Thursday, October 27, 2011

Prof. Faye Moskowitz Reads Nov. 2 (Wednesday)

Beacon Press, 1993
The Feminist Press, 2011

The English Department cordially invites you to join us for a celebration of Prof. Faye Moskowtiz's literary gem And the Bridge Is Love, a book of essays originally published in 1993 by Beacon Press and recently reissued by The Feminist Press. Prof. Moskowitz will be reading from her book of essays--at turns funny and tragic--in the Marvin Center 402 on Wednesday, November 2, at 5 p.m.
Hearing Faye read her own prose--always so felt, and yet always so beautifully shaped and controlled--will be a real treat for all of us. The reading is part of the "Jenny 2" series underwritten by the Jenny Moore Fund. 
If you have to miss Wednesday's reading, you can catch Faye on Sunday, November 13 at 1 p.m. at Politics and Prose bookstore in Northwest DC.

All are welcome, and this event is free.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Recent Faculty Media Mentions & Other News

Although you wouldn't know it from the mild manner of those of us who inhabit Rome 760, the English Department has been quite busy lately.

This is not Prof. Tongson at GW last week, although the set up was remarkably similar and the photo is in the commons!

Last week, in addition to seeing the completion of the construction work on our new department lounge, we hosted Prof. Karen Tongson of USC, who gave a well received presentation about her new book, Relocations: Queer Suburban Imaginaries. In various case histories centering on the part of Southern California sometimes dubbed "Lesser Los Angeles," Tongson explores the ways in which queer lives and queer sensibilities flourish in suburban spaces. Part of Tongson's project is to pose a challenge to queer cultural theory, in its privileging of urban spaces as the spaces of queer identities, as in its perpetuation of the all-too-familiar story of queer migration out of "provincial" spaces and into urban spaces. The suburbs, as Tongson reminds us, are also inhabited by migrants of color who have "relocated" to the United States. As we know from the suburban strip malls of northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland, the suburbs are crucial spaces for thinking about diaspora, including queer diaspora.

Two members of the GW English community (full disclosure: I'm one of them) were also in the news this week.

On Tuesday, October 24, Gayle Wald attended a ceremony in North Philadelphia to unveil a historical marker at 1102 Master Street, the last home of the gospel crossover superstar Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The marker was the idea of local entrepreneur Bob Merz, who worked with Girls Rock Philly to raise money. The small but joyful event was the culmination of various efforts to bring to public attention the career and legacy of Rosetta Tharpe, an American musical treasure.

Today, English PhD student Tariq Al Haydar published a blog post in The Atlantic on women in Saudi Arabia. Tariq, a novelist, is also an English lecturer at King Saud University, one of leading higher research institutions in the Middle East. You can follow him on Twitter at @TariqAlhaydar

Congratulation to Tariq for this notable publication!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Freshman English Major Pens Op-Ed for The Hatchet

Congratulations to Marissa Fretes, a freshman English major, for her op-ed piece in today's Hatchet. In her editorial, Fretes argues that the University should not subordinate socioeconomic diversity to other diversity goals.

Friday, October 14, 2011

And our lounge today!

Our lounge space was painted yesterday, and today the new carpeting was put down. (This photo doesn't do the carpet justice.) Now we just need some furniture and a smart design.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

And our lounge today

We're getting there. Paining is being done today, and new carpets are being installed tomorrow. By next week we will have a new--if empty--lounge! Look for a new refrigerator and new seating soon!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Lounge Renovation!

The drywall came tumbling down today! Here is a photo of our lounge-in-process. Right now, the main office is a bit of a mess, and the hallway is currently serving as the location for faculty mailboxes, but we're hopeful that the renovation will create a better community space by combining two smaller spaces. 

Now we have to figure out decor. Small table? No table? Where to put the refrigerator? What a pleasure to have such questions to ponder!