ChLA Conference 2021

14 of the 17 faculty, graduate students, and alumni who presented at the 2021 Children's Literature Association (ChLA) Conference, 9-13 June 2021. The Children's Literature Association (ChLA) Conference looked a bit different for 2021, as Covid-19 continued to exercise its influence over professional events -- and so did our annual group photo of faculty, students, … Continue reading ChLA Conference 2021

From Manhattan to Mongolia: Global Humanities

Phillip Marzluf with D. Tsogt-Ochir, leader of the Democratic Movement and former Mongolian parliament member (photograph taken in 1995, Selenge, Mongolia) Although everyone has heard of the 1917 Russian Communist Revolution, few know about the world’s second communist revolution, the Mongolian 1921 People’s Revolution, which made Mongolia independent of the nascent Republic of China and … Continue reading From Manhattan to Mongolia: Global Humanities

Zoom vs. Reality

Phil Nel, Professor Inspired by a Tweet from Dr. Gretchen Goldman -- "Just so I'm being honest," she wrote, sharing a side-by-side photo of herself on camera and the space she's speaking from -- we offer some of our own "Zoom vs. Reality" moments from K-State English as we continue to navigate our current COVID-19 … Continue reading Zoom vs. Reality

Mask Up!

Monica Kopenhaver (MA '21) and Amy Levin Plattner (MA '21) with Biscuit COVID-19 has brought many changes to our everyday lives this year, including a new accessory. In support of K-State's new policy regarding face coverings and the City of Manhattan's mask requirement, here are some faculty and graduate students of the Kansas State English … Continue reading Mask Up!

April 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

As we conclude the spring semester and remote teaching in response to the spread of Covid-19, we offer a look at recent faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Want to catch up on past successes or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of monthly newsletters Reading Matters as well … Continue reading April 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

On Teaching During a Pandemic: Exploring Creativity

  Like teachers around the world, English Department faculty at Kansas State find ourselves having to rethink our approach to our classes in order to provide meaningful instruction. I am missing the main thing that brings me joy in teaching: the real life presence of my students. I wanted to allay their anxiety and motivate … Continue reading On Teaching During a Pandemic: Exploring Creativity

To Avoid Covid 19, Here’s What You Can Do; or, Seuss versus Coronavirus, a New Kind of Flu

Monday was the 116th birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, a.k.a. Dr. Seuss.  That morning, the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) emailed to ask if I would be willing to talk about Seuss live that afternoon on their Here and Now program. I said I would be glad to, and we had a pre-interview telephone chat. About 40 … Continue reading To Avoid Covid 19, Here’s What You Can Do; or, Seuss versus Coronavirus, a New Kind of Flu

On Photo Essays and the Sharing of Knowledge: In Praise of New Assignments

In summer 2019, I was reading a myriad of folks on Twitter talking syllabi and assignments. The conversations were invigorating, and I was especially attracted to a syllabus that Dave Gaertner, a brilliant assistant professor in First Nations and Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia, put together for a course on digital literacies. … Continue reading On Photo Essays and the Sharing of Knowledge: In Praise of New Assignments

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