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!

Thompson Interview

Dr. Jeffrey Thompson interviewed about his teaching and writing!

Check out our very own Dr. Thompson talking about recent publications and teaching practices.  The four-minute interview was conducted on TSUs-TV 98 Live at Five on Oct. 19th.  His interview is about 12 minutes in:  Live at Five.

Happy 75th Birthday Wonder Woman!

Mark your calendars! Members of the LLP Film Pod are hosting a screening and party to commemorate 75 years of Wonder Woman.  There will be cake. There will be prizes. There will be fun for all! When: Nov. 4.  Time: 11a-2p. Where: Poag Auditorium.  The event is free and open to students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

LLP Instructors Represent Department at Area Conferences this Month

Exciting times for LLP, as many of our instructors share their expertise and scholarship at area conferences in October.  Quite a few of our folks presented papers at the Southeastern Medieval Association Conference in Knoxville and at Popular Culture Association Conference Nashville. Topics of TSU led panels at PCAS included Bill Cosby and Trends in Comic Book Culture.

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Bon Voyage! LLP students are going to France!

Ten students will go to Paris, France to learn more about African American, transnational, literary histories thanks to a $20,000 grant from the Council of International Educational Exchange. LLP faculty Rebecca S. Dixon, Ph.D., and Jennifer L. Hayes, Ph.D., authored the winning proposal and will lead the program in June 2017. They will introduce students to intersectionality, a term that encourages readers to see the interlocking oppressive aspects of identity. The program is entitled "Intersecting Lives: Reading African American Literature through a Black Feminist Lens."  “Paris holds a special place in the hearts of many writers; especially those obsessed with the Harlem Renaissance. During this period, African-American artists of diverse genres flocked to the city to escape the realities of a racist society,” Dixon and Hayes wrote in their proposal.

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English Project featured at International Black Film Festival!

Last semester, students enrolled in Creative Writing partnered with Communication students in producing cinematic interpretations of their films.  The project titled, "Be What I Need When I Need You," will be featured at the festival this month.  To see it, or any of the other projects, visit the I Want to Write Publications page.  Congrats poets and directors.  


LLP Alumni featured in Black Enterprise Magazine

Lawyer and State Representative LaDawn Jones was featured in recent edition of Black Enterprise Magazine. She is also the latest LLP alumni feature.  Kudos to her for serving as a stellar example of Tiger promise.  Learn more about LBJ by visiting our Alumni Spotlight page. 

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LLP and Women's Studies Celebrates 40th Anniversary of For Colored Girls

The month of September marks the 40th anniversary of when For Colored Girls who have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf  first debuted on Broadway.  This groundbreaking work was the second play written by an African American woman to achieve such a feat. Join us as we screen the film and discuss the impact of Shange’s work in drama, poetry, culture and history. The program, which also features live performances honoring the artist and her work, will be held Friday, Sept 23, in  LRC 230. Screening starts at 10:30 a.m., and the Panel and Performances start at 1 p.m. The event is sponsored by Women's Studies and the I Want to Write Initiative.  Learn more about the "I Want to Write" Creative Writing initiative by clicking here: I Want to Write. 

Alexis Brooks Returns as LLP Social Intern

Check out her first blog feature on the Teacher of the Year. She will also be maintaining the departments Facebook and Twitter pages.  You can learn more about Ms. Brooks, and other LLP student efforts, by clicking here: Student Successes.

Dr. Shafer

TSU Professor Guest Lectures at MTSU: Game of Thrones!

Dr. Philip Shafer was invited to guest lecture for a popular culture course at MTSU in early September. He presented ideas from his dissertation regarding his efforts to develop a new theory for how literary-to-film adaptation functions as a genre. He covered his working topology of adaption that seeks to provide students with a set of terms that will enable them to construct more objective and thorough readings of how the Game of Thrones TV show restructures George R. R. Martin’s novels for the small screen. "The discussion was lively and I was proud to honor the late Dr. David Lavery who was on my diss. committee and extremely supportive of my ideas." Learn more about Dr. Shafer's scholarship by visiting his faculty page.

Congratulations LLP Faculty!

We have a lot to celebrate as we enter the new school year! LLP welcomes new faculty in English, Foreign Languages, and Philosophy. We congratulate Dr. Rebecca Dixon on her promotion to Full Professor.  Congrats to Dr. Michelle Pinkard for winning Tenure-track teacher of the year in the College of Liberal Arts, and Prof. Marsha Williams for winning Full-time Temporary teacher of the for the College of Liberal Arts.  Learn more about our faculty by checking out the faculty pages.

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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

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Southern Word Returns to TSU!

Southern Word, an area organization committed to increasing literacy through poetry and spoken word, will send Poet lecturers to classrooms this year to teach the fundamentals poetic performance. "Students participating in spoken word programs report improvement in their reading and writing skills, increased self‐confidence, and a new sense of community among their peers and teachers. Educators report a clear rise in interest among students, a more youth‐driven learning environment, and evidence of greater social and academic confidence among students."

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 "We Want Live Words!"

Soul Fire  Poetry Group and Workshop will return Fall 2016.  The first meeting will be held at 5 p.m., Weds., Aug. 31, 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


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.