PBS Books Author Talk to feature TWU's West Jan. 12

TWU's Genevieve West, PhD, will be featured on PBS's Books Author Talk to discuss You Don't Know Us Negroes,  the book of essays by Zora Neale Hurston which West edited along with Monica Miller and Henry Louis Gates Jr.

TWU's Graham publishes op-ed in Fort Worth Weekly

Celeste Graham, mother, high school special education teacher and PhD candidate in Texas Woman’s University's department of social sciences and historical studies, published a column, "The Factual Retelling of History Is the Greatest Tool that Activists and Advocates Have," with the Fort Worth Weekly.

Class keeps history alive and accessible

TWU's Bibliography and Research Methods class is a course in preserving history, and it just completed a successful test run with the creation of the digital exhibit "Moments of Inscription: the Lives of Women Through Their Letters."

Author to hold publishing seminar

Author Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam will hold a seminar on getting published on Oct. 18, 2022, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the TWU Student Union at Hubbard Hall auditorium. The event is sponsored by the TWU department of Language, Culture, and Gender Studies. The seminar will be followed by a question-and-answer session, and Stufflebeam will sign copies of her novella, Glorious Fiends.

Studying in Greece was everything TWU's Huggins imagined

School has been back in session for a month and everyone is getting back into the daily classroom routine, shaking off the last daydreams of summer. It's been easier for some than others.

Not everyone met and was then separated from the great passion of their life.

"I really miss hearing Greek people in the background," TWU senior Riley-Grace Huggins said. "I miss that a lot. I had a FaceTime call with a friend over there, and she was speaking Greek to her mom. I almost cried. I miss it."

"It's not about the film, it's about the dialogue"

Spencer Wilkinson is not preaching to the choir.

It would be easy to dismiss Wilkinson's documentary, Alice Street, as just another socially conscious rant about gentrification, giving vent to a community's spleen. But the award-winning Alice Street is not a fist-shaking protest film, and Wilkinson has far greater ambitions than stirring up anger, regardless of how valid that anger may be.

Because Alice Street is a discussion piece.

TWU alumna spices her cuisine with social justice

TWU alumna Sharina Hassell, chef at Alexandre’s in Oak Lawn, has debuted the Chick-full-gay, a tongue-in-cheek homage to the sandwiches at a certain fast-food chain. The new fried chicken sandwich, with two pickles and a smear of mayo on both buns, is set to become a regular special on the menu.

“It was our idea on how to reclaim something for our community,” Hassell said. Alexandre’s sold the Chick-full-gay sandwiches, each packaged in a bag with a rainbow sticker, to Pride parade marchers.

Gentrification in spotlight in film screening at TWU

Texas Woman's University will host a screening of Alice Street, the award-winning documentary about gentrification and the efforts of a community to protect its history, voice and land. The film will be shown Sept. 26 at 2:30 p.m. in the Hubbard Hall auditorium. Admission is free, a panel discussion featuring TWU and Denton community leaders will follow, and Alice Street director Spencer Wilkinson will attend.

Phillips-Cunningham pens op-ed about Nannie Helen Burroughs

TWU's Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham has a new op-ed in the Washington Post: "On Labor Day, we honor a trailblazing Black educator and organizer," about Nannie Helen Burroughs, founder of the National Training School for Women and Girls in 1909.

Tullia infuses lessons learned at TWU into dean's job

You'd be hard-pressed to find a better example of the symbiosis between a Texas Woman's University education and an emerging career than the example of Tawny LeBouef Tullia.

The combinations of job and education, challenges and preparation, environment and interests have taken Tullia to Memphis, Tenn., where she just completed the first month of her interim year as dean of the Rosa Deal School of Arts at Christian Brothers University.

Phillips-Cunningham's op-ed in Washington Post on Juneteenth, Quakertown

TWU's Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, PhD, wrote and op-ed in the Washington Post regarding Juneteenth and Quakertown. The piece, titled "Juneteenth started in Texas. So did this Black town. Whites destroyed it," was published in two parts..

Part 1: How formerly enslaved people created a community of their own

Part 2: Groundless panic about White women's safety razed a town


TWU student earns four scholarships to study in Greece

Riley-Grace Huggins, a TWU junior majoring in English Literature, earned four scholarships to allow her to study in Greece this summer.

