Supporting Biographies of Nineteenth-Century Publishers and Writers

NEH Originally Posted: July 9, 2019 Throughout Ezra Greenspan’s career, the National Endowment for the Humanities has supported his work on groundbreaking biographies that have brought new perspectives and voices to college and high school classrooms. From his first book on George Palmer Putnam, to his recent biography of William Wells Brown, to his current project, a biography of Frederick Douglass’s family, NEH funding has helped Greenspan illuminate the lives of historical figures and the histories of books and publishing for a broad audience. George Palmer Putnam: Representative American Publisher(2000) explores the life of nineteenth-century America’s most significant publisher, a man whose career and investments gave rise to modern commercial publishing in the United States and fostered the careers of Herman Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and [...]

By | 2019-07-10T06:39:26-07:00 July 11th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English|Comments Off on Supporting Biographies of Nineteenth-Century Publishers and Writers

I’m A Mom And A Vaccine Researcher. Here’s Why You Should Vaccinate Your Children

Huffington Post Originally Posted April 25, 2018 SMU Department of English​ alumna Kari Nixon pens a personal story for Huffington Post​. I never thought I’d become a mother. The idea of handling someone else’s bodily fluids as, like, a day job, was abhorrent to me. And yet, at 29, I found myself walking across a graduation stage to shake George W. Bush’s hand after receiving my Ph.D. ― all while very, very, cumbersomely pregnant. In fact, security had to make an exception and allow me to have a bottle of water (not much was allowed in with a former president around, and all) because I ― or, well, my uterus, rather ― kept threatening to go into labor. I often describe May and June of [...]

By | 2019-04-26T06:58:42-07:00 April 25th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Graduate News|Comments Off on I’m A Mom And A Vaccine Researcher. Here’s Why You Should Vaccinate Your Children

Event: March 21, Diverse Careers for Humanities Scholars

Event date: Thursday, March 21, 2019 Time: 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM Location: Hyer Hall, Room 100 What else can you do with a humanities Ph.D., in addition to seeking a tenure-track job? Hear five scholars describe their hybrid and alternative career paths: Diana Bellonby, Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt, as well as President and Co-Founder of The Fringe Foundation for Social Justice: Amanda Dotseth, Curator, Meadows Museum, SMU; Alan Itkin, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, SMU; Evelyn Montgomery, Curator, Old Red Museum, Dallas, and public historian; and Michael Widner, SMU alumnus, medievalist, digital humanist, and director of a software startup. Moderated by Crystal Clayton of the SMU Hegi Career Center. READ MORE

By | 2019-03-20T09:10:09-07:00 March 21st, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events, Faculty News, Graduate News, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on Event: March 21, Diverse Careers for Humanities Scholars

Event: March 21, What Does a Journal Editor Want?

Event Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019  Time: 4:50 PM - 6:20 PM (CT) Location: Hyer Hall, Room 100 Editors from six scholarly journals describe what they look for when they read manuscripts submitted for publication: Sharon Aronofsky Weltman, Nineteenth-Century Theater and Film; Nora Gilbert, Studies in the Novel; Daniel Hack, Victorian Literature and Culture; Akiko Tsuchiya, Revista de Estudios Hispánicos; Rajani Sudan, Configurations; and Alexandra Wettlaufer, Nineteenth-Century Contexts. READ MORE

By | 2019-03-20T09:06:25-07:00 March 20th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Events|Comments Off on Event: March 21, What Does a Journal Editor Want?

Event: March 21, INCS 2019 pre-conference professionalization panels

March 21, 2019 3:30-4:45 100 Hyer Hall Diverse Careers for Humanities Scholars What else can you do with a humanities Ph.D., in addition to seeking a tenure-track job? Hear five scholars describe their hybrid and alternative career paths: Diana Bellonby, Visiting Scholar at Vanderbilt, as well as President and Co-Founder of The Fringe Foundation for Social Justice: Amanda Dotseth, Curator, Meadows Museum, SMU; Alan Itkin, Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies, SMU; Evelyn Montgomery, Curator, Old Red Museum, Dallas, and public historian; and Michael Widner, SMU alumnus, medievalist, digital humanist, and director of a software startup. Moderated by Crystal Clayton of the SMU Hegi Career Center. March 21, 2019 4:50-6:20 100 Hyer Hall What Does a Journal Editor Want? Editors from six scholarly journals describe what [...]

