News

Current and Past News Stories:

  • 15 September 2016: Linguistics professors Catherine Davies and Dorothy Worden explain the meaning of "Roll Tide" in The Crimson White. Read the full story
  • 24 August 2016: Prof. Michelle Dowd, previously at University of North Carolina Greensboro, is the new Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Read the full story
  • 25 July 2016: Prof. Jennifer Drouin did a 1-hour live interview about her book Shakespeare in Québec on CIUT 89.5 FM "The Taylor Report". Listen to the audio interview
  • 27 June 2016: Books by Profs. Andy Crank and Michael Martone as well as by Instructors Brial Oliu and Nathan Parker are featured on the A&S 2016 Summer Reading List. Read the full story
  • 14 June 2016: Prof. Lauren Cardon has been named an A&S Distinguished Teaching with Technology Fellow for 2016-2019, and she has also been named a 2016-2017 Learning in Action Fellow by the Learning in Action Advisory Board and the Quality Enhancement Plan Team. Read the full story
  • 1 June 2016: Prof. Michael Martone has won the 2016 Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contributions to Midwestern Literature. Read the full story
  • 20 May 2016: Prof. Jennifer Drouin's book Shakespeare in Québec is cited extensively in an article about "The Shakespearean Drama of Quebec Sovereignty" in The Globe and Mail. Read the full story
  • 16 May 2016: Prof. Lauren Cardon's EN 455: Advanced Studies in Writing class is profiled in a Dialog article about the joy of food blogging. Read the full story.
  • 14 May 2016: The Tuscaloosa News features a story about Instructor Andrea Barton's interim course on fantasy author Terry Pratchett. Read the full story
  • 27 April 2016: "A Leader's Legacy: Bringing Life to Renaissance Literature" profiles Prof. Sharon O'Dair, retiring Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Read the full story
  • 25 April 2016: English major Dana Sweeney has been named a 2016 Truman Scholar. The 54 new Truman Scholars, all college juniors, were selected from among a record number of applicants and institutions: 775 candidates nominated by 305 colleges and universities. Each new Truman Scholar receives up to $30,000 for graduate study. Scholars also receive priority admission and supplemental financial aid at some premier graduate institutions, leadership training, career and graduate school counseling, and special internship opportunities within the federal government. Read the full story
  • 21 April 2016; In honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death, Prof. Jennifer Drouin was interviewed about her favourite play by the British Council of Canada as part of their "Shakespeare Lives" #PlayYourPart series.Watch the video interview
  • 20 April 2016: The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies and the Program in Creative Writing are hosting a two-day symposium entitled "The Poet's Shakespeare" in honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The symposium with feature guest lectures by scholars and readings by poets. Read the full story
  • 30 March 2016: Dr. Nic Helms has won the university-wide Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation award for "To Essay the Mind: Shakespearean Character and Theories of Mindreading." His dissertation supervisor was Prof. Sharon O’Dair, director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Helms has published three articles from his dissertation. Katy Rossing won the award for Excellence in Teaching by a Master's Student. Read the full story
  • 28 March 2016: English major Mollie Beth Wallace has published in The Explicator an essay that she wrote in Prof. Jolene Hubbs’s EN 422 course, Fictions of American Identity. Read the article
  • 22 February 2016: Prof. Andy Crank discusses the life and legacy of Harper Lee on WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham. Watch the video recording
  • 4 February 2016: English major Amanda Bennett participated in a chat with New York Times journalists, student activists, and college administrators on the topic of "Race on College Campuses". Read the full story
  • 1 February 2016: English major Amanda Bennett is profiled in the New York Times about African-American student activism. Read the full story
  • 13 January 2016: Prof. Cajetan Iheka reviews Mukoma Wa Ngugi's most recent novel in the Los Angeles Review of Books. Read the full story
  • 23 September 2015: The English Department invites applications for one tenure-track position in Applied Linguistics at the rank of assistant professor. The successful applicant will have a PhD in linguistics or applied linguistics; an active, successful research agenda with a primary emphasis in ESL writing; and a record of effective teaching. Read the full story
  • 14 September 2015: The English department invites applications for an appointment at the rank of advanced assistant, associate, or full professor to direct our thriving undergraduate creative writing program and the renowned Coal Royalty Visiting Writers’ Program. Read the full story
  • 5 September 2015: The Shakespeare on Film series, sponsored by the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies, returns for another year of free film screenings at the Bama Theatre. This year's lineup includes an opulent Baz Luhrmann adaptation, a bit of Bollywood, a western, and an old-school horror flick. Read the full story
