UNC Stands with Mizzou Rally

posted Nov 12, 2015, 8:41 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 8:41 PM ]

The UNC Stands with Mizzou rally takes place at the Chapel Hill campus on Friday, Nov. 13 at 11:00 a.m. This recent wave of student activism is germane to our course and something we will discuss.

Optional Event Opportunity

posted Nov 11, 2015, 6:23 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Nov 11, 2015, 6:24 PM ]

Here's another option if you want to take advantage of the Optional Event:

Lookout Books, the award-winning literary imprint of the Department of Creative Writing at UNCW, invites you and your Writing and Activism students to the launch of Matthew Neill Null’s environmental novel, Honey from the Lion, on Tuesday, November 17. A book signing and reception will follow the 7 p.m. reading with Null and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward P. Jones in Morton Hall, room 100.

“The timber boom of the early twentieth century logged out the great virgin spruce forests of West Virginia,” writes author Joy Williams. “Matthew Neill Null elegantly and eloquently addresses this ecological tragedy and its attendant human diminishment in this thoughtful and moving novel.”

Honey from the Lion, Lookout Books’ debut novel, follows a brotherhood of timber wolves as they clear-cut the virgin Allegheny forest under the directive of a turn-of-the-century logging company. Null is a champion of rural America. He writes and teaches not only about the devastating effects of deforestation on humans and the natural world, but also explores how our history and place shape who we are. The novel was inspired by actual events: the logging boom of 1880–1920, the rise and demise of union agitation, and especially the people, native and immigrant, scarred by the experience. Substitute today's coal and natural-gas industries for timber, and the novel's contemporary relevance is clear.

This launch is free and open to the public as part of the department’s annual Writers’ Week, which takes place November 16–20, and brings together writers of local and national interest, UNCW students, and members of the general public with an interest in literature and writing.

We’ve created a discount code to purchase the novel for only $12, a savings of $7. Enter the code honeylaunch at checkout on Lookout’s website, and make sure to click “walk-in” to avoid shipping charges. Bring your receipt to the Publishing Laboratory, Kenan Hall 2116, to receive the book. This offer is available until the end of Writers’ Week.

For more information, contact Emily Smith at smithel@uncw.edu.

Azalea Festival Paid Practicum Positions

posted Nov 10, 2015, 1:44 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Nov 10, 2015, 1:44 PM ]

The North Carolina Azalea Festival is looking to fill two paid practicum (internship) positions. Both are about 10 hours per week and provide an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a large-scale event. Details are linked below.

Sample Visualizations now shared

posted Nov 3, 2015, 10:49 AM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Nov 3, 2015, 10:49 AM ]

The sample visualizations we found are now shared through this link.

Tor Browser and Activism

posted Oct 25, 2015, 4:55 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Oct 25, 2015, 4:56 PM ]

This article addresses activists' use of the Tor browser.

Conflicting Notions of Activism

posted Sep 17, 2015, 6:43 PM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 6:43 PM ]

This article about nuclear weapons proliferation addresses contemporary forms of activism.

Resources about Research Questions

posted Sep 17, 2015, 7:06 AM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 7:06 AM ]

You can find your own resources about developing research questions (Lisa Coats, the English liaison librarian, is a good one), but here are a few to get you started.

English Writing Internships

posted Sep 16, 2015, 11:52 AM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Sep 16, 2015, 11:52 AM ]

All Junior or Senior English majors should consider applying for a writing internship. To be eligible you must have a GPA of at least 3.0 in the major and 2.5 overall. Internships are available in wide variety of areas, so you should be able to find something that fits your interests. Submit your application through this short online form or contact Dr. Lance Cummings with questions.

Effects of the Ice Bucket Challenge

posted Sep 16, 2015, 11:13 AM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Sep 17, 2015, 8:06 AM ]

This article discusses tangible ways the ice bucket challenge helped further ALS research and mentions "slacktivism," a concept we've addressed in class.

Animal Language

posted Sep 11, 2015, 6:31 AM by J. Tirrell   [ updated Sep 11, 2015, 6:37 AM ]

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