Wednesday, May 18, 2011
All of the Pat Conner panels were extremely well attended, literally standing room only in two cases (and it would have been three, but one panel was fortunately held in a very large area). Besides my own small contribution (a paper using metrical analysis to offer a bit of additional confirmation for Pat’s theory about the tripartite structure of the Exeter Book), there were papers presented from a raft of stars in the field, including the following:
Michelle Brown, former Keeper of Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library, speaking on depictions of facial hair in Anglo-Saxon manuscript illumination.
Kevin Kiernan, perhaps the world’s leading expert on the Beowulf manuscript, speaking on The Electronic Beowulf, which included a nod to Pat’s groundbreaking Beowulf Workstation.
Elaine Treharne, from Florida State, with a fascinating paper on Exeter guild documents, which both responded to Pat’s work on Exeter guilds and argued for the reinterpretation of a whole genre of texts which have always been seen as manumissions but may more properly be understood as guild memoranda.
Tom Hill, of Cornell Univeristy, on The Wanderer, a paper which noted that The Wanderer very likely includes the first recorded account of a Germanic homage ritual, making that Exeter poem of exceptional historic, as well as literary, significance.
Papers by Timothy Graham, Susan Deskis, Donald Scragg, and Carol Farr rounded out the panels nicely, and the sessions as a whole were a beautiful international tribute to Pat, who has been friend, mentor, and inspiration to more than one generation of students and scholars. And as even this summary of papers presented suggests, Pat’s work continues to be influential, which will surely extend Pat’s influence to a further generation as well.
It was a great experience all around, and a wonderful tribute to Pat from his friends and colleagues from here and abroad.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Lorca is greatly missed. If you find him, you can contact Amanda at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Monday, May 16, 2011
Some CWE folks gathered this past Sunday to help Jo Ann Dadisman celebrate her retirement.
Friday, May 13, 2011
WVU undergraduates headed to English and creative writing grad programs:
Zac Cromie: Clemson, MA
Aaron Dawson: WVU, MA
Chelsea Hensey: Georgia College & State University, MFA
Yonina Hoffman: Ohio State University, MA/PhD
Veronica Kidwell, WVU, MA
Elizabeth Staggers: WVU, MA
Ben Welton: University of Vermont, MA
WVU MA, MA-PWE, and MFA students headed to PhD programs:
Sarah Einstein (MFA): Ohio University, PhD in Creative Writing
Pat Herald (MA): University of Kentucky, PhD in English
Allison Hitt (MA-PWE): Syracuse University, PhD in Composition and Cultural Rhetoric
Christina Rothenbeck (MFA): University of Southern Mississippi, PhD in Creative Writing
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
|Jean-Baptiste Chardin, The Governess, 1739|
|Either the mechanisms of chaperone-assisted protein folding or|
a graphic representation of the plot of Belinda.
Monday, May 9, 2011
For some semester-end shock and fun, check out what angry, technologically-adept Germans are able to reveal about plagiarism:
A politician, Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, was recently discovered to have plagiarized parts of his doctoral thesis. The extent to which he plagiarized is now coming to light, and it is a jaw dropper.
Language Log, from which I stole this idea for a post, notes that because of this fellow's reaction (which has been to laugh it off in a rich, playboy kind of way) plenty of people have put some effort into assessing his work. The result is as visually appealing as the plagiarism is morally reprehensible.
This image is a barcode "scan" of his dissertation with representation as the fraction of pages (original page here): The blue lines are table of contents, bib, and other addenda. The black lines are pages with plagiarism from a single source. The red lines are pages with plagiarism from multiple sources. The white lines are pages with no plagiarism.
Be sure to check out the markup of individual pages here.
The moral of the story is easy: If you are a fabulously wealthy politician and you want to get a graduate degree, make sure the person you hire to write your thesis actually writes it and does not just plagiarize most of it from other sources. A lack of quality control can lead to inconvenient embarrassment.
So that's it, pretty much. You're caught up. Don't you feel better? I know I do.
Saturday, May 7, 2011
|Melissa Latimer, Department of Sociology|
The Sponsorship program uses a mentoring approach developed by Hunter College’s NSF ADVANCE funded Gender Equity Sponsorship Program, where WVU faculty (Associates) will be paired with mentors (Sponsors) to work on a clearly identified project with specific outcomes. Associates may receive up to $10,000 to support their work and Sponsors will receive $5,000 for their participation.
To apply click the Faculty Equity Initiative link at the top of the WVU ADVANCE page (http://advance.wvu.edu/.) For more information, contact Dr. Kasi Jackson at (304) 293-2339 ext. 1154 or email@example.com .
Applications are due May 31, 2011.
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
|Either Sohinee's defense or the Truth and Reconciliation Hearings in South Africa, 1996|