Monthly Archives: October 2013

English/Writing Conference, Big Success

From the natural sciences and the behavioral sciences to communication studies and the arts, scholars across innumerable and sometimes seemingly disparate disciplines turn their attention to transformations, crises, and anxieties crashing at our (real and metaphorical) shores. The urgency propelled by climate science stirs up consciousness, fears, and controversies about the future of our ecosystems, economies, policies, and cultures. The threat of rising tides—whether a shift in our natural environment, technological advancement, or paradigm shifts—increasingly call for collaborations among scholars, professionals, stakeholders, advocates, and citizens.

"Moby Under"  © Manju Shandler 2012
“Moby Under”
© Manju Shandler 2012

Our responses invite opportunities for conversations across disciplines that produce value, both for the climate crisis at hand as well as for the re-invention and renewal of scholarship in the twenty-first century. Interdisciplinarity creates a unique opportunity for us to begin to re-imagine the shape and function of collaboration, an opportunity to push the boundaries. Talking Beyond Disciplines: Rising Tides and Sea Changes invites graduate students from all disciplines to share their scholarly research and work that examines literal sea change or figurative sea change.

Election Results Tallied

Voting has now closed for the 2013 Graduate Election. We are pleased to announce the following incoming representatives for the 2013-2014 academic year:

  • Graduate Committee Representatives: Kim Evelyn (Literature); Clarissa Walker (Writing)
  • Graduate Liaisons: Ashton Foley (PhD); Hazel Gedikli (MA); Jason Shrontz (PhD)
  • GSA Department Senators: Beth Leonardo (MA); Kara Watts (PhD) Meghan Fair (PhD)

Congratulations to incoming and continuing graduate student representatives!  As your outgoing Graduate Liaisons, we would like to take this opportunity to communicate what a privilege it has been to work with and for you over the last two years. The three of us strove to build communication and opportunities for all graduate students within the department, and it has been a pleasure to serve you.

With best wishes for continued success,

Sara Murphy, Michael Becker, and Anna Brecke