Call for Nominations: Eugene Current-Garcia Distinguished Scholar Award

The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama solicits nominations for the 2018 Eugene Current-Garcia Award for Distinction in Literary Scholarship. This award is made annually to a living, outstanding literary scholar who is from Alabama or has worked primarily in Alabama or has focused mainly on Alabama writers.

As originally conceived, the award “recognizes and rewards Alabamians who have distinguished themselves as men or women of letters, specifically in scholarly reflection and writing on literary topics.” It also demonstrates “the respect of the scholar’s peers in the academic community and signals to the citizenry at large the lasting importance of the pursuit of knowledge and the contribution of literature to the culture.” The award includes a $5,000 stipend and an original Frank Fleming bronze of the clock tower on the old Monroe County Courthouse.

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Pioneer Con slated for October

2018 Save the Date Pioneer Con Jefferson State (1)

Jefferson State Community College (Shelby-Hoover Campus) will be hosting Pioneer Con on October 17, 2018 from 9:30 am until 4:30 pm. This event combines elements of comic-con and an academic conference and is free is to attend; community members are encouraged to visit as well. There will be panels run by faculty and students as well as guest speakers, including Phoebe North, author of Starglass and Starbreak. Participants can compete in Dungeons and Dragons mini-campaigns and take pictures at a Game of Thrones themed photo booth. More information regarding a call for presentations and the conference program are coming soon!