COOPER BROADSHEET: March 2015

SHAKESPEARE SCENE FESTIVAL

Despite the snow and ice the show went on . . . and will again.  Because of cancellations due to inclement weather, the first day of the Shakespeare Scene Festival was postponed to Thursday, March 5, but the second day on Friday, Feb. 27 went very well.  There were late cancellations, but Central High School presented the “One Word Hamlet” and Warren Dupree Elementary 5th grade presented “Macbeth vs Star Wars.”  Frank Thurmond demonstrated his prowess on the lute, and Doc Yoder served as Master of Revels.

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The second day of the Shakespeare Scene Festival has been rescheduled for Thursday, March 5 at 9:30 in the main theatre at UALR.  Come out and see great new ways that public school students are putting their own spin on the Bard.  For more information, contact Dr. Kris McAbee at kxmcabee@ualr.edu.

AFRICAN AMERICAN READ-IN

Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, has rescheduled its African American Read-In for Tuesday, March 3, at 6:00pm in DSC-G.  Please come and read your favorite passages from African American writers.  Even if you don’t want to read, come and hear some great literature.  There will be door prizes (almost $200 worth of new books) and food.

COOPER SPEAKERS

As usual all Cooper Honors Program events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

On Feb. 12, the Cooper Honors Program co-hosted with Equinox, the English Department creative writing journal, a reading by well-known poet Laure-Anne Bosselaar.  Bosselaar, who speaks 5 languages, read her own work, as well as poems by Jessica Jacobs and our own Prof. Nickole Brown, and even some poetry in Flemish (just to show how it sounds).  The poetry reading was organized by Prof. Nickole Brown, and drew a crowd of 75 people.  Despite the persistent claims of some, poetry is apparently alive and well.  You can check out the Facebook page for Equinox here.

Dr. Scott Laderman will present a lecture entitled “Surf Diplomacy in the Twilight of the Cold War” on Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 pm in Ross Hall, Room 122. A reception will begin at 6 pm.  Dr. Laderman is an Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. He is the author of two books, Tours of Vietnam: War, Travel Guides, and Memory (Duke University Press, 2009and Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing (University of California Press, 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, (Duke University Press, 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.   You can check out Dr. Laderman’s webpage here and a biographical essay highlighting the connection between his surfing interest and political history.  For more information, please contact Dr. Jim Levernier at jalevernier@ualr.edu.

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 ProgramMartha 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.  The evening of Thursday, April 2 will feature a 2-hour concert by Redbone’s Roots Project trio at 7:00pm in Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium on the UALR campus.  All events will be FREE.  For more information on Martha Redbone see her website at http://www.martharedbone.com.  For a big taste of what to expect, check out this YouTube Video.  For more information on this event, contact Doc Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

LOOKING AHEAD

Seminar for Fall 2015

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 jbminnick@ualr.edu.

New Stipend Applications

As always, applications for new Cooper Stipends are due by the close of business on Consultation Day, which this Spring is Tuesday, May  5.  Cooper stipends are awarded on a competitive basis twice a year; the stipend is $1300 per semester, for up to 4 semesters.  Cooper Honors students must complete at least one 3-hour Cooper seminar, a 2-hour tutorial, and a 2-hour writing project, and have an overall GPA of 3.25, with a GPA in English of 3.5.  For more information on the Cooper Program go to the webpage.  For full instructions on how to apply for a stipend, click on Student Application.  For more information, please contact Doc Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

Advising

With the approach of mid-term, you know that advising for Fall 2015 can’t be far behind.  Advising for Fall 2015 will begin in  the next few weeks.  Cooper Honors students should be advised by Doc Yoder, unless you are advised by your project director.  If you are advised by your project director, please let Doc know that.  Linguistics minors should be advised by Dr. Ecke.  Secondary Ed minors should be advised by either Prof. Crutcher or Prof. Thurmond.  Creative Writing students should be advised by Prof. Brown or Prof. Sharfeddin.  Students graduating in December 2015 should be advised by Dr. Philpotts 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.

