Monday 10/5: A Pedagogy Workshop for Adjunct Faculty (and everyone else)

The Writing Program will host a workshop on “Creating an Inclusive and Participatory Classroom” workshop from 1:00-2:30pm on Monday, October 5, in Lowenstein 912 at Fordham's Lincoln Center campus. Rose Hill faculty may join via video conference, available at the Rose Hill Writing Center (Walsh 121).

Designed to provide Fordham adjunct instructors with practical resources for strengthening their classroom teaching, this workshop will feature the following presentations and workshops:

Writing (and Grading) for the Ear,” Dr. Stuart Sherman, Professor of English

Prose that is clear to the ear will be even clearer to the eye. Professor Sherman’s writing classes center on a kind of ear-training, in which he hones his students’ ears for clarity in their prose and in others.’ In his talk, Professor Sherman will touch on a few tricks for doing the training.

Anger, Fear, Intolerance: Approaching Difficult Topics in the Writing Classroom,” Alexis Quinlan, Adjunct Professor of English

Using a section of Malcolm X’s controversial text, “Homemade Education,” Professor Quinlan will explore the practical challenges of accepting Fr. McShane’s call to discuss racism in the classroom. She will then lead an exercise centered on ethics and rhetoric.

Inquiry Pedagogy: Cultivating Student Questions Across the Disciplines,” Kate C. Wilson, Adjunct Professor of English and Anthropology

This session experiments with exercises to heighten students’ awareness of questions: identifying their own “organic” curiosities (what they wonder spontaneously or even outside school); recognizing how academic questions differ across (and help to define) distinct disciplines; and starting to “translate” personal questions into scholarly inquiry.   

This event is organized by Micah Ling, Will Fenton, Anna Beskin, Dr. Jane Van Slembrouck, and Dr. Moshe Gold. While the workshop is designed to serve adjunct faculty, all faculty are encouraged to attend.

GSAS Event: Conversation with Bruce Burgett, Tuesday 10/6

Bruce Burgett, Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington, Bothell, will visit Fordham on Tuesday, October 6. At 3:30pm in the O'Hare Room (4th Floor, Walsh Library, Rose Hill campus), English Department chair Glenn Hendler will moderate a panel discussion on the development of interdisciplinary master's programs with Burgett and Fordham professors Celia Fisher of Fordham's Center for Ethics Education); Amy Roy of the Psychology department; and Rosemary Wakeman, of Fordham's Urban Studies Program.

As Dean of the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at UW-Bothell, Bruce Burgett has has shepherded the development of several interdisciplinary graduate programs, including a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, a Master of Arts in Policy Studies, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing & Poetics, and a Certificate in Public Scholarship.  Undergraduate majors at UWB are similarly interdisciplinary and include: American Studies and Ethnicity; Culture, Literature, and the Arts; Environmental Studies; Environmental Science; Global Studies; Mathematical Thinking & Visualization; Society, Ethics, & Human Behavior, and many others. Burgett also currently acting director of a new undergrad program--developed in conjunction with Bothell's separate STEM college--in Interactive Media Design

Through his role as chair of the national advisory board of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (a consortium of over 100 colleges and universities dedicated to advancing the public and civic purposes of the humanities, arts, and design), Burgett has long worked on developing models for service learning and new forms of engagement with the community in which universities are situated. As a scholar, Burgett's research interests fall into several broad categories: American studies, cultural studies, queer studies, critical race studies, and interdisciplinary and public scholarship. His first book, Sentimental Bodies: Sex, Gender, and Citizenship in the Early Republic (Princeton UP) focused on the intersection of these fields in the late 18th- and early 19th-century United States. Burgett is co-editor, with Glenn Hendler , of Keywords for American Cultural Studies, first published by NYU Press in 2007 and updated and expanded in 2014. He has also served on the advisory and editorial boards of three journals: American QuarterlyAmerican Literary History; and Lateral: A Journal of the Cultural Studies Association. He has been President of the Cultural Studies Association and continues as Chair of the National Advisory Board of Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life. He also serves on the Board of Trustees of Humanities Washington

This event should be of interest to anyone at Fordham involved in interdisciplinary scholarship and/or program development, as well as to those intersted in public scholarship and engaged teaching and learning.  Please RSVP by clicking here

Rose Hill English Majors Named to Dean's List

Fordham named thirty-six English majors to the Rose Hill Dean’s List for the 2014-2015 academic year.

Please join us in congratulating the following students: Vanessa Agovida, Nicole Benevento, Anna Carey, Megan Connor, Gabriella Costa, Rosemary Derocher, Katelyn Dooley, Samuel Farnum, Stephen Fragano, Kristen Gendron, Amanda Giglio, Lauren Graneto, Kevin Greene, Carolyn Hatch, Madeline Hoepf, Zobaida Hossain, Allegra Howard, Alexis Jimenez, Nicholas Lynaugh, Sarah McGinnis, Elena Meuse, Sydney Morris, Alexandra O’Connell, Patrick O’Connell, Mary Grace Orlando, Robert Palazzolo, Toniann Pasqueralle, Catherine Radziul, Nadine Santoro, Katharine Sommers, Marlessa Stivala, Emily Tanner, Kendall Trojanowski, Olivia Walseth, Taylor Weber, and Kevin Zebroski.

Not only good grades but also hard work and commitment distinguish these accomplished English majors. In general, a passion for literature fuels their academic success. “What I love best about being an English major is not feeling like I'm doing work when I'm working on assignments,” said Stephen Fragano, a senior from Mahopac, NY.

