Summer Scholars Program

Inaugurated in 2009, the Summer Scholars Programs celebrates research and supports graduate scholarship. Every year, NDSU English invites a nationally recognized scholar to teach an intensive, 1-week summer course in his or her area of expertise. The class meets daily from 9am-5pm, with students completing some course reading prior to class begin and then completing a major research and writing project after the completion of the course. Summer Scholars course take place during the summer, carry 3-credits, and are graded 'S' or 'U'. 

2022 Scholar: Dr. Anna Krakus

English 790
Film Behind the Iron Curtain: Cinema, History and Culture in Eastern Europe Since World War II
May 23 - 27, 2022
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily
Instructor: Dr. Anna Krakus, University of Copenhagen

Eastern Europe has repeatedly experienced war, partition and authoritative rule. Historic trends repeat themselves as seen in the war in Ukraine and with dictatorial and semi-authoritative rulers in Russia,Hungary and Serbia. In this course, we will examine how traumatic events in Eastern European history have been addressed in film. Students will learn about key historical moments and how they are depicted by authors and filmmakers. Through close readings of works of cinema, students will understand how politics and political events have changed the role of the artist over time from creative genius, to tool of propaganda and, at times, to dissenting rebel. We will examine major cinematic works and significant directors from Poland, Romania, Czechoslovakia, Russia, Yugoslavia and their successor states.

Anna Krakus is an assistant professor of East European studies at the University of Copenhagen and the author of “No End in Sight: Polish Cinema in the Late Socialist Period” (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018). She is currently finishing a new monograph, “Collecting Stories: Museums, Monuments and Memory in Poland, 1801-2021.”

More information:
Adam Goldwyn, Director of Graduate Studies
NDSU English Department •

2021 Scholar: Dr. Pilar Melero, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater "Dissident Ontologies: Latina and Latin American Women’s Thought"

English 790 Dissident Ontologies: Latina and Latin American Women’s Thought (June 21-25)

Instructor Dr. Pilar Melero, University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
Class format: HyFlex OnlineClass meets: MTWThF synchronous, 9am-4pm

Questions: Contact Dr. Adam Goldwyn, the Director of Graduate Studies

Course Description: The role of the Pensador in Latin America has traditionally been assigned to male intellectuals. In fact, the term itself is in the masculine form, “Pensador”, as opposed to “Pensadora” or “Pensadorx/Pensadore”. As Argentinian Pensadora Victoria Ocampo states in her essay “Women and her Expression”, Latin American women have been denied a voice throughout the history of el Pensar (“Thought”, with a capital “T”), which was reserved for los Pensadores, the founders of the Latin American Nation/Identity (using Angel Rama’s idea of The Lettered City). Yet, Latin American and U.S. Latina women have not only claimed their own voices for centuries, since Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1600s, New Spain) to current day Chicana/Latina writers such as Gloria Anzaldúa. Dissident Ontologies: Latina and Latin American Women’s Thought seeks to trace the cartography of Latin American and Latina women’s thought as a path to being from Sor Juana through Gloria Anzaldúa, engaging texts by Victoria Ocampo, Rosario Castellanos, and others.

Pilar Melero is a professor of Spanish and Latin American/Latinx literature at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She has published three books: Mythological Constructs of Mexican Femininity (New York, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2015), La casa de Esperanza: A History (NCLA/LA Casa de Esperanza, 2011), and From Mythic Rocks. Voces del Malpáis (LAGO Ediciones, Monterrey, Mexico, 2010). A fourth book, Discover Waukesha—a third-grade history book, is pending publication. 

2019 Dr. Kristin Arola, Michigan State University. "Multimodality + Making: A Cultural Rhetorics Approach"
2018 Dr. Elisabet Arnó-Macià, Polytechnic University of Catalonia. "Designing and analyzing technology-enhanced materials and activities to develop language, writing and intercultural skills"
2017: Dr. Asao Inue, University of Washington Tacoma. "Classroom Writing Assessment and Antiracist Composition Pedagogy"
2016: Dr. Tatiani Rapatzikou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. "Rethinking Cityscapes"
2015: Dr. Blake Scott, University of Central Florida. "Public Engagements of Health and Medicine: Rhetorical Explorations"
2014: Dr. Ryan Cordell, Northeastern University. "Texts, Maps, Networks: Digital Methods in the Humanities"
2013: Dr. Paul Prior, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. "Writing, Disciplinarity, and English: A Global Perspective"
2012: Dr. Heather Dubrow, Fordham University. "New Approaches to Genre"
2011: Dr. Rebecca Weaver-Hightower, University of North Dakota. "Frontier Fictions: Settler Sagas and Postcolonial Guilt"
2010: Dr. Malea Powell, Michigan State University. "American Indian Rhetorics"
2009: Dr. Anne Ruggles Gere, University of Michigan. "Writing in School, College, and Beyond"
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