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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The LLP Alumni Spotlight

Alumni spotlight  is part of a new departmental initiative to recognize the graduates who are blazing the trail for our students.  The current spotlight is on 2009 LLP graduate Whitney Bradley, who has garnered numerous accolades in education. To learn more about Ms. Bradley, check out the new  Alumni Spotlight  page. If you graduated with an LLP major or minor, please take a moment to complete the  Alumni Survey .  Questions regarding this initiative should be directed to  Dr. Michelle J. Pinkard , LLP Webmaster .


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TSU's online literary magazine, is now online!

Sketches: The Online Creative Arts Journal of Tennessee State University  is an online open access journal published in Digital Scholarship @ Tennessee State University in collaborative partnership with the Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy and the Tennessee State University Library.

Editor:   Elaine Anderson Phillips, Associate Professor, Department of Languages, Literature and Philosophy, Tennessee State University

 Tia Mitchell Teaching at TSU

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 2015.  The first meeting will be held at 5 p.m., Weds., Sept. 9, 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

 Sigma Tau Delta

English Major is recipient of scholarship.. .

Areej Dwikat, an English Major, is the recipient of the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society's first ever part-Time Undergraduate Student Scholarship. The scholarship carries an award in the amount of $2,500.

Congrats Areej Dwikat!



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.