Graduation 2012

Some photos from the 2012 graduation ceremony, and from one of the English department’s new traditions, a congratulatory brunch with graduating English majors:

2012 graduating English Majors (or, at least, as many of them as we could gather together after the graduation ceremony) with English faculty.

Liberal Arts Majors in Demand

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If you’re in college, or happen to be about to graduate, and you’ve been mocked for getting a liberal arts degree, here’s a piece of welcome news: You’re actually in more demand than those who are getting finance and accounting degrees. That’s one of the findings of a new survey of 225 employers issued today. Thirty percent of surveyed employers said they were recruiting liberal arts types, second only to the 34 percent who said they were going after engineering and computer information systems majors. Trailing were finance and accounting majors, as only 18 percent of employers said they were recruiting targets. “The No. 1 skill that employers are looking for are communication skills and liberal arts students who take classes in writing and speaking,” said Dan Schawbel, founder of Millennial Branding and an expert on Generation Y. “They need to become good communicators in order to graduate with a liberal arts degree. Companies are looking for soft skills over hard skills now because hard skills can be learned, while soft skills need to be developed.”


More from the Shakespeare Conference

From Friday’s Shakespeare, Sight, and Sound panel, with chair, Estelle Rivier, Université du Maine, Le Mans, and presenters Misty Beck, Bates College and UMF,  Robert McClung, Temple University.

From Friday’s Workshop/Presentation on Performing Shakespeare: chair Linda Britt, UMF, panelists and performers,
Valerie Clayman Pye, Stony Brook University, who offered an interactive presentation (complete with bouncing balls and iambic pentameter) on  “Uncovering the Tragic Voice in the Activated Body,” and Phil Carlsen and Jayne Decker, UMF, who performed (with aide of pianist and singers) music from the Sandy River Players’ production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Shakespeare, Performance, Pedagogy Panel

As part of the Shakespeare in Performance conference at UMF, there was a panel discussion today on the topic of Shakespeare and performance in the classroom. Several of the conference speakers participated on the panel, along with UMF faculty members and students.

“Shakespeare in Performance” is an international conference hosted by the University of Maine at Farmington May 4-5, 2012, as part of the spring University Forum Series.  In celebration of the new Emery Community Arts Center, and in cooperation with an international exchange of faculty from the Université du Maine, Le Mans, the two-day conference includes presentations and workshops on previously under-examined Shakespearean performance (musical scores, opera, materiality, hybridization, and so forth) as well as plenary lectures and academic papers presented by scholars from across the United States and France.  This conference is co-organized by Eric Brown, UMF, and Estelle Rivier, Université du Maine, and continues a discussion of similar topics developed for the “Shakespeare and Performance” conference in Le Mans, France, in November 2011, also co-organized by Brown and Rivier.

Upcoming Events in the Shakespeare and Performance Conference, Friday, May 4:

All Events in Emery Community Arts Center

10-11:15 Paper Session #1: Re-Considering Macbeth
Chair: Misty Krueger, UMF
Kristin M. Distel, Ashland University: “Text as
Performance: Faulkner’s Retelling of Macbeth.”
Estelle Rivier, Université du Maine, Le Mans: “Macbeth:
The Autopsy of Our Diseased World.”

11:45-1:00 Plenary Lecture (in Nordica Auditorium)
Opening Remarks: Eric Brown, UMF; Estelle Rivier;
Franck Laurent, Université du Maine, Le Mans
Martin Andrucki, Bates College, and Katalin Vecsey,
Bates College: “Shakespeare in Hungary”

3:00-4:15 Paper Session #2: Shakespeare, Sight, and Sound
Chair: Estelle Rivier, Université du Maine, Le Mans
Misty Beck, Bates College and UMF: “Pastoral Form,
Film Style and Intertextuality: Language and the Camera
in Branagh’s As You Like It.”
Robert McClung, Temple University: “The Voice of
Ariel: Sound as Spirit in Thomas Adès’ Tempest Opera.”

4:30-5:45 Workshop/Presentation on Performing
Chair: Linda Britt, UMF
Valerie Clayman Pye, Stony Brook University:
“Uncovering the Tragic Voice in the Activated Body.”
Phil Carlsen and Jayne Decker, UMF: “Composing A
Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Saturday, May 5
8:30-9:00 Coffee

9:00-10:45 Paper Session #3: Shakespearean Tragedies on
the English Stage and Abroad
Chair: Dan Salerno, UMF
Benaouda Lebdai, Université du Maine, Le Mans:
“Traces of Shakespeare’s Tragedies in Africa.”
Caleb Bafford, Kutztown University: “Hamlet’s Theory of
Matthew Stokes, Boston University: “The Rapier’s Silence
on the English Renaissance Stage.”

11:00-12:00 Plenary Lecture: Douglas Lanier, University of New
Hampshire: “L’homme blanc et l’homme noir: Othello in
Les enfants du paradis”