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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I Want to Write Anthology: Celebrating a Year in Voice, Vision, and Victory

Join us in celebrating a successful year in  I Want to Write initiatives .  This anthology represents a snapshot of I Want to Write events during the 2016-2017 academic year.  It includes poetry, artwork, and images created by event attendees and TSU students.  Check it out by clicking here: I Want to Write Anthology. 

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Green Kabaret a "great experience for everyone involved!"

Prof. Marsha Williams hosted the Green Kabaret again this April with her Freshman Composition students. One of the theater pieces featured in the event will be be part of the this year's  Tennessee Women's Theater Project at the Looby Theater.  The series will be held on May 5-21; TSU related efforts will be featured on May 21. Williams adds, "The #GreenKabaret  was a great experience for everyone involved. Using the popular education models of people's theater, song, and spoken word, the subject of #Ecofeminism came alive. We were especially blessed to have Katrina Robertson of #ThistleFarms as our special guest." 


LLP Panel Participates in Local Comic Book Event

On Saturday, April 22, 2017, Drs. Charles Bowie, Chris Field, and Michelle Wise were invited by Nashville Reads, a city-wide reading initiative sponsored by Nashville Public Library, Parnassus Books, Humanities Tennessee, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Bookpage, Mayor’s Office – Mayor Megan Barry, to discuss the critically acclaimed graphic memoir March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. Although the focus of the discussion was on the civil rights movement and representation of historical moments in graphic texts, topics also included diversity in comics, the evolution of comics and graphic novels, and power of the medium to raise social consciousness and foster activist learning.   

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Countdown to I Want to Write Poetry Festival

Join us for our annual two-day poetry festival on April 21 and April 22. The event reflects poetry month with a series of writing and performance workshops facilitated by TSU instructors and regions Spoken Word artists and poets. It culminates each evening with live performances.  Learn more and register for free here: I Want to Write.


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Black Film Series Screens Southside With You

Join us for a screening and discussion of the critically acclaimed film Southside with You on Saturday, April 22, 10a, Humanities 113.  The event is part of the I Want to Write poetry festival, and will be facilitated by Dr. Jennifer Hayes. Check out the trailer here: Southside with You. 

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Meet Our Latest Student Spotlight: James Cooke!

Learn about Cooke's journey to become an English major through his profound interest in gaming.  He maintains stellar academic performances in his classes, while managing three part-time jobs.  He plans to use his major to become a leading visionary in his chosen profession.  Learn more by clicking: Student Spotlight. 

Congrats to LLP Major Kamri Jordan for her acceptance into Rutgers University English Graduate Studies Readiness Program!

Ms. Jordan will be headed to Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ for a week this summer to participate in the Rutgers English Diversity Institute (REDI). At REDI, participants "will learn about the different subfields in English and American literature, and emerging fields and approaches, from Rutgers University faculty who are at the vanguard of these developments. REDI activities will include seminars, lectures, workshops on applying for graduate school and on digital resources in literary studies, a trip to a research library, and a cultural excursion to New York City." Ms. Jordan was chosen from a national pool of applicants, and we are very proud of this most recent accomplishment! Learn more about Ms. Jordan, by reading her Student Spotlight. 

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LLP Film Committee and GSA host screening of  Fences

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 Fences on Friday, Apr. 7 from 11am-1:30 pm in the Poag. Check out the trailer by clicking here:  Fences.

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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 visits from the following featured speakers:  Dr. Victoria Bryan, assistant professor of English & director of the Honors Program at Cleveland State Community College; Nori Moss, radio personality, communications coordinator for the mayor of Chattanooga, and board member of Emerge TN, a nonprofit dedicated to training women for involvement in politics; and Dr. Bethanie Poe, the Program Specialist at the Tennessee Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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


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.

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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. 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.