  • 2 September 2015: The Los Angeles Review of Books has published an article by Prof. Andy Crank about Harper Lee's novel Go Set a Watchman. Read the full story
  • 28 August 2015: The English department seeks an established scholar, committed mentor, and dynamic administrator to serve as the Hudson Strode Professor of English and Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Applications should be submitted through the Online Faculty Recruitment website by October 15, 2015. Read the full story
  • 30 April 2015: Prof. Trudier Harris has been named a University Distinguished Research Professor by the UA Board of Trustees. This designation recognizes UA faculty who have achieved international accomplishments in their field and have been given extensive peer recognition for their scholarly contributions and noteworthy academic service. Read the full story
  • 28 April 2015: Prof. Jennifer Drouin's book Shakespeare in Québec: Nation, Gender, and Adaptation is a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize awarded by the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures. Read the full story
  • 21 April 2015: Prof. Andy Crank has helped several academic units at UA enter into a collaboration with Court 13, a New Orleans-based film cooperative that produced the Academy Award-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild. The collaboration is titled Court13@UA. Read the full story
  • 13 April 2015: The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies invited Prof. Mark Algee-Hewitt (Stanford) to lecture on "The Disorder of Discourse: Digital Models for an Aesthetic Literary Theory". Watch the video recording
  • 12 April 2015: The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies invited Eric Johnson to give a talk on "A Tour of the Folgersphere: The Folger Shakespeare Library’s Digital Architecture". Watch the video recording
  • 13 March 2015:  The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies invited Prof. Janelle Jenstad (UVic) to lecture on "Building a Digital Gazetteer for Shakespeare's London". Watch the video recording
  • 11 March 2015: MFA student Christopher McCarter has won the university-wide Excellence in Teaching by a Master's Student award. Read the full story
  • 1 March 2015: The Tuscaloosa News has a story about the American Shakespeare Center's production of Hamlet, which they are performing tonight in the Morgan auditorium as part of their "Method in Madness" tour. Read the full story
  • 27 February 2015: The Crimson White interviews Strode Program PhD Nic Helms about the American Shakespeare Center's production of Hamlet as part of their "Method in Madness" tour which comes to campus on Sunday, March 1st. Read the full story
  • 4 February 2015: Prof. Andy Crank is interviewed by WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham about Harper Lee's forthcoming novel Go Set a WatchmanWatch the video interview
  • 4 February 2015: Prof Andy Crank is interviewed by Dame Magazine about Harper Lee's forthcoming novel Go Set a Watchman. Read the full story
  • 4 February 2015: Prof. Andy Crank is interviewed by The Crimson White about Harper Lee's forthcoming novel Go Set a Watchman. Read the full story
  • 3 February 2015: Prof. Andy Crank is interviewed by the BBC World Service about Harper Lee's forthcoming novel Go Set a Watchman, which was written before To Kill a MockingbirdListen to the audio interview
  • 16 January 2015: MFA graduate Lily Loofbourow discusses "TV's New Girls' Club" in The New York Times. Read the full story
  • 12 January 2015: Prof. Michael Martone is the host of WVUA-TV's hit show Alabama Art Seen. Read the full story and Watch all episodes online
  • 2 December 2014: Hoole Special Collections Library is doing a pedagogy series on Prof. Lauren Cardon's use of the collections in her EN 103 courses. Read the full story
  • 7 November 2014: Prof. Trudier Harris's latest book, Martin Luther King Jr., Heroism, and African American Literature, as well as her prolific career as a whole, are reviewed by Howard Rambsy II of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville on the blog Cultural Front. Read the full story
  • 29 November 2014: Prof. Hali Felt has published an article on "Our staggering Ebola failure: How America's obsession with 'at risk' populations totally misses the point" and the stigmatization of gay men during the AIDS crisis on Salon.com. Read the full story
  • 17 November 2014: Prof. Lauren Cardon discusses the Hoole Special Collections Library in The Crimson White. Read the full story
  • 17 November 2014: Directed by Prof. Robin Behn, the Creative Writing Club allows local high school students to explore creative writing with the help of MFA graduate students. Read the full story
  • 16 September 2014: The English department is conducting searches for 5 professors this year: the Hudson Strode Professor of English who will serve as Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies; an Associate Professor with tenure to direct our thriving undergraduate creative writing minor and the renowned Coal Royalty Visiting Writers’ Program; a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Postcolonial / Global Anglophone literature; and two tenure-track Assistant Professors in CRES (Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies). Applications should be submitted through the Online Faculty Recruitment website. Read the full story