Fire official finds high reward in PhD

Megan Schuth, the first woman battalion chief in the Denton Fire Department, will be awarded her PhD in rhetoric in Friday’s graduation ceremony at TWU.

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham featured in 'Denton Record Chronicle' interview

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Program Lead of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, speaks to the Denton Record Chronicle about TWU’s upcoming Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies bachelor's degree and what it can mean for students.

Genevieve West, PhD, featured in Publisher's Weekly interview

We are proud to announce that TWU ESFL professor and chair Genevieve West, PhD, is featured in the Publisher’s Weekly interview "You Don’t Know Zora Neale Hurston" over the publication of the book You Don’t Know Us Negroes And Other Essays (Amistad)—a comprehensive collection of Hurston’s essays co-edited by West and the noted Harvard scholar and author Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

TWU student Demetria Ober spreads wings, flies solo in Spain

Texas Woman’s social work undergraduate Demetria Ober is studying abroad in Granada, Spain this year. As an individual who experiences blindness, she never imagined having the courage to leave her support system behind in order to fully immerse herself in a foreign language and culture.

Graduate Highlight: Esther Ajayi-Lowo (MA '18, PhD '21)

Esther Ajayi-Lowo is receiving her Ph.D. in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies this December. Her achievements have been hard-fought and hard-won. As a full-time student and mother of three, she often juggled scholarly work with graduate teaching assistantships while also engaging in leadership and community service projects. 

Texas Woman's University remembers Dr. Ann Jagoe (1951-2021)

Dr. Ann S. Jagoe passed away October 19, 2021. A three-time graduate of Texas Woman’s University's English Programs, Dr. Jagoe earned her Bachelor of Arts in English in 1975, her Master of Arts in English in 1986, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1996 with a concentration in English Rhetoric. 

Throughout her graduate studies, she worked as a secretary in the Campus Police Department; a secretary to the University President, Dr. Mary Evelyn Huey; and as an adjunct professor of English at area colleges.

in 2001, Dr. Jagoe joined the North Central Texas College as Department Chair overseeing English, Speech, and Foreign Languages. She served in this capacity until 2012, when she returned to full-time classroom teaching of English, continuing in this role until her passing. In 2007, she was selected Outstanding Professor at NCTC.

A Memorial Service for Ann Jagoe will be held on November 6, at 2 p.m., in the North Central Texas College First State Bank Exchange in downtown Denton. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Dr. Ann S. Jagoe Memorial Scholarship Fund at North Central Texas College, Gainesville, Texas.

ESFL major Alexandra Welker awarded EWL scholarship, mentoring

Undergraduate English major Alexandra Welker was recently awarded a $1,000 STAR scholarship by Empowering Women as Leaders (EWL). The scholarship includes mentorship opportunities through the EWL member network.

TWU LCGS remembers Women's Studies, Rhetoric alumna Dr. Paula (Denny) Kent (1983-2021)

The TWU Department of Language, Culture & Gender Studies is mourning the loss of Dr. Paula (Denny) Kent, who passed away Sunday evening, Oct. 10, 2021, at Providence Healthcare Center in Waco. Paula worked very hard to enhance her educational background and received both a Master's Degree in Women's Studies and a Doctorate Degree in Rhetoric from Texas Woman's University. Paula currently worked as an associate professor at Texas State Technical College in Waco. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a Scholarship Fund for her children, Bruce and Harley. A visitation was held Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West.

Read the full obituary or share a memory on her tribute wall.

First edition of the TWU MWGS newsletter, 'Body Language: Our body of works,' available now

"Body Language: Our body of works," is the first edition of the Department of Language, Culture and Gender Studies (LCGS) Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies Program's collaborative and interactive newsletter.

We hope you will join us in celebration of our faculty, staff, student and alumni accomplishments, projects, collaborations and collective commitment to social justice and scholarly activism.

Download and read "Body Language: Our body of works" today.

Veronica Popp, Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham co-author Nannie Helen Burroughs article for 'Gender Forum'

Veronica Popp, a doctoral candidate in Rhetoric and MWGS certificate student, co-authored an article with Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham titled “Nannie Helen Burroughs and the Descendants of Miriam: Rewriting Nannie Helen Burroughs into First Wave Feminism.” It was published on September 10, 2021, in Gender Forum: An Internet Journal for Gender Studies, Special Issue: Early Career Researchers VIII, 79 (2021): 58-78.

