YMCA of Western NC generously funded a grant proposal Dr. Amanda Wray wrote in collaboration with Dr. Rachel Muir of Blue Ridge Pride. The organization dedicated $6,000 to help transcribe interviews, and to develop a summer workshop for training community members in oral history methods. Grace Whittaker (English major), Libby Ward (Mass Communications major), and Corey Childers (Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies major) worked with Dr. Wray throughout Spring 2019 to launch a regional LGBTQ oral history and archival research project. More information about this project is available at Blue Ridge Pride.
In February, Amanda Wray was interviewed by Blue Ridge Public Radio about collecting oral histories from members of the LGBTQ+ community. The interview is available for streaming here.
At the 2019 Appalachian Studies Association conference Erica Abrams Locklear won the Stephen L. Fisher Award for Excellence in Teaching award. At that same conference, two former UNC Asheville English majors (Britt DiBartolo and Zoe Bergmire-Sweat) and two current UNC Asheville English majors (Sara Williams and Claire Boyer) presented papers on a panel called “Literature as Resistance.”
Kirk Boyle edited the special issue, “Repeating Jameson?”, for the International Journal of Žižek Studies. Articles in the issue examine intersections between the work of literary critic Fredric Jameson and philosopher Slavoj Žižek, and include original pieces by each.
Taylor Sykes, currently working in the Writing Center and teaching LANG 120, was awarded a four-week fellowship for a summer 2019 residency at Vermont Studio Center