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This meeting will take place during the English Club’s regular meeting time, on Friday, September 27, 3:30pm in Albertus 301.
For more info, email Prof. Daniel Nester at nesterd at strose.edu
Our own Zackary Petker, a 2017 graduate with a double major in English and Adolescence Education, is featured in the latest edition of Saint Rose Magazine in a story covering careers in education, “A Class of Our Own: Saint Rose steps up to fill need for teachers with graduates who believe in the field.”
As far back as elementary school, Zackary Petker recalls wanting to be a teacher. When it was time to choose a college, the Long Island native visited Saint Rose on a friend’s recommendation, fell in love with it, and immersed himself in the education program.
Petker did his teacher observation hours in an Albany middle school and continued another three years, even though he didn’t have to. He tutored at an afterschool program and used an undergraduate research grant to evaluate various approaches to teaching. In May 2017, he graduated cum laude with a degree in adolescence education. By the fall, he had a job, teaching at Hackett Middle School, where he’d done his observation. During his first year of teaching, Petker also earned his master’s degree in curriculum and instruction at Saint Rose.
“When I was growing up, it was the recession, and teachers were being let go, and people were discouraged from going into the field,” said Petker, now 24, who teaches English at Hackett’s college and career-readiness program. “Now, it’s 100% changed. There aren’t enough bodies to fill the jobs. People need to come into teaching.”
Today, as the economy has recovered, older teachers have started retiring, and there are not enough replacements.
First meeting of the semester will be Friday September 6th in Albertus 301 from 3.30-4.30 pm. See you there!
This Thursday, English Club will hold a meeting at 5:30pm in Albertus room 369. We will go over our final event for the semester, as well as our outcomes for our two past fundraisers. We will also be speaking of future events.
Hope to see you all there!
English Club Vice President
7 pm April 24th
Carondelet Symposium, Lally Hall, 3rd Floor
We are delighted to host 2018 MacArthur fellow John Keene as our visiting scholar for the 2018-9 academic year. He will be speaking the evening after our department symposium (beginning at 9am in Midnight Eats). From the MacArthur Foundation press materials:
John Keene is a fiction writer exploring the ways in which historical narratives shape contemporary lives while simultaneously re-envisioning these narratives from the perspectives of those whose voices have been suppressed. Through innovations in language and form, he imbues with multifaceted subjectivities those who have been denied nuanced histories within the story of the Americas—primarily people of color and queer people—and exposes the social structures that confine, enslave, or destroy them.
His first book, Annotations (1995), is simultaneously a semi-autobiographical novel chronicling the coming of age of a black, queer, middle-class child in the 1970s and ‘80s in St. Louis and a collection of essays about the ideological, philosophical, and political contexts that define his struggle to achieve agency. In the story collection Counternarratives (2015), Keene reimagines moments, both real and fictional, from the history of the Americas, adopting the language and literary forms of the time periods in which his characters live—from seventeenth-century epistolary novels to Modernist and post-modernist experiments with stream of consciousness. One story, “Gloss on a History of Roman Catholics in the Early American Republic,” is framed as an excerpt from a history book. As the text unfolds, it is revealed that what at first appears to be a footnote about the disappearance of a convent school in early nineteenth-century Kentucky is in fact the eyewitness account of Carmel, an enslaved girl who achieves literacy and a literary voice within the space of the work. “A Letter on the Trials of the Counterreformation in New Lisbon,” also narrated by an enslaved person, turns a letter between missionary priests into an assertion of queer African presence in the New World. In “Rivers,” Keene imagines two meetings between an older Huckleberry Finn and a now-free Jim; he endows Jim with a voice and consciousness, thereby presenting Tom Sawyer and Huck from a powerful new perspective that extends and transforms Twain’s original novels.
In his fiction and in a number of other projects spanning translation, poetry, and cultural criticism, Keene is correcting and enlarging our distorted, partial views of American history and culture, and challenging his readers to question received understandings of our past.
John Keene received an A.B. (1987) from Harvard University and an M.F.A. (1997) from New York University. Before joining the faculty at Rutgers University-Newark, where he is currently professor and chair of the Department of African American and African Studies and a professor in the Department of English, he taught at Brown University and Northwestern University, among other institutions. He was a member of the Dark Room Collective and is a graduate fellow of Cave Canem. In addition to his novels, he has published two collaborative volumes of poetry, Seismosis (2006) and GRIND (2016), a chapbook of poems, Playland (2016), and translated Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer, from Portuguese. His writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, the Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares, among other journals.