January 2017

Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature Wins Award

screen-shot-2017-01-23-at-3-19-07-pmFor over thirty years, the University of Tulsa has been home to Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, a premier academic journal that has helped transform our understanding of women’s writing.  TSWL was founded by Germaine Greer in 1981 and has since been led by an array of talented editors, including Sherri Benstock, Holly Laird, Laura Stevens, and Jennifer Airey.  It regularly publishes cutting-edge special issues that not only look to recover the work of forgotten women writers, but also open up entirely new research in areas like adoption, transnationalism, and digital archives.

Recently, the Council of Editors of Learned Journals, gave Tulsa Studies its 2016 Voyager Award, which recognizes excellence in any journal covering the period from 1500 to 1800.  The jurors specifically singled out the special issue titled “New Directions on Mary Leapor and Ann Yearsley,” guest edited by Kerri Andrews, a Senior Lecturer in English at Edge Hill University, UK.  Leapor and Yearsley were working-class poets whose writings from the 1700s had been almost forgotten. Thanks to the work of the journal its editors, however, the dynamic and powerful voices of these women can once again be heard.

Take a moment to visit Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature online and learn more about the kind of innovative scholarship that has made the journal a cornerstone of the humanities here at the University of Tulsa.

Big Ideas @ TU: Dietland

This spring, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities is partnering with the University of Tulsa’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program to host our annual Big Ideas @ TU.  As part of our year-long focus on the theme of food we will host a community-wide discussion of Sarai Walker’s best-selling novel Dietland, a riotous look at the beauty industry where “Fight Club meets Margaret Atwood.”

Throughout January, we are giving away free copies of the book to the first thirty people who request one and we’ll follow this with two programs:

  • facebook-post-dietlandFirst, Dr. Jan Wilson, Associate Professor of History and Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, will lead a discussion of the book for all those who have read or received a copy.  This special open seminar will meet on February 28th at 7pm in Tyrrell Hall.
  • Second, Sarai Walker, the book’s author, will visit campus and talk about how she came to the project after starting out as a writer for magazines like Seventeen and Mademoiselle.  Walker’s lecture will take place on March 9th at 7pm in Chapman Lecture Hall.

Both events are free and open to everyone.  To receive a copy of the book, simply drop by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities on the ground floor of Tyrrell Hall or send an email to humanities@utulsa.edu.  All copies include a bookmark with questions to think about as you read this hilarious yet provocative novel.

Homelands: Call for Faculty Fellows

dorothyThe idea of a homeland evokes thoughts of pleasure and pain, belonging and exile, flight and shelter. Is home a place, a state of mind, an imagined community, a commodity, or, as Charlotte Perkins Gilman writes, a fundamentally “human institution?” James Baldwin suggests we can only know home by its absence, while for Robert Frost it’s the place “they have to take you in.” For some, the idea of home promises shelter, identity, authenticity, and stability, while for others it evokes loss, exile, oppression, constriction, and the impossibility of return. The idea itself has shaped and been shaped by gender, race, class, geography, religion, and ethnicity while being deployed to both offer protection and propagate terror.  Home, in short, is an essential element of the human condition and throughout the 2017-18 academic year, the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities will explore its myriad human dimensions through an array of programs including concerts, performances, film screenings, exhibitions, discussions, lectures, debates, and workshops.

In order to support this work, the OCH invites applications from the TU faculty to join the Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar focused on the topic of Home and Homelands. The seminar will convene once a week through the fall 2017 semester and will build on the expertise of each participant to launch an intensive investigation of home, assisted by visiting speakers, artists, and performers. In the spring, participants will share their work with the larger community through talks, performances, colloquia, and other events. The Center encourages interdisciplinary work and welcomes a broad interpretation of the theme that will carry our investigations across intellectual, critical, experimental, and aesthetic domains.

All TU faculty are eligible to apply and those in the College of Arts and Sciences may receive a one-course reduction designed to support their work as a fellow.  If you have questions or wish to receive and application, please complete the form or write directly to Sean Latham.  All applications are due no later than January 30, 2017.

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