Author: Cholodecki, Victoria

Lingli Zhang: Love from 7,000 Miles Away

Lingli Zhang’s essay “How My Parents Showed Love from 7,000 Miles Away” was written for Amy Nocton’s English 1003 class and published in the Hartford Courant on May 13, 2020. According to The Courant, hers  was the most-read essay on May 14.

“How My Parents Showed Love from 7,000 Miles Away” recounts some of Zhang’s experience as an international student during the Covid-19 outbreak and her parents’ remarkable act of compassion and generosity. The Courant invites writers under 30 to write essays of about 650 words containing strong views.

Email submissions tofreshtalk@courant.com, with your:

  • full name
  • home town
  • daytime phone number
  • age and occupation (or your school’s name and your level in school).

AETNA Celebration of Student Writing

2020 AETNA Student Writing Poster Fair & Showcase

The Aetna Celebration of Student Writing (ACSW) is an annual UConn event held by the Aetna Chair of Writing to showcase student writing work and writing-related research. Students present their writing work completed in writing-intensive UConn courses (First-Year Writing, “W” courses) and/or research on the subject of writing, rhetoric, or a related topic. Individual and group projects are accepted.

The ACSW opens with a poster fair, where students present their work first to a circulating panel of faculty judges and then to the public. The judges create awards based on the selection of projects that are presented each year. The poster fair awards are then announced at the reception that follows.

Takes place: Apr. 27, 3-5:30pm

Storrs Campus, Wilbur Cross, North Reading Room

Submission Deadline: Apr. 1, 2020

For more details and to submit work, visit bit.ly/submit2acsw

Conference on Teaching Writing

University of Connecticut, First-Year Writing
Fifteenth Annual Conference on the Teaching of Writing
April 17, 2020, UConn Hartford Campus

Making Your Writing Course Move
The University of Connecticut First-Year Writing Program’s Conference on the Teaching of Writing will take place Friday, April 17, on the UConn Hartford Campus. Our theme this year is Making Your Writing Course Move, with keynote speaker Jenae Cohn of Stanford University.

UConn First-Year Writing is at the end of a multi-year curriculum redesign based on recent research on multimodal composing, accessibility, and digital literacies. As our program and Rhet/Comp in general have experienced a digital
turn, we must also consider the ways digital writing still engages bodies and the role bodies, norms about embodiment, and bodily literacies have in composition in all modes.
Scholars such as Christina V. Cedillo and Robert McRuer have argued that composition courses tend to privilege certain kinds of movement in writing, a movement that also assumes whiteness, ablebodiness, and straightness or wholeness.

This conference asks in what ways instructors of writing can make space for diverse kinds of movement, or facilitate movement that may not always lead to wholeness or completion. Recent work in the field has also considered
how technologies may destabilize traditional or normative modes of composition. Jenae Cohn’s latest work, for example, explores the ways in which digital reading practices and the moves therein create opportunities for more inclusive perspectives of what reading for learning can look like. Her keynote talk will draw upon her forthcoming book, Skim, Dive, Surface: Strategies for Digital Reading in the College Classroom.

We have designed our First-Year Writing classes around five “ course moves ” that prioritize active learning and accessibility. Each move offers a way to think about what we do when we write.

Apply at our conference website https://fyw.uconn.edu/ctw2020/

Gerson Reader Emilie Pine

We are sorry to announce that, after consultation with the Gerson family and the planned speaker, the 2020 Gerson reception and reading with Emilie Pine is cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation.

Emilie Pine is a prominent Dublin writer and academic. She will read from essays in her memoir, Notes to Self (2018), an Irish bestseller for which she was awarded the Irish American Cultural Institute Butler Literary Prize, the Sunday Independent Newcomer of the Year Literary Award, and the An Post Irish Book of the Year Award for 2018.

An Associate Professor of Modern Drama at University College Dublin, Professor Pine is editor of Irish University Review, directs the Irish Memory Studies Network, and is PI of Industrial Memories, a digital humanities re-reading of institutional child abuse in Ireland. Her scholarly books include The Politics of Irish Memory (Palgrave, 2011) and The Memory Marketplace (Indiana University Press, 2020).

