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Scott Proudfit Releases Third Book on Collective Creation in Theatre

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Scott Proudfit, Assistant Professor of English at Elon University, released a new book in October, 2016. Women, Collective Creation, and Devised Performance was co-edited by Proudfit and Kathryn Madeiros Syssoyeva of Dixie State University. In addition to editing this book, Proudfit also authored the introduction and the chapter “From Neva Boyd to Viola Spolin: How Social Group Work in 1920s’ Settlement Houses Defined Collective Creation in 1960s’ Theatres.”

Collective creation – a central focus of the book – is the creation of theatre through the collaboration between members of the group. Devised theatre occurs when theatre makers originate a performance without a script. “Women, Collective Creation, and Devised Performance” argues that collective creation is crucial to the development of the modern theatre. This book highlights the importance of women in theatre and asserts that they must be fully credited with developing the practices of collective creation since the early 20th century.

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Proudfit’s book consists of twenty-essays written by a group of international scholars. This particular volume continues the work of Proudfit’s other books, also published by Plagrave Macmillan. Proudfit’s previous books, A History of Collective Creation and Collective Creation in Contemporary Performance and A History of Collective Creation, also discuss the importance of collective creation in theatre. Many believed that collective creation was a movement that occurred exclusively during the 1960s. However, according to Proudfit and Syssoyeva, collective creation is an ongoing movement that emerged from Europe and North America around 1900 and continues to present day.
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Professor Patch: Outstanding Asset to Elon University’s Department of English

By Mary Sheehan

Professor Paula Patch was recently awarded the Excellence in Service award by the College of Arts and Sciences for her overall service to Elon University’s English department and Core Curriculum. Her dominant service role is is serving as the College Writing Coordinator, therefore overseeing more than 70 sections of English 110: Writing, Argument, and Inquiry, and up to four sections of English 100 Supplementary Writing Workshops. According to Professor Patch, this oversight includes “developing, assessing, and refining the course goals; helping hire and orient faculty to teach ENG 110; offering a variety of workshops and other opportunities for the 25 English faculty who teach ENG 110 to learn and talk about teaching writing; and making the classes run in general.” Professor Patch is also heavily involved with the Leadership Advisory Board as well as the Class of 2018 Leadership Fellows.

Secondly, Professor Patch has also been recognized for her service outside of Elon University. In July of 2016, Professor Patch was appointed to the Executive Board of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. As a member of the Executive Board, Patch assists in making decisions about all aspects of the organization. Professor Patch was appointed to the Council’s Diversity committee shortly thereafter due to her status as a non-tenure track faculty member, as this is typically a marginalized group in academia. Professor Patch is also the co-chair of the Tenure-Free Caucus of the Council of Writing Program Administrators. This group organizes panels, conferences, social activities, and outreach specifically for untenured faculty members.
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A Face in the Water’s Reflection: On Dr. Janet Warman and “Lake Diving”

By Tim Meltondbadef112a80437063707b96de617762

At The Scroll, we love talking about our students and their various achievements; however, it is also important for us to acknowledge our faculty for their hard work! Today, we’d like to recognize Professor of English and Education Dr. Janet Warman, whose poetry chapbook entitled “Lake Diving” was published by Finishing Line Press earlier this fall.

Although the title of the collection might imply poetry centered on nature, Dr. Warman’s writing actually focuses heavily on people, and the circumstances that shape their interactions with others and their own sense of identity. With titles like “Our Father’s War,” “Grandfather’s Death,” “Her Grief,” and “Distance,” it is clear that Dr. Warman examines in her collection a number of strong and complicated emotions, yet her simplicity of style and precision of language makes her work easy to read and enjoy.

“The poems in this collection were inspired by two different things: relationships with family and others that I was trying to figure out on a deeper level and experiences of being a woman in our culture,” writes Dr. Warman. “Readers have told me that my poems have caused them to think about their own experiences in a new way, and I find that sort of comment validating for what I am trying to do with my writing.”
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Another Year, Another Successful National Day on Writing

By Tim Melton

When we think of fall celebrations, generally time-honored traditions like Halloween and Thanksgiving come to mind. However, for Elon students, October brings with it an additional, unique celebration: the National Day on Writing (NDoW).

Since 2009, NDoW has been held annually on October 20; it was first sponsored by the National Council of Teachers of English to encourage consideration of how writing factors into one’s daily life. In recent years, the event has been sponsored by the Center for Writing Excellence – a collaborative effort between the Writing Across the University initiative and Elon’s Writing Center. Since its adoption, celebrating NDoW at Elon has allowed students to achieve a greater appreciation for writing, especially outside of an academic setting, as well as to learn about the various on-campus resources that can assist them in writing practices.

 

For this year, there was a wide variety of events held across campus:

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Events such as “The Seuss Station” and “Who Inspires You” encouraged students to be reflective of what has influenced their own writing, while “Short Story Station” and poetry events let students create original work. Throughout the day, consultants from the Writing Center ran each station, handing out free gifts, such as t-shirts, buttons, and stickers, to promote both the NDoW and the Writing Center.
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“Regarding Research”: An Interview w/ Hannah S.

By Tim Melton

For some students, summer vacation presents an opportunity to destress from the previous year while also preparing for the upcoming school year. For students like senior Hannah Silvers (PWR/Creative Writing), though, summer can serve an entirely different purpose – ample time to work on scholarly research. This past summer, Hannah continued working on her two-year Honor’s thesis as a Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) student. SURE is an eight-week research program designed specifically for Elon undergraduates.

The SURE process can definitely be intensive, but luckily we were able to catch up with Hannah and get her perspective on her experience!

This interview has been edited for clarity.

 

Could you briefly describe the research you conducted this summer, as well as any significant findings?

This summer, I dove into the data analysis portion of my two-year Honors Fellows thesis. Generally, my project studies how student editors (specifically, copy editors who work for the student newspaper) learn to become good copy editors…I found that new copy editors learn from interacting (in many ways) with the copy editors who have been there for longer. I also found (at least, I think I found, on a very preliminary level!) that there’s a sort of ethos of a copy editor that novice copy editors feel like they’re working toward when they learn new skills and mindsets from veteran copy editors.
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“For One and All” – An Interview w/ Abbey F.

By Tim Melton

Hello, everyone – welcome to The Scroll, the official blog of the English Department of Elon University! This inaugural post will be our first edition of English Works, where we catch up with English students in the midst of their various internships and/or jobs, and discuss how they are taking their college studies to the next level.

One of the most exciting aspects of an English degree is its versatility – you never really know where it’s going to take you. For senior Abbey Foucart (PWR), her determination and hard work brought her right to the nation’s capital. This summer, she’s been interning at the Office of Public Affairs, in Washington, D.C. To find out about Abbey’s experience and how she has managed to connect it with her English work at Elon, I caught up with her to ask her a few questions:

 

What is your position? Can you list some of your responsibilities?

I’m working as an intern for Immigration Customs Enforcement’s Office of Public Affairs. Since starting, I have been responsible for many different things, notably drafting social media content and editing news releases.

Where did you first hear about your internship opportunity, and what made you want to apply?

My father works for ICE, and through him I heard about OPA and the kind of work they do. I wanted to work for them because I’m really interested in taking raw information and making it accessible to the public.
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