EGSA Digest 9.20.13

EGSA Digest 9.20.13

September 20, 2013 EGSA Digests 0


Chow down.


The Usual

  • The insistent requests for dues and updated information may be driving some of you to the breaking point—that moment we all experience a few times (per semester) when we think we’d be better off just walking away from it all and writing YA romance novels. Take heart. You’ll make it, respectably. Just take it one step at a time: 1) find Christina and give her $10, 2) update your information, 3) send Kalani a brief biographical statement with a square picture of yourself, and then just 4) ace all of your seminars, wow your examiners, receive standing ovations at academic conferences, lengthen your list of articles published in top-tier journals, awe your students every moment, and write for your dissertation the definitive piece of criticism on all literature published in English. One, two, three, four. You got this.

Family Weekend, Fri.-Sat., 20-21 Sep.

  • This just means try to avoid campus the next two days. If you have to be here, like all Teachers of Record do tomorrow morning from 9:30-11:00am, try to avoid small lakes and detection.

MRRS, Today, 3:30pm, ABL Lecture Hall

  • Dr. Maurice Hunt, “‘Sweet’ Friendship in Christopher Marlowe’s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
  • Mephistophilis, that ol’ chum.

 20th-century Reading Group, Today, 4:30pm, Emily and Amy’s (2223 N. 6th St.)

  • This week: Natasha Trethewey.
  • See Elizabeth Fredericks for details or poetry selections for the discussion.
  • So, yeah, you may have to act like you understood the poems, or at least read them, but they’re probably going to feed you something.

TeaCHE Deadline

  • Last day to submit the TeaCHE Intent to Participate form: Mon., 23 Sep.
  • I know it’s a bit of a time commitment, but if you neglect your students and just read out of the textbook during class instead of delivering well-planned lessons, you can probably find time to participate in this great program designed to help you improve your teaching.
  • For more info, click the logo below, which I understand is all but official now.

(Short, Shakespearean) Road Trip

  • Sarah Dye writes:

Friends, Bears, Wacoans, lend me your ears,

A few of us “first-years” are planning to take a trip to Dallas to see the Dallas Shakespeare Festival’s production of The Winter’s Tale. We would love to be joined by any other lovers of the Bard–or lovers of Dallas or short road-trips. The show opened yesterday and is running until Sunday, October 13 (see the website for an exact schedule). We are planning on attending the Saturday, October 12th show (7:00 or 8:00 PM; the website says two different times. This must be clarified) at Addison Circle Park. Tickets are $10 regular admission or $8 “group rate” if we end up having more than 11 people. Of course, this is a perfect date-night opportunity (be that date a husband, wife, “significant” other, roomie, or friend), so please bring people! We may plan to arrive in Dallas early to eat dinner, etc. I am happy to collect money and purchase tickets. So, if you would like to participate in this adventure (Dr. Hunt assures me that the DSF is “quality”), and get a crucial $2 discount on a ticket by contributing your person for the formation of a “group,” please let me know/give me your money (now I feel like Christina Boyles) by Wednesday, September 25. Of course, if another trip needs to happen because of date conflicts, someone feel free the head that up! For more information, check out their website: You can email me (; bet you didn’t see that coming) or call/text me [(256) 503-2038] to express your interest or ask questions. Looking forward to it!


Living the Dream

  • Free help on your writing: Graduate Writing Center
  • So, if you’re ever in that fantasy world where people finish their seminar papers more than an hour before they’re due or actually produce some kind of textual product as they’re “working on their dissertation,” this would be a fantastic resource.

Upcoming Events

Beall-Russell Lecture, Mon., 23 Sep., 3:30-5:00pm, Cashion 510

  • Timothy Egan, “The Worst Hard Times”
  • I realize the above title is frustratingly vague, but, as I see it, there’s really only one possible subtitle: Old English Language.

Ansel Adams Lecture, Thurs., 26 Sep., 5:30-7:00pm, HSFAC 149

  • Rebecca Senf, “Ansel Adams: Environmentalism Born of Experience”
  • : The Brazos River

SET, Mon., 30 Sep., 3-4pm, TBA (upon registration)

  • Nathan Roberts, “Course Trailers”
  • : No Young Adult Left Behind

Happy swimming, hiding, updating, submitting, and attending. Until next meal,

Jeremy Leatham

EGSA Secretary

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