Professor Jessica Wolfe Featured in The Daily Tar Heel

Professor Wolfe was interviewed for today’s issue of The Daily Tar Heel about her recent book, Homer and the Question of Strife from Erasmus to Hobbes. The book focuses on the neglected topic of Homer’s impact on classical literature. In addition to the critical importance of such groundbreaking research, Professor Wolfe discusses the influence of her students’ enthusiasm for her research, the process involved in discovering centuries-old commentary on Homer, and the scholarly necessity of engaging with such materials.

You can read the entire article here: http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2015/11/english-professor-pioneers-research.

Professor Wolfe will be speaking about her work today at 3:30 PM in Bull’s Head Bookshop.

C.R.a.D.L. Information Session

Come to Greenlaw 223 at 5:30 p.m. on October 27 for an info session on the C.R.a.D.L. minor. Learn from professors and students about how classes in Composition, Rhetoric, and Digital Literacy can help you strengthen your writing skills by applying them to video, audio tracks, images, and more. Find the event on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1095449703806405/.

Boundaries: A UNC-KCL Collaboration

On September 7, 2015, as part of the 19th century studies partnership between UNC and King’s College, London, seven graduate students and three faculty members traveled to London to participate in a three-day conference. This transatlantic conference was the most recent event bringing the two departments together for a series of stimulating presentations, roundtables, and keynote addresses. Beginning in 2013, Professors Eliza Richards (UNC) and Jo McDonagh (KCL) imagined a partnership between UNC and KCL that would foster graduate student professional development in the field of 19th century studies. A year later, graduate students and faculty of both institutions gathered in Chapel Hill for the UNCommon conference, and one year after that, six graduate students and three faculty members from KCL visited UNC once again for a colloquium to plan the September conference in London.

The conference was organized around the theme of Boundaries. The first day's sessions, held at KCL’s Strand campus, explored the sub-theme of Spatiality; day two, at the British Library, focused on disciplinary and pedagogical topics; and the third day, hosted at the Museum of London, covered boundaries of the body. There were a variety of presentation styles: graduate students Emma Calabrese and Robin Smith, along with Professor Richards, presented works-in-progress; Kym Weed, Leslie McAbee, and Professor Matt Taylor served as respondents to keynote speakers; Christina Lee presented a syllabus that she co-wrote with a KCL graduate student; and Sarah Kuczynski, Mallory Findlay, and Professor Jane Thrailkill experimented with Pecha Kucha presentations.

The 19th Century Studies Collaborative is currently planning an October 2016 conference at UNC that will host KCL graduate students and faculty. If you are interested in being a part of this exciting initiative, please reach out to any of your colleagues mentioned here.

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Fall 2015 Armfield Poetry Reading: Philip Memmer

Please join the department on Thursday, October 29th in the Dialectic Chambers (on the 3rd Floor of New West) at 3:30PM to hear Philip Memmer give the 2015 Armfield Poetry Reading.

Philip Memmer is the author of four books of poems, most recently "The Storehouses of the Snow: Psalms, Parables and Dreams" (Lost Horse Press, 2012). His previous collections include "Lucifer: A Hagiography", winner of the 2008 Idaho Prize for Poetry from Lost Horse Press, and "Threat of Pleasure" (Word Press, 2008), winner of the 2008 Adirondack Literary Award for Poetry. His poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Poetry London, Southern Poetry Review, and Epoch, and in several anthologies. His work has also been featured in the Library of Congress' "Poetry 180" project, and in Ted Kooser's "American Life in Poetry" syndicated column. He lives in upstate New York, and works as Executive Director of the Arts Branch of the YMCA of Greater Syracuse, where he founded the YMCA's Downtown Writers Center in 2001. He also serves as Associate Editor for Tiger Bark Press.

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