 

Black Girl Magic

Black Girl Magic: A Conference of Possibilities.

All are welcome to attend Black Girl Magic: A Conference of Possibilities. This conference will feature 6 guest speakers.

 

10-11:30am

Tonya Bolden: Award-winning author and editor of more than forty books for young people

Stephanie Renee Toliver: Scholar and advocate for diversity in children’s literature and Ph.D. student at University of Georgia

Mahogany L. Browne: Writer, educator, activist, and author of Black Girl Magic: A poem

 

1-2:30pm

Dhonielle Clayton: Chief Operating Officer of We Need Diverse Books and author of The Belles and Tiny Pretty Things series

Kyra Gaunt: Ethnomusicologist, Senior TED Fellow, and author of The Games Black Girls Play: Learning the Ropes from Double-Dutch to Hip-Hop

Ebony Elizabeth Thomas: Scholar of fantasy literature and fan culture, and author of The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games

 

Fri., Mar. 27, 10-11:30am, Austin 217

With support from the Rightor’s Fund for Children’s Literature and the Department of English.

If you require an accommodation to participate in this event, please contact Katharine Capshaw at capshaw@uconn.edu by Mar. 18.

Patricia Morgne Cramer: Talk on The Waves by Virginia Woolf

The Cry of the Choir Boy as Love Song in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves

All are welcome to attend a talk featuring Patricia Morgne Cramer on Virginia Woolf’s novel The Waves. 

Virginia Woolf wrote The Waves (1931) during an unprecedented surge of exposés on corporal punishment, bullying, and sexual abuse of boys in British public schools. Read alongside these “old boy” diatribes, the cry of the choir boy wafting through The Waves surfaces as the voice of shock and terror, echoing down the ages, of little boys coming to manhood amid the omnipresent threat of male violence and sexual violation where survival requires “toughening up” fast. What Woolf seems to capture in this dove-like choir boy cry is a resurgent, resistant male voice also discernible in these memoirs. Does Woolf record in the song of the choir boy a nascent shift in the collective consciousness of early twentieth century elite European men? Did she read modernists’ protests against their tortured boyhoods as the glimmerings of a more profound revolution than these would-be rebels actually achieved? Does Bernard’s refusal of that call at the end of the novel mark a male-gendered generational as well as personal failure?

Dramatic reading of The Waves  at 3:45. talk begins at 4PM

Patricia Morgne Cramer is a UConn Associate Professor of English in Stamford. Her current project draws on her prior publications on Woolf and sexuality, especially those reading Woolf as a lesbian author alongside her homosexual male peers. These include “Virginia Woolf and Theories of Sexuality” in Virginia Woolf in Context (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and “Woolf and Sexuality” in The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf (2010). Cramer is also a co-editor of Virginia Woolf: Lesbian Readings (New York University Press, 1997).

Mar. 11, 2020, 4-5pm

UCHI Conference Room, Homer Babbidge Library, 4th Floor South

Talk at 4pm, preceded by dramatic reading of The Waves at 3:45pm

If you require accommodation to attend this event, please contact uchi@uconn.edu or by phone (860) 486-9057.

AETNA Celebration of Student Writing

Now Accepting Submissions: 2020 AETNA Student Writing Poster Fair & Showcase

Present your writing or writing-related research in the AETNA Celebration of Student Writing for the chance to win cash prizes. This event is open to UConn undergraduate students (individual and group presentations).

The Aetna Celebration of Student Writing (ACSW) is an annual UConn event held by the Aetna Chair of Writing to showcase student writing work and writing-related research. Students present their writing work completed in writing-intensive UConn courses (First-Year Writing, “W” courses) and/or research on the subject of writing, rhetoric, or a related topic. Individual and group projects are accepted.

The ACSW opens with a poster fair, where students present their work first to a circulating panel of faculty judges and then to the public. The judges create awards based on the selection of projects that are presented each year. The poster fair awards are then announced at the reception that follows.

Takes place: Apr. 27, 3-5:30pm

Storrs Campus, Wilbur Cross, North Reading Room

Submission Deadline: Apr. 1, 2020

For more details and to submit work, visit bit.ly/submit2acsw