Weekly Roundup: April 16 – 22

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Digital Media Research

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 from 1-2 p.m. and Fridays from 203 p.m. From Rick: “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.”

UPCOMING EVENTS 

GSAW 2017

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.

CALLS FOR PAPERS

CFP Database

FEATURED BLOG POSTS

What I Learned in Year One by Travis Rountree 

Weekly Roundup: April 9 – 15

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

 

Digital Media Research

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 from 1-2 p.m. and Fridays from 203 p.m. From Rick: “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.”

UPCOMING EVENTS 

SAVE THE DATE – EGO Book Sale

  • Monday through Thursday (April 10-13)
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each day
  • Bingham Humanities Foyer
  • Sign up here to volunteer and get free books with your wonderful labor: Sign-Up Sheet

Discourse and Semiotics Workshop: Lisa Björkman of Urban and Public Affairs Leads discussion of The Ethical Life by anthropologist Webb Keane

  • Friday, April 14 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Ekstrom Library W210

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.

CALLS FOR PAPERS

CFP Database

Weekly Roundup: April 2 – 8

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Survey for the Future of EGO

Your EGO board members have been discussing the future of EGO, because we feel like this is a moment when “what EGO is/does” might change to better serve you. We appreciate your time in taking this brief survey that will hopefully tell us what you think your English Graduate Organization is doing well and what we could be doing better. We want to know how to encourage your active participation and how to get good work done on behalf of all English graduate students at UofL.

This survey is 5 questions, and your responses are both appreciated and anonymous.

Undergraduate Research Participants Needed

Hello EGO! I’m reaching out to see if any instructors are able to help me recruit undergraduate research participants from your courses. My IRB reviewed (17.0045) research project is a user experience/usability study of the Virtual Writing Center. You can help by allowing me to visit your class(es) for 5 minutes to explain the project, or you can forward recruitment information to your classes. This is a paid study; participants will be paid $25 for three hours of time (two 1.5 hours sessions). Please contact me at cabook01@louisville.edu. Thank you! -Cassie Book, Associate Director, University Writing Center

Digital Media Research

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 from 1-2 p.m. and Fridays from 203 p.m. From Rick: “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.”

UPCOMING EVENTS 

Celebration of Student Writing

  • Wednesday, April 5th: 10:00 – 2:00
  • Lobby of Ekstrom Library
  • The Celebration of Student Writing is an annual event hosted by the Composition Program, the Writing Center, the Digital Media Suite, and University Libraries. It showcases undergraduate student writing (completed or in-progress) to the university community in a variety of ways.

SIGS’ Women Faculty of Color Panel

  • Friday, April 7th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Shumaker Research Building Rm. 139
  • UofL has been able to sponsor several graduate students and faculty to attend the Women Faculty of Color conference at Virginia Tech. The conference aims to help current faculty and emerging scholars of color “gain lessons, ideas, tools, and strategies to bring back to their institutions, organizations, and communities; make new contacts and build lasting relationships; [and become more] inspired, motivated, energized, and empowered.” The women who have been sponsored to attend the conference (three from the English department!) will serve as panelists for our annual Women’s Panel. The panelists will share some of the tools and strategies they learn at the conference and share their own stories, including their struggles and successes, as women faculty of color. Graduate students, faculty, and staff interested in attending can register and find more information on the PLAN website or contact Keri Mathis at kemath01@louisville.edu for more information.

SAVE THE DATE – EGO Book Sale

  • Monday through Thursday (April 10-13)
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each day
  • Bingham Humanities Foyer
  • Sign up here to volunteer and get free books with your wonderful labor: Sign-Up Sheet

Discourse and Semiotics Workshop: Lisa Björkman of Urban and Public Affairs Leads discussion of The Ethical Life by anthropologist Webb Keane

  • Friday, April 14 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Ekstrom Library W210

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.

CALLS FOR PAPERS

CFP Database

HIGHLIGHTED BLOG POSTS

What I Learned in Year One by Ashley Ludwig

What I Wish I’d Known in Graduate School by Dr. David Anderson

What I Learned in Year One by Ashley Ludewig

The biggest (most difficult, most important) thing I wish I’d known my first year as a Ph.D. student is that it’s okay to be different.

You won’t know all the same things as your peers.  (Ever.)

One of the first things that scared the crap out of me was having the people around me mention scholars and texts and major trends in the field that I had never heard of.  (Or maybe I’d heard of them but I hadn’t read them.  Or I’d read them but not understood or absorbed them.  You get the idea.)  It triggered a mountain of insecurity and by midterm my first semester I was convinced I didn’t belong here.  But I did.  And I made it through.  To be honest, I still don’t know some of the things my peers knew back then and guess what?  That’s okay.

As your coursework goes on, you’ll develop some common ground with your classmates, but you’ll also keep forging ahead in your own direction as you design your exams and work toward your dissertation.  Some situations will prompt you to learn broadly, others to drill deeply into a tiny scholarly niche where it’s possible none of your cohort-mates will ever venture.  That’s okay, too, because someday someone is going to pick your brain because they heard you were the person to talk to about that thing.  Then you’ll pay it forward by seeking out someone who is the expert in an area you don’t know much about.  Find your thing, know it well, and don’t worry if your thing isn’t someone else’s thing.

