In this month’s BAD interview, Tasia Milton talks with Courtney Thorsson, author of Women’s Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women’s Novels. You can listen to this interview online at Fembot Collective: Gender, New Media, and Technology.
Gordon Sayre contributed a column, “State’s early pioneer history has French accent,” to The Reguster-Guard, based on his research of books and maps from America’s colonial past. “A covered wagon driven by a pioneer father and mother, drawn toward the rich farmlands of the Willamette Valley: This is the popular image of our state’s origins, commemorated at the Oregon Trail museums in Baker City and Oregon City, and by the iconic license plates first issued in 1993. But the first agricultural settlers in the Willamette Valley did not travel the Oregon Trail.”
Come witness English literature in action! Monday (3/3) around 12:15 pm in front of the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum, students from Prof. Bayless’s Old English course will reenact the Battle of Maldon (991 CE). See King Æthelred the Unready and his thanes, the Anglo-Saxons, declaim bravely in Old English before being vanquished by a small group of Vikings. (more…)
The annual Governor’s State Employees Food Drive will run through February 28. This drive is the Oregon Food Banks largest food and fund drive of the year. Our goal this year is to raise 175,000 pounds. This year’s theme is “Only You Can STOP Hunger.” More than one in three Lane County residents (39%) is eligible for emergency food assistance. For the third year in a row, Oregon has the nation’s highest rate (29%) for child hunger. As you do your grocery shopping this weekend, grab another can of tuna or other protein; throw a dinner-in-a-box in your cart; or a bag of rice. Check your pantry for these items as well. Cash and checks are always welcome as well. Food barrels will be available in the main English office and the Booth Lounge.
The UO Poetry Slam Team, which is associated with the English Undergraduate Organization, was featured in The Daily Emerald. The team seeks to build a community and audience for poetry on campus that embodies the inclusiveness and excitement of slam poetry. Additionally, the group is raising money and recruiting talent to compete at the national level.
In this week’s Eugene Weekly cover story about unique college degrees, “You Majored in What?:Highly specialized degrees offer a unique college experience,” Professor Ben Saunders discusses the role of comics in his own development as an expert reader and provides the genesis of the nation’s first ever minor Comics and Cartoon Studies at UO.
A private donor’s gift has endowed the UO’s Comics & Cartoon Studies minor. The endowment invests $50,000 per year over four years to further the program’s efforts to create new courses and bring teachers, artists, and other industry professionals to visit classrooms and present lectures.
“Comics constitute a remarkably successful mode of communication, with a history that is at least as old as print culture, and a global reach that includes most of the nations of the world. This private investment in our program is evidence that we are doing something important and worthwhile,” says UO English Professor Ben Saunders, director of the Comic Studies program. “It’s a sign of faith in the cultural value of the comics form itself.” (more…)
Women’s Work and Black Cultural Nationalism: Professor Courtney Thorsson discusses her new book on the WURD
Professor Courtney Thorsson discusses her new book, Women’s Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women’s Novels, with Philadelphia’s 900 am WURD. In her book, Thorsson reconsiders the gender, genre, and geography of African American nationalism as she explores the aesthetic history of African American writing by women. (more…)