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September 13, 2013

Job Opening: Assistant Professor—Digital Humanities/Rhetoric and Composition, Fall 2014

Assistant Professor—Digital Humanities/Rhetoric and Composition, Fall 2014

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County seeks a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in Digital Humanities/Rhetoric and Composition to begin in the English Department in Fall 2014. The successful candidate should have a promising publishing agenda, proven excellence in the classroom, and Ph.D. in hand by August 2014.

The English Department desires a colleague whose research and pedagogy speak to the areas of Rhetoric and Composition, as well as the Digital Humanities, broadly conceived. Areas of specialty might include, but are by no means limited to, digital diversity, data/text mining, digital rhetorics and new media production. The successful candidate will be invited to contribute to department initiatives, including the new Master’s program in Texts, Technologies and Literature and the continued development of our dynamic, innovative first-year composition program. The English Department offers undergraduate tracks in both Communication & Technology (CT) and Literature, as well as a Master’s program in Texts, Technologies and Literature. The teaching load is currently 2/3, and every junior faculty member is entitled to 2 course releases, usually following contract renewal. Additional opportunities for reduced teaching loads exist. We are especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the track requirements in CT and, in keeping with a departmental commitment to a diverse curriculum, also develop new courses.

Ranked #1 in the U.S. News and World Report's list of "national up-and-coming" universities for four years running (2009-2012), UMBC is a dynamic public research university located in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. The campus, with almost 14,000 undergraduate and graduate students, reflects the wealth of ethnic and cultural diversity in the region. UMBC is especially proud of the diversity of its student body, and we seek to attract an equally diverse applicant pool for this position. We have a strong commitment to increasing faculty diversity.

Please send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to Professor Jody Shipka, English Department, University of Maryland Baltimore County, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore MD 21250. Application materials should be postmarked no later than October 15. Review of applications will begin immediately. Interviews will be conducted using Skype or phone.

UMBC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


August 29, 2013

UMBC Poetry Slam, Oct 11th: Slam Big!

SLAM BIG! WIN BIG!

BIG PRIZE POETRY SLAM at UMBC's 2013 HOMECOMING!

$200 for the Grand 1st Place Prize, $100 for 2nd and $50 for 3rd Place.

Celebrate the NEW Performing Arts and Humanities Building (PAHB) on the Hill.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 6-8pm in the Atrium of the NEW PAHB Building. Refreshments will be served. The event is free.

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SLAM, submit a print and a video version of NO MORE than 5 minutes of original poetry to

HomecomingSlam@gmail.com.

by 5:00 pm on September 30. Entries will be judged on their Poetic Effects/Compelling Content/ and on Video Performance.

All UMBC students and Alumni are eligible.

Questions? Contact us at HomecomingSlam@gmail.com.

Sponsored by the UMBC Homecoming Committee, the Department of English, and Bartleby, UMBC’s Literary and Visual Arts Magazine.


March 27, 2013

Speaker: Mike Fallon: April 10, 2013

April 10, 12 noon PAHB 428
“Poetry and the Root of Dreams"
A Colloquium by Michael Fallon


…We are such stuff

As dreams are made on; and our little life

Is rounded with a sleep.
–The Tempest Act 4, scene 1, 148-158


Powerfully visionary and disturbing dreams have not gone away with the shaman, the dream visions of the Middle Ages, the Gothic novel, or Surrealism. The language of dreams will always fascinate artists, story tellers, and poets because it is the language of the imagination, the vocabulary of deepest meaning. This colloquium will examine the relation between poetry and dreams, as well as the process by which some of my own poems—rooted in and inspired by dreams—have metamorphosed into poems.


October 30, 2012

Speaker: Joseph Fruscioni, November 5th

Monday, November 5, 12 noon Commons 329
“Faulkner and Hemingway: Overview of a Rivalry”

Joseph Fruscione
Department of English, UMBC and First-Year Writing Program, George Washington University

William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway, both winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature, carried on a nuanced and complex literary rivalry. At times, each voiced a shared professional respect; at other times, each thought himself the superior craftsman and spoke disparagingly of the other. Through 
a sense of competition, though, came an equally strong sense of psychological influence. In this talk, Fruscione will give
 a kind of overview of their multi-decade relationship, with special emphasis on their correspondence and Faulkner’s late novel,
 A Fable.


Speaker: Junot Diaz, RESCHEDULED November 7th

7:30 p.m. Proscenium Theater
Short Story Reading 
and Discussion of
 This is How You Lose Her
Junot Díaz
Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

Nancy Allen Professor of Creative Writing, MIT

Co-sponsored by the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences,
 College of Natural and Mathematical Sciences, Department of Modern Languages, Linguistics and Intercultural Communication, Department of Psychology, Division of Student Affairs,
the Dresher Center for the Humanities,
 Office of Institutional Advancement,
the Provost’s Diversity Initiative, and UMBC’s Latino Hispanic Faculty Association

Junot Díaz was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is the author of Drown and The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao which won the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Díaz will discuss his new collection of short stories.


