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Oct
7
Mon
Creative Writing Fall Faculty Reading @ RCAH LookOut! Gallery
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm
Creative Writing Fall Faculty Reading @ RCAH LookOut! Gallery | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Please save the date for the fall Creative Writing Faculty reading, featuring alum Kate Birdsall, Hannah Ensor, and Teresa Milbrodt, to be held Monday, October 7, 7 pm, in the LookOut! Gallery (second floor Snyder-Phillips Hall).  Join us in celebrating the work of these new colleagues.  The event is free and open to the public.

Oct
16
Wed
MUSE Bowling Night @ Spare Time Entertainment Center
Oct 16 @ 1:59 pm – 2:59 pm
MUSE Bowling Night @ Spare Time Entertainment Center | Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Department of English MUSE Scholars Program will host MUSE bowling night at Spare Time Entertainment Center. MUSE scholars, current graduate students, and faculty are welcome to join us on Friday, October 18th at 7:30pm.

Oct
17
Thu
MUSE Lecture: Omaris Z. Zamora @ Wells Hall B243
Oct 17 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
MUSE Lecture: Omaris Z. Zamora @ Wells Hall B243 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Department of English MUSE Scholars Program presents a lecture by Dr. Omaris Z. Zamora, “Delectable Complicities From El Ni’ E: AfroLatinx Feminisms of Cardi B & La Bella Chanel.” Dr. Zamora is assistant professor of Afro-Latinx Studies at Rutgers University. Her book project, AfroLatina (Trance)formations: Poetics of Black Embodied Archives and Feminist Epistemologies, engages the theoretical formation of AfroLatina feminist epistemologies through an analysis of transnational Dominican women’s narratives in literature and performance. As a spoken-word poet she fuses her poetry with her scholarly work as a way of contributing to a black poetic approach to literature and cultural studies.

Please join us Thursday, October 17th at 4:30pm in Wells Hall room B243.

Oct
18
Fri
MUSE Scholars Daily Panels @ Wells Hall B342
Oct 18 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
MUSE Scholars Daily Panels @ Wells Hall B342 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Join the MUSE scholars program for daily public panels. Presenters on Friday, 10/18 include:

  • Gabriella Adriana Davis: “Ecuador is Black: Afro-Ecuadorian Literary Resistance in Drums Under My Skin
  • Havannah Chau Ngoc Tran: “Reading Mythology in Ocean Vuong’s Night Sky With Exit Wounds through ‘Just Memory’
  • Agnes Sastre-Rivera: “Colonial Space, Colonized Bodies and Religions: A Study of Colonial Trauma in Nigel Thomas’ Return to Arcadia and Shani Mooto’s Cereus Blooms at Night
  • Dr. Zarena Aslami: “Victorian Afghanistan and the Poetics of Marginal Sovereignty”
  • Dr. Sheila Marie Contreras “Between Settlers: Race, Gender and the Anglo/Mexican land grab in US popular culture“”

 

 

Oct
19
Sat
MUSE Scholars Daily Panels @ Wells Hall B342
Oct 19 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
MUSE Scholars Daily Panels @ Wells Hall B342 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Join the MUSE scholars program for daily public panels. Presenters on Saturday, 10/19 include:

  • Naajidah Correll: “Double Negative Discourse: On Black Icons and Public Despair”
  • Ariana Karina Costales Del Toro: “It Was Powerful Women All Along: Debunking Female Monsters in Nalo Hopkinson’s Brown Girl in the Ring
  • Ke’Shunta Faye Drake: “When (will) They see Us: Black Womanism, Me, Myself, and the Life and Times of Assata Shakur”
  • Jennifer Mojica Santana: “‘Soy Bandolero como el Míster Politiquero’: Tracing Sociopolitical Activism in Don Omar’s and Tego Calderón’s Reggaetón”
  • Dr. Tamara Butler: “Worn: Sartorial Politics and Artifacts”

 

 

Nov
7
Thu
Big10 Emerging Scholar Valerie O’Brien @ Wells Hall C607
Nov 7 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Big10 Emerging Scholar Valerie O’Brien @ Wells Hall C607 | Boone | North Carolina | United States

Please mark your calendars for the campus visit of Big10 Emerging Scholar Valerie O’Brien, visiting from the University of Illinois on November 7 and 8.

The Big 10 Emerging Scholars Program—now in its second year—seeks to provide a platform for the work of emerging graduate student scholars in Big10 Departments of English. Each year, we host a scholar from one of our peer institutions, and one MSU graduate student is selected as a visiting scholar in turn.

Valerie has research interests in disability studies and animal studies. She will be participating in the HIVES Research Workshop on Nov 7th, from 4-6pm in Wells C607. On Friday, November 8th, from 3-5pm, Valerie will give a talk to the Department in Wells B342. Please attend and support our efforts to mentor graduate students.