  • 16 September 2014: The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies is sponsoring a new film series at the Bama Theatre. All films are free and open to the public. Films shown this year include 10 Things I Hate About YouShakespeare Behind BarsThe Bad Sleep WellTo Be Or Not To BeWest Side StoryDeliver Us From EvaForbidden Planet, and Love's Labour's Lost. Read the full story
  • 15 September 2014: Profs. Wendy Rawlings and Patti White have both earned "Notable Essay" citations in this year's edition of Best American Essays. Read the full story
  • 3 July 2014: The College of Arts and Sciences' Summer Reading List features several new books by English department faculty members, including The Island Called Paradise by Prof. Philip Beidler, The Scary Mason-Dixon Line: African American Writers and the South by Prof. Trudier Harris, Shakespeare in Québec: Nation, Gender, and Adaptation by Prof. Jennifer Drouin, and Tuscaloosa Writes This edited by Prof. Patti White and Brian Oliu. Read the full story
  • 26 June 2014: The Los Angeles Times's Books section features a story about Prof. Wendy Rawlings and the art of writing memoirs. Read the full story
  • 17 June 2014: University of Toronto Press's blog features a Q&A with Prof. Jennifer Drouin about Shakespeare in Québec: Nation, Gender, and Adaptation as part of its Behind the Book series. Read the full story
  • 13 June 2014: English Instructor Jason McCall has been awarded a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. Read the full story
  • 5 June 2014: English PhD graduate Emily Perkins has been selected for the Graduate School's Graduate Student Spotlight for June 2014. Her dissertation won the Outstanding Dissertation Award for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2012. Her work has been published in Disability Studies Quarterly. Read the full story
  • 5 March 2014: Three English graduate students have won university-wide awards from UA's Graduate School. Brandee Easter won the Outstanding Master’s Thesis award for "Data Visualization of Indian Mutiny Causes in Victorian Higher Journalism." Her thesis supervisor was Prof. Albert Pionke. Erin Chandler won the Excellence in Teaching by a Doctoral Student award, and Kirsten Bone won the Excellence in Teaching by a Master’s Student award. Read the full story
  • 23 December 2013: Cool @ Hoole interviews English instructor Brooke Champagne as part of a six-part series highlighting innovative special collections pedagogy in her EN 103 honors composition course. Read the full story
  • 16 December 2013:Prof. James McNaughton is one of two professors in the College of Arts & Sciences to win UA's 2013 National Alumni Association’s Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award. Read the full story
  • 13 November 2013: “Shakespeare and American Integration,” a two-day symposium to be held November 15-16, will discuss integration in Shakespeare’s works. The event is part of “Through the Doors,” the yearlong series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of desegregation at UA. The two-day symposium has a full slate of eight speakers. A highlight of the symposium will be a concert by Delfeayo Marsalis and Octet on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Moody Music building. Marsalis, a noted jazz trombonist, will perform Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak, his own arrangement of Duke Ellington’s Such Sweet Thunder. Read the full story
  • 23 July 2013: The Alabama Digital Humanities Center (ADHC) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow in Digital Humanities with a joint appointment in English and the Libraries. Review of applications begins July 24th and continues until the position is filled, with an anticipated start date of late Fall 2013. Read the full story
  • 14 May 2013: Women writers from each state are being showcased in a project by the American Women Writers National Museum. Professor Trudier Harris will represent Alabama and give a presentation entitled "Bama Bones: A Black Southerner Talks Place & Creativity" on May 15th at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Her talk focuses on how living and growing up in Alabama influenced her scholarly and creative works, and she will revisit topics from her memoir Summer Snow: Reflections from a Black Daughter of the South. Read the full story
  • 30 April 2013: Prof. Joel Brouwer has won UA's 2012 Burnum Distinguished Faculty Award. As part of the award ceremony, Brouwer will deliver a lecture entitled "Is There Room in Here for a Dancing Sailor?: The Poet as Curator." The Burnum Award is one of the highest honors the University bestows on its faculty and is presented annually to a professor who is judged by a faculty selection committee to have demonstrated superior scholarly or artistic achievements and profound dedication to the art of teaching. Read the full story
  • 23 April 2013: The English department will host the 30th Alabama Symposium on English and American Literature on April 25-27. The topic is "Elemental Ecocriticism". Ecocriticism is a critical field that examines literary representations of the environment, and interest in the field is increasing as individuals become more environmentally conscious. Read the full story
  • 15 April 2013: Austin Whitver (PhD, 2012) has won the College of Arts and Sciences 2012 Outstanding Dissertation Award for his dissertation Churchyards and Crossroads: Monuments, Tombs, and Commemoration in Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama. The dissertation was directed by Sharon O'Dair.
