The Scarlet Newsletter

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 […]

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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 […]

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Dr. Delia Steverson: UA Alumna and SREB Fellowship Recipient

Dr. Delia Steverson graduated from The University of Alabama’s Department of English with a Ph.D. in African American literature in 2017. She is now an assistant professor in English at the University of Florida, where she also serves as an affiliate professor in the Department of African American Studies. Dr. Steverson’s scholarship has appeared in The […]

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Professor Phil Beidler’s Beautiful War: Studies in a Dreadful Fascination

Dr. Philip Beidler has been a professor in the Department of English since the 1970s and holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees in English from the University of Virginia. He also served as a lieutenant in an armored cavalry platoon in Vietnam. Professor Beidler recently spoke with Dr. Shanti Weiland about the most recent of his […]

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Interview with Dana Sweeney, English Major Alumnus and Recipient of the Truman Scholarship

Dana Sweeney graduated summa cum laude in May 2017 with a major in English Literature. While at UA, Sweeney earned a prestigious Truman Scholarship, beating out 729 candidates from 305 American colleges and universities. As a Truman Scholar, Sweeney spent his post-graduation summer in Washington D.C. working with the advocacy group, People for The American […]

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Interview with Lena Levendoski, English Major Alumna

Lena Levendoski graduated from UA with a BA in English in 1995. She is currently the founder of the non-profit organization, Stick’s Gift, which provides clothing to newborns in need in the greater Nashville and Davidson counties. Levendoski shared her story with Van Newell. Why did you decide to attend UA? The reason I chose […]

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What We’re Writing/Reading

Dr. Shanti Weiland I am currently editing my poetry manuscript, “Cracked Planet,” which is a dark, modern fairytale that explores the relationship between time and memory. I imagine the manuscript as a photo album of relationships (romantic and platonic) that emerge from the understanding of familial experience and the balance (and, at times, incongruent nature) […]

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Spring 2017: Masthead

The Scarlet Newsletter is a production of the Department of English at The University of Alabama. “Going to Bat for Writers: An Interview with Melinda Fields” By Shanti Weiland “Michelle Dowd: New Director of the Hudson Strode Program” By Chris Koester “Cassie Smith’s New Book: Black Africans in the British Imagination” By Tasha Coryell “Shanti […]

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Going to Bat for Writers: An Interview with Melinda Fields

Since 2004, Melinda Fields has been an invaluable part of the First-year Writing Program, serving as a liaison between students, teachers, and the Director. One of her many tasks includes helping students register for 100-level courses, a duty that she balances with her work as a Well Bama Ambassador. When I first walk into Fields’ […]

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Michelle Dowd: New Director of the Hudson Strode Program

Michelle Dowd joined the University of Alabama in the fall of 2016 as Hudson Strode Professor of English and Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Before joining the faculty at Alabama, she taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and at Fordham University. Her work primarily concerns the intersection of […]

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