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Fall 2014 English Film Series

The Fall Film Series has a wonderful line-up this semester. Take a look at the schedule below. Faculty and students with questions about the film series should contact organizer Dr. Smolen-Morten

From the 1941 trailer for _The Maltese Falcon_ showing Humphrey Bogart. Image in the public domain.

From the 1941 trailer for _The Maltese Falcon_ showing Humphrey Bogart. Image in the public domain.

September 23, 2014.  John Huston, The Maltese Falcon (1941) 100 mins.

Hard-noised private detective Sam Spade unravels the tangled plots of an unsavory lot chasing a jewel encrusted statue. Quintessential film noir: dark alleys, a femme fatale, justified paranoia, and an American culture bereft of a moral compass. Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Sydney Greenstreet.

3:35 & 7:30 pm, Lowrimore Auditorium, Cauthen Educational Media Center.

October 21, 2014.  Jean-Marc Vallée, Dallas Buyers Club (2013) 117mins.*

With 67 awards, including Oscars for best actor and supporting actor, this biopic entertains and challenges audiences. Suffering from AIDS, Ron Woodroof brings unapproved and illegal drugs into Texas, where he sells them to other AIDS victims and learns compassion for people he had rejected.

3:35 & 7:30 pm, Lowrimore Auditorium, Cauthen Educational Media Center.

On the set of _The Seventh Seal_ in 1957. Photo in the public domain.

On the set of _The Seventh Seal_ in 1957. Photograph in the public domain.

November 18, 2014. Ingmar Bergman, The Seventh Seal (1957) 96 mins.

A cult classic, The Seventh Seal made Bergman an international star and the darling of the European avant-garde. A medieval knight returns to his native Sweden, where he grapples with existential questions, like the existence and nature of God, and plays chess with Death. A must see for film buffs.

3:35 & 7:30 pm, Lowrimore Auditorium, Cauthen Educational Media Center.

*Dallas Buyer’s Club will be presented with help from FMU Gender Studies.

Conference Opportunity for FMU English Majors (Deadline Passed)

The deadline for this opportunity has passed, but you can read more about the fully-funded trip Dr. English and two FMU English majors took to Dickens Universe.

Calling All English Majors!

Apply for a full-funded trip to the Dickens Universe Conference at the University of California, Santa Cruz from August 2-9, 2014. 

Email letters of interest to Dr. England by April 24th, 2014. More information on the application process and the Dickens Universe can be found below and on this flyer.

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The Dickens Universe

The Dickens Universe is a unique week-long conference that focuses on one work by the Victorian writer Charles Dickens each year. This format allows its participants to fully prepare for an in-depth, scholarly experience that will include lectures by outstanding professionals in the field, discussions groups, and even Victorian-themed activities (yes, there will be lots of tea and even a ball).

For FMU English majors interested in increasing their knowledge of English Studies and who have experience reading nineteenth-century literature, this is an incomparable opportunity to learn from leading scholars while also experiencing the Pacific Ocean views, redwood forests, and California culture of Santa Cruz.

For more information, visit the Dickens Universe website or watch “The Dickens Project Mini Documentary” on YouTube.

Dr. England, Trip Coordinator

Dr. England (a three-time veteran of the Universe) will be accompanying selected students and preparing them for this year’s conference on Our Mutual Friend through reading and writing activities.

Application Process

To apply, send a short email to c e n g l a n d [at] f m a r i o n [dot] e d u by April 24th. Your email should briefly describe your career goals and past experience with British nineteenth-century literature. Strong candidates will be asked for an interview. All majors (including graduating seniors) are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Apply today! The application deadline is April 24th.

Students Learn About Upcoming Courses During Biannual “Pastries With the Professors”

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Every semester before registration, the English and Modern Languages faculty host “Pastries With the Professors.” The event offers English majors and minors and prospective majors and minors the opportunity to speak with their professors, look into future course offerings, and partake in delicious breakfast treats.

During this semester’s “Pastries With the Professors,” organized by Dr. Nancy Zaice and other faculty members, thirty-six students rubbed elbows with thirty-four faculty, chowed down on an assortment of doughnuts, doughnut holes, and pastries, and sipped on coffee, juice, milk, or chocolate milk.

As you can tell from the pictures, everyone had a great time. Hope to see you there next semester!

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–Post and photographs courtesy of English Department Instructor Ms. Margaret McGill Floyd

2014 English Awards and Sigma Tau Delta Induction

On April 10, members of the FMU university community convened to honor the recipients of the 2014 English Awards, including those students whose work was selected for next year’s edition of Final Draft. Inductees to the FMU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society, also were honored.