This talk examines J.M. Coetzee’s Foe, a retelling of Robinson Crusoe that I contend illuminates the linkages between autobiographical narration and Enlightenment conceptions of personhood. In Coetzee’s reimagining, the character Friday, Cruso(e)’s slave, is a disruptive, enigmatic figure, for although Defoe’s Friday masters English, Coetzee’s cannot speak at all because his tongue has been cut out; consequently, Friday’s untold life story—a “hole in the narrative”—becomes the central mystery on which the narrator and the novel itself become fixated. I investigate this preoccupation with Friday’s mutism in relation to the role of language—and autobiographical narration in particular—in historical distinctions of person from animal, distinctions particularly fraught for slaves and disabled subjects. My talk calls attention to what is troubling about historical uses of autobiography as a litmus test for social belonging, examining how slave narratives functioned as tests for personhood and how the practice of telling one’s life narrative may exclude disabled individuals. Reading the novel as part of a larger body of contemporary fiction that explores the limitations and possibilities of autobiographical narratives to convey experiences of disability and debility, I argue that Foe unsettles conceptions of personhood bound to a capacity for normative autobiographical narration.

Nov
11
Mon
Guest Speaker Amalia Ortiz @ Wells Hall C640
Nov 11 @ 10:30 am
Guest Speaker Amalia Ortiz @ Wells Hall C640 | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

The Creative Writing Program, the Womxn of Color Initiatives, and the College of Arts and Letters are pleased to welcome Amalia Ortiz, who will visit MSU campus from November 10th through November 12th. Amalia Ortiz’s second book, The Cancion Cannibal Cabaret and Other Songs, is now available from Aztlan Libre Press. Ortiz has been featured on three seasons of Def Poetry on HBO, and on the NAACP Image Awards. Her debut collection Rant. Chant. Chisme. was selected by NBC News as one of the “10 Great Latino Books of 2015.” On November 11th, Ortiz will hold a conversation at 10:30am in Wells Hall, room C640, and will present a public reading geared toward the CAL community at 7:oopm in the Art Lab.

Jan
29
Wed
Electric Marronage @ MSU Library
Jan 29 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Electric Marronage @ MSU Library | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Please join us for the first event of the Spring 2020 Taller: ELECTRIC.MARRONAGE featuring Dr. Savannah Shange author of Progressive Dystopia: Abolition, Anti-Blackness, + Schooling in San Francisco. Dr. Shange will be hosting a graduate student workshop on Wednesday January 29th from 6:30-8pm at the MSU library. Please email electricmarronage@gmail.com to RSVP and receive the reading for this workshop.

Dr. Shange’s public talk: ABOLITION AS BLACK FEMINIST METHOD, will take place Thursday January 30th from 12-2pm in Wells Hall B342.  Refreshments will be provided.

ABOUT ELECTRIC.MARRONAGE:

Electric.Marronage is a digital site/workshop/series that showcases scholarly, political, creative + personal work that engages with themes of fugitivity, escape, survival (inside and outside the academy), “worlds/otherwise,” “Black femme freedom,” + decolonizing diaspora studies. Created + Curated by Yomaira C. Figueroa (MSU) + Jessica Marie Johnson (Johns Hopkins), Electric.Marronage will alternate institutional spaces (Spring at MSU/Fall at JHU) as our site runs concurrently + collaboratively. For more information contact: electricmarronage@gmail.com.

 

Feb
28
Fri
English Graduate Recruitment Days @ MSU Chittenden Hall
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
English Graduate Recruitment Days @ MSU Chittenden Hall | East Lansing | Michigan | United States

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2020

12:00-2:00 pm  Public lecture in conjunction with Professor Figueroa’s ENG 802: Professor Randi Gill-Sadler (Department of English, Lafayette College),

“Conjuring Cartography: Black PlaceMaking in the Cold War in Gloria Naylor’s Mama Day,” Wells B342.

2:00-3:30 pm  Coffee/Tea Reception, Wells C607.

4:00-5:30 pm  HIVES Research Workshop Presentation: Keynote Lecture and Poetry Reading by Jordan Scott, The Writing Center, 300 Bessey Hall.

6:00-8:30 pm  Reception with faculty and current graduate students, Green Dot Stables, 410 S. Clippert St. (please RSVP on Google survey)

 

Friday, Feb. 28, 2020

10:00-12:00 pm

Research Spotlight Panel 1, featuring faculty and current graduate students presenting short talks on their research, 110 Chittenden Hall.

12:00-1:00 pm  Lunch, 110 Chittenden Hall (please RSVP on Google survey).

1:00-3:00 pm  Research Spotlight Panel 2, 110 Chittenden Hall.

 

Thank you for supporting our Graduate Program!