Lunch Table Talks - Killing in the name of God, Country, and Lady Farmers: Religion, Patriotism, and Gender Roles in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction
Date: Wednesday 25 November 2009
Time: 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Location: JOR 1410
All are welcome! Light refreshments will be served
Open House and Information Session: Literatures of Modernity
When: Tuesday November 17, 2009
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: Ryerson University, Dept of English
10th flr, Jorgenson Hall, Room JOR 1043
380 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON M5B 1W7
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Lisa Benadiba at email@example.com or phone (416)979-5000 ext 2098
Lunch Table Talks: Innovating for Life? Media, Education, and the Rhetorics of i-Everything
Date: Wednesday 28 October, 2009
Time: 12:10 pm - 1:00 pm
Speaker: Stuart J. Murray
All are welcome!
Light refreshments will be served.
Karen Mulhallen's Selected Poetry Published
In July 2009, Blaurock Press published Ryerson English professor Karen Mulhallen's latest book of poetry. Acquainted with Absence is a gathering of poems that Mulhallen -- one of Toronto's most talented and influential writers, editors, and culture-makers -- wrote over the past 40 years.
The pieces in this collection showcase the wide terrain of Mulhallen's verse. Along the way, they put us in touch with several of her key concerns, including the relationship between love and writing, the complex beauty of animals and the natural world, and the poet's need to search for answers to universal human worries through the power of words.
Douglas Glover, an acclaimed Canadian writer and one of Mulhallen's closest friends, chose the poems to be included. "This isn't a book, it's a keen and a lament," Glover notes in his introduction. "It's lusty, lorn, fearful, lonely, melancholy, defiant, ebullient, mischievous, loopy, solemn, comic, mysterious, fragile, erudite, and grand." Asked about the experience of having someone else select the poems, Mulhallen observes that it was “much more interesting, even educational, to let go and see what someone else sees” in her past writings. Longtime fans of Mulhallen�s work and new readers alike will be interested in the result.
The prolific Mulhallen is already at work on another book, this time about her recent travels in Turkey. Before that goes to press, however, she will host a celebratory launch for Acquainted with Absence on October 14, 6:00-8:00 at Noce (875 Queen St. W.).
The Department of English is proud to announce that Professor Jonathan Rollins has been chosen to receive a 2009 Ryerson Faculty Teaching Award. This Award recognizes outstanding Ryerson educators who demonstrate a commitment to teaching excellence through the exceptional learning environments they create.
Year after year, Jonathan's students have praised his exemplary instructional abilities. As Dennis Denisoff, the chair of the Department of English recently noted, "We have long been impressed by Jonathan's outstanding teaching, and by the reputation he has earned among Ryerson students and well beyond our university. Jonathan's efforts serve as an inspiration for us all, and they have fostered a keener, more energized engagement with learning among all his students."
When he heard that he had been chosen to receive a Faculty Teaching Award, Jonathan says he felt "both honoured and humbled." “I’m grateful to my colleagues and students who have been warm and generous in their support and their praise over the years. The award is really a reflection of the strength of the academic community here, and not about individual achievement."
Nicknamed “J-Roll” by his students, Jonathan has taught many of the professionally related courses in Ryerson's Journalism and RTA programs. He is well known for his ability to contextualize course materials in creative and innovative ways, as well as for the open, conversational manner in which he conducts his classes. In 2009-2010, Jonathan will lead several sections of “The Nature of Narrative I”(ENG 108) and “Introduction to Cultural Studies” (ACS 302).
The Awards Presentation will be held on September 29, 2009. Congratulations, Jonathan, from all your colleagues!
A Major Academic Honor
The Royal Society of Canada (RSC) recently elected Ryerson University Professor Irene Gammel as a Fellow, the highest academic honour awarded to Canada's scholars and scientists. RSC is Canada's oldest and most prestigious scholarly organization.
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Distinguished Speaker Series
On April 3rd, Kent Monkman was guest speaker for the Distinguished Speaker Series, sponsored by the Graduate Program in Literatures of Modernity and the Department of English. The event was a great success and we thank all who attended. Please check back in our events section for more information about upcoming guest speakers.
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Rye English prof has roots in Iran's revolution
In March, English faculty member Nima Naghibi was profiled in the Ryersonian newspaper.
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NEW: Literatures of Modernity MA Mini-Conference 2009
This inaugural conference, presented by students in LM8914: Writing Scholarly Papers: Theory and Practice, is taking place over two days – March 10th and March 17th – with five sessions:
- Extending the Borders of Postcolonial and Queer Theory
(March 10th; 10:00 am – 11:45 am)
- Sexuality and Social Bodies in the Eighteenth Century
(March 10th; 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm)
- Subjectivity and the Silent Self in Modernism
(March 17th, 10:00 am – 10:50 am)
- Destabilizing New Media
(March 17th, 11:00 am – 12:10 pm)
- Science Fiction after Frankenstein
(March 17th, 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm)
Location: English Seminar Room, JOR 1043
10th Floor, Jorgenson Hall, 380 Victoria Street
Contact: Dr. Monique Tschofen / firstname.lastname@example.org
416-979-5000 ext. 6137
NEW: The Metropolis Lecture Series 2009
This new lecture series explores the literary and cultural representations of the modern metropolis. Five prominent authors and scholars probe the philosophical, historical, visual, multi-sensual, and fractured identities of the modern metropolis, theorizing how literature has shaped and in turn is being shaped by the city. The lecture series is organized by the Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre in conjunction with the course LM8950: Unreal Cities: Reading the Metropolis.
All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
See the online Ryerson article on the inaugural lecture by Mark Kingwell.
Mark Kingwell, University of Toronto
Concrete Reveries: Consciousness and the City
MONDAY, JANUARY 26, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Mary O’Connor, McMaster University
Seduced by Modernity: The Photography of Margaret Watkins
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Angela Blake, Ryerson University
Tourism Literature and New York’s Image in the 1890s
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 4:30 Pm-5:30 PM
Suzanne Zelazo, Ryerson University
‘Compensations of Poverty’: Mina Loy’s Chromatic City
MONDAY, MARCH 2, 4:30 Pm-5:30 PM
Benjamin Lefebvre, University of Alberta
Divided City, Dived Self: Reading Montreal
MONDAY, MARCH 30, 4:30 Pm-5:30 PM
Modern Literature and Culture Research Centre
3rd Floor, 111 Gerrard Street East
Dr. Juan Ilerbaig / email@example.com
416-979-5000 ext. 4771