Ashley Samsa’s (06) piece, “Enough with the teacher bashing. It’s not helping students or anyone else,” was published in The Guardian today (July 11, 2013). As recorded in a previous Around the House posting, The Guardian published last February a blog posting Ashley submitted; this time, however, the editors contacted her to see if she was working on something they might want to print. Congratulations, Ashley, on impressing the editors of The Guardian as you have impressed us!
Jac Jemc’s (05) novel, My Only Wife, has been put on the short list for the 2013 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize. The PEN American Center awards the prestigious $25,000 prize to the author “whose debut work–a first novel or collection of short stories published in 2012–represents distinguished literary achievement and suggests great promise.” Congratulations, Jac, and best of luck to you in the competition!
Professor Dan Terkla has been asked by Nick Millea, Maps Librarian at Oxford University’s Bodleian Library, to deliver the Michaelmas term lecture for The Oxford Seminars in Cartography (TOSCA) this November. Dan also has been an invited speaker in the Maps & Society Lectures series at the University of London’s Warburg Institute and in the Cambridge Seminars in the History of Cartography. His work over the past two decades has made him a leading authority on the Hereford Mappa Mundi, the 700 year-old world map at Hereford Cathedral in the west of England. Dan was made a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, London, in 1998.
Nick Millea writes this about the Oxford series: “It has always been TOSCA’s intention to blend the ‘big’ names in cartography with cutting edge research from newcomers in the field to present our audiences with stimulating subject matter.”
Amy Fairgrieve (12) has been selected to receive a $5000 Phi Kappi Phi Fellowship, one of only 51 such awards nationally. The fellowship will help her as she enters the PhD program at the University of Minnesota this Fall. ”In many ways applying to graduate school was full of lots of uncertainties about what graduate schools were looking for and how to go about choosing from the numerous options for MA and PhD programs,” she writes. “U of M appealed to me because of how seamlessly the program fits with my research interests. My Research Honors project at IWU focused on Cognitive Literary Theory and I would like to continue work in that area; U of M offers unique opportunities for students and faculty outside of the cognitive sciences to engage with research from those fields, and the English department really encourages interdisciplinary study. Those factors sold me on the program.”
Congratulations, Amy, and all the best to you in the next phase of your academic career!
Katy Didden, author of The Glacier’s Wake and winner of the Lena Miles Wever Todd prize, will be giving a poetry reading this Wednesday, May 15 at 4 p.m. in the Joslin Atrium. Katy Didden is the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships and her poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Kenyon Review, and The Missouri Review. To learn more about her work, visit her website at <www.katydidden.com>.
A volume of essays on short story writer Raymond Carver, edited by Professor James Plath, has just been published. Critical Insights: Raymond Carver is part of the Critical Insights series put out by Salem Press. Jim not only edited the volume, but provided two essays for it, “On Raymond Carver,” on Carver’s career and influence, and a contextual essay, “The Carver Triangle: Lost in an Edward Hopper World.”
Professor Dan Terkla and Professor Joanne Diaz are among the five finalists for 2013 Professor of the Year in the annual election conducted by Student Senate. Their selection was all the more impressive given the large number of candidates identified in the first round: over 150 students submitted nominations for almost 80 faculty members.
Congratulations to both of you, and good luck as the process unfolds! We wish you could both be named 2013 Professor of the Year.
Lyrical Graffiti’s last event of the year will take place on Monday, April 8th in the Davidson Room.
The show will start at 7:00 with an open mic, then proceed to a performance by two-time National Poetry Slam champion Sierra Demulder.
Any piece of music, poetry, fiction, etc. under five minutes can be performed in the open mic session. All students are welcome to sign up, but the spaces are somewhat limited, and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information contact Stephen Whitfield (email@example.com).
Come and see the show, or better yet, be a part of it!