The Cooper Honors Program invites family and friends of the UALR English Department to the annual Cooper Winter Colloquium, honoring our December 2016 graduates.  This year we will have presentations from Yasmeen Al-Shukri and Blaise Hale.  The colloquium will be on Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, at 11:30am-1:30pm in Library Rm. 535.  A light lunch will be provided.  Like all Cooper events, the colloquium is free and open to the public.

Yasmeen Al-Shukri‘s mentor is Dr. Jeremy Ecke; her project is entitled “Unearthing Inanna: A Student Adaptation of the Descent Cycle.”  She describes the project this way: “My project is a critical study and adaptation of the Sumerian and Babylonian myths of Inanna’s descent.”

Blaise Hale‘s mentor is Dr. Kris McAbee; her project is entitled “Using Adaptation to Teach Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the classroom.”  She describes her project, saying, “By using Macbeth as a model, this project is designed to inspire teachers to help secondary students develop an appreciation for Shakespeare through adaptations (e.g. film, television, dance, and narrative).

Please join us to celebrate the great work of our students.


The Cooper Program is currently accepting applications for new Cooper stipends to begin in Spring 2017.  The deadline for stipend applications is 5:00pm on Consultation Day, Tuesday Dec. 6, 2016. Current stipend holders do NOT need to reapply in December.  Cooper stipends are $1300 for up to 4 semesters.  Cooper stipend recipients must be declared as English majors, and graduate with a 3.5 GPA in English, and a 3.25 GPA overall.  They must complete the Cooper Honors curriculum of a 3-hour Cooper seminar, a 2-hour tutorial, and a 2-hour credit honors project.  Instructions for applying can be found on the Cooper Honors Program website here.  For more information, please contact Doc Yoder at


Dr. Jeremy Ecke will offer a Cooper Honors Seminar on “Arthurian Adaptation” in Spring 2017.  The class will meet on T/Th 10:50-12:05.This class will explore the stories and myths surrounding King Arthur and his court in English, Welsh, and French traditions. Readings will range from seminal texts like Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae, Wace’s Roman de Brut, and Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur to looser adaptations like Tennyson’s “Idylls of the King” and Twains A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. We will supplement our core readings with adaptations in film, theater, television, and other popular forms and genres.  For more information, please contact Dr. Ecke at


aerial_view_of_the_lincoln_memorial Lincoln Memorial

Dr. Laura Barrio will conduct a 3-credit-hour study-away course to Washington, DC in June 2017.  The class may be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit. Details are still being hammered out, but the trip will likely span 12-14 days, and stops will certainly include the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Holocaust Museum, and the National Museum of the American Indian.  Enrollment is limited, so plan now for this exciting opportunity to study in the nation’s capital.  For more info, please contact Dr. Barrio at

david-adjaye-smithsonian-nation-museum-washington-dc-opens-designboom-500                                  Museum of African American History and Culture


The creative writing students at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock have been working hard to build #BlackLivesMatter: A Poetry Reader. It in, we are holding a space to bring together many of the important poems being published online in connection with the Black Lives Matter movement. It includes links to powerful work by Rita Dove, Yusef Komunyakaa, Tim Seibles, Juan Felipe Herrera, Claudia Rankine, and others. Read. Listen. Start somewhere. Start here.


It has been a great pleasure to serve as interim Director of the Cooper Program for the past semester.  Nonetheless, I know we all look forward to the return of Dr. McAbee from her adventures in the wilds of Europe.  I have it from a reliable source that she will even attend the colloquium.


We all offer our condolences to Vicki Plant, our office administrator, on the death of her niece over the holidays.  Please keep Vicki’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

As usual, if you have problems with this newsletter, or if you see any errors, please contact Doc Yoder at


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