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Week Three

Friday, June 20th, 2008

The final week of classes has come to a close at SILCS, and now the students have time to focus on finishing their papers and getting ready for a symposium on June 28th. The past three weeks have been packed with a semester’s worth of theory and instruction, and the students have done an admirable job in keeping on top of things.

Amidst their classes, the students also took three more trips to visit nearby colleges and universities. On Wednesday the 11th, the students took a trip to Harvard University. On Friday the 13th was Bridgewater State College, and on Tuesday the 17th was Brandeis University. These three campuses, along with the previous visits to Yale University and Brown University, showcased the types of campuses and graduate programs that the students could expect to attend and at which they could eventually teach.

The students with Thomas Sayers EllisThe series of lectures continued with Dr. Darryl Dickson-Carr of Southern Methodist University. Dr. Dickson-Carr is a member of the SILCS Steering Committee and spoke to the students about his career and getting a Ph.D. in English. Dr. Dagmawi Woubshet of Cornell University spoke about doing comparative work and his travel around the world. This was followed by Dr. Dolan Hubbard, another SILCS Steering Committee member, who spoke about the College Language Association and the Modern Language Association. Yesterday, Thomas Sayers Ellis, who teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College, talked about creative writing and read a few of his own poems, including The Obama Hour, which was recently showcased in The Root.

There has been some leisure time in the past week as well. On the 19th, SILCS attending a showing of The Taming of the Shrew at the Sandra Feinstein-Gamm Theatre in Pawtucket. The production was a fun and energetic interpretation of the play, set in 1960s Italy. Over the weekend, some students visited Boston. Tonight there will be bowling, and tomorrow there will be a trip to see the Providence Waterfire, before we enter the final week of the Summer Institute.

Week Two

Wednesday, June 11th, 2008

Dr. Ronald Crutcher at the welcome dinner With the second week of the Summer Institute just about half over, the students are really settling in to the routine on campus. On Friday there was an exam, an engaging discussion with Dr. Betty Neal Crutcher, and Chinese food in the Multicultural Center on campus. Friday ended with ice cream and Scrabble, but the students had to get up early Saturday morning for their visit to Brown University.

After several days of rain, the temperature shot up to the mid nineties, which made the day in Providence a very warm one. The students toured the John Carter Brown Library and then met with Dr. Rolland Murray before having some time to explore Providence on their own.

Regina and Dr. Paula Krebs at the Paw Sox On Sunday there was an optional trip to McCoy Stadium to see the Pawtucket Red Sox play against the Buffalo Bisons. The day was even hotter than the day before, with temperatures just under three digits, and many of the students opted to stay home with their homework instead. For those who did go, however, it was a fun day at the ball park, even though the home team lost.

Monday and Tuesday both featured afternoon lectures. Dr. Emily Bernard from the University of Vermont discussed her essay Teaching the N-Word and spoke about hate speech and the power in self-naming. Dr. Shalene Vasquez from Dartmouth College talked about her own career and graduate school experience.

SILCS students at the welcome dinner This morning the students headed out to Harvard University to meet with the English department and visit the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. Later this week will be a trip to the theater, a visit to Bridgewater State College and, weather permitting, a day at the beach.