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Department of Literature and Language

College of Arts & Sciences

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    Karen Salyer McElmurray

    Karen Salyer McElmurray, author of Wanting Radiance, Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean, and The Motel of the Stars, will have a public reading on Nov. 11 at 3 pm via Zoom. The meeting ID to join is 980 1938 7857.

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    Baumgartner Delivers Jewell Friend Lecture

    Professor Mark D. Baumgartner delivered the 2020 Jewell Friend Lecture to the College of Arts & Sciences; his talk, entitled "Art, Debt, and the Language of Ownership," included brief readings from THE STRAIGHTENER, his novel in progress.

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    Congratulations to Piper Floyd!

    Spanish major Piper Floyd has been awarded a $4000 education abroad scholarship by the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. Piper will use this scholarship to take part in a semester-long study abroad program in Spain.

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    Stephen Graham Jones Fiction Reading and Interview

    Stephen Graham Jones, author of The Only Good Indians and Ledfeather, will have a fiction reading followed by an interview with Dr. Michael Cody on Monday, October 19 at 4 p.m. The event is open to the public and will be streamed via the LiLa Facebook page.

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    LiLa Departmental Statement on Black Lives Matter

    The Department of Literature and Language believes that Black lives unequivocally matter, and stands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. You can read our full statement from Chair, Dr. Daniel Westover by following the link above.

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    Welcome to Our New Chair, Dr. Daniel Westover!

    We want to welcome our new Chair of the Department of Literature and Language, Dr Daniel Westover! Daniel Westover joined ETSU's English faculty in 2010. He teaches graduate seminars in twentieth and twenty-first century British literature as well as undergraduate courses in British poetry and fiction.

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    Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Alan Holmes!

    We want to congratulate Dr. Thomas Alan Holmes, who has been selected as the 2020 ETSU Graduate Council's Graduate Mentor Award winner!

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    Congratulations to Our Scholarship and Award Recipients

    Literature and Language would like to congratulate our scholarship and award recipients! Pictured above are Zander Bennett, Lauren Stotsky, Zoë Hester, and Carson Morgan (left to right).

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    Dislocating Black Mountain Poetics: A Lecture by Dr. Sarah Ehlers

    Dr. Sarah Ehlers gave a lecture on "Dislocating Black Mountain Poetics" as part of the Jubilant Thicket Exhibition. Dr. Ehlers is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Houston. She is currently at work on a book-length study of Black Mountain College entitled "Black Mountain Modernity."

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    Savannah Sipple at ETSU

    Poet Savannah Sipple read from her debut poetry collection, WWJD and Other Poems, to students and faculty. Sipple's poems beautifully navigated queerness, Appalachia, and the body.

Our Mission Statement: Join Us on Your Journey

At the center of our philosophy is the ancient credo: “know thyself.” To us, the faculty and staff in the Literature and Language Department, that means working to educate the person and the passion through individual student care, a rich diversity of class options, and real world growth opportunities such as internships and study abroad. Our classrooms are everywhere – on campus, abroad, in the workplace and online. Our students succeed because we teach transferable 21st Century skills like written and oral communication, complex reading methods, research techniques, long-term project organization, and cultural competence. We create a nurturing environment that helps build a passionate resilience in our students because they find their unique critical and imaginative voice. Our students discover what motivates and drives their dreams. We seek to facilitate intense engagement with the human wisdom of the past and the possibilities of each individual student’s future. Join us on your journey!

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