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EGSA Speaker Event: David Gooblar

Save the date for EGSA’s first speaker event on Friday, Nov. 8, 2pm, McHugh Hall 206.

David Gooblar, PhD, will be discussing his new book, Missing Course: Everything They Never Taught You About College Teaching, published by Harvard University Press (August 2019). David holds a joint appointment in the Department of Rhetoric at the University of Iowa as well as in the Center for the Advancement of Learning at Temple University. He writes the “Pedagogy Unbound” column for the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Vitae site. Every two weeks, the column offers college instructors practical advice, informed by research, on how to create more effective student-centered classrooms. He also edits, an online space for college teachers to share their most valuable teaching tips. Please feel free to reach out to Leah Begg ( if you have any questions.

This event will be co-sponsored by UConn Humanities Institute (UCHI) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).

Faculty and graduate students alike are encouraged to attend!


Chris Dowd Talk at UConn

Chris Dowd, professor and Chair of the University of New Haven English Department, gave a talk on October 15 on the Irish origins of American pop culture. The event was sponsored by Irish Studies.

Dowd has an MFA in Creative Writing from Emerson College and a UConn MA and PhD in English. He is the author of The Construction of Irish Identity in American Literature (Routledge, 2011) and The Irish and the Origins of American Popular Culture (Routledge, 2018).

Michael Swanwick Reading

Michael Swanwick, recently described by The Wall Street Journal as “The finest world-builder since Tolkien,” gave a reading followed by Q&A in the Stern Room on October 15. He also gave a small talk on worldbuilding in fantasy before the reading.

Michael Swanwick is one of the most acclaimed and prolific science fiction and fantasy writers of his generation. He has received a Hugo Award for fiction in an unprecedented five out of six years and his work has been honored with the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, and World Fantasy Awards and nominations for the British Science Fiction Award and the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

His stories have appeared in Omni, Penthouse, Amazing, Asimov’s, High Times, New Dimensions, Starlight, Universe, Full Spectrum, Triquarterly, and elsewhere. Many have been reprinted in Best of the Year anthologies, and translated for Japanese, Croatian, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese, Czech, and French publications.

Swanwick’s books include In The Drift, an Ace Special; Vacuum FlowersGriffin’s Egg; the Nebula Award-winning Stations Of The Tide; The Iron Dragon’s Daughter, a New York Times Notable Book; Jack Faust; Bones Of The Earth; The Dragons Of Babel; Dancing With Bears; and Chasing The Phoenix. His short fiction has been collected in Gravity’s Angels, A Geography Of Imaginary Lands, Moon Dogs, Tales Of Old Earth, and The Dog Said Bow-Wow. His flash fiction was collected in Cigar-Box Faust and Other Miniatures. A new collection, The Best Of Michael Swanwick, was recently published by Subterranean Press. His most recent published novel is The Iron Dragon’s Mother, completing a trilogy begun twenty-five years before with The Iron Dragon’s Daughter.

Brian Sneeden Featured as Poetry Daily Author of the Day

PhD student Brian Sneeden was featured as the author of the day on Oct. 1 on the national Poetry Daily website.

Again Is the First Time

Brian Sneeden

It is possible to have everything,

like listening for a music in the music.

Somehow I am walking down Patton

and Walnut, and somehow it is there—

the primordial quivering, catching a whiff

of magnitude down a side street:

a quality of sun and air, or the pairing

of two dead leaves on the sidewalk just so.

Turning, I pass a woman in a turtleneck,

a dog tied to a bench and find

the man who owes me twenty dollars.

It is possible to have everything, or at least

twenty dollars, which is also everything

when I spend it on a Death in the Afternoon

for my wife and myself, the champagne

and absinthe mixed to form a sort of cloud.

Like when I walked the Rue Delambre, at night,

blossoming inward like a chrysanthemum

for a small view of the Seine, and thought

for once, surely now is enough. To arrive

this late and still be the first. Like the body

saying, again for the first time. What

is everywhere offers itself, again, itself.

New Book by James Shivers

Charles Bernstein / American Innovator: More Numerous of: A Kinetic Approach is the first publication of James Shivers’s 2001 dissertation, now with a new foreward by Richard Deming. Deming says of Shivers’s work: “Shivers does not simply end at determining the work is difficult, complex. He asks instead what we can make out of that complexity, what we can take from a text that resists us.”


“Without Magic or Miracle” Talk

Without Magic or Miracle: The ‘Romance of Silence’ and the Prehistory of Genderqueerness

October 25, 2019

2:00 p.m. in Oak 236

The Medieval Studies program welcomes Masha Raskolnikov (Cornell University) to speak on the prehistory of genderqueerness in the Old French ‘Romance of Silence’. We encourage and welcome everyone to attend!

Presented by the UConn Medieval Studies Program.