Cooper Broadsheet: September 2012


The Cooper Honors Program and the English Department welcome everyone for the new academic year.  This year promises to be especially exciting with new seminars and a great schedule of Cooper lectures.


Doc Yoder is on Off-Campus Duty Assignment (similar to sabbatical) for the fall semester.  Dr. Stodola has kindly agreed to act as Interim Director for the fall semester.  Dr. Stodola previously served as Cooper Director for over 7 years.  There should be no problems with the daily functioning of the Program.  Doc Yoder will be back in the Spring.


The Cooper Program wants to congratulate the recipients of Cooper stipends for the 2012-2013 academic year.

First Year:  Nicole Ackerman, Delilah De Vary, Caitlin Love, Lucas Rudd, Judith Spradling, Breana Steele, Todd Stevens, Joanna Waldron

Second Year:  Kassie Adkins, Stephen Burns, Tamra Creed Stephanie Mantell, Seth Pennington


We want to welcome two new faculty members to the English Department.  Dr. Jeremy Ecke is our new Linguistics specialist.  He holds a Ph. D. from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught most recently at Belmont University.  He will offer courses in Linguistics, plus History of the English Language and Medieval Literature.

Dr. Nicole Seymour is our new specialist in Modern American and British Literature.  She holds a Ph. D. from  Vanderbilt University, and also focuses on film, gender theory and environmental criticism.

Dr. Angela Hunter, a member of the Philosophy Department for several years, has now joined the English Department.  Dr. Hunter specializes in Comparative Literature (especially 18th-Century and French literature) and literary theory.  Dr. Hunter is also the Director of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) program which will now be “housed” in the English Department.  For the Fall semester, Dr. Hunter can still be found in her office in the Philosophy Department (3rd floor of Stabler Hall), but staring in the Spring you will find her in the English Department (5th floor of Stabler Hall).


To kick off the fall semester, we’ll have a meet-and-greet on Wednesday 5 September, from 2 to 4 pm, in Donaghey Student Center Meeting Room G.  Snacks and drinks provided. This is an opportunity for the first- and second-year Cooper students and the members of Sigma Tau Delta to get to know each other and to meet faculty members too, especially our new faculty, Dr. Jeremy Ecke and Dr. Nicole Seymour.


The Cooper Program is hosting 3 information sessions for students preparing to take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) and/or apply to graduate school.

Friday 14 September, 1-2 pm, in Stabler Hall 401: Preparing for the GRE

Cooper and McNair student Stephanie Mantell will lead a fact-finding workshop about the General and English subject GRE tests. She’s done a lot of research on both.

Friday 21 September, 1-2 pm, in Stabler Hall 401: Applying to Graduate School in Literature

Profs. Jeremy Ecke, Kris McAbee, Trey Philpotts, and Nicole Seymour will give information to students interested in applying to graduate school in literature and will answer questions.

Friday 28 September,  2:30-3:30 pm, in Stabler Hall 401: Applying to Graduate School in Creative Writing

Profs. Nickole Brown and David Jauss will give information to students interested in applying to graduate school in creative writing and will answer questions.


Alice van Buren will introduce and show her film INK: A Tale of Captivity on Wednesday 26 September at 6:30 pm in Donaghey Student Center Meeting Room D. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reception follows film showing.

INK tells the story of Mary Rowlandson, a preacher’s wife, captured in 1675/76 by a confederation of Nipmuck, Narragansett, and Wampanoag Indians in the great native revolt known as King Philip’s War.  Upon her return to Puritan culture three months later, Rowlandson wrote an account of her ordeal for the Puritan leaders—including Increase and Cotton Mather—who figure prominently in the film. Titled The Sovereignty and Goodness of God and published in 1682, Rowlandson’s account became a Puritan bestseller and is taught in many early American literature and history courses today.

After some 40 editions in print over three centuries, Rowlandson’s story has now been adapted to the screen for the first time.  Written and produced by Alice van Buren, the film is a based on her play by the same title, which premiered at the Penboscot Theater in Bangor, Maine, in March, 2012. The play was also read at a festival in London this summer, with the North American Actors Association.

Starring Angela Janda as Mary Rowlandson, the film features leading Native American actors Wes Studi (Avatar, Last of the Mohicans)  as King Philip, Gary Farmer (Pow Wow Highway, Smoke Signals)  as his assassin, and Alan Tafoya as James Printer.

With a cast of 50 and a skeleton crew, INK was shot in New Mexico in 2010.  Puritan sets were created at Santa Fe’s Sculpture Ranch.  Exterior locations ranged from the Jicarilla Apache Reservation to the 17th-century iron works at Saugus, Massachusetts. Art Director Nat Hesse designed and built a functioning colonial printing press.  Cathy Smith, who won an Emmy for her work in Dances with Wolves, guided the wardrobe.  Re-enactors from Pecos to Maine lent weapons and wampum.  Cinematographer Tom Sibley shot and edited the film.  Melyssa Garland composed the score.


Activist and University of California – Santa Cruz professor Angela Davis will present a public lecture on October 25 at 6:30 P.M. in the Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium.  This exciting lecture is sponsored by the Cooper Program (and others) in support of Prof. Laura Barrio-Vilar’s current Cooper seminar on Black Women’s Activism and Literature.  The lecture will be FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Plans are still developing so watch for updates.


Mark your calendars now for the Cooper Winter Colloquium and Holiday Lunch, to be held on Friday 14 December from 11 am to 1 pm in Donaghey Student Center Meeting Room D.  Hear students present their Cooper Honors projects.


Sam Brown (2012) has published his first novel, The Last Baby Angel.  There will be launch party on Thursday, September 6, 6:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Dizzy’s Gypsy Bistro, 200 River Market Ave. #150 in Little Rock.

Leslie St. John (2002) has published a book of poetry, Beauty Like a Rope.

Sarah Burns (2007) has a job teaching 11th and 12th grade English at Malvern High School and has moved to Hot Springs. On her first day of school, she says, “I managed to diffuse a potential fight and survive seven classes.”

As always, if you have news to report, or you see any errors or have problems with this webpage, please contact Doc Yoder at


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