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Publicity Announcements:
February 2005


Publications: Postcolonial Studies

Assistant Professor Ryan Trimm's essay "The Times of Whiteness; or, Race between the Postmodern and the Postcolonial" has now appeared in the anthology Postcolonial Whiteness: A Critical Reader on Race and Empire. The volume is edited by Alfred J. Lopez and published by SUNY.


Presentations: Women's Studies and Activism

Janet Hagen (PhD student, lecturer at Three Rivers Community College in CT), Donna Bickford (recent URI English PhD and current lecturer in Women's Studies at URI) and Karen Stein, Director of Womens Studies and Professor of English, will present a panel at the New England Women's Studies Conference, March 4-5, 2005. The panel is titled

“Integrating Activism in Women's Studies,” and will be moderated by Anne Foley, Assistant Professor, Education, UMass Dartmouth. The titles of the papers follow: Karen F. Stein, "Activism in the University of Rhode Island's Women's Studies Program"; Donna M. Bickford, "Acts of Dissent in 'Women Writers of the Americas'"; and, Janet Hagen, "Activism in Introduction to Women's Studies."


Presentations: International: Place Studies

Catherine Michna, Graduate Student, will be presenting her paper, "Heteroglossias and Urban Space: Bakhtin on Ulysses' 'Wandering Rocks,'" at the Aesthetics and Politics in Postcolonial Studies conference taking place at University College Northampton on April 8 and 9, 2005. This conference is sponsored by the Arts and Humanities Research Board in the UK, and brings together post-graduate students from Oxford, Cambridge, Warwick and University colleges with international scholars to discuss postcolonialism as a field of research, as well as its changing political or ethical orientations. Catherine's trip will be partially funded by a grant from URI's Research Office.


Presentations: American Cultural Studies; Rhetoric and Composition

Graduate Students Jennifer Joyce Kissko, Cathryn Molloy and Bryna Siegel will all be presenting papers at the Stony Brook Graduate Conference in Manhattan, February 25-26 th. Jennifer Kissko will present on, “The 1980's ‘New Homeless’: A Social Historical Context for Marilynne Robinson’s Housekeeping”; Cathryn Molloy will present on, “White Teachers in Black Writing Classrooms: The Ongoing Debate and Searching for New Answers," and Bryna Siegel will present on "Requiring Imagination: The Case for Required Creative Writing Courses."


Presentations: Creative Writing

Graduate Students Cathryn Molloy and Bryna Siegel will be presenting their poetry at the College English Association's 36th Annual National Conference in Indianapolis on March 31, 2005.


Readerships: Shakespeare Studies

Associate Professor Katherine Scheil has been invited to read the manuscript of Burton Raffel's edition of The Merchant of Venice for Yale University Press.