SUROP 2019: Following the Trail of the Exodusters

  For the past eight weeks, we have enjoyed the company and research talents of Kaiya Thompson (BA ’21, English, Spelman College). As we shared in an earlier post, Kaiya joined us as part of the Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (SUROP) sponsored by the Graduate School at Kansas State. This morning, Kaiya presented highlights … Continue reading SUROP 2019: Following the Trail of the Exodusters

Grad Student Spotlight: Latrice Ferguson

Each fall semester, we offer our second year graduate teaching assistants the opportunity to complete some additional professional development as part of their teaching practicum: to prepare to teach one of our undergraduate literature, film, or professional writing courses. Following several weeks of observing experienced instructors, discussing pedagogy, and drafting a syllabus and assignments, some … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Latrice Ferguson

2018-2019 Annual Awards Banquet

Last Saturday, May 11, we celebrated student and faculty success at our 2018-2019 Annual Awards Banquet. We'll have photos soon from Kristen Schweitzer (K-State alumna in Biology and in Curriculum and Instruction), but for now, here are our award recipients.  (Information about the student awards below is available from our department's web site.) Brink Memorial … Continue reading 2018-2019 Annual Awards Banquet

Little Women 150: A Celebration

  Appearing on September 30, 1868, Little Women was an instant success. Readers immediately began sending author Louisa May Alcott directives for what should happen next to Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, along with their wealthy, handsome next door neighbor Theodore “Laurie” Laurence. She set to work, happy to give her fancy play as … Continue reading Little Women 150: A Celebration

“Keep Ya Head Up”: Owning Your Space by Owning Your Language

On February 19, students in English conducted a workshop on code-switching and the 2018 KSBN selection and best-seller Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give to a packed crowd of 80 high school and community college students attending the 6th Annual Black Student Union Statewide Leadership Conference. The presentation grew out of a class teaching project … Continue reading “Keep Ya Head Up”: Owning Your Space by Owning Your Language

Grad Student Spotlight: Lexi Bedell

As we enter the second week of the semester and try to stay warm during the current Polar Vortex and sub-zero wind chills, we showcase a recent Twitter thread from Alexis (Lexi) Bedell (M.A. '20). Lexi attended the 2019 Modern Language Association Convention in Chicago, IL (3-6 January). Known as "MLA" for short, the convention … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Lexi Bedell

Spring Preview

Though today's ice and snow remind us that winter is still at hand, the start of the semester promises springtime ahead! Here are some of the events that we're looking forward to in the coming months: ~ Associate Professor Abby Knoblauch launches our Spring Colloquia Series on Wednesday, February 13. Abby is back from her … Continue reading Spring Preview

Fight Stupidity; Keep Reading: A Dispatch from the Internationale Jugendbibliothek

Since the first of September I have been at the Internationale Jugendbibliothek (IJB) in Munich, Germany. Why? As part of a larger cross-cultural study of diversity in children’s literature, I’m exploring how multiculturalism functions in Germany, via German picture books — chosen in part because they pose the smallest barrier to my limited (but improving!) … Continue reading Fight Stupidity; Keep Reading: A Dispatch from the Internationale Jugendbibliothek

Alumni Spotlight: Miranda Asebedo

  "I grew up in rural Kansas, and as a teen reader, I was always disappointed that books were rarely set in a place that was recognizable to me": This week, we feature an online interview with Miranda Asebedo (BA '07, MA '09), who has just published her first novel, The Deepest Roots, with HarperTeen. … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Miranda Asebedo

Banned Books Week

Of course, I like to read — I'm an English major — but it might surprise you that many of my favorite books have been banned, challenged in libraries, and even made recurring appearances on the American Library Association’s yearly lists of the 10 most banned or challenged books. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird … Continue reading Banned Books Week