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ACETA makes declaration in support of equity

July 1, 2020

Dear Friends of ACETA,

Like so many of you, we, the Steering Committee of the Association of College English Teachers of Alabama, are shocked by the killing of Mr. George Floyd at the hands of the police.

Mr. Floyd’s death has led to renewed protests against police brutality and against the systemic racism that affects so many; it is important that organizations like ours take this moment to declare publicly a commitment to justice and equity for all even when it threatens or goes against the very ideals we are accustomed.

This letter is our declaration.

Equity is not about handouts or a handout. Equity is not even about assisting the helpful or negating the helpless. Equity is making sure that everyone has the same opportunity of living a life and pursuing happiness.

Consider this visual: Three little boys attempt to see over a high fence. Obviously, they all have height challenges as the fence is too tall. But they are also of varying heights. Equality would be giving them a block of the same height, width, and number. Equity would require the addition of the little boys’ heights to be factored in; one boy might require 1 additional block, another 2 additional blocks, and the third an additional 3 blocks so that they all are able to see over the fence.

At the beginning of June, our parent organization, The National Council of Teachers of English, published a statement denouncing “all forms of racial violence and brutality.” The letter goes on to encourage members to be the makers of change in their own classrooms by promoting equity in the classroom. We encourage you to read this letter in full here.

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Recap of ACETA’s 72nd Annual Conference

Nearly four dozen undergraduates, graduate students, and part-time and full-time faculty from both two- and four-year colleges in Alabama convened for the University of North Alabama for ACETA’s 72nd annual Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination February 28-29. The conference began with a welcome from UNA Interim Dean Jeffrey Bibbee and award presentations for the William J. Calvert theoretical paper, James Woodall pedagogical paper, and Mary Evelyn McMillan Undergraduate analytical paper. The conference continued with seven varied panel sessions, including nineteen presentations to choose from, and three keynote speakers.

Jeffrey Bibbee welcomes ACETA attendees.

Jeffrey Bibbee welcoming ACETA attendees.

Friday evening’s dinner keynote speaker, Paula Greathouse, from Tennessee Technical University came to the conference through a speaking circuit with our parent organization NCTE (National Council of Teachers of English), and she discussed the ins and outs of inclusionary reading choices and the importance and advocacy of diversity in literary texts. Saturday’s panel keynote speaker was Chris Mettress from Samford University; Mettress was the 2019 Eugene Current-Garcia winner.

As originally conceived, the Eugene Current-Garcia 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.”

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Chris Mettress delivering his Eugene Current-Garcia keynote address.

The award includes a $5,000 stipend and an original Frank Fleming bronze of the clock tower on the old Monroe County Courthouse. Mettress’ presentation titled “From Mockingbird to Watchman: Maycomb and the Sympathetic Imagination” was given to a room full of eager listeners. Jason McCall, instructor from UNA, rounded out the conference with a keynote presentation at lunch on Saturday titled “What Disneyfication Can Teach Us About Our Students.”
The business meeting following lunch was a great way to recap the year for ACETA and look forward to another year of partnerships and planning for the 2021 conference. Attendees voted on the upcoming year’s ACETA steering committee, and ACETA saw two additional people come on board in open positions. For a list of the current steering committee members, please click on the “ACETA Officers” tab on our web site.

In the coming month, ACETA will publish a special issue of the newsletter designed to highlight award papers and panel presentations from the conference. Be on the lookout in April for this publication. ACETA thanks all the members, presenters, and volunteers that make this conference successful, and we all look forward to the year ahead! For more photos, please visit ACETA’s Association of College Teachers of Alabama page on Facebook.

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Attendees of ACETA’s 72nd Annual Conference received swag bags full of academic goodness.

 

 

AUM professor receives Current-Garcia award

The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama Steering Committee is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 Eugene Current-Garcia Award winner, Dr. Robert C. Evans, Professor of English at Auburn University- Montgomery.

Author of eight books and hundreds of articles, Dr. Evans’s prolific literary scholarship has advanced the field of Renaissance Studies.  Over the years, Dr. Evans has been the recipient of numerous research fellowships and has served as an editor for several journals and more than forty books.  Continue reading

ACETA announces 2020 Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination

Willingham Hall UNA Campus Circa 2014

Conference on the Sympathetic Imagination: Literature, Film, and Writing of Sympathy and Empathy

February 28–29, 2020
University of North Alabama
Florence, Alabama

In an 1817 letter to Benjamin Bailey, Keats writes, “The Setting Sun will always set me to rights, or if a Sparrow come before my Window, I take part in its existence and pick about the gravel.” What he describes is the sympathetic imagination, how we acquire knowledge of the inner lives of others by extending the imagination.

The term “sympathetic imagination” comes to us from Adam Smith: “As we have no immediate experience of what other men feel, we can form no idea of the manner in which they are affected, but by conceiving what we ourselves should feel in the like situation. Though our brother is upon the rack, as long as we ourselves are at our ease, our senses will never inform us of what he suffers. They never did and never can carry beyond our persons, and it is by the imagination we place ourselves in his situation.”

Sponsored by ACETA (The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama) and the University of Montevallo, this conference …  Continue reading

Scholarly papers sought for 2020 Calvert and Woodall Awards

2020 Calvert and Woodall Awards
Call for Papers

The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA) calls for papers for

The 2020 William J. Calvert Award
for a paper on any scholarly or theoretical topic in English studies

and

 The 2020 James Woodall Award
for a paper on any pedagogical topic in English studies

Deadline (Postmark or Email): December 13, 2019

College English teachers and graduate students may submit papers for one or both of the competitions.  The writer’s name, along with the title of the essay and the writer’s institutional affiliation, should appear on a cover sheet but not on the paper itself.  Papers may not have been previously read or published. Continue reading

Call for Nominations for Current-Garcia Award

Call for Nominations
Eugene Current-Garcia Distinguished Scholar Award

The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama solicits nominations for the 2019 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.

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Frye Gaillard (third from left) won the Eugene Current-Garcia Award from ACETA in 2016.

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. Continue reading

McMillian Writing Award opens 2020 submissions

The Association of College English Teachers of Alabama (ACETA) announces

Call for Papers for 

The 2020 Mary Evelyn McMillan
Undergraduate Writing Award

Deadline (Postmark or Email):  December 13, 2019

The McMillan Award is presented annually to the undergraduate student at an Alabama college or university whose informal essay is judged most outstanding by a panel of judges chosen by ACETA.

Requirements

  • The essay must have been written for a class taken during the current or previous academic year.

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Upcoming events from our partners: Pioneer Con rolls in October 17

The 4th Annual Pioneer Con will hitch its wagons to Jefferson State Community College’s Shelby campus in Hoover on Thursday, October 17.

pioneer con logoPart comic-con and part academic conference, Pioneer Con gives students, faculty, and members of the community a chance to release their inner geek. Events include:

  • Keynote by Jon Padgett, author of The Secret of Ventriloquism
  • Student and Faculty presentations
  • SciFi & Fantasy Trivia with prizes and pizza
  • Tabletop and Video Gaming
  • Photo Booth
  • Cosplay
  • Aerial Silks Demo, and more

The Con is seeking PRESENTATION PROPOSALS of the following types …

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