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Good News #2

This is the second post of our “Good News” series—a series to highlight the accomplishments of the English Department’s graduate students and faculty. Here’s what they’ve been up to:

Adam R. Beach’s essay “Global Slavery, Old World Bondage, and Aphra Behn’s Abdelazer,” was accepted for publication in Eighteenth Century: Theory and Interpretation, and will appear in their Winter 2012 issue.

Peter Bethanis’ short story “Poet and Clown” was accepted for publication in Art Times.

Cathy Day has received a Beatrice, Benjamin and Richard Bader Fellowship in the Visual Arts of the Theatre from Harvard University’s Houghton Library. Each fellow is expected to be in residence at Houghton for at least four weeks during the period from July 2011, through June 2012. Her project for the fellowship is entitled, “Looking for Linda: The Scrapbooks of Mrs. Cole Porter.”

Tiffany Ellis delivered a presentation of her paper, entitled “Cohort-Oriented Project-Based Learning in ESL Teaching,” at the meeting of the Indiana Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (INTESOL). The meeting took place in Indianapolis, in November of 2010.

Ashley Ellison’s essay “Connecting Memory and Research Through Eco-Composition,” is forthcoming in Indiana English. She will give a presentation with the same title in June at The Association for the Study of Literature & Environment’s conference, in Bloomington, Indiana. In March, Ellison presented a workshop with Elmar Hashimov at the East Central Writing Centers Association conference. The conference was titled “Communicating Across Cultures: The Role of Culture in the Tutoring Session,” and took place in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Robert Habich’s book, Building Their Own Waldos: Emerson’s First Biographers and the Politics of Life-Writing in the Gilded Age, has been published by University of Iowa Press. His coauthored 2010 book, Romanticism and Transcendentalism, 1820-1865, which is part of the seven-volume Research Guide to American Literature, has been named an Outstanding Reference Book for 2011 by Library Journal.

Joyce Huff has joined the editorial board for Fat Studies, a new journal from the Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.

Erin Banks Kirkham’s essay, “Catherine, Crispin, and the Midwife’s Apprentice: Names and Identity in Children’s Literature,” was published in International Congress on Medieval Studies, in May 2010.

Sean Lovelace’s short story collection, Fog Gorgeous Stag, is scheduled for release on July 12th of this year by Publishing Genius.

Michael Meyerhofer’s third full-length book of poems, Damnatio Memoriae, won the Brick Road Poetry Book Contest, and will be published in April/May of this year. His fifth chapbook, Pure Elysium, won the Palettes and Quills 2nd Biennial Chapbook contest, and is scheduled to be published this month. Meyerhofer also had two prose poem/flash pieces, “Ode to Dead Batteries” and “The Tanganyika Laughter Epidemic, 1962,” place as finalists for Mid-American Review’s Fineline Competition, and both were published as Editor’s Choices. He had another poem, “The Stuttering Headsman,” published by Hayden’s Ferry Review in their 2010-2011 issue. He has poems forthcoming in North American Review, African American Review, Southern Indiana Review, New York Quarterly, Hobble Creek Review, and others, as well.

Matt Mullins’ short story collection, Three Ways of the Saw, is scheduled for release in spring 2012 by Atticus Books.

Miranda Nesler’s article, “Closeted Authority in The Tragedy of Mariam,” is forthcoming in Studies in English Literature, 2012.

Chaehee Park co-authored an essay with Megumi Hamada, entitled “Word-Meaning Inference: A Longitudinal Investigation of Inference, Accuracy, and Strategy Use,” which was accepted for publication by Asian EFL Journal. Park and Hamada both presented “Using Think-Aloud as a Metacognitive Strategy in L2 Lexical Inference Instruction,” at the meeting of the INTESOL in Indianapolis, in November 2010. Park also presented “L2 Spelling Investigation: A Comparison of English Learners of Korean and Native English Speaking Children,” at the meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics in Chicago, in March of 2011.

Martha Payne presented a lecture entitled, “The Reality of Myth,” as part of the Nick Smyrnis AHEPA Lecture Series at the University of Indianapolis, in March 2011.

Monica Robison’s article, “The Power of Words: Othello as Storyteller,” was published in Storytelling, Self, Society, in January 2011.

Andrew Scott’s collection of short stories, Naked Summer, will be published in June 2011 by Press 53.

Congrats to all our grad students and professors!

An Exchange of Cultures: English 103 Students Partner with IEI Students

Students in English 103 section 092 and two sections of Level 4 students of the Intensive English Institute had an unusual opportunity to work together on projects for one assignment for Fall 2010.  Dr. Martha Payne instructed the English 103 students. The instructors for the IEI classes were Dr. Snea Thinsan, from Thailand, and Mr. Jonathan Pierrel from France.

English 103 students and students in IEI Level 4 Open topic met five times to discuss aspects of each other’s cultures. The students met in Library 104, a room large enough to accommodate all of the students and yet allow easy movement around the room.   In addition to the students and their instructors, several visitors came to observe sessions: Dr. Yeno Matuka, English Department, Dr. Deborah McMillan, Assistant Director of the IEI, Darren Mills, Reference Librarian, and Dr. Charles Payne, Director of the Office of Institutional Diversity for Ball State.

The American students’ final essay was about an aspect of their international partners’ culture, for example, sports, education, urban myths, marriage, and religion. The international students’ essay concerned an aspect of American culture, for example, university life, and education.

Students from both groups enjoyed working with each other. Some American students noted that they would now like to learn even more about other cultures and perhaps travel overseas. (Kaylee Anacker, Adam Dick, Ryan Duffy, Vanessa Sepiol).

Other American students said that they have become friends with their partners. (Chandler Bateman, Josh Coleman). In fact, Josh even helped his partner, Mohemmed, look for a car.

John Haynes noted that he learned to appreciate “…how hard it would be to be thrown into a different country not knowing much of the native language.”

Joanne Weber found that the project “…taught [her] to be more open about other’s [sic] beliefs.”

Adam Kelly commented that the project “…helped tremendously with reinforcing the importance of research and interviews.”

Michael Farley said that he was interested to see that “…certain things in the U.S .… absolutely blew Jood’s [his partner’s] mind.”

Some of the international students also had comments.

Zhang Huiting said that the “…collaborative work…provided opportunities to communicate with native speakers.”

Doaa AlDani “learned about American history and certain American customs such as Thanksgiving.”

Afaf notes uncovering “… some of the concepts that have been misunderstood about the lifestyles in America.”

Both sets of students struggled at times to understand what each other was saying either because of getting used to English with an accent, or concepts unfamiliar to them. Nevertheless, both sets of students worked through their communication difficulties and learned some patience in the process.

Dr. Martha Payne is one of the Diversity Associates members for 2010-2011 and hopes to develop a similar assignment for Spring 2011.

Bader Al Ruwaili, Chris Collord, and Abdullah Aldahlan

Huiting Zhang and Sarah Newton

Mohemmed Al Rufayi and Josh Coleman

Robert Brooks and Yang Yang

Yang Yang, Ryan Duffy, Mohammed Alotaibi, Jiaxun Liu, and Kolbi Killingback

Jordan Lauber and Abdulmajid (Jood) Kabil

Students from Near and Far

English professor Martha Payne photographed some of her writing program students this semester and shares some details about their presentations.

Hollin Bolden, Zach Wojdyla, Ty Rosberg, and Katrina Foree  presented on Social Class in Victorian England and had brought food to represent what members of those classes might have eaten: scones and grape juice for the rich; bread and water for the poor. Continue reading