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Interview with Dr. Michael Seth Stewart

“The key to editing and compiling someone else’s work is love,” says Dr. Michael Seth Stewart, a graduate of The University of Alabama’s New College as well as The Graduate Center of The City College of New York. “You really have to love the writer and want to put them out there,” he continues. Dr. Stewart explains, while leaning back on a bright red couch in the corner of the Ferguson Center, where he spends his office hours. Music hums […]

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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 is no mystery. “I love Alabama,” she said. “I’ve always really liked the atmosphere, and I couldn’t think of a better place to work.” Sides […]

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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 Best Article Award for an outstanding article in African literary studies published in a major peer-reviewed journal. Reminiscing about his initial attraction to the United […]

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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 of a Feminist” appeared in The New York Times. While at UA, Franklin interned with the University’s Slash Pine Press. Franklin recently earned her MFA […]

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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 MFA program at The University of Alabama. Smith has always had a passion for poetry, which he developed as a child listening to folk songs […]

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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, catapulting The University of Alabama into the national spotlight alongside University of Missouri, Emory University, and other schools battling institutional racism. WE ARE DONE petitioned […]

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Interview with Professor Amber Buck

Professor Amber Buck joined the CRES faculty in 2015. English always “felt like fun instead of work” to Dr. Buck, so it came as no surprise that she entered college with a thirst for literature and the study of writing. She received her B.A. in English from at Albion College. Her passion to help people improve their own writing and her work as a writing tutor inspired her to pursue a graduate degree in this area. When Professor Amber Buck […]

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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 the ways diverse writers and visual artists have represented women of African descent. She also hopes to study the social implications regarding the relationships and […]

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Dr. Cindy Tekobbe: Technology and Rhetoric

Before joining the Department of English at The University of Alabama in 2015, Dr. Cindy Tekobbe taught classes for Arizona State University’s Department of English, Writing Programs, and Herberger School of Arts, Media + Engineering. She covered topics such as digital design and rhetoric, social media literacy, gender and sexuality, rhetoric of memory and identity, academic writing and research, and first-year composition. Dr. Tekobbe is a career software developer and project manager, specializing in enterprise financial applications and web platforms. […]

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A Professor with Global Reach Joins the UA Department of English

Dr. Duncan Yoon came to Department of English in 2015. He holds an MA from Dartmouth College and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from UCLA. He also serves as the co-director of the Global South Cultural Dialogue Project. Dr. Yoon specializes in Africa and China cultural relations, the Cold War postcolonialism world, and world literature. Tell me about your areas of expertise. As an undergraduate, I majored in English and French, and so I was interested in writing that had […]

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