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Good News January 11, 2013

This year's Annual Review of Applied Linguistics features Nancy Bell's contribution on "Formulaic Language, Creativity, and Language Play in a Second Language."

Roger Whitson's new book, William Blake and the Digital Humanities: Collaboration, Participation, and Social Media, was published by Routledge on December 24, 2012. The book was co-written with Jason Whittaker (Falmouth University; Falmouth, UK) . He also presented "Introduction to Accessing Race in the Digital Humanities" on January 5, 2013 at the MLA Convention in Boston, Massachusetts.

Carol Siegel will be the keynote speaker for the Battleground States' Annual Conference, this year entitled: "Crossing Boundaries, Revealing Connections: Experiments in Interdisciplinary Studies" at Bowling Green SU January 21-25. Her talk, "The Future, No Future" will bring together Lee Edelman's theory on reproductive futurism, as discussed in his polemical text No Future with some recent apocalyptic films, including Miranda July's The Future. She will present a shorter version of the keynote address at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Conference in March and also has a paper accepted for PCA/ACA on the new film version of Wuthering Heights.

Bimbisar Irom has recently been selected to serve as Associate Editor for the Humanities for 'Contention: The Multidisciplinary Journal of Social Protest.' The journal is dedicated to research on and about different forms of social protest and is housed at the University of Kent's School of Social Policy, Sociology, and Social Research which has a long and impressive history of social research. 'Contention' aims to go beyond the fences drawn between different Social Sciences and across Social Sciences and the Humanities. Check out the truly multidisciplinary and international editorial board.

Rebecca Goodrich's short story "The Bus Ride" earned a top prize in the Inlander Short Fiction Contest. It was published in the Dec 20th issue, and can be read at

Aaron Moe
's article, "Toward Zoopoetics: Rethinking Whitman's 'original energy'," has been accepted for publication by the Walt Whitman Quarterly Review. It is scheduled to appear in the spring or summer issue of 2013.

Jon Hegglund has been invited to be a featured participant and faculty mentor at a two-day closed symposium on "Urban Transformations in the USA," to be held 19-20 April at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities in Essen, Germany. The symposium is part of a three-year project of the Ruhr Center for American Studies, "Spaces – Communities – Representations: Urban Transformations in the USA," financed by the Mercator Foundation.

Todd Butler's invited essay "Imagination and Leadership in Elizabethan England" has been formally accepted for inclusion in the edited collection Leadership and Elizabethan Culture, forthcoming from Palgrave in September 2013.

Leeann Hunter delivered a presentation at the 2013 MLA convention in Boston, where she called for innovations in face-to-face pedagogy in response to new digital learning environments. Her talk on "The Multisensory Classroom" was part of a panel organized by Kathi Inman Berens on "The Classroom As Interface."

Kirk McAuley's essay – "What's Love Got To Do With It? – Sympathy, Antipathy, and the Unsettling of Colonial American History in Film" – was just published as CH 25 in Wiley-Blackwell's Companion to Historical Film," a unique collection of cutting edge research that questions the intention behind and influence of historical film," edited by Robert A. Rosenstone and Constantin Parvulescu (2013). This impressive, 592-page collection features "interdisciplinary contributions from scholars in the fields of History, Film Studies, Anthropology, and Cultural and Literary Studies."

A review of Desiree Hellegers' No Room of Her Own: Women's Stories of Homelessness, Life Death and Resistance (New York: Palgrave, 2011) appears in the current issue of The European Journal of Homelessness:
[PDF] ETHOS: A Perspective from the United States of America. The book is also reviewed in the current issue of the Oral History Review. A review originally published in the Seattle-based Street Roots was reprinted on the Franz Fanon blog in Thinking Africa, Department of Political and International Studies of Rhodes University, South Africa.

In October, Hellegers presented a paper entitled, "The Other Battle in Seattle: Voices of Activists Organizing to Resist the Federally Mandated 'Homeless Management Information System'" at the Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association in Cleveland, Ohio. Her paper, "From the Hudson Bay Company to Hydro Quebec: The Toxic Effects of Capital in Linda Hogan's Solar Storms," was accepted for the June meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Debbie Lee's essay "The Edge Is What We Have"
was published in TINGE Magazine.

Debbie Lee presented "What William Blake and William Wordsworth Knew About Black Single Mothers" at the MLA in Boston on January 3, 2013.

Debbie Lee served as a panelist for the Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship competition in January.

Visiting Writer Series/Creative Writing Events

March 27, 2013

Reading by David Gates
5 p.m. Kimbrough
Music Hall 101

Colloquium Series
March 1 (Friday):

Pavithra Narayanan, "The Power/Politics of Liberation and Representation in India"
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