Nancy Myers was recently awarded the Class of 1952 Distinguished Professorship in English. To be awarded this honor she proposed a two-year program that included two alumni panels (2017 and 2018) and an anthology of alumni essays. What follows are the details of this program.

Upcoming Events

Dr. Jen Feather, Director of English Graduate Studies, and Nancy are currently planning the 19 October 2017 panel celebrating the 50th year of the PHD in English. They've wrapped into the celebration the longevity of the MFA in Creative Writing too. The panel are our alumni, so we hope you'll be able to attend (more on the upcoming October event soon).

So this year's and next year's panel topics and dates are as follows:

19 October 2017, 6 pm, Organ Recital Hall, UNCG: “Intellectual Worlds, Social Change." Alumni speak about pedagogy, scholarship, and community impact. Reception following. Doors open at 5:30 pm. Program begins at 6:00 pm.

18 October 2018: “English Studies and the Future of the University:" Alumni speak about new directions in university education. Reception Following.

Alumni Anthology

The second aspect of this program is an anthology of alumni's pieces on the value of English Studies' terminal degrees: (MFA and PHD).

The anthology is currently titled, Shaping Minds, Shaping Worlds: Expanding Notions of English in Education, Research, and the Community, and it will be published. See call for timeline.

We are inviting you to submit proposals of single and co-authored texts of 2,000 to 7,000 words that address one of these aspects of graduate English Studies:

1. Pieces from alumni about their evolving relationships with the UNCG English Department and its faculty,
2. Essays focused on the habits of reading, writing, and thinking that were nurtured during UNCG English graduate programs and carried forward into personal, professional, political, and philanthropic endeavors,

3. Narratives of adaptability through using English graduate degrees and the knowledge and skills learned to apply to professional goals outside of academic faculty positions,

4. Statements describing and critiquing current social and academic views of the humanities and the ways that those in English Studies can dialogue with them.

The deadline for proposals is 1 January 2018

For a complete call for paper and timeline, click here.


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