Spring 2016 Newsletter

What We’re Reading

John Burke Since I have been in the process of developing ideas about the representation of the East in western literature, I determined it was time for me to take a close look at Edward Saïd’s Orientalism (1979; rpt. 2004).  It’s a very famous book, I know, but (blush) I never succeeded in finding the […]

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Interview with Andy Johnson

Andy Johnson is an instructor of English at The University of Alabama, specializing in African American Literature. How long have you been teaching?  What made you want to teach your subject? I’ve been teaching for about six years now.  When I tell people what I do for a living, they always say, “Oh, I hate […]

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An Interview with Dr. Bonnie Whitener

Dr. Bonnie Whitener began teaching at The University of Alabama as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in 2003 and became an Instructor in fall 2010. Her academic interest is American Gothic Literature, and she is also known for the yoga classes she offers to faculty in the Department of English. The darkness of American Gothic Literature […]

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Interview with Emily Pitts Donahoe

“Hear my soul speak. Of the very instant that I saw you, Did my heart fly at your service” Shakespeare has a secret admirer and her name is Emily Pitts Donahoe, an M.A. student at The University of Alabama. From studying Shakespeare to participating in the Shakespearean Staged Reading Series at UA, Donahoe’s love for […]

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Nichole Corbett: Fulbright Scholarship Recipient Talks Turkish Culture & Future Screenwriting Plans

Nicole Camille Corbett is a graduate of The University of Alabama and a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship who is currently teaching English in Turkey. I sat down with Corbett on FaceTime and spoke with her about her experiences abroad and her future plans. You have recently earned your degree in English and Dramatic Writing. […]

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Russell Willoughby: An Interview Overseas

Russell Willoughby is a University of Alabama Fulbright Scholarship recipient. The Fulbright Scholarship Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. At The University of Alabama, the Fulbright Scholarship Program […]

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Parker White: Rhodes Scholar Finalist

During his time as an undergraduate at The University of Alabama, Parker White participated in a broad, well-rounded education in the liberal arts, having been the chapter president of the International English Honors Society Sigma Tau Delta as well as a member of the Blount Undergraduate Initiative, studying English, Classics, and creative writing primarily. During […]

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Professor Whiting: Educator

Professor Fred Whiting, currently in his fifteenth year of teaching at UA, has witnessed The University of Alabama expand and change extensively during his time here (“We now have a Chick-Fil-A as well as an Arby’s,” he remarks). He also notes changes in faculty dress protocols over the years, citing a former colleague who regularly […]

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Professor Luke Niiler: New Director of the First-Year Writing Program

The First-Year Writing Program works with freshman to help them develop their skills as college and academic writers. At the head of this program is Professor Luke Niiler. Professor Niiler has been at the University of Alabama since 2007. Along with being the Director of the First-Year Writing Program, he also teaches English Composition 101 […]

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