Dr. Phillips-Cunningham pens op-ed in 'The Washington Post' celebrating Black women who fought for labor rights

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Program Lead of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, published an op-ed in The Washington Post about the history of Black women’s labor organizing in recognition of Labor Day. Phillips-Cunningham marks the 100th anniversary of the National Association of Wage Earners, launched by activist and educator Nannie Helen Burroughs, in "On Labor Day, we remember the Black women who helped win labor rights."

PhD candidate Foluso Oluade inspires natural hair confidence and body positivity in digital hair salons

Foluso Oluade, a doctoral candidate in MWGS, is working on a dissertation project about Black women and digital hair salons. She has her own YouTube channel and has gained over 3,700 followers. Foluso recently spoke on panels about the connections between Madame C J Walker and Black curl artists. 

Subscribe to Foluso's YouTube Channel, "Fo Adunni"

Watch panel video: "Partnering With A Pro: Gaining Clarity On Your Natural Hair Journey"

Watch panel video: "Black Tight Curl Artists Rock"

Foluso can also be found on Instagram @fo_adunni_

PhD candidate Pallavi Govindnathan featured in Women and Their Work exhibition

Work by TWU MWGS doctoral candidate, artist and activist Pallavi Govindnathan is featured in the Women & Their Work gallery's inaugural exhibition, "We Know Who We Are. We Know What We Want." Her video, Perennial Annal, will be on display in Austin, Texas, through Sept. 21.

Doctoral candidates participate in [Wo]Mentoring program, diasporic Vietnamese artists panel


Gabriella Sanchez with her WoMentor, Josie Méndez-Negrete.

Gabriella Sanchez (pictured left with mentor Josie Méndez-Negrete), a doctoral candidate in MWGS, was accepted into the [Wo]Mentering in Graduate Education Program for her project entitled “Conocimiento in Action: Exploring and Executing the Publication Processes through Concimiento Press, LLC.” While participating in this two-year program, she will work with a mentor and lead TWU workshops in the areas of diversity and leadership. She will also submit an article manuscript for publication each year.

Kathy Nguyen, a doctoral candidate in MWGS, was invited to speak on a panel entitled “Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) Memory & Identity” this summer. She joined a panel of emerging scholar-activists, artists, writers, and directors who are shaping public knowledge about memory and the Vietnamese diaspora.


Two TWU students awarded Gilman scholarships

Texas Woman’s University students Ashley Elliot and Demetria Ober look forward to expanding their worldview thanks to their recently awarded U.S. Department of State Benjamin A. Gilman ScholarshipsThe scholarships will allow Elliot, an English major, to study abroad at Harlaxton College in England for the Spring 2022 semester and Ober, a social work major, to study abroad at Universidad de Granada in Spain for the 2021-2022 academic year. 

TWU alumna accepts position at Harlaxton College

TWU alumna Victoria Radford (BA '17) has accepted a position with Harlaxton College, a TWU study abroad partner located in Grantham, England. She will be the Harlaxton Regional Admission & Relations Coordinator. Radford graduated from TWU with a bachelor's degree in English and Global studies.

Texas Woman’s graduate student receives second International Peace Scholarship

Elizabeth Timothy, a master’s student in the Texas Woman’s University Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Program, has been awarded the Philanthropic Educational Organization’s prestigious International Peace Scholarship for the second year in a row. Timothy’s award will allow her to continue pursuing her studies at TWU and develop two projects that support underserved women in Kenya.

Alumna helps students take writing out of the classroom and into the mainstream

Poet, educator, LGBTQIA+ activist and TWU alumna Em Ramser (MA, MAT ‘20) once swore “up, down and sideways” that she would never become a teacher. Now, she teaches high school pre-AP English classes and designs her curriculum around professional opportunities for students, inspired by Dr. Gretchen Busl's lessons in “pop scholarship.”

Dr. Phillips-Cunningham teaches first TWU-Spelman College cross-listed course

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Program Director, taught a new course about labor in the spring semester. It was entitled “Covid-19 & Black Workers: Race, Gender, and Labor.” It was also the first cross-listed course between TWU and Spelman College (a historically Black women’s college founded in 1881 in Atlanta, Georgia).

