Fall 2017 Events!

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events!

Greetings from the Cooper Director, Dr. Kris McAbee. The Cooper program is sponsoring these events at the end of the Fall semester. We hope to see you there!

Proposal and Application Workshop for English Majors

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Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017
4:00-5:15 pm
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Scholarship applications will be due soon.
Do you know how to write your application?

This informal workshop will address the art of writing statements of purpose, applications for scholarships, proposals for funding requests, and essays for program admissions. Feel free to bring a draft to revise in the workshop.

Contact Dr. Kris McAbee (kxmcabee@ualr.edu) or Dr. Paul Crutcher (pacrutcher@ualr.edu) for more information.

Cooper Honors Fall 2017 Lecture

“The Work of Dreams: Freud and Modern Writing”
Dr. Elissa Marder
Professor of French and Comparative Literature at Emory University

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Ottenheimer Library, Room 535
6:30pm Lecture
(light refreshments available beginning at 6:00pm)

In the Interpretation of Dreams in 1900, Freud presented his path-breaking claim that dreams are highly meaningful psychic acts that come from the unconscious and that elude the control of consciousness.  In arguing that dreams provide access to aspects of the self and the experience of the world that the self cannot know, Freud inaugurated the twentieth-century’s fascination with the power of dreams as a privileged medium for contesting the unity of the self and the linearity of narrative time.  Moreover, in writing about dreams, Freud was obliged to write a dream-like book. Like Freud, many other modern and contemporary writers have written about dreams in dream-like ways.  This talk will look at brief selections from works by Baudelaire, Proust, Walter Benjamin, and Hélène Cixous in light of Freud’s insights to show how dreams instigate action, challenge traditional ways of writing history, and contest the coherent unity of the self. In all cases, dreams open up poetic alternatives to life as we think we know it.

Dr. Marder joins us in conjunction with Dr. Hunter’s Honors Seminar on “Dreams of Interpretation.” This event is free and open to the public.

Cooper Winter Colloquium

The Cooper Honors Program invites family and friends of the UALR English Department to the annual Cooper Winter Colloquium, honoring our December 2017 graduates.  The names of presenting students will be announced soon!  The colloquium will be on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, 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.

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

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