Department News and Events

Activities and events within the department afford LLP students the opportunity to explore creative aspects of language, literature and philosophy beyond the classroom.  Events include publications, conferences, informal reading groups, spoken word events, public lectures, drama and film screenings. To learn more about LLP events, feel free to reach out to the department: Contact Us.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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TSU Gay/Straight Alliance Meet and Greet

A primary goal for this organization is to create a space for LGBT+ students and their allies to gather and find community.
Date: Thurs, Feb. 2
Time: 4 p.m.
Location: Humanities 105
Contact: Dr. Jill Anderson (

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 "We Want Live Words!"

Soul Fire  Poetry Group and Workshop will return Spring 2017.  The first meeting will be held at  5 p.m., Weds., Jan. 25, Humanities 103 . This departmental organization meets once a week to hone poetry writing and performance skills, organize open mic performances, and to workshop their ideas.  It features a Poet Mentor from Southern Word, who helps students craft their skills. Learn more about their efforts by clicking here: Soul Fire Mini-Documentary.

*Check Out Spoken Word Performances by the Soul Fire Members and Friends.

Faculty Adviser: Dr. Michelle J. Pinkard

Blake Best Welcome back LLP! Here's looking ahead to Spring 2017:

The Spring semester is upon us, and LLP has a lot in store for its majors and minors. Here are just a few things to note. First, introducing Blake Best, the latest alumni profile. Soul Fire, our department's poetry and performance workshop, will have its first meeting on Wednesday, 5 p.m., January 25, in Humanities 103. The African American Read In will be held Feb. 3, Humanities 113.  The annual I Want to Write Poetry Conference will be held on April 21 & 22. Lastly, we have a new interim chair. Dr. Samantha Morgan-Curtis is up to challenge and ready to hit the ground running. Learn more about her by visiting her faculty page. Classes begin January 17th.  We look forward to seeing you there. 

Green Kabaret 2016!

The Fall 2016 Green Kabaret will be presented in The Forum in the Floyd-Payne Campus Center on Thursday, November 17th from 11:10 – 12:35 p.m. Using the popular education platforms of art, music, film, and people’s theater, students tell the critical stories of our time addressing sustainability and the natural world. This semester the kabaret collaborates with Lakesha Moore of the TSU Art Department, whose students have created original artwork to support the development of original “green” drama.  Members of the Nashville Fair Food Alliance, a long-standing community partner of Green Kabaret, will be guest speakers, while additional community support comes from the Circle Players Community Theater and Southern Word.