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As always, if you see any errors or have problems with the page, please contact Doc Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

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COOPER BROADSHEET – January 2015

WELCOME BACK FOR SPRING SEMESTER 2015!

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.

STUDENT 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 rapider@ualr.edu 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!

SPEAKER NEWS

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 lnbrown@ualr.edu.

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 jalevernier@ualr.edu.

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 http://www.martharedbone.com. For more information on this event, contact Doc Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

CLASS NEWS

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 jbminnick@ualr.edu.

As usual, if you see any errors and have problems with the Broadsheet, please inform Doc Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

 

COOPER BROADSHEET: October 2014

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SPECIAL EVENTS ISSUE!

We have a bunch of great events coming up.  Here’s the overview, with details below.  All events sponsored by the Cooper Honors Program in English are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

Oct. 20: MFA Application Introduction: Derrick Austen, Rob Bruno, Suzi Garcia: 3:30pm SH 205

Oct. 23: Student conference in affiliation with the Arkansas Philological Association Conference.

Oct. 23-25: Arkansas Philological Association Conference

Oct. 29: Jeff Cowton (Dove Cottage / Wordsworth Trust): 6:30pm, DSC-G

Nov. 3: Jean-Robert Cadet: 6:30pm, Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium

Nov. 13: Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love: Special Performance by the Precipice Theater. 

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Oct. 20: MFA Application Introduction: Derrick Austen, Rob Bruno, Suzi Garcia: 3:30pm SH 205.  Contact Prof. Nickole Brown (lnbrown@ualr.edu).

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Oct. 23: Student conference in affiliation with the Arkansas Philological Association Conference.

Oct. 23-25: Arkansas Philological Association Conference

Hosted by the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, The UALR Department of English & The Linguistics and Language Arts Working Group

To be held at the Arkansas Studies Institute,
A Department of the Central Arkansas Library System,
& the Little Rock Convention Cente

For more information, contact Dr. Jeremy Ecke (jsecke@ualr.edu).

Oct. 29: Jeff Cowton (Wordsworth Foundation): 6:30pm, reception at 6:00pm, DSC-G.  Contact Dr. Paul Yoder (rpyoder@ualr.edu).

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 Nov. 3:  Jean-Robert Cadet: 6:30pm, Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium.  Contact Dr. Laura Barrio-Vilar (lxbarriovil@ualr.edu).

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Nov. 13: Sam Shepard’s Fool for Love: Special Performance by the Precipice Theater.  Performance, followed up with an extensive Q&A.  Also, two master classes: one in developing performances for high school students and one about writing successful dialogue in screenwriting.  Specific details TBA.

Along with coaching new talent, Precipice Theatre features veteran actors from Central Arkansas as well as actors from both coasts. Many of the cast members have been formally educated through entities and institutions such as the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Stanford, Pepperdine University, Princeton, The Howard Fine Studio, The National Theatre in London and The University of Edinburgh. Precipice Theater is produced by Heather Smith and Ricco Ardemagni. Join the group online at facebook.com/lrprecipice. Those interested in learning more are encouraged to email (lrprecipicetheatre@gmail.com).

For more information, contact Dr. Brad Minnick (jbminnick@ualr.edu).

 

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COOPER BROADSHEET: September 2014

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WELCOME BACK!

Hi folks!  Welcome back to campus for the 2014-2015 academic year.  We have lots of exciting things coming up, so let’s get to the news.

NEW STIPEND RECIPIENTS

We want to congratulate this year’s stipend recipients:

Returning  recipients are Olivia Barry, Scott Bollen, Rebecca Chism, Logan Ellis, Lizzie Ferguson, Heather Haile, Hunter Parham, Callie Smith, Ali Webb, and Nicole Wilkinson.