'American Swimming Magazine' publishes essay by TWU student Ulysses Perez

Incoming TWU ESFL transfer student Ulysses Perez had an essay published in American Swimming Magazine. The essay, titled "The 'Impossible,'" marks his first magazine article and second publication. Read Ulysses Perez' full essay (pdf)

Agatha Beins discusses the job market for MWGS grads with recently interviewed Associate Professor Agatha Beins, PhD, on what recent graduates can expect from today's job market. "Because WGS and ethnic studies graduates are well-trained to analyze power within institutions, they are ideal candidates for positions within such programs, as well as within human resources more generally. It is also important to note the growing creative economy, which encompasses careers in areas like fine arts, media, advertising, and public relations," Beins said. "These fields are especially amenable to people with interdisciplinary training in cultural and media literacy, which WGS and ethnic studies provide."

New issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom now available

We are thrilled to announce that the latest issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom, published through the Department of Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies at Texas Woman’s University.

Issue 10.2 opens with the special feature “When Class Time Is Screen Time,” which joins the pedagogical conversations about education during the pandemic. FFC Editorial Assistant Shamethia Webb introduces this group of short essays that centers the experiences of students as learners. The film reviews in this issue give us much to consider when constructing our syllabi and activities for students. Several reviews offer a more “meta” perspective about how we know what we know, guiding us through films about the importance of scientific and media literacy, as well as how our sources of information may arrive with powerful biases—all topics that feel especially salient in the current moment.

Additional films explore the different scales at which people grapple with the intersection of social, cultural, political, and economic forces through topics such as worker rights, public school education, LGBTQ+ communities, recording and remembering histories, religion, refugee experiences, and reproductive justice.

Doctoral candidate Shamethia Webb authors introduction to FFC special feature

MWGS doctoral student Shamethia Webb wrote the introduction to the special feature "When Class Time Is Screen Time" published in the spring 2021 issue of Films for the Feminist Classroom. Writing from the perspective of a student and an educator, Shamethia offers a powerful pedagogical framework for understanding these student essays about the ways that screens have mediated their learning experiences.

Dr. Phillips-Cunningham accepted into the inaugural Second Book Institute in African American/Black Studies at Georgetown University

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham is writing a book about the labor organizing history of African American educator Nannie Helen Burroughs. She was recently accepted into the inaugural Second Book Institute in African American/Black Studies at Georgetown University. The Institute provides support for tenured associate professors who are completing a second monograph in preparation for their promotion to the rank of full professor. Whereas a range of first book institutes currently exist to assist assistant professors complete their first books, similar professional support for associate professors developing their second monographs remains scarce. The Second Book Institute fills this gap by providing associate professors with a range of resources that are designed to help them progress through the book writing process.


Dr. Keating speaks, consults on lessons for transformation

Recently Dr. AnaLouise Keating gave a talk, “Moving beyond the Status-Quo: Post-Oppositional Frameworks for Transformation,” and served as a consultant for the Irish Sexualities and Gender Research Network’s Spring Seminar series. And, she had an article, “Nepantla Lessons for Transformation,” published in Ofrenda Magazine.

Alumna, faculty co-author yoga in college classrooms article

MWGS PhD program alumna Dr. Audrey Lundahl and Dr. AnaLouise Keating co-authored an article, “Embodied Pedagogies for Transformation: Bringing Yoga Strategies into College Classrooms,” that was published in The Journal of Contemplative Inquiry. They argue We argue that "incorporating a yogic pedagogical approach in college classrooms, specifically classrooms that cover issues of race, gender, sexuality, and violence, allows an instructor and thus their students to focus on embodiment and specifically how our bodies hold physical and psychological wounds of oppression while creating new methods to understand oppression more deeply."

May 2021 Highlights and Awards

Congratulations to the following 2021-2022 ESFL Department scholarship recipients:

  • Bruce Family Scholarship: Kimberly Allison
  • Dr. John L. Dawson, Sr. Scholarship: Veronica Popp & Amanda Torres
  • Autrey Nell Wiley Scholarship: Sarah Cho
  • Henry H. & Evelyn M. Blagg Scholarship: Daehyun Won
  • Dr. Leslie Kreps Scholarship: Veronica Popp
  • Edith & Edgar Deen Literary Scholarship: Paula Lewis
  • Clarice Mixon Turner Scholarship: Quinn Kimery
  • Ada Cade Mccurry & Martha Faye Mccurry Savage Scholarship: Skye Wofford
  • Helen B. Dailey Scholarship: Liliana Cruz
  • Lavon B. Fulwiler Scholarship: Hanna Moyal
  • Helen Benjamin Scholarship In English: Makayla Dodson
  • Joyce Thompson Endowment In English Scholarship: Gavriel Griffin
  • Ila Bost Roebuck Endowment: Rachel Abraham
  • Ghita Brockway Carter Scholarship Endowment: Miriam Guevara

In recognition of exceptional performance within their respective programs, the 2021 Outstanding BA in English Award went to Amber Gaudet and the 2021 Outstanding Spanish Minor Award went to Maria Soria.