Though they recognize the English major as challenging, they are not afraid to reap its benefits. “I absolutely love being an English major because I've learned that there are millions of ways to interpret a single sentence,” said Toniann Pasqueralle, junior from Levittown, NY.

Perhaps most notably, they identify life as an English major as a transformative experience. “The English curriculum makes me call into question a lot of ideas I had previously held to be fact, and in doing so, I know I'm sharpening my intellect and becoming a more well-rounded, educated person,” said Robert Palazzolo, a junior from San Francisco, CA.

The thirty-six students will be recognized at the annual Dean’s List ceremonies on Sunday, November 8, 2015. The day will begin at 11:00 a.m. with mass at the University Church. Academic Convocations will begin at 12:15 p.m. (For the convocations, members of the class of 2016 will remain at the University Church. Members of the class of 2017 will proceed to the McGinley Ballroom. Members of the class of 2018 will proceed to the Keating first-floor auditorium.) The day will conclude with the Dean’s Reception at 1:30 p.m. in the McGinley Lounge.

Congratulations again to all of these excellent students!

Grad Student-Faculty Roundtable, October 9

Join Fordham's Graduate English Association on October 9th for the second annual student-faculty roundtable.

Divided into three panels, the roundtable will focus on the recent publications of three Fordham English professors: Mary Erler, Edward Cahill, and Shonni Enelow.

Erler’s Reading and Writing During the Dissolution: Monks, Friars, and Nuns 1530–1558 discusses the evolution of religious life in England from 1534, when Henry VIII became the head of the English church, until 1558, when Mary Tudor’s reign ended. The chronicles, devotional texts, and letters of friars, anchorites, monks, and nuns reveal the various spiritual and practical responses to the changes in religious affairs. Included in discussion are the letters of Margaret Vernon, head of four nunneries and friend of Thomas Cromwell.

Cahill’s Liberty of the Imagination: Aesthetic Theory, Literary Form, and Politics in the Early United States examines the impact of eighteenth-century theories of the imagination on American writing from the Revolutionary era to the early nineteenth century. These American writings use aesthetic theory as the language with which to describe the challenges of American political liberty and to confront the contradictions of nation formation. The monograph bridges the gap between Revolutionary writing and nineteenth-century literary romanticism.

Enelow’s Method Acting and Its Discontents: On American Psycho-Drama analyzes the influence of the cultural atmosphere of the late 1950s and early 1960s on American theater history. During this time, debates within psychology and psychoanalysis, understandings of racial and sexual politics, and the rise of mass media comprised this cultural atmosphere. Combining cultural analysis with dramaturgical criticism and performance theory, the monograph provides a new presentation of Lee Strasberg, the Actors Studio, and contemporary drama, and it explores method acting’s revelation of the tensions inside mid-century notions of individual and collective identity.

Graduate students will also present papers relating to the professors’ publications. Speaking on Erler’s panel will be Liz Light (PhD candidate) and Samantha Sabalis (PhD candidate). Ozge Canbul (MA candidate) and Christy Pottroff (PhD candidate) will present on Cahill’s panel. Peter Murray (PhD candidate) and Caitlin Cawley (PhD candidate) will present on Enelow’s panel.

The event will commence at 2 p.m. in the O’Hare Special Collections Room on the fourth floor of the Walsh Family Library, on Fordham's Rose Hill campus.

October 15: Dogeaters in the Diaspora: A Symposium

Join us for Dogeaters in the Diaspora, a symposium featuring readings from the ground-breaking novel as well as a conversation roundtable panel. With its precise and kaleidoscopic view of Marcos-era Philippine society, Dogeaters has inspired a generation of writers and scholars across the country. Panelists include Walter Mosley, Marlon James, Gina Apostol, Mia Alvar, Ralph B. Peña, Mia Katigbak, Jeffrey Santa Ana, Allan IsaacNerissa Balce and the author herself, Jessica Hagedorn. Playwright and fiction writer Han Ong will host and moderate.  

Thursday, October 15 at 7 p.m.
Fordham Law School, 2nd Floor, Bateman Room

As always, the event is free and open to the public.

Visit the Dogeaters in the Diaspora Facebook Page for more information and to RSVP to the event.

Apply Now: English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration

The Creative Writing Program at Fordham University is now accepting applications for the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration.

Premised on the belief that the study of literature and the practice of writing are mutually enforcing, the English Major with a Creative Writing Concentration emphasizes the inter-relations among creative writing, digital media, criticism, and scholarship. As a concentration with a dual focus on literature and creative work, fully integrated within the English department, this degree offering combines literature courses, small writing workshops, and practical industry training to prepare students for advanced study or careers in writing, media, and publishing. In addition, students benefit from the resources provided by New York City, a worldwide center for literary publishing.

To learn more about the application process, course requirements, and program please visit

Applications are due Sunday, November 1.

Hoffman Profiled in Fordham News

Fordham English Professor Anne Golomb Hoffman, who will be delivering the English Department's 2015 Inaugural Lecture (see related post in English Connect) was profiled in Fordham News this week.  The story, titled "Other Passions: Professor Fuses Literature, Psychoanalysis, and Art," highlights the way Hoffman has been increasingly linking her literary scholarship, her artistic practice, and her engagement with psychoanalytic theory (she chairs the Richardson Research Seminar in the History of Psychiatry at the DeWitt Wallace Institute for the History of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College). 


So, check out the article. It will give you all the more reason to come to the 2015 Inaugural Lecture on Wednesday, September 30 at 4pm in the O'Hare Room on the 4th Floor of Walsh Family Library, where Hoffman will present a talk titled "Words and Pictures, Bodies and Books."