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Morgan Hall Foyer Updated by UA Facilities

The Department of English recently received an update to the Morgan Hall foyer, including new flooring and freshly painted walls. Paul Wuebold, Senior Executive Director of Facilities & Grounds Operations, designed and headed the enterprise. “Morgan Hall is one of UA’s more historical buildings,” Wuebold observed, noting that, previously, “the entryway lacked the ‘wow’ factor and honor this great building deserves.” In addition to the more extensive updates to the foyer’s ceiling and floor, Facilities staff members enhanced the foyer’s […]

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Pure Products: A Reading Series for the Community

Pure Products is a reading series that had been run by faculty member, Eric Parker, in 2017. Dr. Sara Hughes took over the project, in 2018 (see her update at the end of this article). In this interview, Dr. Shanti Weiland and Eric Parker discuss the origins of Pure Products and his plans for its future. You have recently rebooted the Pure Products Reading Series. What was your vision? When I paired with Andy Johnson to take over Pure Products in fall […]

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Student Writer’s Guild (SWG) and English Majors and Minors Association (EMMA) Make English Students Feel At Home

It’s two weeks before Halloween, and Camryn Walker sits with a cadre of undergraduates on Morgan 301’s couches to watch The Babadook, an Australian horror film about a monster that uses a book as a portal into our world. The movie is a fitting choice for this crowd, a collection of scribblers known as the Student Writer’s Guild (SWG). Walker, a junior, is both a writer and an English major. As such, she’s found a home in both the SWG […]

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Dr. Heather White Discusses Marianne Moore

When was your first experience with Moore’s poetry? I first read Moore as an undergraduate. I found her baffling. I read her again as a graduate student and was hooked by her descriptive precision, her baroque syntax, her ear for found language, and her wit. Have you been able to visit and explore the places where she lived, walked, or worked? I believe I’ve visited all three! Moore spent her adult life in Manhattan and Brooklyn. The Brooklyn apartment where […]

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Alumna Profile: Candace Chambers

Candace Chambers is a scholar of English. She serves as CEO of Educational Writing Services LLC, and the author of Write Your Way to a Successful Scholarship Essay. Candace is currently working as a Public Affairs writer/editor with the United States Department of Agriculture. She has also served as an Assistant Director of the writing center at the University of Alabama. In addition, Candace served as a writing consultant at Jackson State University, the University of Alabama, and Shelton State Community College, where she was […]

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Faculty Profile: Dr. Dorothy Worden

Dorothy Worden joined the faculty at The University of Alabama in 2016. Her research and teaching interests include second language writing teacher cognition, genre-based approaches to academic writing instruction, sociocultural theory, and the analysis of classroom interaction. Prior to coming to Alabama, Dorothy received her MA in Composition and Rhetoric from Washington State University in 2008 and her PhD in Applied Linguistics from Penn State University in 2015. What influences led you to a career in Applied Linguistics? I always […]

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A Conversation About John Keats with Dr. William Ulmer

Not long after the publication of his third book, John Keats: Reimagining History, in 2017, Professor William A. Ulmer sat down with Dr. Sara Pirkle Hughes and discussed his writing process for the book, why he fanboys over John Keats, and his secret desire to one day write a spy novel. Why don’t we start by talking about your writing process? How long did it take to write this book? I wrote this book in about two years. That’s super […]

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Letter from Chair

Department of English The University of Alabama Fall 2017 Letter from Department Chair Joel Brouwer To the English Department Community, Greetings from Morgan Hall! I welcome this opportunity to share with you the current situation of the Department and our accomplishments over the past year. In 2016-2017 the English Department had 42 tenure-track faculty, 2 NTRC Assistant Professors, 50 NTRC Instructors, and 25 Part-time Temporary Instructors. We had 113 GTA lines and 130 graduate students overall. We had 375 English […]

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Margaret Atwood Comes to Tuscaloosa

On November 14, the Department of English hosted “An Evening with Margaret Atwood,” held in the sold-out Bama Theater. This evening was not Atwood’s first time in Tuscaloosa; in 1985, she lived in a house on Riverside Drive while serving as writer-in-residence for the MFA program. According to English Department legend, it was there that she finished The Handmaid’s Tale, a novel that has remained, for three decades, one of her most enduring works. Margaret Atwood is a worldwide bestselling author and […]

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An Interview with Professor Trudier Harris

Trudier Harris is a University Distinguished Research Professor of the Department of English at The University of Alabama, an honor she has held since 2015. A graduate of Tuscaloosa’s Stillman College, Professor Harris earned a master’s degree in English and a Ph.D. in American Literature and Folklore from the Ohio State University. Prior to joining the faculty at UA, she held the position of J. Carlyle Sitterson Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Professor Harris […]

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