First year stipend recipients are Savannah Adams, Geoffrey Bara, Chloe Dillport, Kourtney Mason, Brianna Nicholas, Kelly Singer, and Matt Wilson.

Cooper Honors stipends are $1300 per semester for up to 4 semester.  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 Doc Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

COOPER COURSES

For Fall 2014, Dr. Kris McAbee is teaching a Cooper seminar on Revenge.  Here’s what she says about it:  This course will interrogate the nature of revenge as a thematic device. We will ask, “What are the elements of revenge? What differentiates revenge from justice? What do we learn from revengers and their quests?” Beginning with Greek tragedies, we will then work through a survey of revenge-oriented texts from the sixteenth century to the present day, representing a range of genres including drama, broadsides ballads, opera, prose fiction, and film. Among selections developed by the class, texts will include Euripides’s Medea, Seneca’s Thyestes, Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Ford’s ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and Park Chan-Wook’s 2003 film, Old Boy.

In Spring 2015, Dr. Jim Levernier will offer a Cooper seminar on The American Dream. More information coming soon!

COOPER LECTURE SERIES (AND RELATED EVENTS)

We have a very exciting line up for the Cooper Lecture Series this year.  As usual, all Cooper Lectures are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

The Arkansas Philological Association Conference will be held on Oct. 23-25 at the Arkansas Studies Institute and the Little Convention Center.  This year the conference is being hosted by UALR, the UALR English Department, and the Linguistics and Language Arts Working Group.  There will also be a day of student sessions on Oct. 22.  The Call for Papers for the APA is here; the Call for Papers for the Students Sessions is here.  To propose a paper, or for more information, please contact Dr. Jeremy Ecke at APAconference@outlook.com.  To propose a paper for the student conference, or for more info please contact Hunter Parham (hrparham@ualr.edu) or Kelly Singer (kesinger@ualr.edu).

Wednesday, Oct. 29: Jeff Cowton, Curator at the Wordsworth Trust at Dove Cottage in Grasmere, England will discuss study opportunities with the Wordsworth Archive at Dove Cottage, where Wordsworth lived with his family for several years.  The presentation will be at 6:30pm in DSC-G.  There will be a reception with hors devours starting at 6:00.

Monday, Nov. 3: Cadet Jean-Robert Cadet will present a lecture at 6:30pm in the Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium.  Cadet’s lecture will concern his experience as a restavek (“child slave”) in Haiti and his current work as an abolitionist.  His visit to campus is in support of both Dr. Kris McAbee’s Cooper seminar on Revenge, and Dr. Laura Barrio-Vilar’s course on Slave Narratives.   Cadet’s own books — Restavec and My Stone of Hope — will be available for purchase at the end of the event. You can check Cadet’s ongoing work on his organization’s webpage.

In mid-March, Dr. James Levernier hopes to bring Dr. Scott Laderman to campus in support of his Cooper seminar on The American Dream.  Dr. Laderman is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Minnesota – Duluth.  He is the author of Tours of Vietnam: War, Travel Guides, and Memory (Duke UP, 2009), and Empire in Waves: A Political History of Surfing (forthcoming from University of California Press).  You can check out his webpage here.  Look for details as they develop.

Undaunted by delay, the Martha Redbone Roots Project will visit UALR for a two-day residency on April 1-2, 2015.  April 1 will feature a private performance and discussion with English Department students and others about her adaptations of William Blake’s poetry.  On April 2, Redbone will visit classes, and her Roots Project trio will present a free, full 2-hour concert in the Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium.  Look for details as the event gets closer, but for a taste of what to expect, check out this.  For more information, contact Doc Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

STUDENT SUCCESS

 Ashley (Scott) Gershong (grad. 2009) has taken a post-doctoral job as a Lyme disease researcher at the University of Connecticut Health Center.  She will be defending her dissertation (consisting of her four graduate publications) on Nov. 6 .