Your brain might not work the same way.

Not only was I intimidated by what my classmates seemed to know that I didn’t, I was horrified to realize my brain didn’t store information the same way.  Some of my classmates (and professors!) seemed to have these encyclopedic brains that meticulously stowed away names, titles, and dates and made it easy to recount those details at a moment’s notice.

My brain is SO not that brain. If you’re like me and the details and the constellations of critical conversations don’t come easily, there are ways to work at it.  Ask around about citation management software that can help you keep track of what you’ve read and how it’s all related.  And definitely ask Bronwyn about his solar system metaphor.  Whatever it is you feel like you’re lacking, try to remember that for every supposed “weakness” you think you have, you also have a skill or character trait that someone else envies.  Work with what you’ve got and then find ways to work on the rest.

Your goals might be different.

The first time I went to an EGO “Welcome Back” party a former member of the program asked what I wanted to do after the Ph.D. (Which is an absurd question to ask someone on day one of year one in the first place, but whatever…)  When I said I imagined myself in a position that was primarily about teaching, pedagogy, and/or training future teachers of writing they said, “Yikes. I wouldn’t say that too loudly around here.”  Thus began a whole host of anxieties about the value of my passions and my work.

I spent most of my first (and second) year thinking my “modest” goals made me less of a Ph.D. student and less of a scholar. These things are all false.  You don’t have to be headed in the exact same direction as your peers and mentors to be a “good” student, professional, or scholar.  The world (and yes, even academia) needs all kinds of smart people with different strengths and professional aims, and when your turn to go on the market comes around you’ll see that there are lots of different types of jobs out there.  Of course you want to push yourself, expand your horizons, and all that jazz, but you also need to be true to yourself.  Work hard, learn as much as you can, and just do you.

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Ashley Ludewig is a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and Composition who is in the midst of finishing her dissertation, finding a job, and graduating in May… while also trying to still be a human being who takes time to care for herself and others.  Her research is about the literacy practices of student veterans and the role writing teachers can have in supporting student veteran success.  She also volunteers at a cat shelter and sends a lot of snail-mail to friends and family as strategies for maintaining her sanity.

Weekly Roundup: March 26 – April 1

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Nominate for the EGO Awards 

We are seeking nominations exclusively from graduate students for these awards until April 1. Then, we’ll compile a list of nominees for the Outstanding MA and PhD student awards and invite graduate students to vote for one winner per student award.

Outstanding MA and PhD Students will be announced at the graduate program luncheon on April 21, and presented with a small cash prize. All Faculty Appreciation Award nominees will be given a copy of their full nominations and a written note of our gratitude and appreciation. The form is here.

Survey for the Future of EGO

Your EGO board members have been discussing the future of EGO, because we feel like this is a moment when “what EGO is/does” might change to better serve you. We appreciate your time in taking this brief survey that will hopefully tell us what you think your English Graduate Organization is doing well and what we could be doing better. We want to know how to encourage your active participation and how to get good work done on behalf of all English graduate students at UofL.

This survey is 5 questions, and your responses are both appreciated and anonymous.

Undergraduate Research Participants Needed

Hello EGO! I’m reaching out to see if any instructors are able to help me recruit undergraduate research participants from your courses. My IRB reviewed (17.0045) research project is a user experience/usability study of the Virtual Writing Center. You can help by allowing me to visit your class(es) for 5 minutes to explain the project, or you can forward recruitment information to your classes. This is a paid study; participants will be paid $25 for three hours of time (two 1.5 hours sessions). Please contact me at cabook01@louisville.edu. Thank you! -Cassie Book, Associate Director, University Writing Center

Digital Media Research

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 from 1-2 p.m. and Fridays from 203 p.m. From Rick: “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.”

UPCOMING EVENTS 

“Open, Engaged, and Humane: The Past and Present of Digital Public History”

  • For a chance to learn more about civic engagement and the digital humanities, we encourage you to attend “Open, Engaged, and Humane: The Past and Present of Digital Public History,” an upcoming talk by Dr. Sharon Leon, free and open to the public
  • March 30, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Chao Auditorium in Ekstrom Library

Hacktheville 2017

  • March 30, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m.
  • HUM 300
  • Calling all amateur and professional designers, developers, creative writers, filmmakers, photographers, activists, and community members! The Digital Humanities Initiative, in collaboration with the UoL Center for GIS, invites you to participate in hacktheville, an 8-hour caffeine- and pizza- fueled hackathon that creates innovative technological solutions to community problems. This year, our goal is to develop a set of digital resources that will strengthen the relationship between the city and its immigrant and refugee residents. hacktheville is open to all students, faculty, and community members. No matter what your skill set, you will be a valuable member of our team as we brainstorm, design, and build the future of technology in Louisville.

