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Aetna Writer-in-Residence Tara Betts

Wednesday, November 1

Tara Betts/Aetna Writer-in-Residence and Creative Sustenance Event

Barnes & Noble College Bookstore, Storrs Center, 6:3 0 pm

**This event is a benefit for the Covenant Soup Kitchen in Willimantic. Audience members are invited to make a donation after the reading.

Co-sponsored with the Aetna Chair of Writing and the Barnes & Noble College Bookstore

 

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit (2016) and Arc & Hue (2009). She is also one of the editors of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (2017). Betts has self-published small runs of several chapbooks: “Can I Hang?” (1999), “Switch” (2003), “Break the Habit” (2012), and “Circling Unexpectedly” (2013). Her most recent chapbook 7 x 7: kwansabas was published by Backbone Press in 2015. Her work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Essence Magazine, NYLON, and numerous anthologies. Betts was commissioned by the Peggy Choy Dance Company to write a series of poems and monologues for “THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali” in 2011 and 2013. These writings were published on Winged City Press in April 2013 and were mentioned in the New York Times. In 2010, Essence named her as one of their “40 Favorite Poets.” After winning the 1999 Guild Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award, she represented Chicago twice at the National Poetry Slam in 1999 and 2000. A Cave Canem graduate, she has had residencies from the Ragdale Foundation, Centrum and Caldera, and an Illinois Arts Council Artist fellowship. She holds a PhD in English from Binghamton University and a MFA in Creative Writing from New England College. She teaches at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Career Panel Presentation and Discussion

Concerned about jobs for English majors? The upcoming Career Panel presentation and discussion will provide a way to address these concerns.

Scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, 4:00-5:45pm in the Stern Room, Austin 217, this panel will allay concerns about the value of the major and career directions open to English majors. Job options specific to the skills of English majors are now quite varied, and despite a worrying job market, English majors are increasingly in demand. Four UConn English majors, all fairly recent graduates, will present information about their own career and job search strategies. Given their experiences and professions, they have valuable advice and will answer questions that students anticipating the job market have about the logistics and anxieties of job searches and interviews. The panelists below are testimony to the creative ways in which English majors are shaping careers for themselves, and will offer both practical advice and encouragement.

Rachel Craine (‘17), Client Solutions Assistant, AdviceOne, LLC, Glastonbury

Karelyn Kuzcenski (‘16), Ipsos, Research Analyst, Norwalk

Mary Malley (‘16), Assistant Editor, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, New York City

Eric Vo (‘13), Health News Reporter and Editor, Aetna, Hartford

 

Refreshments will be served. If you have questions, please e-mail ruth.fairbanks@uconn.edu.

Halloween’s Celtic Roots

UConn IRISH STUDIES presents 2 TALKS ON HALLOWE’EN’s CELTIC ROOTS on Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Breann Leake and Joseph Leake       

11am in Austin 202–Breann Leake and Joseph Leake are PhD candidates in Medieval Studies working (respectively) on translation, adaptation, authorship, sedimented histories and etymologies, place-names, and Welsh literature in early medieval sources. Their talk, “Networks of Halloween’s Cultural and Devotional Pasts,” will provide an overview of how and why different cultural practices/traditions (Celtic, Roman, early Christian Catholicism and later Protestantism) become sedimented and lead to modern iterations of Hallowe’en. Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes!

 

Eileen Moore Quinn (by Skype)       

12:30pm in Austin 445

Eileen Moore Quinn (center) will present “‘With my Back to the Moon’: Halloween Customs in America after the Great Irish Famine.” Quinn is Professor of Anthropology at the College of Charleston, SC, where she teaches Anthropology, Folklore, and Irish and Irish American Studies. She is author of Irish American Folklore in New England (Academica P, 2009), and edited “Texts and Textures of Irish America,” a special issue of Irish Studies Review in 2015. Her work on the lore of post-Famine Irish-American women in New England appeared in Women and the Great Irish Famine (Quinnipiac UP, 2017).

Attendees are encouraged to wear costumes!

 

mary.burke@uconn.edu for details

6 English Majors Win Sophomore Honors

Sophomore Honors are awarded to students enrolled in the Honors Program in recognition of their academic achievement, completion of Honors courses, and participation in Honors events during their freshman and sophomore years.

Two hundred and thirty-four students from across UConn received the 2017 Sophomore Honors Certificate at the Fall Honors Ceremony on Tuesday, October 10. Six of these were English majors:

Nicole Gerardin (also majoring in Education)

Kathrine Grant (also majoring in Education)

Alexandra Oliveira (also majoring in Chemical Engineering)

Bailey Shea (also majoring in Communication)

Anna Stachura (also majoring in Journalism)

Clarissa Tan (also majoring in Education)

Call for Student Poets

Award-winning poet Tara Betts will spend two days at UConn this fall (November 1st and 2nd) as the Aetna Writer-in-Residence. Six student writers will be selected to participate in one-on-one writing tutorials with Ms. Betts. Students interested in participating should submit a typed 5-page manuscript of poetry to Professor Sean Forbes, via e-mail (sean.forbes@uconn.edu).

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 20th, 2017 for consideration.

Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit (2016) and Arc & Hue (2009). She is also one of the co-editors of The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century (2017). Betts has self-published small runs of several chapbooks: “Can I Hang?” (1999), “Switch” (2003), “Break the Habit” (2012), and “Circling Unexpectedly” (2013). Her most recent chapbook 7 x 7: kwansabas was published by Backbone Press in 2015. Her work has appeared in PoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewEssence MagazineNYLON, and numerous anthologies. Betts was commissioned by the Peggy Choy Dance Company to write a series of poems and monologues for “THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali” in 2011 and 2013. These writings were published on Winged City Press in April 2013 and were mentioned in the New York Times. In 2010, Essence named her as one of their “40 Favorite Poets.” After winning the 1999 Guild Complex’s Gwendolyn Brooks Open Mic Award, she represented Chicago twice at the National Poetry Slam in 1999 and 2000. A Cave Canem graduate, she has had residencies from the Ragdale Foundation, Centrum and Caldera, and an Illinois Arts Council Artist fellowship. She holds a PhD in English from Binghamton University and a MFA in Creative Writing from New England College. She teaches at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Patrick Hogan: Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor

Patrick Colm Hogan, 2017 Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English, Cognitive Science, and Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, “Generative Principles of Story Style: Shakespeare and the Integration of Genres.”

Authors have their own characteristic ways of developing stories, which constitute their story style. One important kind of story development involves the mixing of genres.

Style is a distinctive pattern that has a particular scope (as in an author’€™s style or the style of a literary school) and level of application (as in verbal style or the style of story construction). Such a pattern derives from partially interrelated, generative principles. Perhaps the most useful account of literary genre begins with cross-cultural story structures–€”romantic, heroic, sacrificial, and so on. These structures are defined by the protagonist’s goals, the emotion systems that establish those goals, and procedures for intensifying the emotional impact of the story trajectory.

The production of individual works may be understood as resulting from the application of development principles to general structures, including genres. The extensive integration of genres is a striking, stylistic feature of many of Shakespeare’s works. It manifests and illustrates the preceding points about style, genre, and development.