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January

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Writer Diana Abu-Jaber will be reading from her fiction on Thursday evening, January 28th at 8 p.m. at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus Bookstore. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a complimentary casual wine and cheese reception. Diana Abu-Jaber is the author of Origin, 'a superbly written and utterly compelling novel' (Andre Dubus).

April

Exile Studies Panel

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Venue:GC 243 (MMC Campus)

From Exile to AcadameWhere: GC 243 (MMC Campus)When: 7PMPlease contact Professor Asher Milbauer for more information.

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George Eliot's publication of her last novel Daniel Deronda in 1876 prompted, and continues to provoke, diverse responses to her proto-Zionist vision. Prof. Bernstein uses Eliot's novel as a catalyst for exploring figurations of exodus, exile, and return in the writing of three late-Victorian Anglo-Jewish women writers, Katie Magnus, Amy Levy, and Mathilde Blind, each of whom re- sponded in print to Eliot's novel, and to the idea of a return to Palestine.

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Dr. Darrel Elmore and his Coastal Environment students will present the following: (1) passages from Dr. Bert Bender's book Catching the Ebb, which talks about over-fishing, the Exxon Valdez oil spill, and other coastal environment issues; (2) an original music video and an original comedy video created by the class to raise awareness of coastal issues; (3) a preview of the class's new website, featuring annotations on current research, videos, conservation tips, etc.

English Department Graduation Reception

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Please come celebrate with the English Department on April 27, from 5PM-7PM in GC 243 (MMC Campus)!Congratulations to all of our graduating seniors!

May

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Venue:273 Pineapple Grove Way Delray Beach, FL 33444
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Venue:265 Aragon Avenue Coral Gables, FL 33134

Lynne Barrett and Les Standiford will read from their stories in the new anthology Delta Blues in two South Florida appearances.

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Venue:Jewish Museum of London

Professor Meri-Jane Rochelson, Associate Chair of the Department of English at Florida International University, President of Nineteenth Century Studies Association, and author of A Jew in the Public Arena: The Career of Israel Zangwill (Wayne State Univ. Press, 2008) will talk about the fascinating and controversial career of Israel Zangwill - author, journalist, feminist, Zionist, and the first Jewish celebrity of the twentieth century! For more info, please go here.

September

Composition Reading Group

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Venue:Green Library 125

The Composition Reading Group is meeting to discuss two timely and important articles:Brian Still & Amy Koerber's "Listening to Students: A Usability Evaluation of Instructor Commentary" and Jenny Edbauer Rice's "Rhetoric's Mechanics: Retooling the Equipment of Writing Production."The group is open to all affiliated writing program faculty and teaching assistants.Email delmore@fiu.edu for more information or for access to the articles.

MFA Alumni Reading

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Venue:Books and Books in Coral Gables

Come join us for the annual celebration of our alums, with readings by recent graduates and the newly published! Featured are Patricia Engel, Angela Kelsey, Jeff Ronci, and Laura Richardson. Reception and book signings follow. For directions to Books and Books, please call 305-442-4408.

Graduate English Association

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Venue:Graham Center 243

The Annual GEA Gala is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with new students and to socialize with faculty in a relaxed setting. For English Department students and faculty only. Refreshments will be served. Business casual/cocktail attire is requested.

October

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Venue:PCA 165

The construct of cognitive complexity has played an increasingly important role in studies on task design, which aim to explore how task features differentially mediate interaction and learning outcomes.

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Venue:GL 124

In our second brown-bag of the Fall semester, we will be focusing on the Informative Writing assignment, though our discussions will not be limited to this topic. We will talk about our assignment sheets, best practices for class activities related to this assignment, and how this assignment fits into the larger course goals of ENC 1101.

BBC Instructor/TA Roundtable

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Venue:BBC; AC2-218

BBC Instructors and TA's will meet to discuss our challenges and successes in the classroom this semester.For Writing & Rhetoric affiliated faculty only.

Reading Group Meeting and Discussion

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Venue:GL 124

Dr. Darrel Elmore will lead a discussion on two articles for practical application in the classroom. Articles will be emailed to instructors well in advance of the meeting.For Writing & Rhetoric affiliated faculty only.

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Venue:Biscayne Bay Campus Bookstore

A. Manette Ansay is the author of six novels

November

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Venue:GL 124

In our third brown-bag of the Fall semester, we will be focusing on the Researched Argument, though our discussions will not be limited to this topic. We will talk about our assignment sheets, best practices for class activities related to this assignment, and how this assignment fits into the larger course goals of ENC 1101.

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Venue:Green Library, Room 220

Ben Mulvey, Associate Professor, Division of Humanities at Nova Southeastern University, will be our next featured lecturer for Humanities Center for the Urban Environment. This event is free and open to the public.See attached for more information.

December

Tracey K Smith Reading

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Venue:Biscayne Bay Campus Bookstore

Tracy K. Smith is the author of "Duende" (Graywolf Press 2007), winner of the James Laughlin Award of the Academy of American Poets, and "The Body's Question" (Graywolf Press 2003), which received the Cave Canem Poetry Prize. Her third collection, "Life on Mars", will be published in May. She teaches in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton University.