  • 15 April 2013: Phi Xi, the UA chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, has won the 2012 Outstanding Chapter Award from the International English Honor Society. UA is sharing the award with Tulane University and Chapman University out of over 800 university chapters across the nation. In addition, Joey Gamble, a junior majoring in English and vice president of UA's chapter, received the E. Nelson James Junior Scholarship individual award. More than 24 UA students were accepted as presenters at the national convention in Portland, Oregon based on either their critical or creative works. Read the full story
  • 15 January 2013: The Tuscaloosa News features a story about audio interviews recorded and produced by freshmen in an honors composition class taught by MFA candidate Greg Houser. Read the full story
  • 24 September 2012: MFA graduate Lauren Goodwin Slaughter is one of six emergent women writers of poetry, fiction and nonfiction possessing “exceptional talent” to be granted a $30,000 award by the Rona Jaffe Foundation at the 18th annual Writers’ Awards ceremony in New York City. This is the only award of its kind that supports women writers exclusively. Lauren's poems have appeared in Blackbird, Chariton Review, and Hunger Mountain, and she currently teaches at UAB. Read the full story.
  • 10 August 2012: Kedra James, a PhD student in the CRES program, has been selected by the Southern Regional Education Board as a SREB-State Doctoral Scholar dissertation fellow for 2012-2013. Read the full story.
  • 16 May 2012: Dr. Karen Gardiner, Writing Program Administrator, has received an Outstanding Professional Award from the University of Alabama Professional Staff Assembly. Read the full story.
  • 12 May 2012: The Tuscaloosa News profiles Prof. Sharon O'Dair's interim course on "YouTube Shakespeare". Read the full story.
  • 8 February 2012: As part of the 10th anniversary of the University of Alabama Cuba Initiative, Profs. Phil Beidler, Nikhil Bilwakesh, and Emily Wittman will present papers on U.S.-Cuban Literary Culture and Translation Studies on a panel entitled "Cultures in Translation" in Havana, Cuba. Dr. Karen Gardiner will participate in a roundtable discussion entitled "Restoration and Collaboration: Fostering Peer-to-Peer Writing Conversations about Historic Restoration in Cuba and Alabama" which will explore the possibility of a First-year Writing Freshman Learning Community interim course that focuses on historical restoration. Read the full story.
  • 30 January 2012: Norman Golar, a UA English graduate of the CRES PhD program (2010) and chair of the English Department at Stillman College, will be one of four Knox College alumni to be honored with an Alumni Achievement Award at a special Founders Day Convocation marking Knox College's 175th anniversary. The ceremony will take place Friday, February 17, 2012 at 5 pm in Kresge Hall, Ford Center for the Fine Arts, Knox College. Read the full story.
  • 7 November 2001: MA student Seth Swanner's thesis entitled "The Convent of Measure: Prosodic Passing and Stable Subjectivity in Cavendish's The Convent of Pleasure" has been selected for the Graduate School's Outstanding Thesis Award competition. With this nomination, Seth is one of two recipients of the Outstanding Thesis Award for the College of Arts and Sciences.
  • 7 November 2011:Prof. Dave Madden is featured in the Accolades section of the Dialog newsletter for the launch of his book The Authentic Animal: Inside the Odd and Obsessive World of Taxidermy. Read the full story.
  • 5 November 2011: In an interview with The Tuscaloosa News, Prof. Sharon O'Dair and PhD student Nic Helms thoroughly debunk the conspiracy theory questioning Shakespeare's authorship and explain some of the many historical inaccuracies associated with the film Anonymous. Read the full story.
  • 4 November 2011: The New Yorker predicts the outcome of the LSU vs. Alabama football game based on the strength of each university's English department and concludes, "We'll give the nod to Alabama for the English department's motto: "Totally making you read." ... the Alabama English department puts the Tide on top". Read the full story.