SIGS’ Women Faculty of Color Panel

  • Friday, April 7th, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
  • Shumaker Research Building Rm. 139
  • UofL has been able to sponsor several graduate students and faculty to attend the Women Faculty of Color conference at Virginia Tech. The conference aims to help current faculty and emerging scholars of color “gain lessons, ideas, tools, and strategies to bring back to their institutions, organizations, and communities; make new contacts and build lasting relationships; [and become more] inspired, motivated, energized, and empowered.” The women who have been sponsored to attend the conference (three from the English department!) will serve as panelists for our annual Women’s Panel. The panelists will share some of the tools and strategies they learn at the conference and share their own stories, including their struggles and successes, as women faculty of color. Graduate students, faculty, and staff interested in attending can register and find more information on the PLAN website or contact Keri Mathis at kemath01@louisville.edu for more information.

SAVE THE DATE – EGO Book Sale

  • Monday through Thursday (April 10-13)
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each day
  • Bingham Humanities Foyer
  • Sign up here to volunteer and get free books with your wonderful labor: Sign-Up Sheet

Discourse and Semiotics Workshop: Lisa Björkman of Urban and Public Affairs Leads discussion of The Ethical Life by anthropologist Webb Keane

  • Friday, April 14 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Ekstrom Library W210

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.

CALLS FOR PAPERS

CFP Database

HIGHLIGHTED BLOG POSTS

What I’m Working On by Ashanka Kumari

What I’m Working On by Patrick Danner

Weekly Roundup: March 19 – 25

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Digital Media Research

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 from 1-2 p.m. and Fridays from 203 p.m. From Rick: “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.”

UPCOMING EVENTS 

“Teaching the Essay in a Digital Age” by Joseph Harris Talk

  • Wednesday, March 22 at 4 p.m.
  • Chao Auditorium in Ekstrom Library

Graduate Student Research Conference and 3-Minute Thesis Competition

“Open, Engaged, and Humane: The Past and Present of Digital Public History”

  • For a chance to learn more about civic engagement and the digital humanities, we encourage you to attend “Open, Engaged, and Humane: The Past and Present of Digital Public History,” an upcoming talk by Dr. Sharon Leon, free and open to the public
  • March 30, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Chao Auditorium in Ekstrom Library

Hacktheville 2017

  • March 30, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m.
  • HUM 300
  • Calling all amateur and professional designers, developers, creative writers, filmmakers, photographers, activists, and community members! The Digital Humanities Initiative, in collaboration with the UoL Center for GIS, invites you to participate in hacktheville, an 8-hour caffeine- and pizza- fueled hackathon that creates innovative technological solutions to community problems. This year, our goal is to develop a set of digital resources that will strengthen the relationship between the city and its immigrant and refugee residents. hacktheville is open to all students, faculty, and community members. No matter what your skill set, you will be a valuable member of our team as we brainstorm, design, and build the future of technology in Louisville.

SAVE THE DATE – EGO Book Sale

  • Monday through Thursday (April 10-13)
  • 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on each day
  • Bingham Humanities Foyer

Discourse and Semiotics Workshop: Lisa Björkman of Urban and Public Affairs Leads discussion of The Ethical Life by anthropologist Webb Keane

  • Friday, April 14 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Ekstrom Library W210

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.

CALLS FOR PAPERS

CFP Database

Weekly Roundup: March 5 – 12

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Digital Media Research

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 from 1-2 p.m. and Fridays from 203 p.m. From Rick: “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.”

UPCOMING EVENTS 

“Teaching the Essay in a Digital Age” by Joseph Harris Talk

  • Wednesday, March 22 at 4 p.m.
  • Chao Auditorium in Ekstrom Library

Graduate Student Research Conference and 3-Minute Thesis Competition

“Open, Engaged, and Humane: The Past and Present of Digital Public History”

  • For a chance to learn more about civic engagement and the digital humanities, we encourage you to attend “Open, Engaged, and Humane: The Past and Present of Digital Public History,” an upcoming talk by Dr. Sharon Leon, free and open to the public
  • March 30, 4:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Chao Auditorium in Ekstrom Library

Hacktheville 2017

  • March 30, 9:00 am-5:00 p.m.
  • HUM 300
  • Calling all amateur and professional designers, developers, creative writers, filmmakers, photographers, activists, and community members! The Digital Humanities Initiative, in collaboration with the UoL Center for GIS, invites you to participate in hacktheville, an 8-hour caffeine- and pizza- fueled hackathon that creates innovative technological solutions to community problems. This year, our goal is to develop a set of digital resources that will strengthen the relationship between the city and its immigrant and refugee residents. hacktheville is open to all students, faculty, and community members. No matter what your skill set, you will be a valuable member of our team as we brainstorm, design, and build the future of technology in Louisville.

Discourse and Semiotics Workshop: Lisa Björkman of Urban and Public Affairs Leads discussion of The Ethical Life by anthropologist Webb Keane

  • Friday, April 14 from 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • Ekstrom Library W210

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.

CALLS FOR PAPERS

CFP Database

FEATURED BLOG POSTS

What I Wish I’d Known in Graduate School by Paul Griner

What I Learned in Year One by Rachel Gramer

What I’m Working On by Keri Mathis