September 11 – September 17 Weekly Roundup


  • Applying to Ph.D. Programs Workshop — Thursday, Sept. 15th
     Ph.D. students and faculty who have served on selection committees will hold a roundtable discussion on the process of applying to Ph.D. programs and answer questions you may have. This workshop is open to first and second year MA students who have an interest in applying to Ph.D. programs either this year or sometime in the future. It will take place on Thursday, September 15th, at 1 p.m. in Bingham Humanities RM 300. Lunch will be provided. Please use the sign up sheet here (Sign Up Sheet) if you plan to attend. Contact Emily Blair ( with any questions.
  • EGO Networking Workshop
    In early October, right before the Watson Conference, we’d like to get folks together to talk and practice networking strategies. How do you get more comfortable introducing yourself to strangers? How do you figure out you who would like to meet and talk to? How do you set reasonable conference goals for yourself? During this workshop, we’ll talk about networking specifically for the Watson Conference (who our keynotes and attendees are, what mobility is, what the Watson is all about), in ways that will be helpful for newcomers as well those who attended our symposium or the last conference.
    If you are interested in attending this workshop, please follow this link to a Doodle poll to indicate your preferred date and time on the four days we have narrowed down to If you have questions about this workshop, contact Rachel Gramer at
  • Rick Wysocki is the digital media research assistant this year. He will have open hours in the Mac Lab (HUM 204) all semester to help Faculty, Graduate Students, and Students with multimodal and digital projects. His hours are Mondays and Fridays from 1-2 p.m. From Rick: “As mentioned above, I’m happy to help people across the university with their digital/multimodal projects. It is also a good thing for teachers to let their students know about if they need access to a computer or specifically to a Mac.”
  • If you haven’t already, register for the Watson Conference today! The conference is free to UofL graduate students.


The GNAS Research Fund application form is available on the GNAS page (or you can access the form directly here). GNAS may award up to $100 to cover costs of research and conference participation. Applications are due by Monday, September 26, at 4 p.m.
The form has more extensive details, including who to contact for more information, but you are always welcome to contact your GNAS reps – Jessica Newman ( and Rick Wysocki ( – with any questions.


Mark Olson,Cordelia and William Laverack Family Assistant Professor of Art, Art History & Visual Studies at Duke University, talk on “Digital Mapping as Humanities Practice”

  • Thursday, September 15
  • 4 p.m.
  • Bingham Rm. 100
  • Digital mapping is a powerful and popular toolkit in digital humanities. In this talk, Mark Olson will introduce a range of techniques and technologies that reflect the current state of the art. What kinds of humanities questions to these tools enable and sustain? What are their limits? Drawing on visual and media studies, Olson will conclude by inviting discussion on some of the epistemological implications of mapping-as-method.

Minority Association of Graduate Students (M.A.G.S.) presents “Surviving Graduate School” workshop

  • Friday, September 16
  • Noon-1 p.m.
  • SAC Visit Room

Sharon Marcus, Orlando Harriman Professor of English and Comparative Literature and Dean of Humanities, Arts and Sciences, Columbia University talk on “The Stuff of Theater”

  • Monday, October 10
  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
  • Chao Auditorium (in the basement of Ekstrom Library)

Discourse and Semiotics Work-in-Progress Workshop: “The Stories We Learn to Tell: New Teachers’ Narratives of Identity”

  • Friday, October 14
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Stephenson Hall 407
  • If you would like to witness and participate in a rhet/comp dissertation chapter in progress, this UofL Discourse and Semiotics Workshop is free, open to the public, and might show you a little bit of what’s behind the dissertation-writing curtain.

Thomas R. Watson Conference: Mobility Work in Composition: Translation, Migration, Transformation

  • Thursday, October 20-Saturday, October 22
  • All day
  • Bingham Humanities Building and Strickler Hall @ UofL

Deirdre Lynch, Harvard University talk on “Poems out of Place and Books Unbound”

  • Friday, November 4
  • 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • HM 205

*Check out the Writing Center events calendar for upcoming writing events.

*Check out the PLAN Workshop series through the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies for professional development workshop opportunities.