Attention graduates: Teach English Abroad Opportunity. Go to http://us.fulbrightonline.org/countries/selectedcountry/hungary and click on Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships- Roma Student Initiative Grant.
“What hasn’t Maya Angelou done? A poet, memoirist, historian, activist, and professor; a three-time Grammy winner for her spoken-word recordings; a nightclub dancer; a cabaret and calypso singer; a Broadway actress, a film and television director; a performer for Alvin Ailey; the second poet, after Robert Frost, to appear at an American presidential inauguration; an ardent tweeter until the very end—86 years seems too short to contain the boil and glow of her life. But Angelou lived to challenge limits.” (Waldman)
Here are some great articles and videos that have been making their way around the web since her passing:
A free bird leapson the back of the windand floats downstreamtill the current endsand dips his wingin the orange sun raysand dares to claim the sky.But a bird that stalksdown his narrow cagecan seldom see throughhis bars of ragehis wings are clipped andhis feet are tiedso he opens his throat to sing.The caged bird singswith a fearful trillof things unknownbut longed for stilland his tune is heardon the distant hillfor the caged birdsings of freedom.The free bird thinks of another breezeand the trade winds soft through the sighing treesand the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawnand he names the sky his ownBut a caged bird stands on the grave of dreamshis shadow shouts on a nightmare screamhis wings are clipped and his feet are tiedso he opens his throat to sing.The caged bird singswith a fearful trillof things unknownbut longed for stilland his tune is heardon the distant hillfor the caged birdsings of freedom.
Maya Angelou, “Caged Bird” from Shaker, Why Don’t You Sing? Copyright © 1983 by Maya Angelou.
Write a 6 word story and win $100.
“For sale: baby shoes, never worn” – Ernest Hemingway wrote this 6 word story, saying it was his best work. What can you do in 6 words? Enter your 6 word story into our 6 word writing competition and the entry with the most likes will receive a cash prize of $100.
For more information visit: http://www.readwave.com/challenge/64/write-a-6-word-story-and-win-a-cash-prize-of-100/
Write a poem about your generation and win $100
Has the poem been left behind by tweets, memes and viral videos. That’s up to you! We want you to write a poem that embodies the triumph and weaknesses of your generation. The poem with the most likes will win a cash prize of $100.
For more information visit: http://www.readwave.com/challenge/65/write-a-poem-about-your-generation-and-win-100/
Is the Internet taking over? Write an 800 word article and win a cash prize of $250
In under a decade, social networks like Facebook and Tinder have redefined the way we live our lives, talk to our friends, even find love. With the launch of Google Glass it seems that technology will become an extension of how we see the world. But is the social web benefitting society or hurting it? And where will the digital revolution go from here?
We’re inviting all journalists and bloggers to have their say at our ReadWave Digital Identities writing competition. Write down your thoughts in less than 800 words. The winning article will receive a cash prize of $250 with a $100 cash prize for the runner up.
For more information visit: http://www.readwave.com/challenge/63/is-the-internet-taking-over-write-an-article-and-win-a-cash-prize-of-250/.
The English Department’s Dr. Christopher Z. Hobson recently had a letter to the New York Times editor published. The letter is about teaching James Baldwin and quotes one of our English majors! The letter reads:
It’s welcome that James Baldwin’s reputation is rising again. But in focusing on early masterworks like “Go Tell It on the Mountain” and “Sonny’s Blues,” we risk neglecting Baldwin’s rich, deeply felt later novels, particularly “If Beale Street Could Talk” (1974) and “Just Above My Head” (1979). I teach these regularly.
College readers respond to Baldwin’s vivid language — colloquial as well as literary; to the wisdom and sorrow of “Just Above My Head”; and to Baldwin’s prophetic anticipation of today’s partial acceptance of homosexuality and America’s stalled racial reformation.
One of my seniors wrote that Baldwin “hurt me in such a beautiful way that I could not be angry with him,” and that is one mark of a great writer.
