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Science Communication Faculty Roundtable

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If you happen to be on campus this morning, and looking for a fun and fabulous way to fill a few hours, the Science Communication Faculty Roundtable is taking place from 10:00am – noon over in Physics 235. Coffee, tea, juice, fizzy beverages, and a smattering of delicious treats (for both the health-fully inclined and those with a sweet tooth) will be provided, and doors open at 9:30am for an informal meet-and-greet reception.

Come on out and join us for a discussion with Faculty of Science instructors about the ins and outs, the joys and delights, the trials and tribulations, of communication in the science classroom and profession!

Organizers: Dr. Heather Love and Dr. George Lamont

Poster information: Dr Eugenia Cheng, a senior lecturer of Pure Mathematics at Sheffield University

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Quilt of Stories

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You may recall that UWaterloo English’s Dr. Lamees Al Ethari and Carrie Snyder, in conjunction with writer Tasneem Jamal, facilitated the X Page Workshop, a project in which immigrant and refugee women from the Waterloo region wrote stories based on their life experiences, and performed them. Now you can read their stories online, courtesy of The New Quarterly.

Celebrating our newest MA grads

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Our Masters of Arts graduates at Spring convocation came from every stream of the program, doing everything from co-op to coursework to major research papers. Each of them is equally deserving of their degree. Congratulations to all!

Emily Acton (RCD Coop – coursework)

Alexandra Barnard (XDM – coursework)

Cherise Carlaw (RCD Coop – coursework)

Suzanne Heeg (RCD Coop – coursework)

John Connor Kelly (RCD Coop – coursework)

Andrew Myles (XDM Coop – MRP): “A Program for Posthuman Fitness,” supervisor Dr. Marcel O’Gorman

Jesse Russell (LIT – Coursework)

Katherine Tu (RCD – MRP): “Collocation of Rhetorical Figures in Prototypical Rhetorical Figure Examples,” supervisor Dr. Randy Harris

Alex Zima (RCD – MRP): “The Toxic Sophists of Antiquity: an Analysis of the Rhetoric of Trolling and Trolls,” supervisor Dr. Beth Coleman

Art Meets Tech with Dr. Lai-Tze Fan

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On June 20th English’s Dr. Lai-Tze Fan will be one of the presenters at Art meets Tech, an event held in conjunction with the City of Kitchener and the True North festival. English alumni Megan Honsberger and Miraya Groot will also be presenting. The event is at 44 Gaukel Street, 6-9pm.

Awards for The New Quarterly

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Congratulations to The New Quarterly for winning double silver — one each in Poetry and Personal Journalism — at this year’s National Magazine Awards on May 31st, the best showing by a Canadian literary magazine and ninth best overall. More than 185 Canadian print and digital magazines submitted their best, in both official languages. TNQ had five nominations at the 42nd NMAs, including two in Poetry, two in Personal Journalism, and one in Fiction.

Terence Young’s “The Bear” won silver in Poetry. This poem was also a runner-up in TNQ’s Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse contest. “That Time of Year,” a story from his second collection of fiction, The End of the Ice Age, was selected for the annual Best Canadian Stories in 2012.

Meaghan Rondeau’s “Half-Thing” won silver in Personal Journalism. This prose piece  also won TNQ’s 2018 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Contest. Rondeau mostly writes poetry and short fiction, but her first play, “Cassandra in the House,” was produced at the Brave New Play Rites in Vancouver.

“The competition is fierce at the NMAs — in poetry, there were eight shortlisted, and in personal journalism, there were eleven shortlisted,” said TNQ editor Pamela Mulloy. “It’s always a surreal experience to attend the NMAs with all their razzle-dazzle, and to see The New Quarterly‘s name on the big screen makes me incredibly proud of all the work that goes into bringing these winning writers to this very big stage.

In the 20 years that it has participated in the National Magazine Awards, TNQ has won 10 gold, 9 silver and had 43 honourable mentions.

The New Quarterly is a non-profit Canadian literary magazine housed at St. Jerome’s University at the University of Waterloo. The magazine has been publishing the best of new Canadian writing — fiction, nonfiction, poetry, author interviews and talk about writing — for 38 years.

PhD Alumna wins Dissertation Award!

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This is fantastic news! UWaterloo PhD graduate Dr. Sarah Whyte has received the 2018 Award for Best Dissertation from the Canadian Association for the Study of Discourse and Writing for The Rhetorical Life of Surgical Checklists: A Burkean Analysis with Implications for Knowledge Translation. Dr. Whyte was supervised by Dr. Jay Dolmage with committee members Dr. Randy Harris and Dr. Catherine Schryer. The committee had this to say about her dissertation:

Dr. Whyte’s doctoral research makes substantial contributions to the theoretical foundations of writing and discourse studies. She pushes Burke—as a theory and method—into new territory in a return to dramatism as she interrogates and deepens the notion of rhetorical situation, in particular through an examination of the concept of circumference. She traces the circumference of the surgical checklist through a deep and rich analysis of the wide range of texts around and about its efficacy/performance in the operating theatre. Within the theatre itself, her participant observations reveal that rhetorical situation is as multifold as the number of participants, and that shared experience does not make for a single/homogenous situation. Thus, circumference has multiple dimensions, and rhetorical situation might be more spherical than our field has grasped to date. Overall the committee agreed that this work will go on to be of key importance to those in our field—including but not limited to Burke scholars and medical rhetoricians—and to policy makers and practitioners in surgical teams.

Congratulations again to Dr. Whyte. Now for a little UWaterloo trivia. Can you guess which UWaterloo English faculty member also won a dissertation award from CASDW?

New Faculty Book: Shakespeare On Stage and Off

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It’s not surprising that summer in Waterloo is Shakespeare season for many, given the proximity of the Stratford Festival. This makes it the perfect time to congratulate English faculty Dr. Kenneth Graham and Dr. Alysia Kolentsis on their forthcoming edited collection, Shakespeare On Stage and Off. The description from the press promises a lively and current volume, covering everything from Star Trek to “a Trump-like Julius Caesar”–read on to find out more!

Today, debates about the cultural role of the humanities and the arts are roiling. Responding to renewed calls to reassess the prominence of canonical writers, Shakespeare On Stage and Off introduces new perspectives on why and how William Shakespeare still matters.

Lively and accessible, the book considers what it means to play, work, and live with Shakespeare in the twenty-first century. Contributors – including Antoni Cimolino, artistic director of the Stratford Festival – engage with contemporary stagings of the plays, from a Trump-like Julius Caesar in New York City to a black Iago in Stratford-upon-Avon and a female Hamlet on the Toronto stage, and explore the effect of performance practices on understandings of identity, death, love, race, gender, class, and culture. Providing an original approach to thinking about Shakespeare, some essays ask how the knowledge and skills associated with working lives can illuminate the playwright’s works. Other essays look at ways of interacting with Shakespeare in the digital age, from Shakespearean resonances in Star Trek and Indian films to live broadcasts of theatre performances, social media, and online instructional tools. Together, the essays in this volume speak to how Shakespeare continues to enrich contemporary culture.

A timely guide to the ongoing importance of Shakespearean drama, Shakespeare On Stage and Off surveys recent developments in performance, adaptation, popular culture, and education.