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Hi folks!  Welcome back to campus for the 2014-2015 academic year.  We have lots of exciting things coming up, so let’s get to the news.


We want to congratulate this year’s stipend recipients:

Returning  recipients are Olivia Barry, Scott Bollen, Rebecca Chism, Logan Ellis, Lizzie Ferguson, Heather Haile, Hunter Parham, Callie Smith, Ali Webb, and Nicole Wilkinson.

First year stipend recipients are Savannah Adams, Geoffrey Bara, Chloe Dillport, Kourtney Mason, Brianna Nicholas, Kelly Singer, and Matt Wilson.

Cooper Honors stipends are $1300 per semester for up to 4 semester.  The stipends are awarded on a competitive basis.  You can apply for a stipend twice during either semester of the regular school year; application deadlines are Consultation Day of the semester.  Information on how to apply is available online here, and click on “Student Application.”  For more information about the program, contact Doc Yoder at


For Fall 2014, Dr. Kris McAbee is teaching 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, and Park Chan-Wook’s 2003 film, Old Boy.

In Spring 2015, Dr. Jim Levernier will offer a Cooper seminar on The American Dream. More information coming soon!


We have a very exciting line up for the Cooper Lecture Series this year.  As usual, all Cooper Lectures are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The Arkansas Philological Association Conference will be held on Oct. 23-25 at the Arkansas Studies Institute and the Little Convention Center.  This year the conference is being hosted by UALR, the UALR English Department, and the Linguistics and Language Arts Working Group.  There will also be a day of student sessions on Oct. 22.  The Call for Papers for the APA is here; the Call for Papers for the Students Sessions is here.  To propose a paper, or for more information, please contact Dr. Jeremy Ecke at  To propose a paper for the student conference, or for more info please contact Hunter Parham ( or Kelly Singer (

Wednesday, Oct. 29: Jeff Cowton, Curator at the Wordsworth Trust at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, England will discuss study opportunities with the Wordsworth Archive at Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived with his family for several years.  The presentation will be at 6:30pm in DSC-G.  There will be a reception with hors devours starting at 6:00.

Monday, Nov. 3: Cadet Jean-Robert Cadet will present a lecture at 6:30pm in the Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium.  Cadet’s lecture will concern his experience as a restavek (“child slave”) in Haiti and his current work as an abolitionist.  His visit to campus is in support of both Dr. Kris McAbee’s Cooper seminar on Revenge, and Dr. Laura Barrio-Vilar’s course on Slave Narratives.   Cadet’s own books — Restavec and My Stone of Hope — will be available for purchase at the end of the event. You can check Cadet’s ongoing work on his organization’s webpage.

In mid-March, Dr. James Levernier hopes to bring Dr. Scott Laderman to campus in support of his Cooper seminar on The American Dream.  Dr. Laderman is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota – Duluth.  He is the author of Tours of Vietnam: War, Travel Guides, and Memory (Duke UP, 2009), and Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing (forthcoming from University of California Press).  You can check out his webpage here.  Look for details as they develop.

Undaunted by delay, the Martha Redbone Roots Project will visit UALR for a two-day residency on April 1-2, 2015.  April 1 will feature a private performance and discussion with English Department students and others about her adaptations of William Blake’s poetry.  On April 2, Redbone will visit classes, and her Roots Project trio will present a free, full 2-hour concert in the Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium.  Look for details as the event gets closer, but for a taste of what to expect, check out this.  For more information, contact Doc Yoder at


 Ashley (Scott) Gershong (grad. 2009) has taken a post-doctoral job as a Lyme disease researcher at the University of Connecticut Health Center.  She will be defending her dissertation (consisting of her four graduate publications) on Nov. 6 .

Melissa Ruth Carrion (grad. 2010) has landed a job as an English Language Center Specialist at Miami University in Middletown, OH.  Here’s what she says, “It was all of my McNair, Cooper and  Donaghey Scholars work that got me the job — my job is to support students, and I know all about what kind of difference a little support can make in a student’s path.”

Nathan Riggs (grad. 2011) has received a Teaching Assistantship at UA-Fayetteville to support his graduate work in English there.

David Measel (grad. 2011) has received his MA in Rhetoric from the UALR Department of Rhetoric and Writing.

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



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