News & Notes

Recent Faculty News

Dr. Mark Henderson's essay "Bigger Faustus: The Purpose of Diabolism in Richard Wright's Native Son" appears in the collection Gothic and Racism, edited by Cristina Artenie.

Dr. William Ndi's edited collection Secrets, Silences, and Betrayals was published by Langaa RPCIG, August 2015.

Dr. William Ndi has been invited to participate in a 2015 NEH Summer Institute at Kent State University.

Dr. Eleanor Blount and Dr. Caroline Gebhard presented papers at the Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) Annual Conference in Athens, GA, April 9-11.

Dr. Adaku Ankumah, Dr. Zanice Bond, Dr. Rhonda Collier, Dr. Benjamin Fishkin, and Dr. William Ndi presented papers at the College Language Association Annual Conference in Dallas, TX, April 9-11.

Dr. Ivon Alcime presented a paper at the International Listening Association Annual Convention in Virginia Beach, VA, March 25-28.

Dr. Kristen Miller presented a paper at the Conference on College Composition and Communication in Tampa, FL, March 18-21.

Dr. Loretta Burns received the Outstanding Faculty Performance Award in Teaching for the College of Arts and Sciences for 2014-15. 

Dr. Loretta Burns, in collaboration with Mr. Dana Chandler, facilitated a 5-day Humanities Initiative Research Workshop, May 18-22.  Session venues included the Tuskegee University Archives and the Ford Motor Company Library, Alabama State University’s Levi Watkins Learning Center and National Center for the Study of Civil Rights and African-American Culture, the Alabama Department of Archives and History, and the Shiloh-Rosenwald School site.

Dr. Zanice Bond has been awarded a Mellon/Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty for 2015-16.

Dr. William Ndi’s poetry collection One Eternal Sleep was published by Langaa RPCIG.

Dr. Rhonda Collier has been invited to participate in a seminar on slave narratives at Yale University, June 21-25.

Dr. William Ndi, Dr. Adaku Ankumah, and Dr. Benjamin Fishkin presented papers at the South East Regional Seminar in African Studies/South East Africanist Network Conference in Chapel Hill, SC, Feb. 6-7.

Dr. Mark Henderson presented a paper at the Southern Humanities Council Conference in Athens, GA, Jan. 30-Feb. 1.

Dr. Adaku Ankumah’s edited book Nomenclatural Poetization and Globalization was published by Langaa RPCIG.  The book includes an essay by Dr. Ankumah.

Dr. Richard Evans published an essay in Nomenclatural Poetization and Globalization.

Dr. Benjamin Fishkin published an essay in Nomenclatural Poetization and Globalization.

Dr. Adaku Ankumah, Dr. Benjamin Fishkin, and Dr. William Ndi published an essay in Nomenclatural Poetization and Globalization.

Dr. Zanice Bond and English major Megan Williams were panelists at the Albany State University Poetry Festival, Nov. 10-11.

Dr. Rhonda Collier, Dr. Zanice Bond, Dr. Adaku Ankumah, and Dr. Benjamin Fishkin presented papers at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA, Nov. 7-9.

Dr. William Ndi, Dr. Benjamin Fishkin, and Dr. Adaku Ankumah presented papers at the South East Regional Seminar in African Studies/South East Africanist Network Conference in Charleston, NC, Oct. 24-25.

Dr. Mark Henderson presented a paper at the Film and History Conference at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, Oct. 29-31.

Dr. William Ndi presented a paper at the Annual Africana Studies Interdisciplinary Conference at James Madison University, Oct. 16-17.

Dr. Zanice Bond was a panelist at the Furious Flower Poetry Center Conference at James Madison University, September 24-27.

Dr. Rhonda Collier was invited to present a lecture on hip-hop at the event “V Artifacts of Black Culture in Ceará,” held at the Regional University of Cariri, Crato-Ceará, Brazil, September 3-6.

Dr. Benjamin Fishkin’s edited book War of Ideas: American Thought in the Modern World was published by Linus Learning.

Dr. William Ndi’s book Worth Their Weight in Thorns was published by Linus Learning.  His book La Puissance Manifestee dans La Faiblesse: Ouvrage originel d’Elizabeth Stirredge was published by Langaa RPCIG.

Tuskegee University was awarded a $100,000 Humanities Initiatives grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to re-examine the contributions and influence of Booker T. Washington. Dr. Loretta Burns, professor and head of the Department of English, is the project director. Mr. Dana Chandler, university archivist, is co-director. Additional faculty from the Departments of English and History and Political Science, selected students, and several visiting scholars will also be involved in grant activities.

Recent Student News

The following English and communication majors were listed on the 2015-2016 Honor Roll:

  • Jaleah Rutledge
  • Eric Bordenave
  • Miriam Hammond
  • Javanna Plummer
  • Samuel Shannon

Miriam Hammond and Jaleah Rutledge were recognized as Eminent Scholars at the 2015 Scholarship Convocation.

Upcoming Events

A symposium on the life and work of Booker T. Washington will be held November 16-17, 2015, in the Kellogg Conference Center.  This event is sponsored by a Humanities Initiatives grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Click here for the event schedule overview.

The 2015-2016 Ralph Ellison Lecture will be presented on Wednesday, April 6, at 3:00 p.m., in the Kellogg Conference Center Auditorium.  The speaker will be Houston A Baker.