As the term progresses, news has been coming in from the graduate students in Public Texts program about their professional activities. It seems only appropriate to provide a bit of a bulletin, and to congratulate them all on their plans and accomplishments.
- This winter, Laurenne Mandel has been managing the Public Text program blog, Don’t Panic (https://dontpanictrent.com/) and posting frequently to the twitter account, @doingitinpublic (https://twitter.com/doingitinpublic), keeping us informed of “Public Text” news.
- Kate Sykes and Laurenne Mandel will be spending the summer doing the Creative Book Publishing Program at Humber College (http://www.humber.ca/program/creative-book-publishing) before completing their internship placements in the Fall term.
- Melissa Hudson has secured an internship with the Robertson Davis Diaries Electronic Edition project under the direction of Professor Emeritus James Neufeld (http://editingmodernism.ca/2013/04/neufeld/). Melissa has been accepted in the Centennial College Publishing – Book, Magazine and Electronic program for 2015-16 (http://www.centennialcollege.ca/programs-courses/full-time/publishing-book/).
- Jim Forrester is working as a research assistant with the Davies Diary project and will be attending the Digital Humanities Summer Institute in Victoria in June to brush up his coding skills for his work on the project.
- Jennifer Hunter will complete her internship with Millbrook’s innovative Fourth Line Theatre (http://4thlinetheatre.on.ca/). Jennifer has been accepted into the Bachelor of Education program at Trent University for the 2015-16 academic year (http://www.trentu.ca/education/program.php).
- Lisa Murray will be working with Public Energy of Peterborough (http://www.publicenergy.ca/), handling marketing, press materials, and PR, as well as working in some side project which combine her interest in design with public texts issues and materials (helping to create new programs and posters, etc.).
- Scott Cecchin will be continuing his work as a research assistant on the P.K. Page publication project, under the supervision of Beth Popham who is editing Page’s fiction for print and digital publication (http://digitalpage.ca/).
- Samantha Elmsley had her exhibit – “A Woman of the Pen: Blodwen Davies, Early Canadian Journalist” — on display in the Trent University Archives in December 2014. She is presenting a paper on the Blodwen Davies fonds at U of T’s Book History & Print Culture Graduate Colloquium at the end of March (http://www.sharpweb.org/event/colloquium-toronto-and-the-book-2014-bhpc-graduate-student-colloquium/). Sam has been accepted into the Master of Library and Information Science program at the University of Toronto for 2015-16 (http://ischool.utoronto.ca/about-us).
- Elizabeth Ramsay is presenting a paper on Mary Sidney’s Antonie on March 16 at the Acacia Conference 2015: [Ab]Normativity and [Per]Formativity, California State University Fullerton (http://call-for-papers.sas.upenn.edu/node/59123).
- Three of our students are participating in this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition on March 25: Eyitayo Aloh speaking on Engaging the Unwritten Text: Orality, Popular Culture and the Social Engineering Process in Post-colonial Nigeria; Elizabeth Ramsay on Exploring the Triple Hecate Myth: A Woman’s Place in Shakespearean Drama; and Jim Forrester on Charles Dickens Comes to Lakefield: The Lakefield Literary Festival! (http://www.trentu.ca/graduatestudies/pathways/threeminutethesis.php).
- Sarah Milner is presenting a paper on “Frankenstein as a Social Construct” at the fifth annual Canadian Pop Culture conference in Niagara Falls (May 7-9) (http://www.canpop.ca/). Eyitayo Aloh is also presenting a paper at this conference.
- Three Public Texts students are presenting research posters at the meeting of SHARP (Society for the History of Authors, Readers and Publishing) in Longueville, Quebec on July 8 (http://sharp2015.ca/en/home/): Sarah Milner (Frankenstein as a social construct), Jim Forrester (the evolution of author readings and literary festivals) and Elizabeth Ramsay (a paratextual analysis of early editions of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida).
Congratulations! And please keep us in the loop!