John Guillory (NYU) will discuss a pre-circulated essay on "The Common Core and the Evasion of Curriculum." Guillory is widely recognized as an authority on the history of curricula in English literary studies. His 1993 book Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation explored how the canon debates of the 1980s were misconceived by critics across the political spectrum. This session is open to all, but should be of especial interest to current or future teachers of English. RSVP to Scott Newstok to receive an advance copy of the paper.
The twelfth annual Symposium on Gender and Sexuality Studies will take place Wednesday, March 25 from 3:15-7:30 pm in Blount Auditorium. The event will showcase students' scholarly and creative work in many disciplines, including English, Sociology, Film Studies, Art History, and Religious Studies. Refreshments will be served.
Bestselling author Kevin Wilson will read at Rhodes on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m. in Tuthill/Hassell Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Wilson is the author of the story collection Tunneling to the Center of the Earth (Harper Perennial/Ecco, 2009), which received the Shirley Jackson Award and the Alex Award from the American Library Association, and the novel The Family Fang (Ecco, 2011), which was a New York Times Bestseller and named a top ten book of 2011 by TIME, Esquire, People, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist, and many other outlets.
Marcus Wicker is the author of Maybe the Saddest Thing (Harper Perennial), selected by DA Powell for the National Poetry Series. He holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. Wicker's awards include a 2011 Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, as well as fellowships from Cave Canem, and The Fine Arts Work Center. His work has appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Third Coast, Ninth Letter, and many other magazines. Marcus is assistant professor of English at University of Southern Indiana and poetry editor of Southern Indiana Review.
Brian Lainoff '12, Global Crop Diversity Trust, will speak to students about his career abroad. Brian works in communications and media relations. He graduated with BAs in Environmental Studies and English. At Rhodes, he researched the social and economic effects of green space in Memphis as well as the impact of the environment on American literature. He also played on the Varsity Baseball team.
Lorie Yearwood joined the Rhodes College Department of English in 2006 after working 17 years at The University of Memphis. She received the 2010 Outstanding Administrative Staff award. Her nominators wrote: “Lorie has done a phenomenal job for the English department. She is even-tempered, cordial, professional; she anticipates deadlines and makes helpful suggestions.
Caki Wilkinson is the author of the poetry collections Circles Where the Head Should Be (UNT Press, 2011), which won the 2010 Vassar Miller Prize, and The Wynona Stone Poems (Persea Books, 2014), which won the 2013 Lexi Rudnitsky/Editor’s Choice Award. A graduate of Rhodes, she earned her MFA at The Johns Hopkins University and her PhD at the University of Cincinnati.
Brian W. Shaffer teaches classes in twentieth century British literature and the modern novel. Dr. Shaffer has written several books and articles on Anglo-Japanese novelist Kazuo Ishiguro, the 2017 Nobel Laureate in literature. A member of the Rhodes English department since 1990, he has received awards for his teaching and scholarship. He is the author of a book on the ways in which Modern British novels enter the early twentieth-century "civilization" debate.
Seth Rudy joined the faculty of Rhodes College in August 2010, after having completed his PhD at New York University. A student of British literature from the “long” eighteenth century, his classes address authors and areas of inquiry from the Scientific Revolution to the end of the Romantic period. Prof. Rudy is particularly interested in the history of ideas and large-scale knowledge projects.
Rashna Richards is Associate Professor and T. K. Young Chair of English. She also directs the Film and Media Studies program. Her teaching and research interests include American film and television, critical theory, and transnational cultural studies.