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!

 Sketches cover

Sketches  announces call for creative writing and art submissions

Sketches, TSU’s online literary magazine, is looking for short stories and original art work. All students, faculty and staff are free to submit. Short Stories: 10-15 pages, double-spaced. Send as a Word (“.doc” suffix) or RichTextFormat file. Art Work: Either digital or traditional media. Send as a .JPEG file. Send to Dr. Elaine A Phillips

  Image result for moonlight

LLP Film Committee and GSA host screening of Moonlight

The Popular Culture and Film Studies Committee and the Gay Straight Alliance Club is hosting a film screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed film Moonlight on Friday, March 24 from 11am-1:30 pm in the Poag. Check out the trailer by clicking here: Moonlight.

Dr. Anderson class 

Women's Studies Course hosts speaker series  

LLP and Women's Studies faculty Dr. Jill Anderson has invited several community leaders to her Intro to Women's Studies course to explore contemporary gender issues. Most recently, Dr. Anderson's Wmst 2000 class received a visit from Dr. Victoria Bryan, assistant professor of English & director of the Honors Program at Cleveland State Community College. She is director of the Turn the Page Literacy Program at the Bradley County Jail, which brings reading and writing skills to incarcerate people. Dr. Bryan spoke to the class about the conditions under which incarcerated women live. 

TSU Signage

Don't wait until you Graduate: LLP hosts professional workshop series

Pupil to Professional is an initiative sponsored by Languages Literature and Philosophy and the WRITE Studio. The goal of this workshop series is to help Liberal Arts Majors and Minors better negotiate the terrain from academia to the workforce. The first workshop on Resume and Portfolio Building will be held at 10a, March 24th, Humanities 113.  Learn more and register by clicking here: Pupil to Professional.  

Languages of Love "Meet and Greet"

The Department of Languages Literature and Philosophy Presents a February Meet and Greet from 11-1p, Tuesday, February 14, in Humanities 103. Come and Learn more about our Major and Minors, enjoy snacks and hot cocoa, and be sure to pick up a love quote from a famous writer to keep you warm throughout the day.

Love is love is love ~Lin Manuel Miranda

File:Great Books.jpg - Wikipedia

28th Annual National African American Read In Chain

LLP to host the Read-In this Sunday, Feb. 5, 3-4 p.m., Humanities 113. The Read-In is a significant part of Black History Month, and TSU joins with other colleges and universities, churches, libraries, community groups, bookstores, book clubs, neighborhood schools, and professional organizations who set aside the first Sunday in February  to participate in the chain.  The Read-In has been endorsed by the International Reading Association and the National Council of Teachers of English.  Over a million readers of all ethnic groups in the United States, the West Indies, and African countries participate each year.  The goals are to celebrate African and African American literary art and to make literacy a traditional part of Black History Month activities.

Student success building

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


Meet our latest Student Spotlight: Pragati Natraj!

Pragati Natraj is a Psychology major/Philosophy minor and athlete with dreams of becoming a sports psychologist. She hails for Bangalore, India, and brings with her an immense talent in tennis and a fascination with foods from around the world! Learn more about Natraj by clicking here: Student Spotlight.

 Gay Straight Logo

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 (

Soul Fire Group Photo

 "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. 5, 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.