gustave O. Arlt Award in the Humanities in 2012 as well as The Politics of Violence in Post-Communist Films. She has published on contemporary South African literature, the war in Angola, nationalism and post-communism.

Wednesday, October 5, 3pm in Austin 217 (Stern Room)

 Sponsored by the Department of English and the Human Rights Institute


Fiction writing tutorials for undergrads and grads

Amber Dermont, the Fall Aetna Writer-in-Residence, will conduct one-on-one writing tutorials at UConn Oct. 20 and 21. Six student writers will be selected to participate in these tutorials. Students interested in participating should submit a typed 10-paged manuscript of fiction to Professor Sean Forbes, English Department, Austin 208. Each manuscript must be accompanied by a cover sheet with the student’s name and all contact information. Manuscripts must be received by Friday, October 7, 2016 for consideration.

Featured Poet Joshua Mehigan at UConn Bookstore

Featured Poet Joshua Mehigan was at the UConn Bookstore in Storrs Center on Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:00 p.m.. In addition to the chapbook Confusing Weather, he also wrote two books of poetry, The Optimist and Accepting Disaster, the former of which was one of five finalists for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He earned his BA from Purchase College and an MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College and has worked as a communications professional, editor, and teacher.

Behind the Lines, Across Boundaries: A Conference in Honor of Margaret R. Higonnet

Behind the Lines, Across Boundaries: A Conference in Honor of Margaret R. Higonnet will take place on Sept. 22-23, 2016 at UConn. The Opening Keynote by Anne Higonnet and Reception will take place on Sept. 22 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Benton Museum. On Sept. 23, panels will be in the Stern Room (Austin 217): Children’s Literature from 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m, World War I from 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Keynote by Jay Winter from 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., and Comparative Literature from 3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.. Closing comments will be by Patrice Higonnet.

Welcome Professor Francis Gingras

The Fall 2016 Charles A. Owen Visiting Professor of Medieval Studies, Francis Gingras, comes to us from the University of Montreal, where he has served since 2003 as Professor in the Department of French Literature and Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies. He is teaching the graduate seminar “Anglo-Norman Literature: From the Channel to the Mediterranean.”

Welcome to Professor Brenda Brueggemann

Brenda Brueggemann joins the English Department as Aetna Chair of Writing after working at Ohio State University as a Professor of English, a faculty adviser for the American Sign Language Program, and a coordinator for the Disability Studies Program. She focuses on disability and deaf studies, and is the author of Deaf Subjects: Between Identities and Places and Lend Me Your Ear: Rhetorical Constructions of Deafness. Brueggemann coedited and contributed to the collections Literacy and Deaf People: Cultural and Contextual Perspectives, Disability Studies: Enabling the Humanities, and Women and Deafness: Multidisciplinary Approaches. 

Featured Poet Davyne Verstandig at Manchester Community College

Davyne Verstandig, UConn lecturer in English and Creative Writing , will perform at Manchester Community College on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6:30pm as a part of their Spoken Word and Music Series. She is the author of two books of poetry, Pieces of the Whole and Provisions. Her work also appears in the anthologies Sex and Sexuality in a Feminist World, Songs of the Marrow Bone, and Where Beach Meets Ocean. Previously, she performed improvisational painting and poetry events at The Knitting Factory and Housing Works Cafè in New York City. This event is free and open to the public.