Cooper Broadsheet: September 2017

 

HAPPY FALL 2017!

Greetings from the Cooper Director, Dr. Kris McAbee!

NEW STIPEND RECIPIENTS

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 kxmcabee_at_ualr.edu.

COOPER FALL SEMINAR

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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.

COOPER SPONSORED EVENTS

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 ualr.at/bigread.

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 kxmcabee_at_ualr.edu.

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COOPER BROADSHEET: February 2016

 

HAPPY SPRING 2016!

Greetings from the Cooper Director, Dr. Kris McAbee! We have a lot of exciting events coming up this semester, so mark your calendars and be sure to attend.

NEW STIPEND RECIPIENTS

The Cooper program has admitted five new students for the Spring semester. Congratulations to our newest stipend recipients!

The new, Spring 2016, Cooper students are: Yasmeen Al-ShukriMorgan DrishJosiah SimpsonSara Snyder, and Krystopher Stephens. 

These new Cooper student join other  first year stipend recipients (Olivia Dunlap, Lindsey Fisher, Blaise Hale, Juli Lewis, Allison Ousnamer, and Meghan Reed) and returning recipients (Savannah Adams, Geoffrey Bara, Lizzie Ferguson, Keely Phillips, Kelly Singer, and Alexis 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 kxmcabee_at_ualr.edu.

COOPER RELATED EVENTS

All Cooper Lectures are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 6:00: An Evening with Novelist Amy Greene

Amy greene flyerAmy Greene is author of the New York Times bestselling novel Bloodroot. Her second novel, Long Man, was named a Best Book of the Year by the Washington Post and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and won the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. Both novels were New York Times Editors’ Choice picks. In 2010 Greene won the Weatherford Award for Fiction from the Appalachian Studies Association and was named Tennessee Writer of the Year by the Tennessee Writers Alliance. Her third novel, The Nature of Fire, is forthcoming from Alfred A. Knopf.

An Evening with Novelist Amy Greene will begin with a reception before the reading on Wednesday, February 24, 6:00-7:30pm in Stella Boyle Auditorium. This event is brought to us by the UALR Visiting Writing Series, sponsored by the English Department and the Cooper Honors Program.

Thursday and Friday, Mar. 10-11: The Shakespeare Scene Festival

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Macbeth vs. Star Wars
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The Shakespeare Scene Festival brings students from Central Arkansas K-12 schools to UALR to celebrate learning through Shakespeare. This year, UALR will be hosting students from Warren Dupree Elementary, Horace Mann Middle, Henderson Middle, St. Theresa Middle, Central High, Episcopal High, Perryville High, and the Arkansas School for the Deaf. The program should last be about 9:30-noon on both days. See http://ualr.edu/shakespeare for more details and contact kxmcabee@ualr.edu if you’d like to volunteer.

Thursday, Mar. 17: Cooper Seminar Speaker, Patricia Hill Collins

In conjunction with Dr. Laura Barrio-Vilar’s Cooper Honors Seminar on Literature and Social Justice , UALR will host prominent sociologist Patricia Hill Collins. Dr. Collins’ talk “Still Brave? Black Feminism as a Social Justice Project,”on Thursday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m., in Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium will be followed by a book signing.

PatriciaHillCollins_2014-Head-Shot1Collins is a Distinguished University Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and author of seminal works on Black feminism and race scholarship, such as Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment (1990), Fighting Words: Black Women and the Search for Justice (1998), and On Intellectual Activism (2013). She is also a Past President of the American Sociological Association.

Co-sponsors include: UALR Office of Campus Life, the Institute on Race and Ethnicity, UALR College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences, the Anthropology Club, UALR College of Social Sciences and Communication, and the Donaghey Scholars Program. For more information contact Dr. Laura Barrio-Vilar at Lxbarriovil@ualr.edu.

Thursday, Mar. 31: An Evening with Poet Gary McDowell

garyJoin us for a reading by Gary McDowell. McDowell is the author of five collections of poetry, including Mysteries in a World that Thinks There Are None (Burnside Review Press, 2016), winner of the 2014 Burnside Review Press Book Award; Weeping at a Stranger’s Funeral (Dream Horse Press, 2014); and American Amen (Dream Horse Press, 2010), winner of the 2009 Orphic Prize in Poetry. He’s also the co-editor, with F. Daniel Rzicznek, of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Prose Poetry (Rose Metal Press, 2010).

An Evening with Poet Gary McDowell will begin with a reception before the reading on Thursday, March 31, at 5:30 pm in Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium. This event is brought to us by the UALR Visiting Writing Series, sponsored by the English Department and the Cooper Honors Program.