Melissa Ruth Carrion (grad. 2010) has landed a job as an English Language Center Specialist at Miami University in Middletown, OH.  Here’s what she says, “It was all of my McNair, Cooper and  Donaghey Scholars work that got me the job — my job is to support students, and I know all about what kind of difference a little support can make in a student’s path.”

Nathan Riggs (grad. 2011) has received a Teaching Assistantship at UA-Fayetteville to support his graduate work in English there.

David Measel (grad. 2011) has received his MA in Rhetoric from the UALR Department of Rhetoric and Writing.

As always, if you see any problems or errors, or if you have news, please contact Doc Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

 

Cooper Broadsheet: March 2014

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Greetings from the Director!  Here’s the news:

MARTHA REDBONE ROOTS PROJECT RESCHEDULED

The Martha Redbone Roots Project 2 day residency has been postponed until the Fall.  The new dates are October 9-10, 2014.  That is the Thursday and Friday before Fall Break, so you can start your break with a bang — a FREE concert by a great R&B / folk trio with a healthy interest in William Blake.  The show will still be in Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium, and Martha Redbone will still visit with several classes.  Look for more details and reminders in the Fall.  For more information contact Doc Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

SHAKESPEARE SCENE FESTIVAL

The  Shakespeare Scene Festival will be held on March 13-14, 2014.  Here’s what Dr. McAbee posted for wide circulation: The annual Shakespeare Scene Festival will be held in UALR’s University Theater (in the Center for Performing Arts) on Thursday March 13 and Friday March 14, 9:30am-12:30pm both days. Join the audience and encourage others to drop by as schedules permit.

The Shakespeare Scene Festival brings students from central Arkansas schools to campus to celebrate learning through the performance of Shakespeare. The festival is sponsored by the UALR Departments of English and Theater & Dance. It was founded by Roslyn Knutson in 1998 and inspired by a workshop at the Folger Shakespeare Library.

This year will feature 15 different performances and the players will range from 5th graders to high school seniors. We’re expecting around 600 students over the two days of the festival, so come join the fun!

To see a schedule of performances and to find out more about the festival, please visit ualr.edu/shakespeare. Questions should be directed to the festival’s director, Dr. Kris McAbee, at kxmcabee@ualr.edu.

The Shakespeare Scene Festival is FREE and OPEN to the public.

NEW COOPER SUCCESS AWARDS

The Cooper Honors Program is pleased to announce the creation of the Cooper Success Awards.  These two awards are $2500 each for the coming academic year and are open to all English majors.

The Cooper Success Award is granted to a full or part-time student who is currently taking at least six hours and who has a declared major in English. To be eligible, applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average in English. Financial need and potential for academic success will be strongly considered. If all other things are equal, financial need will be the deciding factor.

Applicants should submit a typed essay of no more than 600 words discussing your personal and academic goals and explaining how the Cooper Success Award will help you achieve those goals. Applicants should also specifically address the issue of financial need.  For financial need to be considered, a completed FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid at http://www.fafsa.edu.gov) is required. Award application forms are available in the English Department, Stabler Hall 501, and all materials should be submitted by Monday, March 31, 2014 to the Department of English, Stabler Hall 501.

SPRING COLLOQUIUM: DATE AND VENUE CHANGE

The Spring Cooper Colloquium will be held 11:00am to 2:00pm on Thursday, May 8 in DSC Meeting Room C.  This is a break from past years when the colloquium was held on Friday.  The Cooper Picnic will still be on Friday, May 9 at Murray Park, catering provided by Homer’s.  Both events are FREE and OPEN to English students, their friends, and family.

At this year’s colloquium we expect to have 8 students discussing their Cooper Projects.  Come out, have lunch, and celebrate the great work being done by our Cooper Honors graduates.  This year’s presenters include Nikki Ackerman, Delilah De Vary Ashcraft, Caitlin Love, Matt Quin, Zach Roberson, Lucas Rudd, Brandi Schroeder, and Breana Steele.

