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…

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…

The Wall of Hope

Check out this short video documenting a UPRM Department of English initiative: a wall for the UPRM Community to express itself upon returning to classes after Hurricane María.

Credits: Initiative, design, and implementation by Dr. Mary Sefranek, Jenaira Martínez, and other volunteers, messages by UPRM community, video by Samara Pérez and Victor Soto. Video produced for the English Department Website as a project in Prof. Leonardo Flores’ Digital Humanities Internship class.

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Lost in the Woods

On Saturday, October 29, members of the English Department Student Association (EDSA) and the Future Teachers Association (AFM) joined forces with Dr. Linda Rodríguez and took a Halloween adventure to children at Mayagüez’s Children’s Library. From friendly dogs to a scary forest filled with gargoyles, and witches, the children helped Nena and her friends return home. This year’s Halloween puppet show, “La aventura de Nena por el Bosque Tenebroso”  was adapted and narrated by Dr. Rodríguez. The story, based on Linda’s book “Nena se va de paseo con sus amigos,”  took a twist after twist to give kids an air … Read more…

A Cup of Coffee with Dr. Rosa Roman

Dr. Rosa Roman is currently an associate professor at the UPRM’s English Department, she also works with the Teachers Preparation Program, advanced undergraduate students, and new graduate students enrolling  in the Masters Program (MAEE). She offers INGL 5010 (Perspectives on Teaching of English as a Second Language) to undergrads, a course taken in conjunction with the Methodology course, which is required for the Teachers Preparation Program. Also, Dr. Roman teaches INGL 6010 which is a requirement for the MAEE. The professor also councils students who are completing either their intensive examinations or theses. The Methodology course she teaches, focuses on the rules, circular letters, and curriculum within the Department of Education of Puerto Rico. In addition, Dr. … 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…

Luchas de Antes, Ahora, y… ¿Siempre?

This conference was organized by Dr. Mary Sefranek and focused on giving ex-political prisoners a voice within the UPRM campus, allowing students to witness history through them. Two courses, both created by Dr. Sefranek, tied into the conference, INGL 3300: Rebellion and Revolution in the Diaspora for undergraduates and INGL 6985: “En Resistencia y Lucha”: Teachin’ Fightin’ Texts of the Puerto Rican Diaspora for graduate students. They covered topics such as colonialism and community transformation in order to help students become more familiar with the themes that would be discussed during the conference. The event took place on September 17, 2015, one of several marking the 10th anniversary … 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…

Banned Book Week with EDSA

The annual celebration of Banned Books Week took place from September 27nd to October 3rd this year, with the English Department Student Association (EDSA) taking charge of its coordination. The week was established by the American Library Association (ALA) in an effort to unite “the entire book community –- librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types –- in  shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.” For more information on the history of the event, you can visit their website here. EDSA divided their efforts into two days, … Read more…

Extending Caribbean Literature to the Real World

As part of her Literature of the English-Speaking Caribbean class, Dr. Ricia Chansky tasks her students with a micro-documentary project. Though it is a recent development, the project has been met with much enthusiasm from the students themselves. The micro-documentaries, as the name suggests, take a look at the life of Puerto Rico objectively, giving the viewer an idea of what the subjects have experienced on the island. The subjects of the micro-documentaries– artist, expert, or a voice from the past– are chosen by the students in the class. Seeing as the project is relatively new, there are quite a … Read more…

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