April 14-17: Visiting Writer Andrew Milward

Author photo 2A native of Lawrence, Kansas, and a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Andrew Malan Milward’s fiction has been a finalist for the National Magazine Award and appeared in many places, including Zoetrope, American Short Fiction, VQR, The Southern Review, Story, Guernica, as well as Best New American Voices. He is the author of the story collections The Agriculture Hall of Fame, which was awarded the Juniper Prize for Fiction by the University of Massachusetts, and I Was a Revolutionary (HarperCollins 2015). He has served as the McCreight Fiction Fellow at the University of Wisconsin, a Steinbeck Fellow at San Jose State University, and has received fellowships and awards from the Lannan Foundation, Jentel, and the Corporation of Yaddo. He lives in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where he teaches at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers and is editor-in-chief of Mississippi Review.

Andrew Milward will come to Little Rock in conjunction with the Arkansas Literary Festival, April 14-17. The exact date for his UALR campus reading as part of the UALR Visiting Writing Series is TBA.

Friday, May 6: Cooper Spring Colloquium and Picnic

All are invited to the Winter Colloquium on Friday, May 6, time TBA, in Ottenheimer Library 535. The Cooper Honors students who have completed projects in Spring 2016 will present their work. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the exiting and sophisticated scholarship and creative work accomplished by students in UALR’s English department.

Then join us later that afternoon for the annual Cooper Picnic at Murray Park!

A list of presenters and further details for both events will be available later in the semester.

COOPER SEMINARS

downloadIn Spring 2016, Dr. Laura Barrio-Vilar is offering a Cooper seminar on Literature and Social Justice. The class will focus on 20th-century writers committed to various social justice movements. Some of the required readings include Richard Wright’s Native Son, Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues,and Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness, among others. Students have several options for service-learning through which they will experience first-hand what it is like to engage in social justice work.

In Fall 2016, Jeffrey Condran will offer a Cooper seminar on Novel Writing. Stay tuned for more details about this exciting creative writing seminar.

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

 

COOPER BROADSHEET: October 2015

 

HAPPY FALL 2015!

Greetings from the new Cooper Director, Dr. Kris McAbee! I am honored to have this opportunity to direct the honors program, to facilitate events, and to help create community in UALR’s English department. I am grateful to the outgoing Director, Dr. Paul Yoder, who has been an outstanding mentor to students and faculty alike, and who continues to provide guidance on all things Cooper as the Interim Chair of the English Department. Many thanks, also, to the members of the Cooper Committee, Dr. Laura Barrio-Vilar and Dr. Jeremy Ecke.

NEW STIPEND RECIPIENTS

Congratulations to this year’s stipend recipients!

Returning  recipients are Savannah Adams, Geoffrey Bara, Lizzie Ferguson, Keely Phillips, Kelly Singer, and Alexis Williams.

First year stipend recipients are Olivia Dunlap, Lindsey Fisher, Blaise Hale, Juli Lewis, Allison Ousnamer, and Meghan Reed.

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 kxmcabee_at_ualr.edu.

NEW FACULTY

Jeffrey-Condran-150x150The English department is delighted to welcome Jeffrey Condran to the faculty as an Assistant Professor. Professor Condran holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and is our newest hire in creative writing. He teaches courses in creative writing (fiction), Contemporary Literature, and Editing & Independent Press Administration. He is the author of two works of fiction: a short story collection, A Fingerprint Repeated (Press 53), and a novel, Prague Summer (Counterpoint). He is the faculty co-advisor of UALR’s literary magazine, Equinox, and co-founder/publisher of the independent literary press, Braddock Avenue Books.

Get to know more about Professor Condran at the upcoming New English Faculty event, when he and the department’s other most recent Assistant Professor, Dr. Paul Crutcher, will introduce themselves to the UALR community: Tuesday, October 27th, 6pm. (Details below under Events.)

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Heather K. Hummel also joins us as a Visiting Assistant Professor, focusing on poetry. Professor Hummel holds an MA in English Literature from Eastern Washington University and an MFA from the University of Southern Maine Stonecoast. She co-founded the online literary journal, Blood Orange Review, and now serves as Advisory Editor for the journal. She has published two poetry chapbooks, Boytreebird (2013), and Handmade Boats (2010). Recently, her work has appeared in Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, and The Southern Poetry Anthology Volume VI: Tennessee (Texas Review Press, 2013). Learn more about Professor Hummel at her website: hkhummel.com.

COOPER SEMINARS

31B2E322-C341-44BB-A969-F3AFB8F89EA3Img400For Fall 2015, Dr. Brad Minnick is teaching a Cooper seminar on Great Books.The course uses novella length works from both the old school canon of great novels and the emerging Young Adult canon. 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.

downloadIn Spring 2016, Dr. Laura Barrio-Vilar will offer a Cooper seminar on Literature and Social Justice. The class will focus on 20th-century writers committed to various social justice movements. Some of the required readings include Richard Wright’s Native Son, Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones, Eve Ensler’s The Vagina Monologues,and Janet Mock’s Redefining Realness, among others. Students will have several options for service-learning through which they will experience first-hand what it is like to engage in social justice work.

