Gilbert Lecture Series presents lecture on environmental literature and criticism

SMU News Originally Posted: February 7, 2017 Can designer ecosystems compensate for ecological loss? This talk examines new media projects inspired by this question. Heather Houser, an associate professor of English at the University of Texas at Austin, is author of Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect Columbia UP, 2014), which won the 2015 Association for the Study of the Arts of the Present (ASAP) Book Prize and was shortlisted for the 2014 British Society for Literature and Science (BSLS) Book Prize. Houser's presentation, hosted by SMU's Department of English, is free and open to the public on Thursday, Feb. 23, in McCord Auditorium in Dallas Hall. There is a reception at 6 p.m. and lecture at 6:30 p.m. Houser holds affiliations with American Studies, the Center for Women's [...]

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Memorial Service for Marshall Terry, Jr. to be held Friday, Jan. 20

A Memorial Service celebrating the life of Marshall Terry, Jr. will be held on Friday, January 20, at 1:00 pm in Perkins Chapel.  A reception will be held at the Meadows Museum immediately following the service. Memorial gifts may be made in support of The Marsh Terry Creative Writing Scholarship Endowment Fund by sending checks payable to Southern Methodist University at SMU, P. O. Box 402, Dallas, TX 75275-0402, or by making a gift online at smu.edu/giving. READ MORE

By | January 11th, 2017|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News|Comments Off on Memorial Service for Marshall Terry, Jr. to be held Friday, Jan. 20

Greg Brownderville, English, How an SMU Poet Straddles America’s Cultural Divide

D Magazine Originally Posted: January 2017 Scan This: When he was young, Brownderville found he had a special affinity for words, a kind of synesthesia that he began to experience after a series of head injuries. Credit- D Magazine A few days after the November presidential election, I meet the poet Greg Brownderville for a coffee near the campus of SMU, where he teaches poetry and runs the Southwest Review, the century-old quarterly literary journal. We are here to discuss Brownderville’s latest volume of poetry, A Horse With Holes in It, published in November by Louisiana State University Press. Our conversation, however, inevitably turns to the recent election. “Snark is having a moment in this country,” Brownderville says. He is wearing a sweater under a [...]

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Willard Spiegelman, English, new book Senior Moments included in a list of recommended holiday reading by writers over 50

The Berkshire Eagle Originally Posted: December 17, 2016 'Tis the season for well-meaning younger people to offer advice to elders who, they fear, are sad or uninterested in the holidays. The blog Senior Care Corner claims that one geriatric specialist, worrying about senior depression, said, "I wish they would cancel December." True, the winter holidays may bring memories to elders of earlier, maybe happier — at least, more boisterous — times. And we who have lost someone we shared the holidays with may need to give expression to the empty space in our lives. But as an alternative to unsolicited advice — eat and drink moderately at parties, catch another screening of "It's a Wonderful Life," drive around (or, preferably, get driven around) neighborhood light [...]

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Looking back and moving ahead with SMU’s Willard Spiegelman

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 16, 2016 Every day he taught a class at Southern Methodist University, Willard Spiegelman wore a bow tie and a jacket. Every day in every class he taught, students were expect to write. For 45 years, it was this way. On a Friday afternoon in early September, Spiegelman wears just khakis and a button down shirt, sleeves rolled to his elbows. He's spent the past few months packing up his office, giving away volumes of poetry to students and colleagues from his bookshelves, preparing for his move to Manhattan, where he will spend his retirement. For decades he's split his time between Dallas and the East Coast, where his partner of many years resides. But before he goes, he's making [...]

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Laugh and learn with Willard Spiegelman’s ‘Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead’

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: September 2, 2016 At this point in my life, after more than 40 years as a journalist and writer, I just want to be with people, and that includes authors, who can teach me something or make me laugh. Willard Spiegelman, Hughes Professor of English at Southern Methodist University, does both. At first, I thought the author of a book titled Senior Moments: Looking Back, Looking Ahead would be an academic geezer calling up pedantic allusions as he remembers the days of wine and roses and rages against the dying of the light. Well, it's true that Spiegelman, who's interested in Greek and Latin, has written dozens of scholarly papers and recorded lectures on "How to Read and Understand Poetry" for the [...]

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SMU Department of English – Gilbert Lecture Series

Date: 10/06/2016 Location: Dedman Life Science Building, room 131 Time: 6pm Come see Robert S. Levine of The University of Maryland present 'Frederick Douglass in Fiction: From Harriet Beecher Stowe to John Updike and James McBride,' as part of the English Department's Gilbert Lecture Series. The event will start at 6pm on October 6th in The Dedman Life Science Building, Room 131. Hope to see you there!

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