UPCOMING COOPER SEMINAR

In Fall 2014, Prof. Kris McAbee will offer a Cooper seminar on “Revenge.”  Here’s what she says about it:  This course will interrogate the nature of revenge as a thematic device. We will ask, “What are the elements of revenge? What differentiates revenge from justice? What do we learn from revengers and their quests?” Beginning with Greek tragedies, we will then work through a survey of revenge-oriented texts from the sixteenth century to the present day, representing a range of genres including drama, broadsides ballads, opera, prose fiction, and film. Among selections developed by the class, texts will include: Euripides’s Medea, Seneca’s Thyestes, Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Ford’s ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Dumas’s Count of Monte Cristo, and Park Chan-Wook’s 2003 film, Old Boy.  For more information contact Dr. McAbee at kxmcabee@ualr.edu.

As always, if you have any problems with the page, see any errors, or have any news, please contact Doc Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

Cooper Broadsheet: February 2014

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A SOMEWHAT BELATED WELCOME BACK

We are into the 4th week of classes, so I know I’m late in welcoming everyone back for the  Spring Semester.  With the university restructuring, the revision of the core curriculum, and some new Cooper policies, we have been pretty busy.  So, on with it:

NEW STIPEND APPLICATION OPPORTUNITY

In the Fall semester the Cooper Program began to offer a new opportunity for students to apply for Cooper stipends.  In the past the Cooper Program accepted applications for stipends only at the end of Spring semester.  In Fall 2013 we began to accept stipend applications at the end of fall semester as well.  The Cooper Program is happy to announce that Rebecca Chism, Lizzie Ferguson, and Scott Bollen have joined the ranks of Cooper stipend holders.  Cooper stipends are $1300 per semester, renewable for a total of 4 semesters.  Stipends are awarded on a competitive basis, and applications are due on Consultation Day of Fall or Spring semester.  You can check out the Cooper Program website, with instructions on how to apply here.  You can also contact Doc Yoder for more information at rpyoder@ualr.edu

COOPER LECTURE SERIES

Dr. Martin McQuillan of Kingston University in London, England will host a pre-release screening of his new film P.S. in Dickinson Auditorium on Monday, Feb. 24, 2014 at 6:00pm, with a reception at 5:30pm P.S. (2013) is based on Jacques Derrida’s The Post Card.  A blend of scripted live action, animation, and interviews, P.S. weaves together the stories of a scholar of deconstruction, Theo Marks, a film director, Joanna, and the events of Derrida’s text “Envois.” Theo is struggling to come to terms with the dramatic events of his own life, which becomes indistinguishable from the story of The Post Card, while Joanna’s story documents the struggle to put philosophy into film. The film also features an unseen interview with Derrida himself from the original filming of Ken McMullen’s Ghost Dance.  Prof. McQuillan will conduct a Q&A after the screening.  The reception, screening and Q&A are all FREE.

The Martha Redbone Roots Project will bring 2 days of events to UALR on April 3-4, 2014.  The Martha Redbone Roots Project trio will present a 75 minute performance, followed by a Q&A starting at 2:00pm on Thursday April 3.  This show is limited to UALR English students and others.  On Friday, April 4, Redbone with visit with several UALR classes, and on Friday evening, April 4, her Roots Project Trio will present a full 2-hour concert, FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Both musical performances will be at Stella Boyle Smith Auditorium.  You can check out her music at Martha’s YouTube channel here.  Let me just say that Martha Redbone’s setting of William Blake’s poetry to Appalachian folk arrangements is not to be missed.  Here is more info from the publicity release: The “charismatic indie-soul diva” (Time Out New York), Martha Redbone, is an Independent Music Award-winning musician of Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee and African-American descent. Since bursting onto the scene at the 2002 Native American Music Awards, she has established a solid history of performing, educating, and mentoring across Native North America and in some cases abroad.

