What’s Happening?: March 2017

They say March is the busiest month. Do they? Maybe. Around here it is, apparently. Talks and recruitment day and a conference, oh my! We’ve got something for everyone, so see what part of that something is for you in the following list. Bring a friend! Get your learn on.

Tuesday, March 7 – Job Placement Workshop: CV to Resume

Who: With Lynne D’Angelo-Bello (Associate Director of Grad Student Career Development) and Deep Singh (English department placement person)
When: March 7, 4:10 pm
Where: Drown Hall 209
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Faculty and graduate students considering a variety of careers are invited to attend a workshop on converting long-form academic CVs to shorter Resumes. These are often required by “alt-ac” positions and positions with an administrative component. What should and shouldn’t be on a Resume? How can you highlight your skills and experiences to appeal to the requirements of particular positions? We will be working with specific examples from previous students in the program.
Second-year MA students going out on the job market as well as Ph.D. students considering alt-ac positions will likely benefit the most from this workshop. Faculty interested in learning more about how to prepare our students for the alt-ac job market are also more than welcome to attend.
Participants are invited (but not required) to bring their own CVs in for workshopping. We only request that you send us a copy of the CV and the text of the advertisement of the position to which you are thinking of applying in advance so we can have a few copies available for other participants.  (If you want to just come and listen in, that’s fine too.)
If you have any questions or would like to send along materials in advance of the workshop, please send them to Deep at amsp@lehigh.edu.

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On Teaching Resistance

While drafting my English 2 proposal and planning my course last October, I had no idea how painfully relevant the overall theme would be, come spring semester.

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My English 2 focuses on the rhetoric of resistance:

“Our section of English 2 will focus on the implications of language and writing in the context of various forms of resistance: self-definition and identity formation, visual rhetoric, and body rhetoric. Students will learn how these forms of resistance operate rhetorically to expose and challenge oppressive power structures with the goal to generate social change. To this end, we will study and research the rhetorical strategies of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, music, and public art. We as a class will learn to reconsider the role of language in many, if not all, aspects of our lives and to navigate the broader community as socially conscious citizen-writers.”

From the beginning, I made it clear that I wasn’t seeking to push a particular agenda, but rather providing a space where we interrogate ideas and different manifestations of resistance. Along with Envision, I’ve required Rhetoric for Radicals: A Handbook for 21st Century ActivistsOne quote from the foundational readings for the second day sums up the ethos of the class: “If we’re going to change the world, then we need to change people’s rhetorical constructions of the world.”

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Drown Recap: Oral History Workshop with Mary Marshall Clark

On February 17th & 18th, scholars from the Lehigh community were treated to an opportunity to participate in a workshop on the theories, methods, and practice of oral history led by acclaimed oral historian Mary Marshall Clark. Clark is the director of the Columbia Center for Oral History Research and Columbia University’s Oral History MA degree program. Her work in the field has been extensive and diverse. Some of the major projects she has conducted have explored the traumatic aftermath of 9/11 among eyewitnesses and immigrants, the experiences of Japanese-Americans interned during WWII, and the history of the Apollo Theatre. Her most recent research examines the global impact of torture and the detention policies at Guantánamo Bay.

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Clark began the first day’s meeting by having everyone collect a bit of oral history themselves. Each attendee conducted a fifteen-minute interview with a partner to gain an overview of the life the “narrator”, and several then shared the results of their work. It was really quite astonishing to hear what a broad variety of experiences and backgrounds one might learn about even within a relatively small group. Having gained a taste of what it is like to collect oral history narratives, Clark used the group’s experiences to inform the afternoon’s workshop sessions on theory and practice.

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Literature & Social Justice Keynote

This year, thanks to generous support from the English Department, the Literature and Social Justice Graduate Conference will host its first external keynote speaker: Dr. Kavita Daiya.

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Dr. Kavita Daiya is Associate Professor of English and Affiliated Faculty in the Women’s Studies Program and Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University.  In AY 2015-2016, she held the NEH endowed Chair in the Humanities at Albright College, focusing on Global Migration and Asia.  She was Mellon Regional Faculty Fellow at the Penn Humanities Forum at the University of Pennsylvania (2014-2015).  She serves as Associate Editor of the MLA-Allied Association journal “South Asian Review.” She has also been a Research Fellow at the Globalization Project at the University of Chicago.

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Drown Recap: Multimodal Workshop

On January 19th a crowd of instructors gathered for an informative workshop led by assistant professor Dr. Brooke Rollins and featuring presentations by Dr. Amardeep Singh and Dr. Nicole Batchelor. For those unable to attend the event, we here at Drown Unbound have got you covered. While the idea of teaching a multimodal assignment may have seemed daunting at first, a few tips from the workshop presenters put everyone at ease.pexels-photo-121734

The easiest way to think about the multimodal assignment is through the remediation model which asks students to recast an argument from an academic paper into another medium that appeals to a broader audience. The process requires students consider ways of making a public turn.

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Rally Recap: It’s not a Moment, It’s the Movement

Last Tuesday (January 31st) I had the privilege of attending a rally with my friends, colleagues, and students at Lehigh University. The purpose of the rally was to protest President Trump’s recent executive order banning immigration from specific nations and from my perspective, more importantly, to stand in solidarity with all immigrants in our community.16523111_10200814300979773_31524471_o

I had never attended a political rally before; my anxiety disorder makes it difficult for me to be in large crowds of strangers. But I figured there would not be a body-crushing number of people and since many of my colleagues/friends from the English Department were attending I decided to give it a try.

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Film Club Retrospective and Coming Attractions

Another semester begins and that means that reading groups and our own film club are starting up again. I wanted to take some time to reflect on what we did last semester as well as look forward to what we having coming this semester. So let’s go on a trip back and to the future! Get it? It’s a movie reference.

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First, the stats. We watched the following films last semester: Modern Times, Young Frankenstein, High and Low, The Innocents, Fantastic Mr. Fox, and Pan’s Labyrinth. Four out of the six films are in black and white, only the last two are in (glorious) color. They’re also the only two movies made in my lifetime. This semester I want to correct that, because there are some amazing color films from the 50s and 60s that use color in really fun and fantastic ways. Jacques Demy, here we come. We’ve got three horror-tinged films, though none of them are truly scary. Just based on our current group population, I’d guess that might continue this semester. Finally, we’ve got three American films and 2 movies with foreign language dialogue. I think that’s probably about right for a club focused on the depth and breadth of cinema history.

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What’s Happening?: January/February 2017

Another semester is upon us and our calendars are filling up with classes and meetings but make sure to leave some room for the great events happening below!

On Friday, January 27 at 12 pm in UC 207, the Women’s Center is hosting a discussion and reflection on the Women’s Marches. Sure to be a valuable and insightful discussion!

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Drown Recap: Teaching Argument Workshop

The time has come. Classes have ended, seminar paper deadlines are past or quickly approaching and soon free-time will be discovered again. Since the submission of proposals we have waited, pushing ideas to the back of our minds, fighting the temptation to plan for English 002.

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Excitement aside, the last workshop for the New English 002 had some great takeaways. For those who missed it, Drown Unbound was there to capture the events.

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Meet and Greet: Mareesa Miles

Last but not least for this semester, it is my great pleasure to introduce this new face in the department. She’s one of our wonderful new editors here at Drown Unbound, and we don’t know what we’d do without her! Without further ado, introducing Mareesa Miles!

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