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April 18, 2014

Slam poet and UO English major Alex Dang to perform at TEDx April 19

tumblr_static_nps2Slam poet and English major Alex Dang will perform at TEDx April 19. Alex is one of 8 students selected to present their “idea worth spreading.”

The University of Oregon’s Center on Diversity and Community (CoDaC) and the Division of Student Affairs will bring TED’s movement of “ideas worth spreading” to campus April 19 in Beall Hall. The theme for TEDxUOregon is “Intersections: Diversity is Critical to Creativity.”

Tickets are available through the EMU ticket office.

Alex is also the founder of the UO English Poetry Slam Team.

March 31, 2014

New York Times features Stephanie LeMenager’s graduate seminar, “The Cultures of Climate Change”

CLIMATENOVELS-master675The New York Times story, “Using the Arts to Teach How to Prepare for Climate Crisis,” features Professor Stephanie LeMenager’s graduate seminar, “The Cultures of Climate Change.” Professor LeMenager is the Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor of English.

March 17, 2014

UO Surpasses Goal for Governor’s State Employees Food Drive

As a whole, UO collected 3,850 pounds of donated food and over $42,000 in donated cash, payroll deductions, and chocolate sales for a total of 198,909.44 pounds of food for the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive. This year’s goal was to raise 175,000 pounds.

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March 5, 2014

Fembot’s Books Aren’t Dead Interview: Courtney Thorsson

picture-77In 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.

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Pioneers before the Oregon Trail: Gordon Sayre Provides Guest Viewpoint for The Register-Guard

picture-68Gordon 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.”

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March 2, 2014

Martha Bayless’s Old English class to reenact the Battle of Maldon (991 CE) Monday

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…)

February 21, 2014

UO English Participates in the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive

fdseal_webThe 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.

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February 3, 2014

UO Poetry Slam Team Featured in the Daily Emerald

photoThe 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.

January 9, 2014

UO English Comics Studies Minor Featured in Eugene Weekly

20140109coverIn 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.

January 6, 2014

Four UO English Faculty Awarded Oregon Humanities Center Fellowships

OHC logoThe Oregon Humanities Center awarded UO English faculty three Faculty Research Fellowships and one Faculty Teaching Fellowship for next year.

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