Cooper Broadsheet: October 2011

The William G. Cooper, Jr. Honors Program in English
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Graduate School Planning

The Cooper Program will host an introduction to applying to graduate school on Wednesday, October 5, 2011, at 3:00pm in Stabler Hall 408.  We shall discuss what is involved in the decision to go to graduate school, the application process, how to choose schools, M.A. vs Ph.D.,  and M. F. A. programs.  It’s not an easy decision.  All interested parties are welcome to attend.  The program will feature Profs. Trey PhilpottsKris McAbeeNickole Brown and Paul Yoder, plus former UALR student and current A. B. D. Heather Newsam.

Wordsworth’s England 2012

Doc Yoder is leading a 10-day student trip to England, May 25 to June 6, 2012, co-sponsored with the Office of Programs Abroad.  You get three-hours credit while you trace Wordsworth’s life in the Lake District of Cumbria, England.  We’ll use Keswick as a base for visits to Penrith, Ullswater, Grasmere and Peele (Piel) Castle before heading to Wales and Mt. Snowdon.  The first information session is at 3:00pm on Thursday, October 6, 2011 in DSC D.  Bring your questions.

Job Opportunities after Graduation

Later in October (date TBA) the Cooper Program will also sponsor a talk about employment opportunities for English majors with Gary Newton, Vice-President for Programming at the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce.  Check your email for details as they develop.

Sequoyah National Research Center

Did you know that UALR is the home of the Sequoyah National Research Center?  It’s “the largest assemblage of Native American expression in the world,” and it’s housed right here on campus.  You can check out the Sequoyah Center online at and you can join them on Facebook (just search for Sequoyah National Research Center).  Not only is the Sequoyah Center a great resource, but students can also develop editorial projects working with the documents in the center.  For more information, contact Dr. Jim Parins (

Cooper Lecture Series

Matthew Abraham, Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse at DePaul University, and former student at UALR, will present a lecture on November 22, 2011.  The topic is still TBA, but Prof. Abraham has co-edited with Andrew Rubin a special issue of Cultural Critique, entitled Edward Said and After: Toward a New Humanism.  He has also published numerous articles and book chapters, and in 2005 he won the Rachel Corrie Courage in the Teaching of Writing Award sponsored by the progressive SIGS of the Conference on College Composition and Communication.  You can check out Prof. Abraham’s webpage here.  Details as they develop.

Student Success

Sarah Burns, who is a Graduate Assistant in the College of Education, co-authored a book chapter on multiculturalism and Young Adult Literature with Dr.Judith Hayn, a professor in the UALR Department of Teacher Education.

Ryan Witherspoon, with his wife, Karissa, has been teaching in Seoul, S. Korea, but is comimg back to the states.  He was accepted to graduate school at both Florida State and Colorado State.  Florida State also offered him a teaching assistantship, so Ryan is southbound.  He will pursue an M. A. in Rhetoric / Composition.

This month’s picture is a ruined cottage on Home Fell, above Ullswater in Cumbria, England.  Doc Yoder took the picture in 1984.

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