SMU creative writing professor shines spotlight on Black authors

Dallas Morning News Originally Posted: July 02, 2020 Author leads movement to fill bestseller lists with titles by Black authors Sanderia Faye is the author of Mourner’s Bench, a story about 8-year-old Sarah Jones coming to terms with the traditions of her community in 1960s Arkansas and the progressive nature of her mother, who is involved with the civil rights movement. Read More

By | 2020-07-29T11:15:47-07:00 August 3rd, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on SMU creative writing professor shines spotlight on Black authors

An SMU Poet Brings a New Form of Storytelling to Your Phone

D Magazine January 2020 For Greg Brownderville, poetry teacher at SMU and editor of the lauded literary journal Southwest Review, making art means elevating the everyday, recontextualizing the routine. How might someone do that with the digital experience people have on their phones? Brownderville’s response: the “go-show,” a new way of storytelling on the small screen. With grants from SMU, he and a team of roughly 35 mainly Texas-based artists, including Bart Weiss, creator of Dallas VideoFest, will launch their first go-show in the days ahead. The go-show is an app that delivers episodes via notifications over the course of several weeks. But unlike, say, podcasts, which use only audio to tell a story, the go-show uses short films, still images, songs, podcasts, text, and [...]

By | 2020-01-22T09:46:26-08:00 January 21st, 2020|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English, Faculty News|Comments Off on An SMU Poet Brings a New Form of Storytelling to Your Phone

What Princes and Princesses are Teaching Our Kids

DFW Child Originally Posted: September 3, 2019 Martha Satz, Assistant Professor in the English Department was interviewed for this article. Skyla is absolutely over the moon about princesses. The North Texas 5-year-old not only dresses up like the characters and enjoys the movies, but she has also attended parties alongside her aunt, a professional party entertainer who appears at events as princess characters. But type “princess culture” into Google, and you’re sure to find a slew of articles declaring how bad princesses are for kids like Skyla: “Why Disney princesses and ‘princess culture’ are bad for girls.” “Can Disney fix its broken ‘princess culture’?” “Study finds Disney princess culture magnifies stereotypes in young girls.” So are there really so many negative effects resulting from our kids’ obsession with princesses? INNER BEAUTY? When we show [...]

By | 2019-09-10T11:08:12-07:00 September 12th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Dedman College Research, English|Comments Off on What Princes and Princesses are Teaching Our Kids

Mickey’s Wild Ride

SMU News Originally Posted: September 8, 2019 Mickey Dollens ’11 majored in English with a creative writing specialization and minored in psychology. If you look at the arc of Mickey Dollens’ life so far, you can almost feel the syncopated rhythm of the opportunities he embraced and the hard knocks he survived. His story starts with an unlikely football scholarship and his life-changing years at SMU. But just as Mickey’s chapter on the Hilltop was nearing an end, his brother’s suicide drove him to re-examine everything. Mickey tried out for the NFL – and failed. But his attempt managed to earn this Oklahoma flatlander a slot on the U.S. Bobsled team. The life adventure continued after bobsledding with boom (and bust) in the oil business [...]

By | 2019-09-08T19:08:02-07:00 September 7th, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Psychology|Comments Off on Mickey’s Wild Ride

Excelling In Business

SMU News Originally Posted: August 20, 2019 Be self-aware. Embrace unexpected opportunities. Lead with empathy. That’s just some of the great advice shared by alumni who took their SMU degrees and forged unexpected paths after leaving the Hilltop. One thing they all have in common is that they didn’t let fear get in their way. When they have a vision, Mustangs are unstoppable. READ MORE

By | 2019-08-20T07:35:15-07:00 August 21st, 2019|Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, English, Events, Political Science|Comments Off on Excelling In Business

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?
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