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!

Brava Dr. Shannon Hayes!
Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology

Dr. Hayes is the co-editor of Puncta: Journal of Critical Phenomenology, which just released its latest issue. Puncta is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal of philosophy. The theme of the new issue is "Critical Phenomenology, Racial Justice, and Radical Imagination.”   All of the articles are freely available online for reading and download. You can access the full new issue here: Puncta 

Film Premiere

LLP Film Premiere:  Descendant
Friday, Nov. 4, 4 PM

Descendant follows members of Africatown, a small community in Alabama, as they share their personal stories and community history as descendants of the Clotilda, the last known slave ship to illegally transport human beings as cargo from Africa to America.  Click here for movie trailer (Descendant).  Join the Literature, Language, and Philosophy Department in Davis Humanities' Poag Auditorium 4:00-6:30 pm, November 4, 2022!" - Professor Jessica Hanson


Congrats to Clayton Oglesby:
LLP's New Student Spotlight

Spanish Minor and Tutor Clatyon Oglesby is our latest LLP Spotlight. “Learning languages is something I love to do because it helps me better connect to the world around me. I want to travel to more Spanish speaking countries in the future!”  Learn more about Mr. Oglesby by clicking here: Student Spotlight

Dr. Masala

Planting Seeds of the Future Documentary Premiere
as produced by LLP's Dr. Francesco Masala

"This project started with a very simple idea," says Dr. Masala. "Showing the real meaning of being a farmworker in the United States and how little we know about it. I came up with this idea years ago when I was living in Southwest Florida, an incredibly rich and opulent area with "forgotten" cities such as Immokalee."

The PBS documentary will initially air on South Florida's WGCU, a virtual channel owned by Florida Gulf Coast University.  LLP congratulates Dr. Masala on this most recent sucess, and we look forward to hearing more about it.  For more information, contact Dr. Masala. 

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Mark Your Calendar: PRIDE Training on Oct. 14

Pursuing Respect,
Diversity, Inclusion,
& Equity

Anyone who wishes to learn how to support the LGBTQ+ community is welcome. Friday, October 14, 9:00 AM-12:00 PM, via Zoom.

Email Dr. Jill Anderson for details and zoom link at:

We hope to see you there! 

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Mark your Calendar: LLP Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!

Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us on October 11th at 3 PM! We will be talking about the origin of this month and its importance not only in Hispanic countries, but all over the world!
There will be games and a short Spanish lesson!

Zoom link:
Presented by Dr. Francesco Masala & Dr. Megan O’Neil

David Ozuna

Congrats to David Ozuna: New LLP Spotlight and Nashville Southern Books Festival Intern

English Major David Ozuna is our latest LLP Spotlight.  He was recently hired as the first TSU intern for the annual, Nashville Southern Festival  "Reading books and writing stories is a quality that's been a hobby that I want to make into a career."  Learn more about Ozuna by clicking here: Student Spotlight


PASS Tutoring is Back, Fall 2022

This semester, faculty members from the English department are working with Tiger Tutoring. Tutors will be available starting Jan. 31. This service is free to students. PASS 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 PASS Tutoring Webpage.

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Soul Fire is Back! 
"We Want Live Words!"

Soul Fire  Poetry Group and Workshop will return Fall 2019.  The first meeting of the semester will be held at  5 p.m., Weds., Sept. 14, On ZOOM . 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.