Cooper Broadsheet: March 2014

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Greetings from the Director!  Here’s the news:


The Martha Redbone Roots Project 2 day residency has been postponed until the Fall.  The new dates are October 9-10, 2014.  That is the Thursday and Friday before Fall Break, so you can start your break with a bang — a FREE concert by a great R&B / folk trio with a healthy interest in William Blake.  The show will still be in Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium, and Martha Redbone will still visit with several classes.  Look for more details and reminders in the Fall.  For more information contact Doc Yoder at


The  Shakespeare Scene Festival will be held on March 13-14, 2014.  Here’s what Dr. McAbee posted for wide circulation: The annual Shakespeare Scene Festival will be held in UALR’s University Theater (in the Center for Performing Arts) on Thursday March 13 and Friday March 14, 9:30am-12:30pm both days. Join the audience and encourage others to drop by as schedules permit.

The Shakespeare Scene Festival brings students from central Arkansas schools to campus to celebrate learning through the performance of Shakespeare. The festival is sponsored by the UALR Departments of English and Theater & Dance. It was founded by Roslyn Knutson in 1998 and inspired by a workshop at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

This year will feature 15 different performances and the players will range from 5th graders to high school seniors. We’re expecting around 600 students over the two days of the festival, so come join the fun!

To see a schedule of performances and to find out more about the festival, please visit Questions should be directed to the festival’s director, Dr. Kris McAbee, at

The Shakespeare Scene Festival is FREE and OPEN to the public.


The Cooper Honors Program is pleased to announce the creation of the Cooper Success Awards.  These two awards are $2500 each for the coming academic year and are open to all English majors.

The Cooper Success Award is granted to a full or part-time student who is currently taking at least six hours and who has a declared major in English. To be eligible, applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in English. Financial need and potential for academic success will be strongly considered. If all other things are equal, financial need will be the deciding factor.

Applicants should submit a typed essay of no more than 600 words discussing your personal and academic goals and explaining how the Cooper Success Award will help you achieve those goals. Applicants should also specifically address the issue of financial need.  For financial need to be considered, a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid at is required. Award application forms are available in the English Department, Stabler Hall 501, and all materials should be submitted by Monday, March 31, 2014 to the Department of English, Stabler Hall 501.


The Spring Cooper Colloquium will be held 11:00am to 2:00pm on Thursday, May 8 in DSC Meeting Room C.  This is a break from past years when the colloquium was held on Friday.  The Cooper Picnic will still be on Friday, May 9 at Murray Park, catering provided by Homer’s.  Both events are FREE and OPEN to English students, their friends, and family.

At this year’s colloquium we expect to have 8 students discussing their Cooper Projects.  Come out, have lunch, and celebrate the great work being done by our Cooper Honors graduates.  This year’s presenters include Nikki Ackerman, Delilah De Vary Ashcraft, Caitlin Love, Matt Quin, Zach Roberson, Lucas Rudd, Brandi Schroeder, and Breana Steele.


In Fall 2014, Prof. Kris McAbee will offer a Cooper seminar on “Revenge.”  Here’s what she says about it:  This course will interrogate the nature of revenge as a thematic device. We will ask, “What are the elements of revenge? What differentiates revenge from justice? What do we learn from revengers and their quests?” Beginning with Greek tragedies, we will then work through a survey of revenge-oriented texts from the sixteenth century to the present day, representing a range of genres including drama, broadsides ballads, opera, prose fiction, and film. Among selections developed by the class, texts will include: Euripides’s Medea, Seneca’s Thyestes, Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Ford’s ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Dumas’s Count of Monte Cristo, and Park Chan-Wook’s 2003 film, Old Boy.  For more information contact Dr. McAbee at

As always, if you have any problems with the page, see any errors, or have any news, please contact Doc Yoder at


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