Martha’s new album The Garden of Love – Songs of William Blake (2012), produced by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Founder and multiple Grammy Award Winner John McEuen — is an unexpected twist to the Appalachian music of Martha’s childhood years with her grandparents in Black Mountain, Kentucky. It is a brilliant fusion of Martha’s magnificent voice, Blake’s immortal words and a cornucopia of roots music (folk, country, piedmont blues, gospel, honkytonk, bluegrass, soul and traditional Native). Redbone is a mesmerizing and dynamic live performer thrilling audiences and critics alike, with rave reviews from with rave reviews from All Music Guide to The New Yorker to Sing Out! She is also now building a national radio presence including recent features on NPR’s All Things Considered with Robert Siegel, WNYC’s Soundcheck and New Sounds, hosted by John Schaefer, and Sirius Satellite (Mary Sue Twohy’s and Bob Edwards’ shows).

Currently, she leads and tours with Martha Redbone Roots Project, a band ranging from trio to septet. Her shows include performances from the acclaimed new album as well as a unique gumbo of roots, blues, soul and funk. Recent stage highlights include numerous World and Traditional Music Festivals from California WorldFest, to Vancouver Folk Festival, and four years at New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. She’s become respected from concert halls like City Winery (NYC and Chicago), to prominent Tribal PowWows and Native American events like Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian’s Inaugural Ball in 2013, and institutions like University of Iowa/Hancher Auditorium who host a week-long residency in September 2013.

UPCOMING COOPER SEMINAR

In Fall 2014, Prof. Kris McAbee will offer a Cooper seminar on “Revenge.”  Here’s what she says about it:  This course will interrogate the nature of revenge as a thematic device. We will ask, “What are the elements of revenge? What differentiates revenge from justice? What do we learn from revengers and their quests?” Beginning with Greek tragedies, we will then work through a survey of revenge-oriented texts from the sixteenth century to the present day, representing a range of genres including drama, broadsides ballads, opera, prose fiction, and film. Among selections developed by the class, texts will include: Euripides’s Medea, Seneca’s Thyestes, Kyd’s The Spanish Tragedy, Ford’s ‘Tis a Pity She’s a Whore, Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Dumas’s Count of Monte Cristo, and Park Chan-Wook’s 2003 film, Old Boy.  For more information contact Dr. McAbee at kxmcabee@ualr.edu.

SAVE THE DATES!

The annual Shakespeare Scene Festival will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 13 and 14, 2014.  It’s great to see local middle and high school students come to terms with the Bard.  For more information or to help out, contact Dr. Kris McAbee at kxmcabeel@ualr.edu.

The Cooper Colloquium and Picnic will be held on Friday, May 9, 2014.  Watch for details of time, place, and participants.  It looks like we’ll have an embarrassment of riches in interesting projects this year.  Plan now to come and celebrate our honors graduates.

STUDENT SUCCESS

Stephanie Mantell has been admitted to Bowen Law School, and named a William H. Bowen Scholar with a full scholarship for all three years of law school.  Congratulations, Stephanie!

Doc Yoder’s class on John Milton held a (half) marathon reading of Milton’s epic Paradise Lost on Sunday, Feb. 2.  The reading was called off after Book VI (about 7 hours) because of inclement weather, but Books VII-XII have been rescheduled.  I extracted students’ comments about the marathon from their weekly journals and posted them to the Milton listserve.  We got picked up by the “Milton Revealed” blog.  You can check us out here.  I’m really proud of the class for working together and pulling this off, and I’m very impressed with the insights you reached after just reading the poem aloud once.  Great work!  And wait till you see the second half.

As always, if you see any errors or problems or with the Broadsheet, or news to add, please contact Doc Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.