Student Recipients of the 2014 English Awards

Excellence in Coursework

PERCY ADAMS AWARD, Amanda Graham
J. P. BROCKBANK AWARD, Melody Pritchard
KATHARINE S. BOLING MEMORIAL AWARD IN FICTION, David Guess & Janaya Hammond
ROBERT R. PARHAM POETRY AWARD, Nikki Clark
RICHARD B. LARSEN MEMORIAL AWARD, Tiara Felder
ENGLISH AWARD, Melody Pritchard & Cristin Richards

Excellence in Composition Courses

MCCRIMMON AWARD
Cameron Poole, “EA Games Has Begun a Slippery Slope”

ENGLISH 111 AWARD 
Kaylee Jarrett, “Beverly”

ENGLISH 112 AWARD
Stacey King, “Wanna Play?”

ENGLISH 200 AWARD
Connor Wessel, “During Normal Growth, Inflation Negates the Effects of Minimum Wage on Low-Wage Employment”

Exemplary Essayists Selected for Publication in Final Draft

Jasmine Thomas, “Preparing for College”
Kristen Pianks, “America and Unhealthy Foods”
Sherry Chichester, “The Taboo of Sex”
Mary Mulholland, “Copyright Reform for the Music Industry”
Marc Phillips, “WikiLeaks: The Evolution of Espionage?”

2014 Sigma Tau Delta Inductees

London Barnhill
Benton Boyd
Summer Bradham
Chandler Bundy
Anna Chinnes
Ann Cook
Anna Marie Cox
Jazmyne Eggleston
Brantley Farmer
Shanae Giles
Megan Hooks
Colleen Kennedy
Deanna Lowery
Triece Meyers
Katrina Powell
Deloris Samuel
Casey Sanders
Grant Toth
Chicara Williams

Congratulations on honors well-deserved!

The Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival Begins November 7

Professor Rebecca Flannagan and the Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival Committee are pleased to announce this year’s line-up. 

Mark your calendars for the ninth-annual Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival which will be held in Lowrimore Auditorium on November 7 and 8, 2013.

Copyright of the Pee Dee Fiction and Poetry Festival. Used with permission.

Events will begin each morning and continue throughout the day, culminating in readings by our five writers on the evenings of the 7th and 8th, respectively. A reception at The Cottage on FMU’s campus will follow the last evening reading each night.

This year, our writers will include fiction writers Dolen Perkins-Valdez (author of FMU’s Composition program’s common text, Wench) and Tom Franklin, author of the Edgar Award-nominated novel, Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter. Poets include Evie Shockley and Allison Joseph. Both Joseph and Shockley have had experience as poets and editors. In addition, young adult writer and poet, Jane Yolen will be featured in two Friday afternoon sessions.

We will also have a mid-morning reading on Friday from students writers featured in our own literary magazine, Snow Island Review.

Please encourage students, community members, and friends to attend. If you would like to know more about our readers and have access to our entire schedule, please check out our website. To access updates, photographs, and to interact with other festival attendees,  “like” us on Facebook and follow @PDFPF on Twitter.

 

“Foreplays” Playwriting Contest Held in Conjuction with V-Week

FMU students are encouraged to submit an original, 5-12 minute play about topics pertaining to student sexual health, such as STDs, HIV/AIDS, date rape, promiscuity, unplanned pregnancy, virginity, fetishism, gender-identity, and sexual self-image.

“No topic is taboo,” say this year’s contest organizers Dr. Tuttle and Ms. Ivins, but the play should “cast[] a true or useful light on a touchy subject pertaining to student sexual health and respect.”

CC-licensed photo by flickr user sniggie

Like last year’s Foreplays, this year’s winning plays will be produced on campus in March during FMU’s annual V-Week. V-Week events include, among other activities, staged readings of Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues and a “Take Back the Night” gathering. V-Week endeavors to make students more aware of domestic violence and sexual assault, give victims of these crimes a voice, and raise money for local organizations that are devoted to such causes.

Plays must be submitted by November 22, or the Friday before Thanksgiving Break. More information, including length and formatting requirements, can be found below.

Student playwrights retain copyright ownership of any plays submitted or performed and are encouraged to submit their plays elsewhere for production or publication, including FMU’s literary and arts journal, Snow Island Review. Plays will not be changed without permission of the playwright. Plays selected may remain part of the Foreplays Repertory and could be produced in subsequent years.

Snow Island Review Now Accepting Student Submissions

Do you like to write? Maybe you fancy yourself as a artist of a different sort, one who wields a paintbrush or DSLR lens? The Snow Island Review is now accepting student submissions of original writing, including short fiction, plays, creative non-fiction, poetry, and songs. Submissions of original artwork, like photographs, sculpture, drawing, and mixed-media pieces, also are being accepted for publication consideration.

The Snow Island Review is FMU’s own literary and arts journal and is published annually in both bound and electronic forms. Previous issues of the journal can be accessed by visiting the Snow Island Review‘s official website.

Students interested in submitting work for publication consideration must do so by October 15. Pieces must be no longer than 8,000 words. For additional information regarding submission requirements, please consult the full guidelines below.