Dr. Stephen Souris, TWU’s Fulbright Program Adviser for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program, is pleased to report that a Fulbright applicant from the fall semester has reached “Finalist” status for an all-expenses-paid, four-year award to obtain a doctorate from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin.  She is no longer in competition against other applicants; at this point, she just has to submit paperwork, pass a medical exam, pass a background check, and so on. He will present a paper (virtually) at the XVII International Bakhtin Conference in Saransk, Russia this summer.  He will draw upon Mikhail Bakhtin and V.N. Voloshinov (a member of the Bakhtin Circle) to analyze dialogic agreement in Anne Tyler’s short story, “Holding Things Together.” 

Dr. Ashley Bender and Dr. Jackie Hoermann-Elliott's essay "Asking Big: Creating a Culture of Support for Academic Mothers' Advocating in Times of Crisis" will appear this week in Advance Journal, a peer reviewed journal committed to change in higher education.

In addition, Dr. Bender has a new op-ed out on the importance of paid family leave in the Austin American Statesman.

Drs. Jackie Hoermann-Elliott and Rachel Daugherty have been selected as Book Review co-editors for Composition Forum, a journal of the Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition. Composition Forum is a peer-reviewed journal of pedagogical theory in rhetoric and composition and publishes two issues biannually. 

Dr. Jackie Elliott has been active publishing a number of op-eds this spring, including "Going All in on OER (Open Educational Resources)” for Faculty Focus and "Writing to Live" for Fort Worth Weekly.

Michael Cerliano, an adjunct faculty member in English and recently admitted doctoral student, had an essay, "Witchcraft and the Enlightenment in The Blood on Satan's Claw," appear in a special issue of Horror Homeroom commemorating the film's 50th anniversary. 

Brian Fehler's review of James Berg and Chris Freeman’s edited collection Isherwood in Transitwill appear in spring issue of the journal QED.   He has been Invited to speak at the “SangSaeng, Coexistence, and Future Prospects in the Post-COVID-19 Era” conference in South Korea, April 2022, most expenses paid.  Finally, he was elected to a three-year term as TWU's representative to the Texas Council of Faculty Senates!

Kathy Nguyen (PhD candidate in MWGS) had an essay, "Echoic Survivals: Re-Documenting Pre-1975 Vietnamese Music as Historical Sound/Tracks of Re-Membering," published in Violence: An International Journal and it has been translated into French. She has been invited to participate in a talk with other emerging Vietnamese writers, led by Viet Thanh Nguyen, later this summer.  She also has a short story, "Phở Cart No. 7." forthcoming in Food of My People:  The Exile Book of Anthology Number Nineteen.

Congratulations to the following faculty, who received service awards in 2020 and 2021:  Dr. AnaLouise Keating, 20 year; Dr. Agatha Beins, 10 years; Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, 10 years; Dr. Jennifer Phillips-Denny, 10 years; Dr. Graham Scott, 10 years; Dr. Ashley Bender, 5 years; Dr. William Benner, 5 years.

Dr. Gretchen Busl's essay on value of speculative fiction featured on

Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator Gretchen Busl, PhD, made the front page of with her essay, "What Speculative Fiction and Possible Worlds Theory Taught Me about Grief." is a leading science fiction/fantasy web magazine, publishing house and online community.

Call for proposals: 'New Directions for the Dissertation Process' collection co-edited by Dr. Busl

Editors Gretchen Busl, Kristina Reardon, and Courtney Ferriter invite contributions to a collection tentatively titled Getting to the Finish Line: New Directions for the Dissertation Process. This collection will explore the practical and theoretical underpinnings of dissertations that look like something other than a single-authored scholarly monograph, exploring both the process and product of the dissertation as it moves into new conceptualizations. 