Cooper Broadsheet: October 2013

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REGISTRATION FOR SPRING 2014

Registration for Spring 2014 begins on November 18.  Cooper students should be advised by Dr. Yoder, the Program Director, or by their project mentors.  Students planning to graduate in May 2014 should check with Dr. Philpotts to insure that all their requirements have been met.  Secondary Education minors should be advised by Dr. Minnick.  For all other English majors, the point person for advising is Dr. Barrio-Vilar.  Please do not wait until the last minute to get advised.

SPRING 2014 COOPER SEMINAR

Dr. Angela Hunter will offer a seminar called Going Postal: Letters, Literature, and Beyond.  Some of our oldest literature is in the form of letters (real or fictional), and today many works still use letters as important aspects of a work.  But what constitutes a letter?  Are emails and postcards letters? What is the place of letters in literature or of literature in letters?  Do we read “fictional” letters differently from “real” letters? How do letters question our understanding of what it means to read, and specifically to read literature? These questions will guide our examination of the relationship between letter-writing, letter-reading, and literature.  We will discover that letters ask us to think not only about writers and readers, but also about the various systems that transmit and circulate messages and letters (postal, electronic, etc.)

COOPER LECTURE SERIES 

On October 1, the Cooper Program co-hosted with Gender Studies a lecture by Dr. Lisa Corrigan on the convergence of racist rhetoric and sexual anxiety during the 1957 Central High integration crisis.  Those in attendance were treated to a stirring presentation and call to action to get involved with improving race, class and gender relations at the local, state and national levels.

October 24: In conjunction with Dr. Jeremy Ecke’s Cooper seminar on epic, Dr. Kristin Hanson of the University of California at Berkeley will present her lecture, “’London Homesick Blues’:  English Poetic Forms in West Texas Songs.”  The lecture will be at 6:30pm in DSC-G, with a reception before the lecture at 6:00pm.  Reception and lecture are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  Dr. Hanson specializes in poetic meter and linguistic approaches to literature. She received her PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University in 1990 and taught at the University of British Columbia from 1990-1996. Developing the theory of generative metrics, Professor Hanson has co-authored a number of seminal articles in metrical theory with the Stanford linguist Paul Kiparsky. Professor Hanson is currently working on a monograph entitled “An art that nature makes”: a linguistic perspective on meter in English; her teaching and writing ranges from the poetics of Shakespeare, Donne, Tennyson, and Hopkins to the relation between ballroom dancing and metrical feet.  Professor Hanson’s Cooper lecture, drawn from her current UC Berkeley course “Hardly Strictly Lyric Poems,” will explore the cultural, formal, and poetic relationship between Renaissance lyrics and the music of the West Texan folk/country/roots group The Flatlanders.  You can learn more about Dr. Hanson and her work here.

November 7: In conjunction with Prof. Nickole Brown’s Cooper seminar, poet and novelist Victoria Redel will read from her work.  The reading will held in Ross Hall 123, and it will begin at 6:15pm, with a reception before the reading at 5:45pm.  Prof. Redel is on the faculty at Sarah Lawrence College.  She is the author of 3 books of poetry (including Woman Without Umbrella (2012)), 2 novels (including The Border of Truth (2007) and Loverboy (2001) which was made into the 2005 movie starring Kyra Sedgwick and directed by Kevin Bacon), and 2 collections of short stories.  You can check out her webpage here.  The reception and reading are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

STUDY ABROAD

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In June 2013, Dr. Kris McAbee led a study-abroad course on “Shakespeare’s England.” Eight students traveled to England to study Shakespeare in the context of his homeland. Highlights of the trip included the Tower of London, a day-trip to Hampton Court (the palatial home to Henry VIII), and a weekend in Shakespeare’s birthplace, Stratford-upon-Avon. The class toured the theaters of the Royal Shakespeare Company, where they saw productions of Titus Andronicus and Hamlet. Back in London, the class visited the reconstructed Globe, where they participated in a guided tour and attended a production of The Tempest.

As always, if you see mistakes in this Broadsheet or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Paul Yoder at rpyoder@ualr.edu.