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English Week: Writing about Family and Other Adventures in Memoir Writing, March 27, 2017

Robert Rebein, Matt Daugherty, and JJ Gramlich

Writers of memoir often draw their inspiration—and their characters—from the people who populate the inner-most world of childhood: parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles. These are the people we know best, often the people whose actions, good and bad, have impacted us the most. What are the pleasures and pitfalls of writing about family? What “rules,” if any, apply to this high-stakes game? To whom does the writer owe allegiance—to self, family, the reader? What happens when family members are allowed to read and respond to what we’ve written about them?

Robert Rebein, Chair of English, has taught creative writing at IUPUI since 1998. He is the author of the memoirs Dragging Wyatt Earp: A Personal History of Dodge City (2013) and Headlights on the Prairie: Essays on Home (forthcoming in 2017).

JJ Gramlich is an English/creative writing and linguistics major from Dallas, Texas.

Matthew Daugherty is a senior creative writing major from Noblesville, Indiana. His writing reflects an attempt at understanding the affects of loss on the individual and on the family. When he grows up, Matt, as he prefers his friends to call him, wishes to travel and catalogue the cryptids of the world.

A part of the English Week, presented by the Department of English.

Location: Campus Center 307

March 27, 2017 | 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

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English Week: Research at the Writing Center: Conversations with Writing Consultant Alumni, March 27, 2017

Marilee Brooks-Gillies and Patrick Stutz

Last summer, we began a Peer Writing Tutor/Consultant Alumni Research Project(PWTCARP) site at IUPUI’s University Writing Center (UWC). Our IRB-approved research is based on work spearheaded by writing center scholars Hughes, Gillespie, and Kail and looks exclusively at the experiences of former IUPUI UWC tutors/consultants. The purpose of the study is twofold: 1) to assess the short and long term value of tutor/consultant training and writing center experience on former peer writing tutors/consultants and 2) to inform current tutor/consultant training and practice from the perspective of former tutors/consultants. During our presentation, we will share our results and discuss the ways being engaged in the study offers undergraduates the opportunity to learn more about research methods in the areas of Writing Centers, Writing Studies, and Rhetoric and Writing and creates opportunities for conference presentations and publications. ​

Marilee Brooks-Gillies is an Assistant Professor of English at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis where she directs the University Writing Center and teaches courses in writing center theory and practice and first-year writing. She is in the process of developing a course on craft rhetorics, which will explore how craft is used in activism (craftivism) and the relationship between craft and heritage literacies. Marilee is a board member of the Cultural Rhetorics Consortium and of the East Central Writing Centers Association. Her research interests are situated in cultural rhetorics, writing center theory and practice, and material rhetorics. Her current projects focus on the professional development of writing center consultants, including developing a Peer Writing Tutor/Consultant Alumni Research Project (PWTARP) site, supporting graduate writers, and writing center assessment as an everyday practice.

Patrick Stutz has earned internship credit for his work as a University Writing Center consultant and is currently an intern at Energy Improvement Matters. Patrick is also a member of the University Writing Center’s Research & Assessment Committee.

A part of  English Week, presented by the Department of English.

Location: Campus Center 307

March 27, 2017 | 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM

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English Week: How Charles Dickens Created Cinema (And Vice Versa), March 27, 2017

Dennis Bingham and Carrie Sickmann Han

Dickens is, after Shakespeare and the Scripture writers, the author whose works have been most often adapted to the movies. There is probably no better entry to the world of Dickens on film than A Christmas Carol, a story everyone knows, perhaps even without having read the 1843 novella. Though it may be downright cruel to tease you with the promise of Christmas in late March, we invite you to join us on this journey through cinematic adaptations of Dickens as we explore the ways in which even the most modern technologies can be haunted by the spirit one of the most fundamental literary forms: the Victorian novel. Along the way we will tackle the age-old, nagging question—“Is the book REALLY better than (or different from) the movie?”—by showing how Dickens and his adapters complicate issues of genre, technology, and national cinema. Though he is often touted as the father of the modern novel, Dickens also deserves acclaim as the grandfather of modern cinema, and we will show you how the Christmas story that you know and love both produces and is produced by the world of film.

Dennis Bingham has been in IUPUI’s Department of English as Director of Film Studiesfor 25 years. He has lost count of how many different Film courses he has taught, but he often teaches Film Criticism, Film Theory and Aesthetics, decades in American Film History, French Cinema, various directors, such as Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, and the Coen Bros. He is known internationally for his publications on film biography (biopics), acting, stardom, and masculinity.

Carrie Sickmann Han is in her second year as a Visiting Assistant Professor at IUPUI where she teaches 19th-century British literature, children’s literature, and literature for adolescents. Her research and publications focus on adaptations and continuations of Victorian novels. Unlike Dennis’s work, this research has not (yet) brought her international acclaim, but her friends are pretty sure she is the world’s biggest Charles Dickens fan.

A part of English Week, presented by the Department of English.

Location: Campus Center 307

March 27, 2017 | 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM

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English Week: Building Community Partnerships Through Writing in W231, March 28, 2017

English Week: Graduate Student Experiences in the Teaching English Practicum, March 28, 2017

English Week:Why You Should Consider an Internship: An Intern Panel Discussion, March 28, 2017

English Week: Does Reading Young Adult Lit Build Better Citizens?, March 29, 2017

English Week: Linguistics Students Travel Around the World: Fulbrights and Other Scholarships, March 29, 2017

English Week: The Making of a Magazine: genesis from Start to Finish, March 29, 2017

The Rufus and Louise Reiberg Reading Series presents Angela Palm, March 29, 2017

English Week: The Reiberg Reading Series presents Angela Palm, March 29, 2017

States of Incarceration: Pages to Prisons book drive, April 10, 2017

States of Incarceration: Inside Out with Lori Pompa: A public conversation about social change through transformative education, April 13, 2017

States of Incarceration: Pages to Prisons book drive workshop, April 18, 2017

States of Incarceration Exhibit Opening Reception and Keynote Presentation by Ann Parsons, April 20, 2017

The Rufus and Louise Reiberg Reading Series presents Lili Wright, April 20, 2017

States of Incarceration: The Voices of Incarceration , April 21, 2017

States of Incarceration: Mental Health First Aid Certification , April 28, 2017

States of Incarceration: Mass Story Lab: Public conversation about re-entry, April 29, 2017

A Celebration of Scholarship: The Liberal Arts Honors Convocation, April 29, 2017

Museum Studies Program 11th Annual Portfolio Night, May 11, 2017

Inside Out with Lori Pompa: A public conversation about social change through transformative education, June 13, 2017