Professor Nancy Vanessa Vicente’s MWWP Grant

We sat down with Professor Nancy Vanessa Vicente, Site Director of the MayaWest Writing Project to find out more about the $15,000 grant she received for it, and how it would benefit the project. Vicente explained how the project has been around since 2007, and they are now entering their tenth-year anniversary. The MayaWest Writing Project is affiliated with the National Writing Project. It is the only site in Puerto Rico and the only truly bilingual site of the organization. Vicente describes it as a project for teachers and how they “coach teachers to incorporate writing in their classroom.” Vicente recalled how … Read more…

The Ultimate Spring 2018 Guide to English Courses

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Do you need to take English Courses next semester? Then this is the guide for you! Students Completing Institutional English Requirements See the General Education English Sequences to know which courses you can take to fulfill your institutional requirements for English. Reminders: Basic English (3101-3102) leads to Reading and Composition (3201-3202/3209/3289) NOT to Intermediate English. Intermediate English (3103-3104) leads to electives in English (listed in the link above) NOT to Advanced English. Advanced English (3211-3212) fulfills your institutional English requirements, but are NOT equivalent to electives in English. Please be clear about what sequence you’re in and satisfy those requirements … Read more…

Courses with Dr. Eric Lamore: Literary Theory and Early Black Atlantic Literature

This Spring semester don’t miss out on the opportunity to take these two literature courses with Dr. Eric Lamore who specializes is the literature of the early black Atlantic, transatlantic lives and texts, African American literature, early American literature, textual scholarship, book history, life writing, and the teaching of literature. INGL 3308 – Introduction to Literary Theory (Tues./Thur. 12:30 and 2:00) – (prerequisite: any survey course) INGL 6056 – Early Black Atlantic Literature (Tuesday & Thursday 3:30-4:45) – advanced undergraduate students welcomed.

Spring 2018 Courses with Dr. Leonardo Flores

This Spring 2018 semester I (Dr. Leonardo Flores) will be offering 3 courses: Modern Poetry, Digital Creative Writing, and Digital Humanities Internship. I have linked to the course blogs, with which I have offered at least two or more iterations of the courses, which should allow you to have a sense of what I’ve covered in the past. For a more immediate synopsis, download the flyer or read it as it cycles above. Some fun facts about these courses: Modern poetry is the second in a 3-part series of poetry courses he will be offering. You can jump in anytime, … Read more…

Interning Crossroads Activity: Opportunities for English majors

Last week a very special event took place. The English Department hosted “Interning Crossroads: Imagining Futures in English and Beyond,” an informative presentation about Internships for the English Undergraduates, from the perspective of four undergrads who embarked on internships last Summer or last semester: Ana Romanach, Amanda Ciani, Andrea Valdés and Keysalis Fermín. Keysalis Fermín recalled how she worked as an intern at the Phillis Wheatley School in Louisiana, as part of the Relay program of the Graduate School of Education (GSE). Her job consisted on preparing fifth-grade students for sixth grade which was part of the program’s purpose to turn … Read more…

Featured Alumni: Angel Matos

This semester, I had the opportunity to converse with one of our English Department Alumni, who has recently been hired as a tenure track Assistant Professor at San Diego State University. His story tells us about his path of discovery, the challenges of the current academic job market, and offers sage advice to our community. We would like to know a little about your background, perhaps a past anecdote that has shaped you into the person you have become today. I guess something that has shaped and continues to shape me today is the fact that I never really limited … Read more…

English Department Fundraising and Food Drive for Come Colegial

After the passing of Hurricane María and its devastating effects on communities across Puerto Rico, the UPRM initiative Come Colegial, dedicated to ensuring low-income students receive alimentary support on a routine basis, urgently requires support. Its warehouse of supplies was nearly depleted after distributing emergency provisions to students prior to the natural disaster. On a regular basis, the organization serves 60-70 students per semester. After the Consejo General de Estudiantes (General Student Council) conducted an online survey last week, however, nearly 600 students reported they would require alimentary assistance in the wake of María. This is a dire situation and … Read more…

Solidarity with the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste

In the wake of Hurricane María, the Department of English would like to recognize and affirm the significant work being accomplished by the Brigada Solidaria del Oeste/the Solidarity Brigade of the West (https://www.facebook.com/brigadasolidariaoeste/) on a daily basis. This grassroots organization, comprised of a collective of distinct groups across the western coast of Puerto Rico, has taken a hands-on, pro-active approach to address the resulting humanitarian and social crisis. The Brigada collectively meets each Friday in Mayagüez, identifying communities severely affected by the hurricane, taking a census of needs, and ensuring that provisions have been delivered – or other aid provided- to meet … Read more…

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