January 30, 2012

Speaker Events: Spring 2012

Monday, Feb 27
4:00 p.m., Library 7th floor
The Korenman Lecture
Kathy E. Davis (Institute of History and Culture, Utrecht University, The
Netherlands)
"Feminism as Traveling Theory: The Case of Our Bodies, Ourselves"

co-sponsored with the Gender and Women’s Studies Program with additional
support from the Dresher Center for the Humanities.

Thursday, March 1
4:00 p.m., UC 310
Louis Bayard (novelist, George Washington University)
Reading and Booksigning.

Wednesday, April 18
4:00 p.m., Library 7th floor
Mrinalini Sinha (Department of History and Women's Studies, Pennsylvania
State University)
"Totaram Sanadhya's Mere Fiji Dwip me Ikkis Varsh (My 21 years in Fiji)
and the Second Abolition"

co-sponsored with the Asian Studies Program, the Gender and Women's
Studies Program, and the Departments of History and Political Science.


September 8, 2011

Guest Speaker: Jane Donawerth, March 10th, 2011

Guest Speaker: Jane Donawerth, March 10th, 2011

Title: "Technologies of Gender: Science in Science Fiction by Women in the Pulp Magazines"
Speaker: Jane Donawerth, UM College Park
Place & Time: March 10th, 4pm in the Kuhn Gallery

Sponsored by the English Department, Friends of the A.O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, and the Gender and Women's Studies Progra.
From 1926, when the science fiction magazines and fan clubs were invented by Hugo Gernsback, until 1960, when the paperback novel took over the sf market, the magazines printed on cheap, over-sized wood-pulp paper with garish covers were the primary venue for publishing science fiction. For quite a while, science fiction history ignored women writers in the pulps, but they were there. Even today, many historians assume that women writers wrote a kind of domestic science fiction--one 1950s editor called it "diaper sf"--and left the "hard" science to the men. In this lecture, Professor Donawerth contests this assumption and explores the science in women's short fiction. Drawing on the SF collections of UMBC, Penn State, and the Toronto Public Library Judith Merril Collection, Professor Donawerth considers the invention of prostheses and blood transfusion in stories by Clare Winger Harris and Kathleen Ludwick, the science of reproduction and contraception in fiction by Katherine Maclean and Eileen Gunn, and the development of television in works by C. L. Moore and James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice Sheldon). Bound by constraints of gender but not always limited by them, women writers often deploy representations of science in their science fiction to explore anxieties about women's roles--about the body and its parts and the ways we use them to construct masculinity and femininity; about reproduction, reluctance to reproduce, and the science that might substitute for women's wombs; and about women as communicators and technologies of connection and alienation.

Jane Donawerth is a Professor of English and Affiliate in Women's Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has published articles on sf in Extrapolation, Science Fiction Studies, and PMLA, co-edited with Carol Kolmerten of Hood College Utopian and Science Fiction by Women: Worlds of Difference, and authored Frankenstein's Daughters: Women Writing Science Fiction. She won the International Association for Fantasy and the Arts Career Award for her work on gender and science fiction. She has also taught and published widely on Shakespeare, early modern women writers, and history of rhetorical theory by women. She is currently working on a book on the science in science fiction by women in the pulp magazines.


August 24, 2011

Bartleby 2010 Release: Thursday, April 22, 2010

The 2010 release of Bartleby, UMBC's creative arts journal, will be held on April 22nd from 7-9pm on the 7th floor of the Library.


August 17, 2011

Guest Speaker: Helene Cooper, Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Guest Speaker: Helene Cooper, Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Location: April 21st at 7PM in the Library, 7th floor

Helene Cooper grew up as the privileged child of the Liberian political aristocracy, descendants of freed American blacks who founded Liberia in 1821. On the eve of the 1980 revolution in Liberia just about everyone in the government was either a relative or connected in some way to her family. Her uncle was foreign minister and she and her sisters, one biological and one adopted, watched on television the execution of her uncle and other relatives and family friends, before her own immediate family fled after getting visas to the U.S. Continuing her childhood, with her adoptive sister left behind in Liberia, Helene experienced racism for the first after moving to the American South. She returned to Liberia for the first time 23 years later, a return she wrote about last April as the cover story in the New York Times Magazine. In the meantime she has grown up to be one of this country's top journalists, going from the Wall Street Journal to the NY Times, where she was the assistant editorial page editor, then the diplomatic correspondent and now is the White House correspondent who often gets in the first question at President Obama's press conferences. She has won honors from the Merage Foundation for the American Dream and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

As part of the Humanities Forum and with support from the English department, she will be reading from her memoir, The House at Sugar Beach: In Search of a Lost Childhood and sharing stories about her past and how it has shaped her life and writing as a journalist.




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