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Archive for January, 2010

Poet James Ragan reads from his work

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 26, 2010

The Creative Writing program’s Distinguished Visiting Poet, James Ragan, will read selections from his work this coming Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 p.m. in Prout Chapel as part of the program’s ongoing Thursday night Reading Series.

Ragan is author of award-winning collections of poetry, including Too Long a Solitude (2009), In the Talking Hours (2004), Womb-Weary, The Hunger Wall, Lusions, Selected Poems, and Shouldering the World. Ragan served as the director of the University of Southern California’s Professional Writing Program for 25 years. He has read his poetry for five heads of state, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Czech President Vaclav Havel, and has been honored here and abroad as an ambassador of poetry. In 1985 he was one of three Americans, including Robert Bly and Bob Dylan, invited to perform at the First International Poetry Festival in Moscow.

Ragan has performed his poetry all over the world, including Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing, Bangkok, London, Paris, Athens, Stockholm, Sofia, Warsaw, Moscow, Prague, and Sao Paulo; and was invited in October 2008 to give the keynote address at the World Literature Today Conference in Beijing, China. Ragan has also written for the stage and film, and worked in various production capacities on movies, including The Longest Yard, The Border, Matilda, and the Academy Award winner, The Deer Hunter. His most recent films are The Last Story of the Century (2009), based on the siege of Sarajevo, and The Shoe (2009).

A reception (free food!) will commence at 6:00 p.m. in the Mylander Room of Bowen-Thompson Student Union. This event is free and open to the public.

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Reading Luna

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 26, 2010

Come join the Center for Teaching and Learning for the first Faculty Focus Series lecture of Spring 2010. Rona Klein, (Senior Lecturer in Literature) and Natalie Price will present “Reading Luna: A Joint Project with English 3450/Adolescent Literature and a Sophomore English Class at Maumee Valley Country Day School” on Wednesday, January 27 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in 201 University Hall.

This discussion would be of particular interest to those who want to learn more about using service-learning in a literature course or those who are thinking of a career as a high school instructor. “Reading Luna” would also appeal to people interested in teaching LGBT or other forms of diversity in their classes. In the fall 2009 semester, Klein’s English 3450: Adolescent Literature class emphasized LGBT young adult books. In connection with that, her students – all of whom are going to be teachers – and Natalie Price’s 10th grade students read and discussed Luna, a young adult book about a transgender teen by Julie Anne Peters.

To register, please contact the Center for Teaching and Learning at 419-372-6898 or <ctl@bgsu.edu>. For more information about the program, contact the Office of Service-Learning at 419-372-9865.

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Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare’s England

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 25, 2010

Assistant Professor Dr. Stephannie Gearhart (Literature) will give a talk, “Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare’s England” tomorrow (Tuesday, January 26) at 1:00 p.m. in Room 207 (Mylander) of the Bowen-Thompson Student Union. The talk is part of the Institute for the Study of Culture and Society‘s 2009-2010 Scholars and Artists in Residence Lecture series.

Although it is often overlooked by critics, generational conflict was an important aspect of early modern English life. A preoccupation with age shows up in portraits, pamphlets, and plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries. From Lear’s well-known decla¬ration, “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is / To have a thankless child,” to Portia’s complaint that “the will of a living daughter [can be] curbed by the will of a dead father,” the early modern theatre staged count¬less scenes of generational conflict.

Rather than thinking of it as universal, inevitable, or identical across time and place, Dr. Gearhart proposes that generational conflict should be historicized. In her talk, she will outline the cultural factors responsible for propagating and perpetuating youth-elder tension in the early modern era and explain how Shakespeare’s theatre played a vital role in negotiating the politics of generational conflict in the period.

Dr. Gearhart’s research interests include age relations in early modern English culture and Shakespearean adaptations. Among her publications are “‘Take My Part’: Using Generational Conflict to Teach King Lear” and “‘Faint and Imperfect Stamps’: The Problem with Adaptations of Shakespeare for Children.” Her ICS talk comes from Drama and the Politics of Generational Conflict in Shakespeare’s England, a book manuscript in progress.

Special thanks are due to the Office of the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and to the Office of the Vice Provost for Research for their support of this event. All events are free and open to the public; for more information call (419) 372-0585.

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Mike Czyzniejewski reads from novel-in-progress

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 25, 2010

As part of the new Spring 2010 English Department Colloquia series, Creative Writing‘s own Mike Czyzniejewski will read selections from his novel-in-progress. Please mark your calendars for  “Early Spring Training” in East Hall 206, Tuesday, January 26, 11:00-12:30 p.m.

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Alison Balaskovits and Nikkita Cohoon read tonight

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 21, 2010

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Prairie Margins open mike this Thursday

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 13, 2010

As a fitting start to a new semester, Prairie Margins, our nationally published undergraduate literary magazine, is hosting an open mike forum at Prout Chapel this Thursday evening, beginning at 7:30 p.m. You can become a Facebook fan of Prairie Margins by clicking on the link.

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A new semester begins . . .

Posted by bgsuenglish on January 13, 2010

This past Monday marks the start of BGSU’s centennial year and the beginning of another busy and fulfilling semester here in the Department of English. Faculty, staff, and students are kicking off the new year and the new semester off with our usual full plate–77 undergraduate, and 31 graduate courses across five programs (English, Creative Writing, Rhetoric and Writing, English as a Second Language, and Scientific and Technical Communication).

Welcome back!

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