Anthony Ellis Scholarly Speakers Series

Fall 2016

History's Fictions: A Roundtable

Friday, Sept. 30, 2016, 3025 Brown Hall, 12:30-2:00 pm

Please join us for a roundtable discussion about the role of history in contemporary creative writing, featuring WMU luminaries in poetry, prose fiction, and drama. Rob Evory, Dr. Steve Feffer, Dr. Casey McKittrick, Dr. Grace Tiffany, and Dr. Daneen Wardrop will share their experiences working with historical material in their writing, followed by a broader discussion with all who attend.

Short selections from each of the authors will be available for attendees prior to the event in the main office of the English Department (6th Floor, Sprau Tower).

Melody Graulich: “The Night the Stars Fell: Historical Convergences & Cross-Racial Histories on the Southern Plains”

Thursday, October 20, 2016, Center for the Humanities, 7 p.m.

Dr. Melody Graulich is Professor of English and American Studies at Utah State University. For almost two decades she served as the editor of Western American Literature, and she is the author or editor of many scholarly works, including Dirty Words in Deadwood: Literature and the Postwestern (with Nicolas Witschi), In Search of a Common Language: Environmental Writing and Education (with Paul Crumbley), and Trading Gazes: Euro-American Women Photographers Among Native North Americans. She has published many essays on visual culture, as well as important work on Wallace Stegner, Mary Austin, and Leslie Marmon Silko. Dr. Graulich is the recipient of multiple awards for research, teaching, and mentorship, including the 2014  Mary  C.  Turpie Award from the American Studies Association.

Elizabeth Wardle: “Threshold Concepts about Writing:Teaching Troublesome Knowledge"

Thursday, November 10, 2016, Center for the Humanities, 7 p.m.

Dr. Elizabeth Wardle is the Howe Professor of English and Director of the Roger and Joyce Howe Center for Writing Excellence at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Formerly, Dr. Wardle served as Chair of the Department of Writing and Rhetoric at the University of Central Florida (UCF) a department she helped found. She has also served as Director of Writing Programs at UCF and at the University of Dayton. Dr. Wardle’s research focuses on the importance of writing in transformational student learning: how students learn and how they use (“transfer” or repurpose) what they learn in new settings. Her most recent book, NamingWhatWeKnow:ThresholdConceptsofWritingStudies, received the 2016 Council of Writing Program Administrators Best  Book Award for  its investigation of  the difficult and  often unstated “threshold concepts” necessary for students’ participation and progress in their disciplines. Dr. Wardle is also co-author of WritingaboutWriting, a textbook approved for use in over 400 schools in the US and Canada.