Dr. Connie Eble Cited in NY Times Op-Ed

Dr. Connie Eble, UNC's "resident grammar guru," is cited by Frank Bruni in his April 8th New York Times op-ed, "What Happened to Who?". Dr. Eble weighs in on the transition from the use of the pronouns "who" and "whom" to "that", highlighting the tensions between grammar and the historical usage of words. Dr. Eble earned her PhD at UNC Chapel Hill, studying Germanic philology and traditional American descriptive lingusitics, and later she conducted extensive research on the social function of vocabulary, publishing Slang and Sociability: In-Group Language among College Students (UNC Press, 1996). Dr. Eble continues to collect slang terms from her students at UNC while researching language development and variation, with a focus on her native state, Louisiana.

PIT Journal Release and Call for Submissions

The newest cycle of the People, Ideas, and Things (PIT) Journal has been released, and you can access the articles here. The PIT Journal offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn about, create, and publish original research.

 

Cycle 8 Call for Submissions: Multimedia Scholarship

The PIT Journal is looking for multimedia undergraduate scholarship for publication in the fall of 2017. Submissions will also be considered for inclusion in a PIT Digital Scholarship Festival to be held in the fall. This cycle will focus on scholarship in video, audio, graphic, and mixed media formats. Submissions should present some form of academic research (either primary or secondary) with appropriate citations and permissions for the use of materials. At the same time, submissions can push the boundaries of what counts as scholarship. Submissions might range from podcasts and audio essays to informational graphics or data visualizations, from videos that tell a research "story" to curated collections that translate social media into scholarship--to name a few options. These and other possibilities that explore new ways of developing and delivering undergraduate research are all welcome.

Undergraduates interested in publishing work in the PIT Journal should submit research projects on the website. The deadline for individual submissions is May 15th, 2017.

Instructors interested in collaborating with the PIT Journal and submitting student work developed in a class should sign up by contacting Daniel Anderson (iamdan@unc.edu) by March 24th, 2017. Final submissions will be due no later than May 19th.

Critical Speakers Series - Tiffany Stern Talk: "Singing Plays and Playing Songs: Ballads and Plays in the Time of Shakespeare"

Poster for Tiffany Sterk talk
The Critical Speaker Series presents two illuminating sessions on April 18 and 19 with Tiffany Stern, Professor of Shakespeare and Early Modern Literature at Royal Holloway, University of London:
 
Talk: "Singing Plays and Playing Songs: Ballads and Plays in the Time of Shakespeare"
Tuesday, April 18, 3:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
 
Seminar: "Dumb Shows and the Invention of Stage Directions"
Reading for the seminar is available here.
Wednesday, April 19, 3:00 p.m, Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall

Both events are free and open to the public.

2017 Boundaries of Literature Symposium

The 2017 Boundaries of Literature Sumposium presents two exciting events on April 6-7 with Michael Levenson, William B. Christian Professor of English from the Universtiy of Virginia:
 
"Expertise and the Everyday: the Humanities and Ordinary Life"
Thursday, April 6th, 3:00 p.m., Toy Lounge, Dey Hall
This talk is free and open to the public.
 
"Who Knows Who Knows? Zadie Smith's 'The Embassy of Cambodia' and Wiki Truth"
Friday, April 7th, 11:00 - 12:30 p.m, Donovan Lounge, Greenlaw Hall
Graduate students are invited to this seminar; please RSVP to boundaries.symposium@gmail.com. A free boxed lunch will be provided.
 
These events are sponsored by the Comparative Literature and English Association of Graduate Students, the Department of English and Comparative Literature, the Critical Speaker's Series, and the Graduate and Professional Student Federation of UNC.

 

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Americanist Speaker Series presents: Claudia Milian

Please join us for the next UNC-Duke Americanist Speaker Series event!

 

 The Americanist Speaker Series presents: Claudia Milian

(Duke University)

 

Extremely Latin, XOXO: Notes on LatinX 

 

Thursday, March 30, 7:00 p.m.

 

2605 McDowell Road
Durham, NC
At the home of Priscilla Wald & Joseph Donahue

 

Refreshments provided!

 

 

This talk is a conceptual exploration of the extant materialization and far-reaching circulation of the “LatinX” category, delving into the instability of the “Latin” and “X” matter. Tracking the comings and goings of LatinX, the presentation attempts to feel the pulse on the open X-ness of it all, paired with the revelations, occlusions, and motley connections that are happening with this new signifier. The discussion theorizes the X in the context of Latinas and Latinos, asking what the X is signifyingwhat it is inhabitingwhat it is entrusted to tell (or not); what it is replacing or supplementing; and what its investments arealongside its dissonances and gestures.

 

Claudia Milian is Associate Professor of Romance Studies at Duke University and the author of Latining America: Black-Brown Passages and the Coloring of Latino/a Studies (University of Georgia Press, 2013). 

 

Follow the Americanist Speaker Series on Facebook.

 

Organized by Sean DiLeonardi, Katya Gorecki, Benjamin Murphy, and Nora Nunn. 

Contact bmurphy2@live.unc.edu or nin3@duke.edu for more information.

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