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Two English professors expected to be on sabbatical next year

Professor Etta Madden and Associate Professor Shannon Wooden will each be on sabbatical next year to complete research and books on their respective areas of interest.

etta_maddenMadden explores women’s issues with book, conference paper

Madden will be researching and writing her fourth book, “Engaging Italy: American Women’s Utopian Activism after Unification,” for her sabbatical project next year. In September, she will also present her scholarly paper, “Left Behind: Journalist Anne Hampton Brewster’s Circle of Men and Bagni di Lucca, 1873.” The paper will be delivered at the Italian conference “Questions of Gender: The Feminine in Victorian Culture.”

WoodenWooden to complete book, certificate in narrative practice

Wooden will be completing her book “Revising Illness Stories: Critical Listening and Constructing Collaboration” during her sabbatical in the fall. Wooden, a top national scholar in the emerging field of narrative medicine, will also be participating in a low-residency program in narrative medicine at Columbia University while working for a certificate in narrative practice.

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Grad student fights to keep Ozarks culture alive

OWCoverDid you know that the Mark Twain National Forest was established in the Missouri Ozarks in 1933? Or there is a Bushwacker Museum in Bronaugh, Missouri? You would if you subscribed to “OzarksWatch” magazine, bringing the history and culture of the Ozarks to the page since 1987.

Missouri State graduate student Vicke Kepling manages “OzarksWatch,” an 88-page, ad-free publication that comes out twice per year. It is produced by MSU’s Ozark’s Studies Institute and the College of Arts and Letters.

Kepling: I don’t know a stranger

Kepling, who is studying for a master’s degree in technical and professional writing, also has a master’s in business administration and certificate in public management from MSU.

In her third year with “OzarksWatch,” we caught up with her about the magazine and her Missouri State experiences:

Vicke_KeplingWhat is unique about “OzarksWatch”?

“OzarksWatch” is one of the few remaining printed periodicals about the Ozarks. As far as we know, it is the last one that focuses on the history and culture of the Ozarks.

What is the best thing about your job?

My favorite aspect of the position is marketing and trying to raise awareness about the magazine in the area. Too many people don’t realize that this magazine even exists. With the help of social media, the addition of online sales, and my business background, I aim to change that fact. I also enjoy meeting new people, both in marketing and doing interviews for stories. I don’t know a stranger.

Why did you choose Missouri State for your education?

I am a nontraditional, adult student who had always dreamed of obtaining a degree. In fact, I’m the first in my family to do so. In 2009, I moved back home to Missouri and chose to work towards achieving my dream. Missouri State was the logical choice. While I found the large size of the university to be a bit daunting at first, I quickly made friends and became more comfortable.

What is your favorite thing about being an MSU student?

I love the feeling I get when I walk onto campus. The trees, flowers, students, sidewalk chalk, diversity and openness all combine with academia to create an enthusiastic, hopeful environment that sometimes seems to be missing in other parts of the world.

What have you learned about the Ozarks since working for the magazine?

As I read more about the history of this area, I realize how much change has occurred over time. It’s interesting to note some of the old-time culture that has remained (hunting and crafts, for example) and the return of other activities, such as more individuals gardening and canning foods. As I’ve grown older, my appreciation for history has increased. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful, resource-rich area.

Why should people subscribe?

There are two reasons: First, “OzarksWatch” is a high-quality magazine with no advertisements. People seem to really enjoy the stories and the switch to full color photographs in our most recent issue. Second, subscribing supports the preservation of our history. Printing is not cheap, and we Ozarkers are lucky to have this magazine to record the past and present.

Visit the “OzarksWatch” website to subscribe.

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English Dept Awards Reception to take place Fri 5/8

As the 2014 – 2015 academic year draws to a close, the English Department is getting ready to recognize our students’ many successes.

The annual English Department Awards Reception will take place this Friday, May 8th at 5:00 PM. The event is designed to honor those students who have achieved significant accomplishments over the course of this past academic year, including scholarships, publications, presentations, graduations, and more.

The  reception will also honor our many faculty members who have achieved significant recognition for their scholarly work, including awards, grants, and publications.

The reception will take place in the Plaster Student Union Room 400.

Hors d’Oeuvres will be served, all students are invited, and you are encouraged to bring guests.

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Student Invitational Reading To Feature 7 Student Writers

The biannual Student Invitational Reading will take place Friday May 1 at 7:00 in the Plaster Student Union Theater. The Invitational features undergraduate and graduate students who have exhibited exceptional work in creative writing. The event, which closes out our Spring 2015 Reading Series, will last from 7:00 – 8:15. It’s free and open to the public.

The following students will be reading:

Mariah Bohanon, Nonfiction
Joel Coltharp, Fiction
Allys Dale, Poetry
Ryan Hubble, Fiction
Nicholas Penton, Fiction
Jordan Ryan, Nonfiction
Alex Webster, Poetry

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Undergrads present research at MSU’s first-ever Undergraduate Literary Conference

Missouri State’s first Undergraduate Literary Conference, to be held this weekend in Plaster Student Union, will feature 16 undergraduates and a keynote address.

Student presentations

Students will present on topics ranging from Marxism in “Harry Potter,” gender issues in Hemingway, the cartoon “Archerand “Jane Eyre,” bathroom ghost rituals and more.

Keynote speaker

Emporia State University’s Dan Colson will be this year’s keynote speaker. He will present his paper “Wild and Foolish Acts: Anarchism, Violence, and Democracy,” April 17 at 3 p.m. at Plaster Student Union Ballroom West.

Event details

Date: April 17 – 18
Times: Starts at 1 p.m. on Friday and 8:45 a.m. on Saturday.
Location: Plaster Student Union
Complete conference schedule

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OWP graduate student awarded prestigious assistantship

PrintEnglish graduate student Rachel Schober has been awarded an exclusive teaching assistantship in the Czech Republic.