By | 2019-03-08T14:08:05-07:00 March 8th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Graduate News|Comments Off on Event: March 21, INCS 2019 pre-conference professionalization panels

The New Southwest Review: SMU’s Literary Magazine, One of America’s Oldest, Reinvents Itself

Dedman College News Originally Posted: Jan. 1, 2019 Under the leadership of Professor Greg Brownderville, Southwest Review continues to embrace new voices while recognizing a rich history. I recently took over the editorship of America’s third-longest-running literary quarterly, Southwest Review (SwR), which was founded in 1915 and is published under the aegis of Southern Methodist University. As the new editor, I’m determined to broaden the magazine’s reach and readership, and I aim to start right here at home, with the SMU community. Let me paint you a picture of what SwR has been and what it is rapidly becoming. The last issue of 2017 marked an important event in the history of the magazine: our first redesign and relaunch since the 1980s. We enlisted the help of a firm called [...]

By | 2019-01-03T08:47:58-07:00 January 10th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on The New Southwest Review: SMU’s Literary Magazine, One of America’s Oldest, Reinvents Itself

The “tea” on the English degree

Daily Campus Originally Posted: December 7, 2018 It is May 2011. SMU’s campus is buzzing with pre-graduation excitement and seniors are restless to begin the next chapters of their lives. Sarah Bennett, now the managing editor for D Home and D Weddings, is among these students. She is happy to complete her degree in Creative Writing finally, but as with many graduating seniors, some anxieties are beginning to grow in the back of her mind. Will she land her dream job? Will she have to settle for a different position? Will she find a job at all? Though these questions are like persistent flies buzzing around her brain, there is one choice she has never questioned: her major in Creative Writing. “I knew I wanted [...]

By | 2018-12-10T10:21:36-07:00 December 10th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Undergraduate News|Comments Off on The “tea” on the English degree

Dallas novelist’s ‘LitNight’ builds a literary scene in the casual atmosphere of a nightclub

Dallas Morning News Originally posted: December 7, 2018 Dallas novelist Sanderia Faye got the idea of celebrating literature in a bar when she attended Brooklyn's Franklin Park Reading Series, which has hosted the likes of A.M. Homes, Jennifer Egan and Colson Whitehead. Faye thought that same informal atmosphere at the monthly gathering of writers and readers could make literary fiction more approachable in Dallas, too. So in June, she founded LitNight at the Sandaga 813 nightclub in Exposition Park. "It takes the stigma out of literary fiction," says the author of Mourner's Bench, which tells the story of an 8-year-old girl's awakening in 1964 amid the civil rights movement. "You have this camaraderie between the authors but also with the audience. It's a great environment." The next installment [...]

By | 2018-12-07T08:02:37-07:00 December 7th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Events|Comments Off on Dallas novelist’s ‘LitNight’ builds a literary scene in the casual atmosphere of a nightclub

The “Southwest Review” reimagined

The Daily Campus Originally Posted: September 25, 2018 In print for more than a century, the Southwest Review begins a new chapter as Greg Brownderville, SMU professor and editor-in-chief, updates the look of the magazine and takes the initiative to advance its digital presence. The “Southwest Review” is the third oldest continuously published quarterly in the United States. It was established in 1915 as “The Texas Review” out of the University of Texas at Austin, before it was moved to its current home at Southern Methodist University in 1924. The magazine was created to prove that there was a home for literature and the arts, even in unsung Texas, a region that was quickly transforming from a land of cattle and cotton to one of industry and urbanization [...]

By | 2018-10-09T11:04:55-07:00 October 9th, 2018|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on The “Southwest Review” reimagined
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