Hi, folks.  We hope everyone had a great Winter Break.  We have an exciting semester coming up, so let’s get on with the news.


New Stipend Students

The Cooper Honors Program asks you to join us in congratulating our three new stipend recipients: Rachel Chatwood, Keely Phillips, and Alexis Williams.  Cooper stipend are $1300 per semester for up to 4 semesters.  They awarded twice a year, on a competitive basis.  The deadline for applications is always Consultation Day of both Fall and Spring semesters.  Your next time to apply is May 5, 2015.  Please contact Doc Yoder at of more information.

Winter 2014 Colloquium

We also want to congratulate our graduates who participated on the Cooper Winter Colloquium on December 12, 2015.  Callie Smith, Judith Spradling, Gina Vanegas, Ali Webb, and Nicole Wilkinson all made presentations on their final projects.  We are very proud of their hard work, and we look forward to hearing about their lives after graduation!


We have a great line-up for this semester, with something for everyone: poetry, music, Vietnam, and surfing.  And as always, all Cooper Speaker events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

An Evening with Poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar — Thursday, February 12, 2015. Donaghey Student Center, Room 205D.  Laure-Anne Bosselaar grew up in Belgium. She is the author of three collections of poetry in English: The Hour Between Dog and Wolf and Small Gods of Grief (both published by BOA Editions), and A New Hunger, which was published by Ausable Books and selected as a Notable Book for 2008 by the American Library Association. A graduate of the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, Bosselaar has taught poetry workshops at Emerson College, Sarah Lawrence, and at many conferences across the United States. She is also an anthologist and an editor translating American poetry into French and Flemish. She and her late husband, the poet Kurt Brown, published The Plural of HappinessSelect Poems by Herman de Coninck with The Field Translation Series at Oberlin College Press. Currently, she teaches at the College of Creative Studies at University of California Santa Barbara and is part of the founding faculty at the low-residency MFA at Pine Manor College in Boston.  Check out her webpage here. Refreshments to start at 6:00 with reading to follow at 6:30 pm. For more information, contact Professor Nickole Brown at

Dr. Scott Laderman, Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, will present a lecture on March 8, 2015. Details TBA. Dr. Laderman is the author of two books, Tours of Vietnam: War, Travel Guides, and Memory (2009) and Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing (2014), as well as numerous articles on the impact of the Vietnam War on American culture. He is also co-editor with Edwin A. Martini of Four Decades On: Vietnam, the United State, and the Legacies of the Second Indochina War 2013). Dr. Laderman’s lecture will be in conjunction with Dr. Jim Levernier’s Cooper seminar on the American Dream, and is sure to be eye-opening and thought provoking.  Check out Dr. Laderman’s webpage here. For more information, contact Dr. Levernier at

Martha Redbone Roots Project Residency — April 1-2, 2015 the Martha Redbone Roots Project will conduct a 2-day residency at UALR, hosted by the Cooper Honors Program, the English Department, and the Donaghey Scholars Program. Martha Redbone is a Native American R&B musician whose Roots Project has released The Garden of Love: Songs of William Blake, a collection of poems by English Romantic poet William Blake set to Appalachian folk music arrangements.  Redbone regularly does school visits while on tour. Her Roots Project trio (she also performs with quartet and quintet configurations) will present a private performance / class in the afternoon of Wednesday April 1, open to invited students and faculty.  On Thursday, April 2, Redbone will visit select classes on campus to discuss Blake’s poetry, songwriting and her musical Roots Project.  Thursday, April 2 evening will feature a 2-hour concert by Redbone’s trio.  All events will be FREE to those attending.  Watch for more details.  For more information on Martha Redbone see her website at For more information on this event, contact Doc Yoder at


Dr. Brad Minnick will offer a Cooper Honors Seminar in Fall 2015 called “Great Books Seminar.”  The course will mostly use novella length works in a “great books” approach to selections from both the old school canon of great novels and the emerging Young Adult canon.  For more information on the controversies, and literary and scholarly implications of this approach, check out some the articles listed here.  Dr. Minnick says, “The evolving literary canon creates some surprising and wonderful juxtapositions and unlikely textual pairings. In the tradition of “Great Books Seminars,” this course will explore relationships among books by Steinbeck and Faulkner positioned beside books by Sandra Cisneros and S.E. Hinton.”  The reading list is likely to include: Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck; The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros; As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner; The Outsiders, S. E. Hinton; Fences, August Wilson; Bronx Masquerade, Nikki Grimes; The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane; The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien; Hiroshima, John Hersey; Night, Elie Wiesel.  Should be fun. For more information, contact Dr. Minnick at

As usual, if you see any errors and have problems with the Broadsheet, please inform Doc Yoder at



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