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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LLP, Art, and Mass Communications Partner in Multimedia Poetry Showcase:

The Political Octet:
Heartache, Justice and rEvolution

Students enrolled in Poetry, Art and Mass Communication classes taught by Dr. Michelle Pinkard, Prof. Brandon Donahue and Prof. Brian Day, respectively, have joined forces to create a comprehensive showcase that includes: cinematic poetry, poetry inspired artworks, spoken word, and a panel discussion.  The event will be held in the Space for New Media, in Elliot Hall, at 1 p.m., on Friday, Dec. 1. You don't want to miss it. 

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Meet our new LLP Student Spotlight Alphonzo Bradford!

Bradford is a senior in the LLP department who knows that studying English can make an individual "unstoppable" in the real world.  Learn more about him and his family by visiting our student spotlight page. 

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Philosophy Department to host Arts and Humanities Exchange this Week!

Scholars and artists will talk about their involvement with the North Nashville and Nashville communities, and about how we should move forward responding to the opportunities and challenges before us.  The event is organized by Drs. Alejandro Arango and Charles Bowie, philosophy professors in the Languages, Literature, and Philosophy Department, with the generous collaboration of the TSU Art Department, and sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and the Mellon Partners in Education program. Contact: Dr. Arango.

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Green Kabaret Showcase this Week!

Prof. Marsha Williams and her Freshmen Composition classes will host the Green Kabaret from 11:10-12:35 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16th, in the Forum. You are invited! Williams adds, "The #GreenKabaret  is a great experience for everyone involved. Using the popular education models of people's theater, song, and spoken word, the subjects come alive." Partnering with both the NAACP's Environmental Climate Justice program and the Sierra Club, this Green Kabaret promises to bring forward a dynamic discussion.  For more information, contact Prof. Williams. 

Meet our new alumni spotlight: Rev. Victor Cyrus-Franklin 

Join us in celebrating our latest alumni spotlight Rev. Victor Cyrus-Franklin. He is the senior pastor of Inglewood First UMC in Inglewood, CA. A native of Nashville, TN, Cyrus-Franklin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Tennessee State University (c/o 2002) with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Learn more about him by visiting our LLP Alumni Spotlight page. 

Congrats to Dr. Rebecca Dixon and her most recent publication! 

Join us in congratulating Dr. Dixon for her chapter contribution in The Long Struggle: Discourses on Human Civil rights in African and the African Diaspora.  Her chapter was titled, “Negotiating Freedom: The Tenuous Nature of Freedom in the Period of Accommodation.” You can check out the book on Amazon, or by visiting the publisher's website: Pan-African University Press. Way to go Dr. Dixon! 

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The Gay-Straight Alliance Invites You to Check out Two Upcoming Events

There are two upcoming events, GSA related events on the horizon for October.  On Oct. 18th, we have Story Booth Nashville , sponsored by Tennessee Equality Project, located in the l ower gallery of the Carl Van Vechten Gallery (1000 17 th  Ave. N) @ Fisk University.   Record your own coming out story to celebrate LGBT+ History Month.   For more info email  kburnett@fisk.eduOn Oct. 19th, there is a Straight Facts about LGBTQI Life & Speak Out! Panel Discussion, held  between,  3-5 PM, in Student Success Center 119H.  Key topics include Social justice ally development, Creating Trans inclusive communities,  LGBTQI Life resources on campus and beyond, and Creating a common language.  Learn more by clicking here: Straight Facts.  

To Learn more about TSU's GSA organization, click here: TSU Gay-Straight Alliance.

 

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Black Film Series Kick Off is a Success 

The Black Film Series kicked off this semester with a successful screening of Get Out! This blockbuster film was helpful our semester long exploration of satire and humor in Black cinema.  Our next screening will be of I'm Gonna Git You Sucka, held on Friday, October 27, 10:30a, in LRC 230.  Join us for a screening and discussion of this throwback cult film and the world of Blaxsploitation.   Check out the trailer by clicking here:  I'm Gonna Git You Sucka. We hope to see you there!

 

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LLP Major and Minor Mixer

Come celebrate with us in kicking off another year of awesomeness in Languages, Literature and Philosophy. Food, Poetry, Pizza, Cake, and more. Date: Weds, Sept. 13th, Time: noon - 2p, Where: Humanities 103.  Hope to see your there!

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Tiger Tutoring is back!

This semester, faculty members from the English department are working with Tiger Tutoring. Tutors will be available M-F 4:30-8pm in Room 202 of the Student Resource Center. This service is free to students. Tiger Tutoring is a great opportunity for students who need help with writing to receive immediate feedback from faculty.  Our writing tutors are equipped to help students at the University with various writing assignments and activities (within English department classes and beyond). They can assist the student at any stage of their writing process from brainstorming ideas to providing strategies for revision. For tutoring schedule and related information, visit the Tiger Tutoring Webpage

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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., Sept. 6, Humanities 103, and every Wednesday after . 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

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Tiger Tutoring is back!

Beginning Sept. 6, faculty members from the English department will work with Tiger Tutoring. Tutors will be available M-F 4:30-8pm in Room 202 of the Student Resource Center. This service is free to students. Tiger Tutoring is a great opportunity for students who need help with writing to receive immediate feedback from faculty.  Our writing tutors are equipped to help students at the University with various writing assignments and activities (within English department classes and beyond). They can assist the student at any stage of their writing process from brainstorming ideas to providing strategies for revision. For tutoring schedule and related information, visit the Tiger Tutoring Webpage

 


NOTE:
Our news develops over the school year as students and faculty participate in TSU activities, present at conferences, explore
through class activities, and much more. We hope you will check back frequently to see what we are doing! Please report news to LLP Webmaster Dr. Michelle J. Pinkard.