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Meredith A. Newman has been named the senior associate dean for the College of Arts & Sciences.
Yesterday, Richard Blanco, FIU English alumnus, delivered the inaugural poem for President Obama. "One Today" is a remarkable work, grounded by details of Blanco's life as a Cuban exile struggling for voice, purpose and education in Miami, and taking flight in its broad passages envisioning national unity through common breath and handiwork. Blanco's poem offers a sense of shared purpose in a deeply divided time. We take pride in his accomplishment, emblematic of the daily work we strive to do.
On Jan. 21, the entire world will be watching as President Barack Obama is sworn in on the steps of the U.S. Capitol. While the audience will be counted in hundreds of millions, only a handful of people will speak during this historic inauguration, the 57th in U.S. history. One of them will be FIU alumnus and poet Richard Blanco ’91, MFA ‘97.
On Wednesday the inaugural planners will announce that our very own Richard Blanco will be the 2013 inaugural poet, joining the ranks of notables like Robert Frost and Maya Angelou.
FIU English professor Campbell McGrath and Creative Writing alumnus Dennis Lehane MFA ’01 earned gold medal honors at the 2012 Florida Book Awards. McGrath’s book of poems, In the Kingdom of the Sea Monkeys, earned gold medal winner status in the poetry category. Often witty and sometimes serious, the book is a collection of poems about love, books, literature, and the occasional pomegranate purchase at Walmart.
Leon Botstein, president of Bard College, will give a talk, “The Exiled Intellectual and the American University,” Monday, Feb. 25, in Graham Center (GC) 243 at Modesto A. Maidique Campus. The event, scheduled for 7 p.m., is free and open to the public.
The Exiled Intellectual and The American University
You are cordially invited to attend the second lecture in a Lecture Series on Exile, the Arts and Patronage. On February 25th, Dr. Leon Botstein, President of Bard College and the artistic director and principal conductor of the American Symphony Orchestra, will present a talk, The Exile Intellectual and the American University. Hope to see you there!
The Linguistics Program in the Department of English will host the annual “Barbara Gordon Memorial Lecture” and “Festival – Linguistics Matters” Feb. 21—22.
On January 21, 2013, two-time FIU alum Richard Blanco stood on the steps of the Capitol and read the first inaugural poem to be delivered by a Hispanic or gay man.
Since arriving at FIU in 2003, Dr. Heather Russell’s research and teaching interests have focused on the intersections of race, gender, class, postcoloniality, and genre.
The history of humanity is the history of exile. A human activity that extends to ancient times, exile in the modern era has become an increasingly common experience shared by millions of people.
The undergraduate Certificate in Professional and Public Writing, spear-headed by the Department of English is open to all FIU undergraduate students.
Edwidge Danticat will give a talk, “Making Art In Cities of Exile,” Monday, Feb. 11, in Graham Center (GC) 243 at Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
New Latina is excited to present this week’s Latina Spotlight on Natalie Boden, founder of BodenPR. A highly sought after public relations professional, Natalie built BodenPR from the ground up, establishing a business model that successfully taps into the ever-expanding, ever-succeeding Latina business market. Natalie, a businesswoman and a mother of two, works tirelessly to achieve her professional and personal mission of nurturing and empowering women and girls.
Pulitzer Prize winner Richard Ford will receive the 4th annual Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction from the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English Thursday, April 4.
Writing and Rhetoric Instructor Search
The Writing and Rhetoric Instructor Search and Screen Committee Announces a Public Meeting to which all persons are invited. The committee will meet to discuss applications. Meeting Time: Tuesday, March 26, 2013; 9:3011:00 AM Meeting Location: Biscayne Bay Campus: AC1 317.
The FIU family will come together to honor one of its founding fathers. The entire university community is invited to attend at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in front of the PC building at the Modesto A. Maidique Campus.
Inaugural poet and alumnus Richard Blanco visits FIU.
Looking for an elective to take this Fall? ENC 4930: Alternative Writing & Rhetorics will be offered this Fall at MMC on Tuesdays and Thursday from 11am-12:15pm. Please see the flyer for more information.
Richard Ford shares a laugh with BBC Vice Provost Steve Moll at an April 4 event honoring him with the 4th annual Lawrence A. Sanders Award for Fiction. The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist received the award from the Creative Writing Program in the Department of English in recognition of work that combines literary excellence with popular appeal.
Through funding made possible by the Knight Arts Foundation, the students are Knights Fellows, gaining hands-on work experience in the fine arts while earning their master’s degrees from the Department of English. The $150,000 Knight Arts Challenge 2010 grants were awarded to FIU to help advance South Florida’s literary community.
Jennylee Diaz recently received her B.A. from the FIU English Department during Spring 2013 commencement. Her interest in languages and literatures led her to pursue a double-major in English and Asian Studies, with a Japanese language concentration.
From June 21st – July 23rd, students will study a wide range of subjects with professors from Charles University including: literature, history, film studies, linguistics, politics, Jewish studies, art history, architecture, and women’s studies.
FIU English alumna Esther Moreno, a Shareholder at Akerman Senterfitt, sat down with Alumni Board President William Diaz-Rousselot to reflect on her time in the FIU English department, and to share some hard-won advice with the newly minted FIU English alums.
MacLaren, who hails from the United Kingdom and is coming off a successful freshman year with the FIU women’s golf squad, is competing in several tournaments back home. And she got off to a good start.
FIU has nearly 200,000 alumni. We’re the 7th largest university in America. So it might stand to reason that we are in some way connected to some incredible people and places. While they’re not all direct connections, some may surprise you. So next time one of these people or entities come up in conversation by the water cooler, you will be armed with some conversation on the FIU connection.
A new mural covers the wall. “Tree of Life” is a vibrant metaphor for the promise of a community and the resilience of its residents. Created by the people of Liberty Square in collaboration with FIU and community organizations, the piece is a work in progress, much like the children who created it.
Denise Duhamel, professor in the Creative Writing Program, has guest edited The Best American Poetry 2013. Published annually by Scribner, The Best American Poetry series is the most popular and best-selling book in its genre.
Human rights activist, intellectual, author and Zimbabwean poet Chenjerai Hove gave a lecture Oct. 28, “Exile And Patronage: Making Art In Cities of Refuge,” in which he spoke about the curses and blessings of exile. An exile living in Norway, the talk was just one of multiple stops on Hove’s speaking and engagement tour of Miami. The lecture was hosted by the FIU Center for the Humanities in an Urban Environment, Besty-South Beach and Exile Studies Program in the Department of English.
BBC Advising continue with: Thursday, October 10th; Tuesday, October 22nd and Thursday, October 31st. Academic Advisors, Keaton Lora and Craig McGill, will be in the English Department's Biscayne Bay Campus to see students. Walk-ins will be from 10AM to 12:00PM and 1:30PM to 5:30PM.
Andrea Lunsford on The Literacy Revolution
Dr. Andrea A. Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English and Director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University, will present from her recent research showing that students are writing more than ever—in classrooms, workplaces, and social spaces. Monday, November 18, 1:00-2:30, MARC 145.