January 18, 2007 Department of English Volume XLI, Number 10



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January 18, 2007 Department of English Volume XLI, Number 10


Baylor University

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Richard Rankin Russell has been selected as the 2007 recipient of the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools Achievement Award for New Scholars in Humanities and Fine Arts. Dr. Russell will be honored at a luncheon in Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 25.  The award recognizes a record of distinguished scholarship published from May 1, 2000 through April 30, 2006 by an outstanding faculty member from member institutions in the Conference of Southern Graduate Schools who has completed the terminal degree in the last six years.  Member institutions of the CSGS besides Baylor include Duke, Emory, Rice, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt, and the University of Virginia.
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Dr. Joseph Jeyaraj gave a talk on “How As an Indian I Became a Born Again Christian” at the Baylor Baptist Student Ministries Indian Subcontinent Night at the Bobo Baptist Center in September 2005

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Dr. William V. Davis’ poems, “‘Red Flowers on Black (after a painting by Elizabeth Bishop),’” “Sestina with Two Lines by Charles Tomlinson” and “Last Rights” have been published in P N Review, 33:1 (September-October, 2006), 49.


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Dr. Maurice Hunt, Research Professor of English & Chair, has been appointed Associate Editor for the United States for the European journal, English Studies. In continuous publication for 87 years, English Studies appears every other month and publishes articles and book reviews on all aspects of English and American literature and philology.


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Paula Garrett (Baylor, B.A., M.A.; LSU, Ph.D.) has co-edited a collection of works by William Wells Brown, a contemporary and an occasional adversary of Frederick Douglass. Oxford University Press published the book in October of 2006.  Paula Garrett is on the faculty of Millsaps College in Jackson, MS.



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Dr. Greg Garrett recently signed book contracts with Westminster John Knox Press for three books. A revised edition of his book Holy Superheroes will see print in Spring 2008, and Stories from the Edge: Toward a Narrative Theology of Grief will be published in Fall 2008. He will then write one of the final books in Westminster’s influential “Gospel According to” series on the rock group U2, which will appear in 2009. Dr. Garrett published “Comics and the Bible: Reinterpretation and Mythic Understanding” in the January issue of the Society of Biblical Literature Forum, (http://www.sbl-site.org) and co-authored an essay, “Understanding Acts,” in The Dust Off Their Feet (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2007, 139-49). He also published lessons on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and on the execution of Saddam Hussein for The Thoughtful Christian (thethoughtfulchristian.com), was the final author for the co-written serialized short story “A Waco Ghost Story” in the Waco Tribune Herald (October 29, 2006), and received word that his short story “The Hands of Christ” has been selected for the 2007 “Texas Bound” series at the Dallas Museum of Art; Thomas Gibson will perform the story at two shows on May 14th.

On September 17, Dr. Garrett preached at all three services of Calvary Episcopal Church in Bastrop, Texas. On September 24, he gave a talk on faith and depression and signed copies of his book Crossing Myself at St. James’ Episcopal Church in Austin. On September 27, he gave a talk on contemporary sacred and secular narratives at Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown. In September, Dr. Garrett began teaching a six-week class at Calvary Episcopal in Bastrop on Crossing Myself and Anglican belief, and on October 1, he signed books at Calvary Episcopal.

On October 10, Dr. Garrett gave a presentation on contemporary narratives at St. David’s Episcopal Church, Austin. On October 11, he officiated at morning prayer at Christ Chapel Episcopal in Austin. On October 18, he lectured on Celtic spirituality at All Saint’s Episcopal Church in Austin. On October 19-21, Dr. Garrett was a moderator for four sessions at the Austin Film Festival, among them panels on screenwriting, the film business, and independent filmmaking. On October 21, Dr. Garrett signed books at the Baylor Bookstore. On October 22, Dr. Garrett officiated and preached at all three services of Calvary Episcopal in Bastrop. On October 27, he signed books at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin.
Beginning in November, Dr. Garrett taught a short course, Theological Research and Writing, for first-year students at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. On November 10-11, Dr. Garrett gave two lectures, a reading, appeared on a panel on writing, and signed books at Books on the Brazos, a cultural fundraiser in Clifton, Texas. On November 12, he preached at all three services of Calvary Episcopal, Bastrop. On November 18, Dr. Garrett appeared on a panel on comics and the Bible at the Society of Biblical Literature meeting in Washington, D.C., and on November 20, he spoke on comics and religion at the Jewish Study Center in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Garrett preached at Calvary Episcopal in Bastrop on December 10 and 17, and co-taught an Advent class on Christmas and commercialism. On December 15, he spoke to the Rector’s Book Study Group at St. David’s Episcopal in Austin on his book Crossing Myself, which they had spent the fall discussing. In early January, Dr. Garrett was the instructor for Ghost Ranch’s cross-cultural immersion class for seminarians in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dr. Garrett and his work were the subject of stories in the fall semester in a number of media outlets: Baltimore Examiner; Fort Worth Star-Telegram; Dallas Morning News; Houston Chronicle; Austin American Statesman; San Antonio Express News; Corpus Christi Caller-Times; Lufkin (TX) Daily News; Marshall (TX) News-Messenger; Waco Tribune Herald; Bryan-College Station Eagle; San Angelo (TX) Standard Times; Longview (TX) News Journal; Denton (TX) Record Chronicle; wfaa.com (WFAA-TV, Dallas/Fort Worth); kristv.com (KRIS-TV, Corpus Christi); WOAI-TV, San Antonio; WAY-FM (17 stations nationally).

ANNOUNCEMENTS
Houston Baptist University is currently seeking applicants for a full-time position teaching British literature and professional and/or technical writing beginning in the fall of 2007. Applications will be accepted until February 15, 2007, or until position is filled. For qualifications and requirements visit CS 106 or stop by their website, http://www.hbu.edu.

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The Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University is offering free seminars on March 31, 2007. In addition, they are offering a few paid internships for various dates from January 31 to May 31. For more information on either item, visit www.TheIHS.org or come by CS 106 for the flier.

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Southern Methodist University is accepting applications for Graduate Studies in the Department of English. The program begins in fall of 2007 and has several benefits including a one-to-one student/faculty ratio, tuition waivers, and fellowships for all doctoral candidates. More information is posted on the website http://www.smu.edu/englihs/graduate/. The flier is also available for viewing in CS 106.

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The English Department at Clark University is looking for qualified candidates for its M.A. program. Their benefits include a published and distinguished teaching faculty, tuition remission, and teaching assistantships. Clark University accepts a class of only 12-15 residents per year so interested students are encouraged to apply quickly. Further details can be found is CS 106 or their website, www.clarku.edu/english.

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Information has been received regarding a summer program with Cambridge University, England sponsored by the University of New Hampshire. The program offers courses for both English and History majors and graduate and undergraduate students. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are required by March 31; however, the University specifies that the program is often filled before that date so they encourage prompt entries. There is more information in CS 106 or online at http://www.unh.edu/cambridge.

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This summer Oxford University is offering a summer program July 5 through July 29. Applications are to be turned in by March 30 but earlier entries are preferred. Courses covered with this program include Art, History, English Literature, and Political Science and Law. Interested candidates can find more details at www.bridgew.edu/oxford or in CS 106.

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CONFERENCES – CALLS FOR PAPERS

Westmont College is holding the 2007 Student Writing Contest for the Conference on Christianity and Literature. The contest is divided into three genres including poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Three judges will chose a total of nine winners and submission is free. For more information please stop by Carroll Science 106 and see their flier.

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