In the latest installment of the “Good News” series, the Ball State English department highlights the accomplishments of our faculty and students up through the month of April.
Yes, we’re a little late. Finals are tough!
Dr. Carolyn Mackay working in Yecuatla, Mexico.
Drs. Frank Trechsel and Carolyn Mackay have each received a sizable fellowship which will allow them to do a year of research in Mexico. The grant was part of a joint initiative between National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support fieldwork and other activities relevant to recording, documenting, and archiving endangered languages. Their project title is “A Dictionary of Misantla Totonac,” and it was one of just 232 humanities projects awarded in the United States and one of seven in the state of Indiana.
Dr. Pat Collier will be a Virginia Ball Center Fellow in Spring 2016. In his symposium, “Everyday Life in Middletown,” students will study and create a documentary film about everyday life in Muncie, drawing on the growing body of “theory of everyday life” and borrowing from the radical aesthetics of the revolutionary Mass Observation project in 1930s Britain. The project will thus partake in—and revise and expand—the tradition of “Middletown Studies.”
Prof. Liz Whiteacre is the recipient of a 2015 Excellence in Teaching Award. She will be provided the assistance of an instructional development team and stipend for her project, titled “Building Community: Engaging Students through Literary Citizenship,” to redesign her ENG 308 Poetry Writing course. Prof. Whiteacre will also be recognized at the Fall Convocation.
You can listen to Adam Beach, Debbie Mix, Joyce Huff, and Liz Whiteacre share their research and writing in Robert Bell 361!
Each presentation will be about the human body, and there are a lot of ways to do that. Some bodies are accepted as “beautiful,” while others aren’t. Some injuries can change a person’s life. Some industries see the body as a commodity.
Following their presentations, you’ll have time to ask questions, learn about other upcoming events, and mingle. The event is free and open to the public.
We hope to see lots of people there: undergraduates, graduate students, and all faculty!
A little bit about the speakers
Dr. Adam Beach
He’s chair of the English department.
He mostly teaches courses that revolve around issues of nationalism, colonialism, slavery, and literary theory.
She’ll be running Ball State’s academic journal next year: Digital Literature Review. The theme will be “Freak Shows and Human Zoos,” and you can e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) her if you’re curious about joining the immersive learning project.
She’s an assistant professor who teaches courses in creative writing, composition, and literature.
Professor Liz Whiteacre and Dr. Lyn Jones invite you to the release party for the book they have co-edited, Monday Coffee and Other Stories of Mothering Children with Special Needs. In the post below, Prof. Whiteacre discusses the details of the book and its significance for all mothers. Join the release event Saturday November 9th in the Ruth Lilly Library at the Indianapolis Arts Center from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.