Faculty Notes for November


In November, Belle Boggs read and spoke on panels at the Texas Book Festival and the Miami Book Fair.

Her book The Art of Waiting was chosen by O, the Oprah Magazine as a Top 10 Book of the year. It is being translated into Spanish and Korean.


Helen Burgess presented “Publish All The Things. Even if you know they’re going to die. (an editorial philosophy)” in a panel on preserving electronic literature at the Society for Literature, Science and the Arts in Atlanta, November 3–6.


On November 23, Marsha Gordon delivered her monthly The State of Things “Movies on the Radio” show, this time about films depicting family. The next show will be about listeners’ favorite films from 2016. To submit your pick, send an email to sot@wunc.org.

Gordon gave two talks at the Association for Moving Image Archivists conference in Pittsburgh: “The Martin Harper 35mm Sound-on-16mm System” and “Ethics and Nontheatrical Film,” which was part of a panel on “Opportunity, Law, and Ethics: Researching, Contextualizing, and Recirculating Nontheatrical Films.”


Paul Isom’s point-of-view piece on “Teaching the truth about fake news” was published in the New & Observer on November 26.


On November 1, Dorianne Laux’s “Ray at 14” was the featured poem in The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor (http://writersalmanac.org/episodes/20161101/).


Carolyn Miller served as an external member on the dissertation committee for Elizabeth Chamberlain, at the University of Louisville, where Miller taught as the Watson Distinguished Visiting Professor in Fall 2013. Elizabeth defended her dissertation,“‘If This Stuff Matters, Why Isn’t It Being Shared?’: Citations, Hyperlinks, and Potential Public Futures of Online Writing in Rhetoric and Composition” on November 21. 

On November 11, Miller served as respondent to a panel on “Constituting the Civic Commonplace” at the National Communication Association 102nd Annual Convention, held in Philadelphia. 


Jennifer Nolan presented “Modernist Literature Meets Commercial Editing: Katherine Mansfield, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Women’s Home Companion,” on November 18 at the Modernist Studies Association conference, “Culture Industries,” in Pasadena, CA. 


Nancy Penrose’s “Student Ambitions and Alumni Career Paths: Expectations of the MA English Degree” has been published in Degree of Change: The MA in English Studies (Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English).


Stacey Pigg, along with her collaborator Benjamin Lauren, published “Networking in a Field of Introverts: The Egonets, Networking Practices, and Networking Technologies of Technical Communication Entrepreneurs” in IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication as well as “Toward Multidirectional Knowledge Flows: Lessons from Research and Publication Practices of Technical Communication Entrepreneurs” in Technical Communication.

She was also a featured speaker at the Thomas L. Watson Conference, where she delivered a panel presentation called “Sketchnoting, Mobility, and Writing a Spatial Self” with graduate students Kendra Andrews, Chen Chen, and Desiree Dighton.


Jeffrey Reaser organized a panel on “Preparing Teachers to Be Advocates for Standard English Learners (SELs)” for the National Council of Teachers of English convention, held in Atlanta from November 17–20. The panel included the paper “Building Advocacy through Critical Language Pedagogy” by Reaser and co-authors, including graduate student Jessica Hatcher.


Erik Thomas delivered lectures on Beowulf to four twelfth-grade English classes at Enloe High School on October 5 and 6.


Seven of Elizabeth Wagner’s stories — including “Lion Kills Man in Kiev,” “Girls of Easy Virtue,” and “What Are You Doing Here Without Your Mother?” — will be included in the Winter 2017 issue of Mississippi Review, which is due for publication in January 2017. 


The John Donne Society has given the Virtual Paul’s Cross Project website a Distinguished Publication Award for best digital publication in 2013.  

The Autumn 2016 issue of NC State, the university’s alumni magazine, includes a three-page feature on Virtual Paul’s Cross as part of a larger, and longer, feature on Visualization Research. 


Chris Crosbie has launched Shakespeare at State, an initiative designed to bring acclaimed Shakespearean productions to campus; host guest lectures by prominent scholars, directors, and actors connected to Shakespearean drama; enable student travel to off-campus productions; and improve our institution’s research materials on Shakespeare and his world. Those interested in supporting this effort can do so via the new Friends of Shakespeare, in process with the Development Office. Please contact Chris Crosbie (christopher.crosbie@ncsu.edu) for a pledge form. Once Friends of Shakespeare reaches $2,500 in initial pledges, the Development Office will create an online method for future donations and will start advertising the initiative. Crosbie emphasizes that early support is critical — and will be much appreciated.

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