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Report: Diversity Committee Achievements

The Diversity Committee is comprised of five members—two tenure/tenure-track faculty, one instructor, one graduate student, and one undergraduate major. These members are Dr. Cassie Smith (chair), Dr. Nikhil Bilwakesh, Dr. Mary-Margaret Popova, Stephanie Parker (graduate student representative), and Maya Perry (undergraduate English major). Our basic charge is to keep track of all the ways the […]

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2017 Symposium

Black/White Intimacies: Reimagining History, the South, and the Western Hemisphere Department of English, University of Alabama Hotel Capstone, Tuscaloosa, Alabama This two-day symposium explores interracial interactions and the forming of American culture during the antebellum period and beyond. We will be joined by a host of emerging and established scholars from academic institutions in the […]

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Seeing it from all Sides: Sarah Sides Transitions into New Position with Department of English

Most UA undergraduates rarely see Sarah Sides even if they are the direct recipients of her hard work, scheduling their courses and classrooms. It’s easy to wonder how this UA alumna with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and French found herself working in the Department of English but to Sides, her arrival in Morgan Hall […]

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Interview with Dr. Cajetan Iheka

In 2015, The University of Alabama’s Department of English welcomed Dr. Cajetan Iheka to its faculty. Dr. Iheka first attended college in Nigeria before coming to the United States and earned his PhD from Michigan State University. Recently, his paper, “Colonial Trauma in Oyono’s ‘Houseboy’ and Condé’s ‘Crossing the Mangrove’” won the African Literature Association’s […]

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From the Deep South to the Big Apple, a Love of Literature Endures

A Jackson, Mississippi native, Alexandra Franklin graduated from The University of Alabama in 2014 with a BA in English and a minor in Creative Writing. Prior to her arrival at the capstone, Franklin earned the Presidential Scholarship and the Portfolio Gold Award from Scholastic’s Art & Writing Competition. In September of 2011, her essay “Revelations […]

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Interview with Poet, Abraham Smith

Abraham Smith studied Spanish Literature and Archaeology at the University of Wisconsin. After graduation, Smith lived in Europe then Austin, Texas—pursuing his passion for travel and experience. While in Austin, he honed his poetry craft and spent three years in the trenches as a public school substitute teacher. In 2000, continued his education in the […]

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The Power of the Written Word: Amanda Bennett Draws from Literature and Rhetoric in Campus Activism

Most UA seniors spend their final year finishing degree requirements and preparing for careers, Amanda Bennett has achieved national recognition for her work on the WE ARE DONE campaign. Bennett, a double major in English and African American studies, spearheaded the WE ARE DONE protest in November 2015 with a group of her fellow students, […]

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Interview with Briana Whiteside: Department of English Doctoral Student

Briana Whiteside, a native of Chicago Illinois, is a doctoral student in the English department at The University of Alabama. She received her B.A. from Tougaloo College in Mississippi, and her M.A. from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville. Her research interests include Afrofutursim, pop culture, the politics of natural hair, and science fiction. Her current research explores […]

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