CHRISTOPHER Z. HOBSON
Old Westbury, N.Y., April 27, 2014
The English Department is looking for dedicated English majors to work as student editors on Harmonia, our creative writing journal, or Discordia, our scholarly journal, for the 2014-2015 academic year. If you are interested, or would like more information, please contact Professor Jessica Williams at williamsJL@oldwestbury.edu by Thursday, May 1st.
“Gender, Sex, & Sauce: OW Students Serve Up Social Consciousness with Progress on the Side” by Jamel Sleem, English major.
On Monday, March 3. 2014, SUNY Old Westbury’s New Academic Building was host to The Student Symposium on Gender & Sexuality. This remarkable event – organized by the Women’s Center, Carol Quirke, Jessica Williams, and faculty from the departments of American Studies, English, Psychology and Sociology – saw the coming together of students and faculty from numerous disciplines all for the singular purpose of creating a public dialogue about an ever-important and ever-evolving issue: gender.
Five separate panels gave voice to various subject matter concerning each and every one of us. Subjects ranging from Gender Challenges, Masculinities, and Heroines, to Women & Religion and Women & Beauty helped to focus the conference and steer the discussion down productive avenues. Almost two dozen students from varying backgrounds and all walks of life brought their unique perspectives and voices to the conversation.
Thanks to the tireless efforts of program organizers and moderators – including the English Department’s Professors Williams, Emery, and Graf – the overall selection, which featured works from their combined classes as well as Professor Dissinger’s, touched on many important aspects of the ongoing and, in many cases, escalating conflicts faced by marginalized individuals the world over.
Of particular interest were presentations from English majors Alexa Bauman, Naomi Johnson, Joseph Lagalante, Jr., Jonathan Noyes, and Shakiraah Medford. Alexa presented her paper from Professor Emery’s Literature Across Cultures I class: Challenging Traditional Gender Roles in Society: Modern Female Protagonists in Ama Ata Aidoo’s Anowa and Marjane Satrapi’s The Complete Persepolis. Joseph’s paper, The Dominican Model of Manhood and the Broken Sucio: Identifying Masculinity as the Unifying Theme in the Works of Junot Diaz, sprang from his work in Professor Graf’s Senior Seminar I class. Professor Dissinger’s Literature Across Cultures I class was the fertile ground from which two presenters reaped their bountiful harvest. Naomi attacked the issue succinctly with Female Avenger: A Reading of Maxine Hong Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, while Jonathan opened eyes with his presentation, What’s Good for the Gander is Wrong for the Geese: Why the Construct of Gender is Harmful. Finally, Shaakirah Medford delivered a presentation titled Black Beauty and the Media: Redefining Our Own Beauty created for Professor Chipley’s Women and Media class.
Some students shared an event from their own past that helped to inform their present and altered their plans for the future. Others were motivated to share based on the struggles of family and friends and the impact those journeys had on their own lives. Still others were called to open up based on the influence that a specific text or work of art had on them, personally. And some simply had something important to say — and this distinct venue offered them an unprecedented platform from which to have their voices heard. Whatever the reason, each student brought something new and thought-provoking to the table.
The only thing more impressive than the tenor and tone of the discussion as a whole was the way in which it was received. Chairs ringed the hall but for much of the proceedings, the walls were lined with onlookers too engaged to leave for lack of adequate seating.
In one humble viewers opinion, this is an event that should be repeated in both form and function annually, as the length and breadth of the issues at hand multiply and shift with increased speed and readiness every day. Such a worthwhile pulpit should be maintained for future students in upcoming years.
COOKIES AND COMMAS: A Punctuation Workshop given by the Writing Center
Perplexed about punctuation? Confused about commas? Stumped by semi-colons? Join The Writing Center for a workshop on punctuation. They will review and practice guidelines for punctuating sentences effectively.
Date: Tuesday, April 22nd
Location: Campus Center, H-216
To contact the Writing Center, please visit https://oldwestbury.mywconline.com or call (516) 876-3093