Cooper Broadsheet: September 2013

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The Cooper Honors Program and the English Department welcome everyone back for the 2013-2014 academic year.  We hope you had a great summer.  We have lots of news, so let’s get to it.


We all want to congratulate this year’s Cooper stipend recipients.  Cooper stipends are $1300 per semester for up to 4 semesters.  The deadline for applications for next year’s stipends will be Consultation Day of the Spring 2014 semester.

Second year recipients:  Delilah DeVary Ashcraft, Caitlin Love, Lucas Rudd, Breana Steele and Joanna Waldron.

First year recipients: Olivia Barry, Spencer Campbell, Logan Ellis, Heather Haile, Hunter Parham, Matt Quin, Zachary Roberson, Brandi Schroeder, Callie Smith, Gina Vanegas, Ali Webb and Nikki Wilkinson.


The English Department is pleased to welcome Dr. Paul A. Crutcher to the faculty.  Dr. Crutcher recently earned his doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Educational Policy from Michigan State University, adding that to his credentials in Philosophy, English, Women’s and Gender Studies, and Writing. He served in the Peace Corps (China ’05-’07), and spent years living in and studying East Asia. His experiences have shaped his research and teaching interests, which include pop culture, social education, language and literacy, and empathy.  You can find out more about Dr. Crutcher here.


Thinking about graduate school?  When do you apply?  What do you need to do?  How do you decide?  The Cooper Honors Program is once again sponsoring a series of preparation sessions for those of you thinking about graduate school.    All sessions are on Fridays, and will meet in Stabler Hall 401 at 2:00pm.  Here is the schedule:

Sept. 6: GRE Preparation, conducted by recent English graduate Stephanie Mantell.

Sept. 13: What you need to know about applying for Graduate School in Literature, conducted by Dr. Kris McAbee, Dr. Jeremy Ecke, Dr.Trey Philpotts, and Doc Yoder.

Sept. 27: What you need to know about applying for Graduate School in Creative Writing, conducted by Prof. Nickole Brown and Dr. Dave Jauss.


Fall 2013

Dr. Jeremy Ecke is teaching a seminar on the Epic Tradition, focusing on Gilgamesh, Beowulf, The Cid, and The Nibelungenlied.

Professor Nickole Brown is teaching a seminar on Writing Between Borders, focusing on prose poetry, novels-in-verse, and hybrid work.

Spring 2014

Dr. Angela Hunter will offer a seminar called Going Postal: Letters, Literature, and Beyond.  Some of our oldest literature is in the form of letters (real or fictional), and today many works still use letters as important aspects of a work.  But what constitutes a letter?  Are emails and postcards letters? What is the place of letters in literature or of literature in letters?  Do we read “fictional” letters differently from “real” letters? How do letters question our understanding of what it means to read, and specifically to read literature? These questions will guide our examination of the relationship between letter-writing, letter-reading, and literature.  We will discover that letters ask us to think not only about writers and readers, but also about the various systems that transmit and circulate messages and letters (postal, electronic, etc.)


We have an exciting program of speakers lined up for the coming year.  The titles for the talks and venues are still TBA, but save the dates!

Oct. 1: Dr. Lisa Corrigan: Co-sponsored by the Cooper Honors Program and the Gender Studies Program, in conjunction with Dr. Laura Barrio-Vilar’s Women in Literature class.  Her lecture will be entitled “Orval Faubus and the Language of Segregation: Homonationalism, Sexualized Violence, and Racial Anxiety During the Little Rock Crisis.”  Dr. Corrigan is an Assistant Professor of Communication, Co-Chair of the Gender Studies Program, and Affiliate Faculty in both African & African American Studies and Latin American Studies in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She has published articles in a variety of journals, and her book, tentatively titled Prison Power: How Prison Politics Influenced the Movement for Black Liberation, is under contract with the University of Alabama Press in its “Rhetoric, Culture and Social Critique” series.  Learn more about her here.

Oct. 24: Dr. Kristin Hanson in conjunction with Dr. Jeremy Ecke’s Cooper seminar on the epic tradition.  Dr. Hanson is Associate Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, specializing in poetry and linguistics, especially meter and Medieval and Early Modern literature.  She is author of numerous articles.  You can learn more about her work here.

Nov. 7:  Victoria Redel in conjunction with Prof. Nickole Brown’s Cooper seminar.  Prof. Redel is on the faculty at Sara Lawrence College.  She is the author of 3 books of poetry, 3 novels, and a forthcoming collection of short stories.  Check out her webpage here.

February (exact date TBA): Martin McQuillan in conjunction with Dr. Angela Hunter’s Cooper seminar.  Dr. McQuillan is Professor and Dean of Arts and Social Sciences at Kingston University in London, England.  He is a literary theorist, author of numerous articles and director of a forthcoming film based on Jacques Derrida’s The Post Card from Socrates to Freud and Beyond, which we hope to show as part of his presentation.  You can learn more about him here.


Nikki Ackerman was chosen as a finalist for an internship with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences based on her script for an episode of Castle.

Seth Pennington (May 2013 grad) JULY 30 read with a showcase of Sibling Rivalry Press (where he is Associate Editor) authors in Bryant Park in New York City on July 30 to a crowd of 140.  You can check out some pictures here.

Zachary Roberson participated in the 48 Hour Film project, August 16-18 along with 30 other film-making teams around Arkansas.  Their short film entitled “Castle Road” will screen at the Bank of America building on August 30th.


Dr. Dave Jauss:  Along with a variety of other publications this year, Dr. Jauss’s new book Glossolalia: New & Selected Stories will be published on Sept. 9 by Press 53.  On Sept. 10, there will be a launch party for the book at South on Main, The Oxford American magazine’s new restaurant/literary salon/music and art venue located at 1304 Main Street.  The party will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will include a brief reading and Q&A.  Prof. Nickole Brown will serve as emcee and the T4 Jazz Trio will perform.  Books will be available for purchase and signing.  Dinner and drinks will be available from the South on Main restaurant. If you’re unable to attend and would like to order a copy of the book, go to

Dr. Kris McAbee led a group of students on a Study Abroad trip to England, focusing on Shakespeare and research opportunities in and around London.  Look for pictures in the next Broadsheet.


This month’s header image is from the carnivorous plants garden at Duke University Gardens.  Photo by Doc Yoder.

If you see any errors and or have any problems with the Cooper Broadsheet, please contact Doc Yoder at


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