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Dear friends and colleagues,

Happy Tuesday! We trust the first month back on campus has been treating you well. The weather has been nice, although arctic winds seem to be heading our way this Friday. But don't worry! EGSA has a lot of great events panned this month, and you can find warm beverages there. So we hope to have you join us for these events!

This Week:
Teaching Literature Workshop Series

As you all know, EGSA is holding a six-part workshop series on teaching literature, featuring six Notre Dame English faculty and six experienced graduate student or postdoc facilitators. The series is designed to help graduate students develop strategies for designing and teaching undergraduate literature courses.

All sessions will take place on Fridays from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Decio 235. You’ll find a complete schedule of workshops below, and you can see the description of each workshop on EGSA’s website. Attend all of the sessions or just drop in as you see fit. 

February 14: Assignment Design, with Ian Newman

February 21: Assessment and Evaluation, with Kate Marshall

March 20: Facilitating Discussion, with Susan Harris

March 27: Teaching Close Reading, with Laura Knoppers

Town Hall and Board Meeting

Let your voice be heard! Join us for our next board meeting on Friday, February 14th at 2:00pm, right after the Teaching Literature Workshop. The first 15 minutes will serve as a town hall meeting, where every member of our department can come and talk to us, discuss any concerns they might have, and/or ask questions to the board. We hope to see you there! 

GSU Meeting Minutes

Highlights from the last GSU meeting:

The Graduate School will soon begin accepting applications for its LASER program, a year-long training and professionalization opportunity for grad students in their 3rd or 4th year. You can find more information HERE.

We also heard from the Graduate Consulting club, and you can learn more about them HERE.

To read the full minutes from the last GSU meeting on January 16, click HERE

Upcoming Weeks:
EGSA Symposium 2020
We are pleased to announce we have two full days with 6 panels and a keynote address for EGSA’s 2020 Graduate Student Symposium, which will take place on February, Thursday 27th and Friday 28th of 2020. Keep on the lookout for more information and the official itinerary program coming soon. Reserve the dates!!
 
New Learning Community:

Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom 
Next semester, the Kaneb Center is sponsoring a learning community for graduate students and postdocs who would like to participate in "Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom," a massive open online course offered through Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Innovation.  The community will be facilitated by Emily Donahoe and Dominique Vargas. 

From the  course website: “U.S.-based and higher education-centered, this is a five-week, instructor-paced course that offers an inclusive teaching framework with multiple entry points for reflection and exploration of the research on learning and diversity. Anchored in the lived experiences of students and faculty, including yours, we invite you to explore strategies for inclusive course design, student-centered pedagogical practices, facilitating learning across difference, and change efforts that support student engagement, achievement, and belongingness. Come with a course of your own in mind, and design for inclusion as you make your way through Teaching & Learning in the Diverse Classroom.” 

The five-week course will run from February 17 to March 23, 2020. Our learning community will meet for an hour a week to discuss the self-paced weekly course material, reflect on our experiences, and draw on strategies for our own teaching practices. If you’re interested in joining the learning community, fill out the  interest form linked here. Meeting dates, times, and locations will be announced in January. 
We want to hear from you!
Do you have any announcements or messages you would like to share with all of us? Send our President, Laura Ortiz Mercado (lortizme@nd.edu), a quick email so we can feature your announcement in our next newsletter.  
Also, don't forget to visit our website! Here you will find information about our goals and even a copy of our constitution, keep up-to-date with our events by following our Google Calendar, find incredibly useful links and resources shared by our different chairs, and more!
 
EGSA Website
Those are all our announcements for now. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, feel free to reach out to us any time. Follow us on Facebook too, where we will be posting updates and pictures of our activities. 

We hope to see you in all our events! 

Yours,
The English Graduate Student Association Board
 
President: Laura M. Ortiz Mercado
Vice-President: Trish Bredar
Vice-President: Shela Raman McCabe
Treasurer: Dominique Vargas
PhD Professionalization Chair: Emily Donahoe
MFA Professionalization Chair: Scarlett Wardrop
Quality of Life Chair: Emily McLemore
Social Chair: Jennifer Thorup
GSU Representatives: Joshua Wright & Oliver Ortega
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