Faculty Notes for October 2016


Chris Anson gave the keynote address, “Supporting and Assessing Critical Thinking,” at George Washington University’s annual Teaching Day on October 14. With Kathleen Blake Yancey, he also led a Saturday session on “Writing in the Disciplines, Writing in the Community” at Goucher College (co-sponsored by York College).


On October 14, Anne Auten presented “Writing the Self: Implementing and Assessing Autoethnography” at the 2016 International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSoTL) conference in Los Angeles, CA. 


Belle Boggs’s nonfiction book The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood was selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the best books of 2016. The book was also recommended on the Today show and reviewed in the Globe and Mail.

Belle participated in a Q&A with poet and National Book Award finalist Monica Youn for Literary Hub: http://lithub.com/writing-infertility-belle-boggs-and-monica-youn-in-conversation/.

She will present on two panels at the Texas Book Festival, November 4–5, and will be at Chapel Hill’s Flyleaf Books in conversation with memoirist Krista Bremer on November 29.


Eduardo Corral gave a reading at Central Washington University on October 18.  He also hosted a craft talk on “The Triggering World: Using the Senses to Generate Language.”


On October 14, Huiling Ding gave an invited talk to the premed program at Wake Forest University on strategies for writing successful personal statements for medical and dental schools. 

She was a keynote speaker for SpeedCon on October 22, discussing “Intercultural Technical Communication: Definitions, Models, and Trends.”


Paul Fyfe, with co-author Richard Menke, published “Data Copperfield: A Pedagogical Experiment in Distributed Collaboration” in the Journal of Victorian Culture, volume 21.4 (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13555502.2016.1233907).


Marsha Gordon’s forthcoming book about Sam Fuller’s war movies is available at a discounted pre-order cost of $20 through the Oxford University Press (https://global.oup.com/academic/product/film-is-like-a-battleground-9780190269753?cc=us&lang=en&).

On October 26, Gordon participated in all-day NEH grant evaluation panel in Washington, DC.

She co-organized and served as the emcee for the 12th Annual Home Movie Day at the North Carolina State Archives on October 15.

On October 4, Gordon delivered her monthly The State of Things Movies on the Radio show; this month’s topic was political movies. The November show will feature films about family—dysfunctional or functional, comedies or dramas. To submit your pick, go to http://wunc.org/post/movies-radio-movies-about-families.


Melanie Graham’s “hey little girl is your daddy home,” atiara” of four sonnets about her father’s experience in Vietnam, will be published in Drunken Boats Veteran Folio.

Her poem “Blue Kinetic,” about the Pulse shooting in Orlando, is forthcoming in Cherry Tree, Washington College’s literary journal. 


Hans Kellner presented three workshops on the work of Hayden White (the Linguistic Turn, the Narrative Turn, and the Practical Turn) at the Federal University in Porto Alegre, Brazil, October 18–20. 

On October 24, he delivered the keynote address, titled “Against Declarativity,” to the 4th Congress of the Sociedad Brasileiro de Retorica in the city of Curitiba.


Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar will teach master classes at the North Carolina Writers Conference on November 5.


On September 30, Juliana Nfah-Abbenyi presented “Writing in Africa and the Diaspora Author Roundtable” at the South East African Languages and Literatures Forum held at Winston Salem State University.

On October 6, she discussed “Tydskrif vir Letterkunde Country Issues, Past, and Present and Futures Roundtable” at the Tydskrif vir Letterkunde and the Southern Modernities Conference held at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in celebration of the 80th anniversary of Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, the oldest literary journal in Africa.


On October 22, Jennifer Nolan presented “Visualizing ‘The Rich Boy:’ F. Scott Fitzgerald, F. R. Gruger, and the Red Book Magazine” at the Society for the Study of the American Short Story symposium on “The American Short Story: An Expansion of the Genre” in Savannah, GA.


Maria Rouphail read her poem “It’s OK to Say These Things” at the book launch for Red Sky (Sable Books) in Greensboro on October 16.

She was an invited reader at McIntyre Books on October 23.


Jon Thompson published “Finalsville” in Issue 14 of Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism & Translation (Stanford University).

His 21-poem sequence from The Notebook of Last Things appears in Shearsman, volumes 109 & 110 (Winter 2016/2017).

He published “Sanctuary of the Unbidden,” “Denny’s,” and “Strange Fruit” in the Fall 2016 issue of Word for Word: http://www.wordforword.info/vol28/index.html.

Issue 27 of Free Verse: A Journal of Contemporary Poetry & Poetics, edited by Thompson, is now live with Pulitzer Prize-winning poetry. The volume includes poems by Rae Armantrout, Chad Bennett, Kelvin Corcoran, Derek Gromadzki, Pelham Levy, Sarah Rose Nordgren, Fani Papageorgiou, Donald Revell, Peter Robinson, and Simon Smith; Recent & Notable discussions of Nick Flynn, Joseph Massey, Michael Palmer, and Shim Bo-Seon; and a cover image by Francesco Aprile. Read it all at https://english.chass.ncsu.edu/freeverse/.


2016 Victorians Institute Conference:

Leila May, Tony Harrison, Sharon Setzer, Paul Fyfe, Steven Smith (CRDM student), Stephanie McBroom, and a dozen graduate student volunteers hosted the 2016 Victorians Institute Conference at NC State University on the theme of “Victorian STEAM.” The conference drew more than 100 registered faculty and graduate participants and featured a keynote by Alison Byerly, President of Lafayette College. For more information, visit http://go.ncsu.edu/vi2016.

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