MA student Shannon Quist pens op-ed for Austin American-Statesman

Drawing on her experience as an adoptee in the state of Texas, TWU graduate student Shannon Quest discusses the potential impact of House Bill 1386. "If this bill, and its counterpart, SB 1877, pass into law, it will be a monumental milestone for Texas adoptees who will be able to request and obtain their original birth certificates from the state without a court order, a basic right that’s been denied since 1957."

Elia Tamplin accepts director position, will begin mental health MA studies

Dr. Elia Tamplin, graduate of the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Program and Coordinator of Experiential Learning, was accepted into Marymount University’s M.A. Program in Clinical Mental Health. They will also begin a new position as Director of Education and Membership at the University of Washington’s School of Psychiatry.

They will be missed, and we wish them well!

Dr. West's 'Sin and Salvation' essay appears in 'Religion and Literature'

Dr. Genevieve West's "Sin and Salvation: Marita Bonner's Early Explorations of Christian Theology" appeared in Religion and Literature (51.3-5 p. 77-100). "Sin and Salvation" explores three of the author’s overlooked writings - a short story and two essays - to establish their theological underpinnings and the ways in which they engage larger cultural debates about religion in the Harlem Renaissance.

"This essay wouldn't have been possible without early guidance from Dr. Fehler!" West said.

PhD candidate Esther Ajayi-Lowo accepts faculty position at Spelman College

Esther Ajayi-Lowo, doctoral candidate in Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies, recently accepted a tenure-track faculty position in the Comparative Women’s Studies (CWS) Program at Spelman College.

Spelman is a private liberal arts college that was founded in Atlanta, Georgia in 1881. It was the only school in the nation that welcomed women from across the African Diaspora. Currently, Spelman is one out of only two historically black colleges for women, and it is home to the very first program in WGS at an HBCU and the first Black women’s archive at a college.

Esther is an expert on reproductive justice with a focus on maternal health issues among Nigerian women. She will contribute significantly to the development of the health concentration of the CWS undergraduate major program. 

The program is housed in the Women’s Research and Resource Center where scholars and grassroots organizers from around the world come together to engage in feminist theorizing, pedagogy, and institution building. The director and faculty of CWS are looking forward to Esther joining this expansive community and becoming their colleague in the fall. 

On-campus thought leadership program funded by Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership

A team of ESFL and MWGS faculty (Dr. Busl, Dr. Phillips-Cunningham, Dr. Bender and Dr. Hoermann-Elliott) submitted a proposal to the Jane Nelson Institute for Women's Leadership that has been funded. The program will start this summer to lay the groundwork for an on-campus thought leadership program for students, faculty, staff and the larger community to develop specific skills needed to lead.  If the program is funded through the biennium, it will explore the creation of a thought leadership certificate to be housed in the department.  

Veronica Popp and Dr. Phillips-Cunningham co-author Nannie Helen Burroughs article

Veronica Popp (doctoral candidate in Rhetoric) and Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham (MWGS Program Director) co-authored an article entitled “Justice for All: The Womanist Labor Rhetoric of Nannie Helen Burroughs” published by Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition. Popp is first author on this article, which is a labor organizing of African American educator Nannie Helen Burroughs. In the article, Popp and Dr. Phillips-Cunningham document Burroughs’ historic efforts to establish the first national labor union for Black women.

Phillips-Cunningham discusses book, research in NYU series and Rutgers talk

Dr. Danielle Phillips-Cunningham, MWGS Program Director, was a featured speaker in the Black, Brown, and Green Voices Series at New York University’s Glucksman Ireland House. She engaged in a conversation with Dr. Miriam Grey (founder of the series) about the comparative labor histories of southern Black women and Irish immigrant women.

Phillips-Cunningham also delivered a book talk moderated by Dr. Naomi Williams of the School of Management and Labor Relations at Rutgers University.

TWU alumni Rikki Willingham and Sharmeen Jariullah launch 'Gray Matters' blog

"Gray Matters the Blog" was created on the impetus to bridge academia and activism by two TWU students and alumni, Rikki Willingham, who received her M.A. in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies in 2019 and is currently working on her Ph.D. in the program, and Sharmeen Jariullah, who received her M.A. in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies in 2020. Gray Matters the Blog utilizes a website-based blog and podcast platforms to contribute to the digital humanities. The goal of Gray Matters the Blog is to make complex theory accessible, prompt conversations about uncomfortable topics, and provide tangible resources while centering disenfranchised voices and experiences. Gray Matters is an inclusive space for all backgrounds and abilities, examples of which are the episode transcripts available on the website and alternate text available on the website and social media pages. The website specifically features pages explaining different epistemologies and showcases the works of various literary and creative perspectives. Utilizing both a podcast and blog format, the audience has options in the ways they wish to connect with complex theories while social media provides broad-reaching access.

