Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Fifth Annual Teaching Narratives Conference

We recently posted a call for proposals for LIU Brooklyn's fifth annual Teaching Narratives Conference.

We invite you to attend the conference, which will be held on Friday, October 9, 2015, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM. 

UPDATE 10/7/2015: The opening remarks & keynote presentation will now begin at 10AM, rather than 10:30AM as originally announced in the conference program. 

NOTE: The conference will be held in Pratt Building, Room 321.

Following are excerpts from the conference program, including the schedule of events and a short biography of keynote speaker James Paul Gee, whose address will be entitled "Storied Truths: Our Last Stand Against Stupidity Before The Lights Are Out For Good."

Jake Matkov Selected as 2015-16 Fellow by Queer | Art | Mentorship

Jake Matkov (Creative Writing MFA, 2015; Literature MA, 2013; and as of September 2015, Graduate Advisor and Adjunct Professor of English) has been chosen as a 2015-16 Fellow by Queer | Art | Mentorship, which pairs queer working artists in New York City with mentors and facilitates their year-long work together. Matkov will be working with his mentor, Jaime Manrique, on a manuscript of poems examining the experience of trauma.

See the full list of 2015-16 Fellows.

Congratulations, Jake!

About the English Department

The English Department offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and literature, designed to meet the needs of a richly diverse student body. We emphasize writing as a creative and rhetorical act and the analysis of texts in historical, critical, and cultural contexts. Our degree programs feature coursework in cultural criticism, literary analysis, the essay, rhetoric, and professional writing, as well as creative writing. The rigorous study of literary and cultural texts — from the canon and from traditions historically excluded from academic study — is at the center of our work. Read our official Mission Statement.

Courses in the First Year Writing Program focus on interdisciplinary issues intended to stimulate purposeful writing at each level of development. The study of the elements of rhetoric, along with intensive practice, equips students with the writing skills they will need for success in college and in the business and professional worlds after graduation.

The four sophomore literature courses (ENG 61, 62, 63, 64), any two of which will satisfy the six-credit literature requirement of the Humanities core curriculum, survey the Western literary tradition from the beginnings to the present as well as the non-Western traditions of Africa, Asia and/or Latin America. Readings from a wide variety of texts may be structured chronologically or thematically, depending on the instructor.

The B.A. in English offers concentrations in Literature, Creative Writing, or Writing & Rhetoric. All English majors gain a breadth of knowledge of English literary traditions, including American and Anglophone literatures around the world. In the Creative Writing concentration, students develop their abilities to express themselves imaginatively in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. Students concentrating in Writing & Rhetoric hone their skills in writing clearly and persuasively for any audience or purpose. In all three programs, students gain an extensive knowledge of literature, a sense of the scope of English studies, and familiarity with important issues in their fields of concentration.

Why major in English? Today’s professional must interpret and manipulate complex information, so employers are attracted to job candidates who read carefully, think creatively, and write clearly and persuasively. English majors have a distinct advantage. We believe the English major program at LIU Brooklyn helps students build a strong foundation for success in advertising, business, education, journalism, law, politics, and a wide range of other careers. Visit our "Why Major in English?" page.

Students may also minor in English. The English minor consists of four English courses numbered above 100. Read more about minoring in English.

The M.A. in English offers concentrations in Literature, Professional Writing and Writing & Rhetoric.

The M.F.A. in Creative Writing allows students to explore poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, and creative non-fiction and a wide range of literary styles through small, focused workshops.

The English Department promotes literary studies and the literary arts not only through its course offerings but also through the activities of the Omicron Zeta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta (the international English honor society); our literary magazine, Downtown Brooklyn (online); the Voices of the Rainbow poetry/fiction reading series, and the annual Paumanok Lecture on American Literature.

English Department Mission Statement

At LIU Brooklyn, all of the branches of English studies — literary history and theory, criticism, analytical writing, rhetoric, professional writing and creative writing — are interrelated. The English Department sees textual and interpretive skills as crucial to the exercise of global citizenship and to the functioning of a pluralistic, democratic society. To further these ends, the students and faculty in the English Department commit themselves to the critical analysis of texts and to the honest and precise articulation of ideas and values in various discourses. The rigorous study of literary and cultural texts — both from the traditional canon and from traditions historically excluded from academic study — is at the center of our work. Thus, areas of study range from British, Continental and American literatures, to the literatures of broader global communities, to works emerging from cultures such as African-American, Native-American, Asian, Caribbean, Latino, Irish, working-class, and lesbian and gay.

We train our students to become knowledgeable, reflective, and articulate participants in the vital conversations of our culture. Such participation is practiced through coursework in cultural criticism, literary analysis, rhetoric, ethnographic writing, and professional writing. Finally, in the undergraduate creative writing concentration and in the Creative Writing MFA program, the English Department offers courses in poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting and creative non-fiction. The various degree programs in English thus constitutes an excellent foundation for the development and exercise of the creative and critical faculties and for productive involvements in culture, society and the professions.

Betsy Hall to Present at New York College English Association Conference

Betsy Hall (Instructor of English and Assistant Director of the Writing Program) will be presenting at the New York College English Association conference at Hilbert College this weekend. The conference theme is "Digital Domains and Humanistic Thresholds: Literary Study, Composition, and Communications."

Professor Hall's presentation is entitled "Location, Location, Location: Composing, Cyber Feedback, Digitality, and Revised Personal Space." 

Friday, October 2, 2015

Jon L. Peacock on Stage

Jon L. Peacock (MFA, Creative Writing, 2010) will play Sam in Frederick Knott's play Wait Until Dark at The Public Theatre of Maine (Lewiston) during the second half of October.