What’s Happening: January/February 2016

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Welcome back to our snow-covered campus and the official start of Spring 2016!

Drown Hall WinterEvery month Laura and I will be highlighting some of the lectures, meetings, and opportunities happening on campus. So break out your calendars and mark the dates for these upcoming campus events: 

As part of Lehigh’s programming in celebration of Martin Luther King, Bree Newsome, the activist famous for  “climbing up the South Carolina Statehouse flagpole to remove the Confederate flag in the wake of the shooting of nine church members at the state’s Ebenezer Baptist Church,” will be speaking in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm this Thursday, January 28. Before her campus visit, you can catch a screening and discussion of her film Wake, on Wednesday, January 27, from noon to 1:00 pm in the Global Commons (Williams Hall).

The 2016 Kenner Lecture on Cultural Understanding & Tolerance will be on Tuesday, February 2, at 8:00 pm in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center. Bill Bradley is the author of We Can All Do Better (2012); a book signing follows the talk.

The Humanities Center continues its “Relatives” lecture series on Thursday, February 4, at 4:10 pm in Linderman Library 200, with a talk by Naomi Cahn, Professor of Law, George Washington University, entitled “The Multiple Meanings of Marriage Equality.” Humanities Center Flier

There will be a second lecture, later in the month, on “The Many Captivities of Esther Wheelwright: Communities of Women in the Northeastern Borderlands,” by Ann Little, Associate Professor, History, Colorado State University. This talk will be on Thursday, February 25, at 4:10 pm in the Williams Hall Global Commons.

In addition to these campus-wide events, there are a number of English department-specific conversations happening in February, including the Grad Student Literature and Social Justice Reading Group (UPDATE: this discussion will be on Wednesday, February 10, at 4:10 pm in the M Room; readings will be emailed out shortly!), a discussion of Leonard Cassuto’s The Graduate School Mess (in advance of his March visit), and a meeting to collect ideas about (and volunteers for) this very blog (dates and times TBA)!

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Finally: Strohl Research Fellowship proposals are due on Monday, February 29, at 5:00 pm. You can apply for either a Summer Fellowship or a year-long Dissertation Fellowship.

We’ll keep updating this post as new events are announced or as dates and details are provided. Please let us know, in the comments or by reaching out to Laura and I directly, if there are any events we’ve missed or that you would like to highlight.

We also have a slate of very exciting pieces lined up for this Spring, so be sure to check back frequently. Have a great semester!

UPDATES: I’ve added the day and time for the LSJ reading group above; read below for a few new opportunities that have cropped up over the past few days.

Dissertation Boot Camp, offered by the Grad Life Office, will be February 20-21. This is a great opportunity for uninterrupted work time, and comes highly recommended by many in the department. Spots are limited, so reserve your space today!

Spring 2016 Teacher Development Series

Seriously–check out these great workshops!

The *free* Teacher Development Series starts on Thursday, February 4 with a lecture about “Writing to Learn.” Each semester you complete of this series earns you a certificate of completion, demonstrating your commitment to developing your pedagogical skills. You don’t have to complete the semesters in order, so if the 2:30 to 4:00 pm time works for you this semester, then sign up here to attend the workshops. This series has been highly recommend on this blog before. If you are on the fence, read your colleague’s thoughts here and here.

Jennifer Tyburczy, author of Sex Museums, is giving a talk on her book on Tuesday, February 9, at 4:10 pm in the Global Commons (Williams Hall). English graduate students and faculty have been invited to a lunch discussion with the author on Monday, February 8. If you are interested, email Amanda Webb (amw313) to R.S.V.P.

For those interested in the Digital Humanities, head to Linderman Library, Room 200, on Thursday, February 11, at 4:10 pm for a lecture entitled “Oral History and Digital Humanities: New Models for Oral History and Pedagogy,” by Doug Boyd, Director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries.

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