Meeting up with Dr. Gregory Stephens

“Critical thinking has a price.” Being open-minded and having different beliefs than the family one grows up with can lead one to distance oneself from them. This is something Dr. Stephens exposes in his essay “Father’s Day Blues”, where a variety of topics urge the reader to question themselves and their environment. Dr. Gregory Stephens discusses his own struggle with growing up in a family that had beliefs he didn’t necessarily agree with. He introduces the reader to the reality that humans have beliefs that are seldom, if ever, questioned.  His writings provide insight into a relatively new figure on the UPRM campus. So, … Read more…

Hostos Museum Visit with Dr. Sefranek

Dr. Mary Sefranek is an Associate Professor at UPRM, whose research areas include: Latin@ Studies in English Education, Bilingual/Bicultural Education, Multiliteracies and Multimodality Theorizing and Practice, etc. As part of her EING 6005: Foundations of English Education, Dr. Sefranek discusses bilingual education in the U.S. and how it eventually affects Puerto Rico. Also, the perception Puerto Ricans may have of the English language as a culture, and how her students must defy this to teach the language. In this class is incorporated as well, the importance and the contributions of Eugenio Maria de Hostos. On February 27th, 2016, Dr. Sefranek’s … Read more…

6 Things You Missed from the PCSA Conference

If you didn’t go to the “II Annual Popular Culture Conference: From Person to Persona: Exploring Transformative Identity in Authors, Characters, and Individuals,” you have certainty missed out on something special. Not only were the workshops informative and interesting, they also were developed based on Popular Culture. The Presenters took their favorite TV Shows, Movies,  Anime, etc., and analyzed them from an academic point of view. The results were outstanding! Here’s what you missed: Cosplay Parade Which was Thursday at Hora Universal. And there characters from movies, anime, TV series and more! Movie Night: Mockingjay Part 2   Which started at 6:00 … Read more…

“Matrícula” Orientation for Undergraduates

On Thursday, April 14, 2016 during Universal Hour, the Department of English offered an orientation for undergraduates regarding the upcoming enrollment period. The enrollment, or “matrícula,” orientation period began on Monday, April 4 with the release of available courses for the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters. Orientation at the department was available until Friday, April 22. The system will open on Monday, April 25, at which point students may enroll, and will remain open until Tuesday, May 3. We were happy to see you as we provided a space for students to personally meet with their advisors.  Students who were unable to attend will have the opportunity to schedule … Read more…

The Routledge Auto|Biography Studies Reader: Dr. Ricia Chansky

“Studying narrated lives is changing lives.” – Dr. Chansky Congratulations are in order for Dr. Ricia Chansky! This past November she released her latest book: “The Routledge Auto | Biography Studies Reader.”  This book is an anthology of theories in Autobiography Studies, and is divided into three sections: the Foundation of the Field, the Transformation of the Field and the Future of the Field.  Autobiography Studies looks at all the components that structure our identities (gender, ethnicity, language, etc.), but it is also an interdisciplinary field.  It departed from literature, extended to the study of minorities with the arrival of … Read more…

Movie Medievalism: Dr. Nickolas Haydock

Have you ever wondered what professors do in their research? Did you know that among our own English professors is the author of a book that discusses the medieval history interpretation in the contemporary film industry? I’m referring to Dr. Nickolas Haydock, who wrote “Movie Medievalism: The imaginary Middle Ages.” His text analyses the portrayal of medievalism in popular films. In this book we find specific examples of medievalism in films like: First Knight, A Knights Tale, The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc, Kingdom of Heaven, King Arthur, Night Watch, and The Da Vinci Code. This book also investigates how … Read more…

Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Recap

In case you missed the event of the year (not kidding), here are some highlights. The performance of the Rocky Horror Picture Show has become a tradition at UPRM, and because of its ongoing success had two performances on different nights, November 9 and 10th, with both shows starting at 6:00 pm. This year’s show had four organizations came together to make this event possible: PCSA, EDSA, TeatRUM and Cinematheque, and they certainly made both nights ones to remember. Here’s what happened: The Games: The Virgin Games, a Rocky Horror Picture Show tradition at the UPRM, set the mood for the night. People were picked from … Read more…

Magna Feria Internacional del Libro Eugenio María de Hostos

The International Hostos Book Fair has become  a new tradition in Mayagüez. It all started back in 2010 and is celebrated every year and a half, it is filled with diverse topics to educate the community and improve the quality of life of the citizens of the western region. This rewarding event will take place at the adjacent park of the Estadio Isodoro García de Mayagüez, from November 3rd to the 8th. The activities last all day. The event includes an assorted program of activities such as a magic forest of readings, a section of gallery paintings, tables with independent booksellers, authors, publishers and artisans, all … Read more…

Open Mic Night

EDSA has joined forces with the Café Colegial: Cueva de Tarzan to celebrate La Cueva’s 10th anniversary. They are both inviting you to their Open Mic Night this Thursday October 29th starting at 5:00pm. Come to celebrate with a very special guest star; poet Bonafide Rojas. Don’t miss out on  night full of fun and the greatest thing La Cueva provides; coffee. For more information you can visit EDSA or Café Colegial: Cueva de Tarzan

Harry Potter at UPRM

“Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.” -Ronald Dahl Something magical certainly took place on October 8th in the English Department’s Language Lab. The Popular Culture Student Association (PCSA) had its Fall initiation and it was amazingly geeky (in all the great ways). The PCSA is a relatively new association, having only existed for a year now at the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. It was brought into existence by Master’s student Ivette López Cordero, alongside her fellow classmates, in an effort to bring to the University a fresh outlook on popular culture. “Pop Culture brings people together,” … Read more…

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