INK! & Piranha’s Parlor — an opportunity for a “public contribution”

From Jackie Mohan: “This year, the INK! Undergraduate English Association is hosting a new event called Piranha’s Parlor, a creative writing reading for USC’s undergraduates (based on the graduate students’ Shark’s Parlor).  We have sent an email to to the English major listserv to recruit writers for the event to read original creative works, but we would greatly appreciate it if you could encourage promising writers in your classes to sign up (by emailing, and we also warmly invite you to attend.

Below is the email that was sent to English majors with all of the event information.  We would also love to visit your classes for a few minutes and talk more about the event, schedules permitting–please let us know if you are interested and we can set up a time.

Thank you for your time and cooperation.


Jackie Mohan
INK! President”
The INK! Undergraduate English Association invites you to
        Piranha’s Parlor
 A creative writing reading for USC’s undergraduates

When? Monday, Nov. 11, 6 pm
Where? Honors Residence Hall B110
Free pizza provided courtesy of
the South Carolina Honors College

We’re looking for 
Writers will have 3-4 minutes to read original poetry or
short pieces/excerpts of original fiction, so pick your best!
To sign up, email
First come, first serve, so email ASAP!

For more information, email

We hope to see you there!

INK! Undergraduate English Association


All-Purpose Revision Grace Period (Oct 21-Oct 29)

Hello class,

Grades for all weekly assignments through Group 3 are now up on Blackboard. Overall, things went really well. It looks like there were a few breakdowns in communication here and there, but from the bird’s-eye view, you guys are doing great.

There are a few people who are already into their penalty zone, however. It was a little bit inconvenient that I was out of class the first week of Oct (when deadlines were hitting) and that we immediately had to dive into the midterm. For this reason, I am offering an open revision period from Oct 21 through Oct 29. If you received a ‘U’ for any assignment and would like to revise (or complete one you missed), you may do so during this time and I’ll accept it for full credit.

To repeat: if you got a U on anything and would like to fix your grade, you have one week to do so.



Thursday, Oct 10 Lecture: Hollings Library

For class next Thursday we will not meet in our regular classroom. Instead, we will meet in the Hollings Program Room, on the main floor of Thomas Cooper Library. 

New Challenges in Topic Modeling and Computational Text Analysis

Ted Underwood (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Thursday, October 10, 3-5 PM
Hollings Program Room, Thomas Cooper Library
University of South Carolina

Underwood is one of the leading practitioners of topic-modeling in the humanities. Topic modeling is a form of computational text analysis and constitutes the pointy end of the “distant reading” stick in Digital Humanities. Faculty, staff and students are all encouraged to attend.


Enlightenment Road Trip — Feb 27 to Mar 1, 2014

In case you’ve never been to one, academic conferences are ridiculously dorky and ridiculously fun. This one has a $1,200 prize for an all-undergraduate panel. We should win this thing. We should own it. Seriously, if you don’t win this award, I’ll be disappointed in each of you individually and collectively. We have until Oct 31 to write up a proposal. Details below.


40th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies
February 27-March 1, 2014
Knoxville, TN

Join your SEAESCS colleagues in downtown Knoxville at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, just off of historic Market Square at Gay St. in Knoxville’s thriving downtown. You’ll have easy walking access to some of Knoxville’s best restaurants, the Saturday farmer’s market, great shops, clubs, museums, and bars. Come explore THE MARKETPLACE OF IDEAS with us next spring!

Program Chair: Mary McAlpin

Local Arrangements: Misty Anderson

Where: Crowne Plaza Hotel
401 W. Summit Hill Drive
Knoxville, TN 37902

SEND PAPER PROPOSALS by November 1st, 2013 TO Mary McAlpin,

SEND COMPLETE PANEL PROPOSALS by November 1st, 2013 TO Mary McAlpin,
(The deadline for general panel proposals was August 15th).

The Executive Board of SEASECS announces its new “Undergraduate Teaching Prize” to be given for the first time at our fortieth annual meeting in Knoxville, Tennessee (February 27-March 1, 2014). A committee will award $1,200 to the member who proposes the best undergraduate panel for the conference, with the monies to be used at least in part to help the participating undergraduate students with expenses related to attending the conference. Submissions should consist of a letter of presentation from the member proposing the panel and a one-page talk proposal from each of the three or four undergraduate presenters.
Please send your submission electronically to Mary McAlpin,, by October 31, 2013.