News and Events
Genevieve West, Ph.D., professor and chair of the TWU Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages, was recently interviewed by Norway's biggest newspaper, Morgenbladet, for a story about Zora Neale Hurston's controversial, posthumously published new book, Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo".
"'There was a thrill inside the Harlem Renaissance at that time, about how the artist's ideal should be and how to create a new and more accurate image of African Americans
in public,' says Genevieve West, who wrote the book Zora Neale Hurston and American Literary Culture."
TWU alumna Jocelyn A. Chadwick (M.A., Ph.D.) was featured in a July 14 BBC program titled "American Writer Mark Twain." Chadwick is a Twain scholar and has taught at the University of North Texas as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she now serves as a consultant, educator and president of the National Council of Teachers of English.
In addition to her distinguished career in academic leadership and research, two-time TWU alumna Dr. María Alma González Pérez has authored and published three children's books: ¡Todos a Comer! A Mexican Food Alphabet Book, An Angel from Above / Un ángel desde arriba, and Hello, Zapata! ¡Hola!, as well as a collection of poems in Spanish titled Cantos del Alma y del Corazón. ¡Todos a Comer! won the 2017 International Latino Book Award for Best Latino Focused Children's Picture Book.
"Alphabet books develop literacy skills and help prepare children to begin the process of learning to read. So it is important to have abecedarios that are fun, colorful, and engaging. ¡Todos a comer! does just that,” said Monica Olivera, a freelance education writer and founder of the blog Mommy Maestra.
Pérez attended Texas Woman’s University, where she obtained both a bachelor of arts degree - with a double major in English and Spanish and a minor in education - and a master of arts degree in Spanish. Pérez served as full-time professor of bilingual education with The University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas, and then served as director for The University of Texas-Pan American at Starr County campus in Río Grande City, Texas for 14 years.
As part of an initiative to support and enrich humanities education and scholarship at minority-serving institutions, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently awarded two Texas Woman’s University faculty members a grant to incorporate global perspectives and experiential learning into the university’s undergraduate humanities courses. This highly competitive grant, totaling $99,803, is the first of its kind to be awarded to TWU.
The 2017 ESFL Newsletter is now available.
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Gretchen Busl will discuss adapting Homer's Odyssey at the upcoming meeting of Professor's Corner at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Denton's South Branch Library. Busl, a Texas Woman's University professor, will discuss the classic text of the famous work, and how translations influence popular, collective understanding of the material.
The new Write Site is now open
The newly redesigned and relocated Write Site is now open in Blagg-Huey Library, room 235. This space has been specially designed to strengthen student success at Texas Woman’s and support the continued development of the TWU Libraries as a hub of learning. For more information, including hours of operation and appointment scheduling, visit The Write Site.
ESFL faculty present at TEDxTWU
Assistant professors Gretchen Busl, Ph.D., and Gray Scott, Ph.D., participated in the first annual TEDxTWU event on March 4, 2016. Their presentations, titled "Whoever controls the narrative has the power" and "Can we really teach writing?", respectively, are now available on Facebook and YouTube.
Alumna Weina Dai Randel launches two new books
Author and English M.A. graduate Weina Dai Randel launched her book, The Moon in the Palace, at the Crow Collection of Asian Art on March 1, 2016. Randel then launched the sequel, The Empress of Bright Moon, on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Southlake Barnes & Noble. Visit Weina Dai Randel's website to learn more.
Although the ink on Savannah Peer’s bachelor’s degree is barely dry, the first Terry Scholar to graduate from Texas Woman’s University already is making her mark in the digital world.
In fact Peer, who is received her bachelor of arts degree in English in December 2015, is so busy starting her career as the digital marketing manager for Good Life Family magazine and moving into her first apartment in Plano, that she’s unable to participate in TWU winter commencement ceremonies.
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