Cooper Broadsheet: September 2017



Greetings from the Cooper Director, Dr. Kris McAbee!


Congratulations to this year’s stipend recipients!

Returning  recipients are El-Noor Akhter,  Kelsey Craig, Tiffany Fisher, Cameryn Kirkham, Tyler Payne, Joy Reinbold, Krystopher Stephens, Kaitlin Worley, and Kristina Yarberry.

First year stipend recipients are Caleb Alexander-McKinzie, Frankie Alford, Krista Hancock, Kimberly Maurer, Sarah McPheeters, and Tori Williams.

Cooper Honors stipends are $1300 per semester for up to 4 semesters.  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 Dr. McAbee at



For Fall 2017, Dr. Angela Hunter is teaching a Cooper seminar on Dreams of Interpretation. The course explores states of sleep and dreaming in fiction, poetry, and film. Most importantly, it will investigate the grand project of interpretation itself
(of dreams and of literature). Primary texts include Lynch’s Mulholland Dr.; Perry’s Stigmata; DeQuincey’s Confessions of an Opium Eater; and Freud’s The Interpretation of Dreams, among others.


All Cooper Lectures are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Tuesday, September 19: Into the Beautiful North: With the Author Luis Alberto Urrea

Into the Beautiful North is an artfully crafted story of bridging borders between Mexico 2016-Common-Read-Urrea-Beautiful-Northand the United States. An epic tale of adventure and the strength of belonging, the novel sweeps the reader along a journey from Mexico to the United States with humor, heart, and excitement at every turn. Join award-winning author Luis Alberto Urrea, who NPR calls a “master storyteller with a rock n’ roll heart” as he discusses his celebrated novel and this year’s Little Rock Big Read selection Into the Beautiful North.

The reading will be held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall in the UA Little Rock Fine Arts Building. The event is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. UA Little Rock is joined by several community partners as it launches its Big Read celebration with the reading and book discussion.

The NEA Big Read is presented in partnership with The Mexican Consulate, Little Rock School District, El Zocalo Immigrant Resource Center, The Clinton Center, Central Arkansas Library System, and UA-Pulaski Technical College.

Contributors for the kickoff event include the UA Little Rock William G. Cooper Jr. Honors Program in English, Arkansas Humanities Council, and UA Little Rock’s Ottenheimer Library, Division of Student Affairs, World Languages Department, Donaghey Scholars Program, History Department, Anthropology/Sociology Department, as well as KLRE/KUAR.

The entire NEA Big Read will run from Tuesday, Sept. 19, to Friday, Nov. 3, and feature presentations, book discussions, film screenings, and related arts programming.

View a calendar of events for the NEA Big Read at

Monday, September 25: Josh Barkan Reading

21740776_10155213855811339_4137946855704420151_o Please join us on Monday, September 25 as award-winning writer, Josh Barkan, reads from his new short story collection, Mexico. Snack, refreshments, and conversation begin at 6:30 in the Fine Arts Building, Room 157. The reading will begin at 7pm.

Josh Barkan won the Lightship International Short Story Prize and has been a finalist for the Grace Paley Prize for Short Fiction, the Paterson Fiction Prize, and the Juniper Prize for Fiction. He is the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He spent much of his childhood abroad, living in Kenya, Tanzania, France and India. After attending Yale University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, he spent a year teaching in Japan and received his MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. His writing has appeared in Esquire and as a contributor to The Boston Book Review. With his wife, a painter from Mexico, he divides his time between Mexico City and Roanoke, Virginia, where he teaches at the Jackson Center for Creative Writing at Hollins. He has taught writing at Harvard, Boston University, and New York University. His previous books include the novel Blind Speed and the story collections Before Hiroshima and Mexico, which is currently a bestseller in Mexico.


Please send any corrections, updates, or announcements for the next broadsheet to Dr. McAbee at


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