Category Archives: Alumni

Convocation time!

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How many other opportunities in your life will there be to introduce your family to your professors while at least two of you are wearing robes? Take advantage of this one immediately following the 10:00 a.m. convocation ceremony (Wednesday, June 14, 2017).

Our new English undergraduate and graduate alumni and their families are invited to a post-convocation celebration in the SLC Great Hall. Enter the hall and look for the English Language and Literature sign. English faculty and staff will be on hand to congratulate you and wish you all the best for your future. There will be complimentary desserts and refreshments–and after convocation I promise, they will be very welcome. No reservation required. We look forward to seeing you!

SLC – Student Life Centre

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1

Canada

News from PhD grad Sarah Gibbons

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Recent UWaterloo English graduate Dr. Sarah Gibbons (PhD ’16) has just accepted a position as Writing Specialist in Writing Services at University of Guelph. While at UWaterloo she became involved with the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies, edited by her supervisor, Dr. Jay Dolmage, becoming Assistant Editor and Social Media Coordinator. Sarah’s dissertation, Disablement, Diversity, Deviation: Disability in an Age of Environmental Risk, was funded in part by an award from Canada’s Social Sciences and Humanities Resources Council.

U2 licenses alumnus’s work

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This is probably one of the more unusual Words in Place posts. It appears U2 (yes, that U2, with Bono) has licensed the work of UWaterloo English alumnus George Elliott Clarke, in advance of their upcoming Vancouver concert. Clarke, as you may recall, is currently poet laureate of Canada. As reported by Quill & Quire, they will feature “Ain’t You Scared of the Sacred?: A Spiritual” and “Elegy for Leonard Cohen.”

A PhD dissertation that is also a game?

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UWaterloo English PhD grad Steve Wilcox didn’t write a conventional dissertation by any stretch. Rather, his thesis combined allergies, education, and games studies. Specifically, Steve argued that “games can be used to translate knowledges between communities and cultures. This is accomplished by training the player’s imagination to discover knowledge that is situated in unfamiliar social and cultural situations.” As part of this, Steve created a game titled Allergory. It features a young girl named Mia who has a peanut allergy. Through the game, “Players work with Mia as she migrates to a new school where she is the first food-allergic student. The game is intended to help non-food-allergic persons understand the social, cultural, and practical reality of having a food allergy.” Now you can play the game online. Dr. Wilcox is a full-time faculty member in the Game Design & Development program at Laurier-Brantford.

Steve Wilcox’s dissertation committee members were: Drs. Aimée Morrison, Beth Coleman, and Marcel O’Gorman.

Alumnus Evan Munday on CBC

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You might remember UWaterloo English alumnus Evan Munday from our previous Words in Place interview (in which his time-travelling monkey made an apperance). Now he is featured on CBC, discussing his newest project, #365Canadians. As CBC notes, Munday is “drawing portraits of Canadians you might not find in textbooks — think less John A. MacDonald and more Alexander Milton Ross.” Several Canadian authors feature to date–Lillian Allen, Nalo Hopkinson, Lee Maracle, Mairuth Sarsfield, Richard Wagamese–with more to come.

You can read more at CBC. Or follow the Twitter hashtag #365Canadians.

http://www.cbc.ca/2017/this-illustrator-is-drawing-365canadians-you-might-not-find-in-history-textbooks-1.4040448?utm_content=buffere47d0&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

Immigration Acts: Two Plays

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UWaterloo lecturer and English BA & PhD graduate Diana Lobb is the director of Immigration Acts, two plays being staged at the Kitchener-Waterloo Little Theatre from April 13 to April 29, 2017. According to the press release: “Immigration Acts stages the Canadian split personality regarding immigration—priding ourselves on national multiculturalism, while sometimes being xenophobic, if not profoundly racist, when addressing “immigrant” issues—in two one act plays. The multicultural Canada is made to sit beside the racist Canada. The audience is placed in the position of negotiating between the generous, tolerant vision of Canada in One Officer’s Experiences (by Arthur J. Vaughn) and the white supremacist, intolerant vision of Canada in The Komagata Maru Incident (by Sharon Pollock).” For information about tickets, visit the KWLT site.

All about Alumna Rupi Kaur

A new video about best-selling UWaterloo English alumna Rupi Kaur. For more on Rupi, co-op, and her degree, click here. Maybe you might be interested in taking a writing course? Creative Writing 1 (ENGL 335) is offered Spring 2017.