Gray Matters Website // Anchor Podcast // Apple Podcast // Spotify Podcast // Instagram

National Endowment for the Humanities awards grant to TWU faculty

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) today announced that it awarded a Humanities Connections Grant of $99,426 to Texas Woman’s University. The grant will support the very first interdisciplinary and experiential learning initiative to integrate the history of Quakertown into courses at TWU. It will also enable the future development of a digital humanities archive of Quakertown-related research and reflection, which the project co-directors aim to connect to a public platform that will promote community engagement with Quakertown’s history for decades to come.

Ashley Bender, PhD, featured in National Humanities Alliance report

We're proud to announce that TWU ESFL Assistant Professor Ashley Bender, PhD, is featured in the new National Humanities Alliance report, "Strategies for Recruiting Students to the Humanities: A Comprehensive Resource." Check out her unique approach on page 48.

TWU ESFL remembers former chair Dr. Lavon Fulwiler

Professor Emeritus Dr. Lavon Fulwiler, a former chair of ESFL at TWU, passed away at the age of 92 on Feb. 23. Fulwiler was a Chaucer and medieval English literature scholar, and she implemented the department's PhD program in rhetoric. She began teaching at TWU in 1961, and served as chair from 1971 until her retirement in 1992.

Her family has asked that "in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Lavon B. Fulwiler Endowed Scholarship for TWU students whose majors are within the Department of English, Speech and Foreign Languages; the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research; Planned Parenthood Federation of America; or the Center for Biological Diversity."

TWU ESFL student Amber Gaudet awarded Mayborn Graduate Scholarship

In addition to her recent acceptance into the UNT's Mayborn Graduate Institute of Journalism, undergraduate ESFL student Amber Gaudet has received the highly competitive Mayborn Graduate Scholarship to support her first year of full-time study. The institute awards "$10,000 scholarships to exceptionally qualified graduate students each year."

BCALA names Genevieve West's 'Hitting a Straight Lick' among 2021 Literary Award winners

The Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc. (BCALA) announced the winners of the 2021 BCALA Literary Awards during the virtual Midwinter Meeting of the American Library Association. The awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and nonfiction by African American authors published in 2020.

"Hitting a Straight Lick with a Crooked Stick: Stories," written by Zora Neale Hurston and edited by TWU ESFL professor and chair Genevieve West, PhD, was named an Honor Book for Fiction. Recipients will receive awards recognition during the 2021 virtual National Conference of African American Librarians.

Doctoral student Chelle Luper Wilson isn’t just preserving history, she’s making it

Historian, speaker, entrepreneur and social justice activist Chelle Luper Wilson is no stranger to the limelight, and her activism was recognized when she was awarded the 2020 National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) Angelo B. Henderson Community Service Award. The honor, named after the late Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is given to a journalist who goes above and beyond to make a positive impact in their community.

TWU alumna Jordan Dokupil to teach English in South Korea


TWU alumna Jordan Dokupil has accepted a position teaching English at a private school in Namyangju City, South Korea. Following a mandatory two-week quarantine, Dokupil will begin teaching kindergarten and elementary students March 2. Dokupil earned a bachelor's degree in English literature in 2020 and was a member of the National Society for Leadership and Success.

ESFL's Gray Scott, PhD, quoted in 'Dallas Morning News' story about shifting SAT requirements

The SAT is dropping parts of its exam. What does that mean for Texas students? After going test-optional last year, some Texas universities consider suspending standardized test requirements altogether after the pandemic.

“It makes it less tempting for institutions to subscribe to or require a product that, from my perspective ... has always been a problematic test,” said Gray Scott, Ph.D., who is the assistant director of academic assessment at TWU.

Assistant professor Johnathan Smilges' essay, 'Bad Listeners,' appears in 'Peitho'

TWU ESFL assistant professor Johnathan Smilges' essay, "Bad Listeners," appeared in a recent volume of "Peitho Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric and Composition." The essay explores rhetorical listening, disability and neurodivergence.

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