ADVISING

Advising for Spring 2016 has begun!  Cooper Honors students should be advised by Dr. McAbee, unless you are advised by your project director.  If you are advised by your project director, please let Dr. McAbee know.  Linguistics minors should be advised by Dr. Ecke.  Secondary Ed minors should be advised by either Prof. Crutcher or Prof. Thurmond, and those in the Blocks should be advised by Dr. Minnick.  Creative Writing students should be advised by Prof. Hummel or Prof. Condran.  Students graduating in May 2016 should be advised by Dr. Yoder to make sure that all last minute details are in order.  All other students should stop by the English Department or call 569-3161 to make an appointment. For more information about advising, and to schedule appointments, see: http://ualr.edu/english/advising/

COOPER LECTURE SERIES AND RELATED EVENTS

All Cooper Lectures are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Dates TBA: Fall 2015 Cooper Speaker, Dr. Anthony Petrosky
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Associate Dean of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, Anthony Petrosky, will be our featured Cooper Speaker and Pedagogy Lecture Series speaker. Petrosky is best known for his work developing the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for English teachers and participating states across the country, for designing the Common Core PARCC English/Language Arts Assessments used in the US, and for his bestselling books Ways of Reading, and Facts, Artifacts and Counterfacts (both written with David Bartholomae), and his edited collection Content Matters (with P. McConachie). His poetry collection Jurgis Petraskas also won the Walt Whitman Award.

Petrosky, a proponent of a hybrid Great Books method, will lecture on his and David Bartholomae’s conceptions of Ways of Reading: High School Books and talk with teachers at Forest Hills Middle School and students and teachers at Central High School about his work. He will also provide a master class for Minnick’s Great Books Seminar and a colloquium talk

(title forthcoming).

Tuesday, Oct. 27: Meet the New English Faculty

In recent years, the department has been able to bring in new tenure-track faculty to build on our strengths in secondary education and creative writing. Dr. Paul Crutcher joined the English department in Fall 2013 and brings with him expertise in empathy in culture, especially in K-12 and higher education, language and literacy (including TESOL), pop culture (e.g., TV, games, movies, comics), children’s and YA literature, religious/secular ethics, and critical theory (particularly gender, sexuality, and LBGTQ issues). Jeffrey Condran comes to UALR this semester to teach creative writing, especially fiction, along with contemporary literature and editing and independent press administration.The Cooper Program will host an opportunity to meet these new professors and hear about their work on Tuesday, October 27, at 6:00pm in Ottenheimer Library 535.  Join us for a light reception and to learn about the work and interests of Professors Crutcher and Condran.

Thursday, Nov. 5Information Session on Graduate Studies in Literature

On Thursday, November 5, at 1:30 pm in Stabler Hall 401 Dr. Jeremy Ecke and Dr. Kris McAbee will host an information session on graduate studies in literature. If you’ve considered pursuing an advanced degree after you graduate from UALR, you’ll want to attend this event, which will largely be dedicated to answering your questions about degree types and the application process.

Friday, Nov. 6: Information Session on Graduate Studies in Creative Writing

Please join Professors Condran and Hummel on Friday, November 6, at 2:00 pm in Stabler Hall 401 for an information session on pursuing graduate degrees in creative writing. If you have thought that an advanced degree in creative writing is something you might want to pursue down the line, you will not want to miss this session which will cover the basics of applying to graduate school for creative writing. Most of the session will be dedicated to Q&A so bring your questions for Professors Condran and Hummel!

 

Date TBA: “Creative Horizons” Undergraduate Conference

The English Department is hosting the Second Annual UALR Undergraduate Conference at the Arkansas Studies Institute, on a date to be announced.images

This year’s conference is titled “Creative Horizons: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Student Research.” The organizing committee invites essays, poster-board presentations, and visual arts projects exploring interdisciplinary thinking in the humanities and social sciences. Creative works of short fiction, poetry, and visual art are encouraged.
An abstract of no more than 100 words or a brief author’s/artist’s statement for creative works should be sent to creativehorizons2015@gmail.com.  All submissions should include your full name, department, and preferred email. Please also indicate whether you will need technology and if you are interested in moderating a session. Papers and creative readings should be about 5 pages in length, as presentations will be given 8 to 12 minutes.
Friday, Dec. 11: Cooper Winter Colloquium

All are invited to the Winter Colloquium on Friday, December 11, 11:30-1:30pm in Ottenheimer Library 535. The Cooper Honors students who have completed projects in Fall 2015 will present their work. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about the exiting and sophisticated scholarship and creative work accomplished by students in UALR’s English department. A list of presenters will and further details will be available later in the semester.

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