Schober, who has her bachelor’s in English education from Missouri State, was named as one of 10 Fulbright English teaching assistants and will work in Vyškov, Czech Republic, for the 2015-16 school year.

About the assistantship

Schober will work about 20 hours per week with students, ages 11 to 19, at the grammar school and the secondary school of medicine and economy.

She will teach them the English language and about American culture. She will also help the school’s English teachers perfect their lessons while learning more about the Czech culture and language.

About Schober

Schober has worked as the Ozarks Writing Project graduate research assistant for two years.

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Week of English Events to include Panels, Presentations, & a Poetry Reading

Clear your calendars! A slew of English-related events is underway over the course of the next week.

Thursday 4/16 at 9:30: PSU 313

The English Department’s Dr. Shannon Wooden will moderate a panel which she wrote, “Aesthetics, Ethics, and the Value of Self-Expression”, for the Public Affairs Conference. As this year’s Public Affairs theme is Ethical Citizenship, many of the presentations and panels relate to issues in education, culture, and more. See the complete schedule here.

Friday 4/17 at 7:00: PSU Theater

Acclaimed poet and activist Poet Ed Madden returns to MSU to introduce his latest book, Nest. In addition to authoring five other collections of poetry, Madden has numerous awards for his work and is also the interim director of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina. Madden’s books will be available for sale at Paw Prints before and after the reading. The reading is free and open to the public. Click here for more info on Ed Madden.

Friday 4/17 – Saturday 4/18: Plaster Student Union

The first annual Undergraduate Literary Conference will feature sixteen undergraduates presenting on topics ranging from Marxism in Harry Potter, gender issues in Hemingway, the cartoon Archer, and Jane Eyre, bathroom ghost rituals, and much more. The keynote speaker will be Emporia State University’s Dan Colson, who will present his paper “Wild and Foolish Acts: Anarchism, Violence, and Democracy”. The conference starts at 1:00 PM on Friday and 8:45 AM on Saturday. Click here for the complete conference schedule.

Tuesday 4/21 at 5:30: PSU 400

Author Matt McCarthy will present on his memoir The Real Doctor Will See You Shortly: A Physician’s First Year.  McCarthy will give advice on writing and publishing, as well as discuss his experiences as a medical memoirist. McCarthy is a professor and staff physician for Cornell University. The event is hosted by the Society for Technical Communication. More info can be found here.

 

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Undergrad Literary Conference is Almost Underway

Our first annual Undergraduate Literary Conference will take place on April 17-18 in the Plaster Student Union. The conference will feature over fifteen presentations ranging in topic from Dracula, the Adult Swim cartoon Archer, bathroom ghost myths, and Marxism in Harry Potter.

The conference will also feature MSU alum and Emporia State University professor Dan Colson as the keynote speaker. Colson specializes in anarchy’s effect on American culture in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. His keynote address, “Wild and Foolish Acts: Anarchism, Violence, and Democracy” will take place on April 17 in the PSU Ballroom West at 3:00.

The complete conference schedule is available below:

Friday, April 17, 1-2pm: Death, Violence, and Dracula (PSU 317)

 Kyle Osredker, “Loss in Lincoln: A Close Reading of My Antonia

 Oliva Scott, “Power, Conformity, and the Male Anatomy in Pauline Réagle’s Story of O

 Michelle Trantham, “Van Helsing’s Role in the Relationship Between East and West in Stoker’s Dracula

 Friday, April 17, 2-3 pm: Gender Studies I (PSU 317)

 Katelyn Whitaker, “The Search to Find Jane Eyre’s Identity: Her Masculine Alter Egos in St. John Rivers and Edward Rochester”

 Kimberly Manning, “An Analysis on Margaret Fuller’s Transcendental Ideas and How They Changed the Women’s Rights Movements”

 Ryan Gilliam, “A Sterling Example of Masculinity in Archer

 Friday, April 17, 3-4pm: Keynote Address (PSU Ballroom West)

 Dan Colson, Assistant Professor of English at Emporia State University, “‘Wild and Foolish Acts’: Anarchism, Violence, and Democracy”

 Saturday, April 18, 8:45-10am: Gender Studies II (PSU 317)

 Paige Whitcomb, “Hemingway the Feminist”

 Danielle Martin, “The Anti-Fairytale of Sorrow: A Feminist Approach to Gail Godwin’s A Sorrowful Woman

 Kevin Davis, “Saving the Princess: Critical Analyses of Conventional Gender Identity in The Last of Us

 Guy Smith, “Bathroom Ghost Rituals: Children Face Fear by Conjuring Monsters”

 Saturday, April 18, 10-11am: Film and Drama (PSU 317)

 Courtney Price, “To Thine Own Self Be True: The Use of Binary Oppositions in Interpreting Shakespeare’s Hamlet

 Katelyn Grisham, “A Proper Education”

 Ziyun Chen, “A Doll’s House: Time and Space under the Masquerade”

 Saturday, April 18, 11-12pm: Class and Society (PSU 317)

 Rachel Combs, “Inversions of Social Order in The Clerk’s Tale: The Clerk’s Case for Powerful Wives and Common People”

 Dailynn Turner, “Harry Potter: A Marxist Analysis”

 Taylor Pitts, “Creative Expression in Walden Two

 

 

 

 

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How to survive publishing your work

Writer’s block, a term used when writers are having a difficult time moving forward in their work, is something that many writers have experienced. Authors of anything from short essays to dissertations to novels understand the frustration that comes from the writing process and the anxiety that follows the simple mention of publishing. Dr. Lanya […]

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