Emergency General Assembly March 31

Due to interest, the Student Association of Graduates in English has elected to hold an Emergency General Assembly on the issue of striking or taking other actions

The EGA will take place on Tuesday, March 31 at 4 pm in LB 659.

The EGA will be open to all graduate students enrolled in the Department of English (creative and academic streams).

The agenda will be circulated via email and will be posted on the SAGE website.

If graduate students feel strongly about issues that may be raised at the General Assembly, it is of high importance that they attend, as a vote on any issues will affect the cohort as a whole, whether they are present to vote or not.

Quorum for the GA is 10 people.

Voting will be by secret ballot.

Please share this information with your friends in the Department.

March 31 Emergency General Assembly Agenda

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SAGE Statement on the 13th Annual Graduate English Colloquium

Dear English Department Faculty,

This year we held the 13th Annual Concordia University Graduate English Colloquium. Our theme was “The Odd Couple,” and through this theme we attempted to embody the unique nature and charm of this exceptional department. Our panels featured academic, creative and hybrid papers on topics that ranged from “Gyrating Geographies” to “Dystopian Dreams.” Our keynote speaker, George Elliott Clarke, attended and participated in our successful creative reading night and gave an animated keynote address on Alice Munro. Attendance was excellent and we received positive feedback from participants and guests alike. Without the departmental and faculty support we received, none of this would have been possible.

On behalf of the graduate students in this department, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to the English department and the faculty members that made this year’s success possible. A special thanks to Professor Cynthia Quarrie for her help as faculty liaison and her excellent welcome address. Also a big thank you to Sharon Frank, Bonnie-Jean Campbell, and Beth Crevier for their endless support with the details. Thank you also to Professor Manish Sharma for his support.

We are now looking towards next year’s colloquium. The support and feedback of the faculty is invaluable to us as graduate students. However, faculty attendance at this year’s colloquium was significantly lower than the previous year. For those who did attend, we are very grateful. Your comments on our presentations are always of the highest quality, and challenge us to perform at our full potential. You, the faculty, make us better thinkers, writers, and academics. In this vein, we would like to know how we can change the colloquium going forward to increase faculty attendance. If you were unable to attend because of the timing, or because the event was not clearly announced, let us know. We are attempting to increase the creative participation in this event and would like to increase the attendance of the creative writing faculty in particular. Whether a faculty member in the creative or academic stream, we need your feedback. Please speak to any of the students on the Colloquium Committee or the SAGE Council with your suggestions on how to make participation in the colloquium easier for you.

Thank you again for your support,

The Colloquium Committee

Rachel Burlock

Courtney Church

Megan Fitz-James

Matthew Lively

Amina Reaz

Amanda Ruffini

Caitlyn Spencer

Colin Young

The SAGE Council

Carrie Calvo

Alanna Bartolini

Colin Young

Sara Press

Megan Fitz-James

Courtney Church

Caitlyn Spencer

January 23 Newsletter

In this week’s newsletter:

  1. Winter semester party
  2. February Scramble
  3. Coffee Talk: The How-to of Creative Writing Grants
  4. Concordia Write Nights
  5. Writers Read: Carmine Starnino
  6. Work-in-Progress Talk: The Beckett Walk
  7. Globe and Mail Conversations

Continue reading “January 23 Newsletter”

Important TRAC Meeting Today!

Dear Fellow Graduate Students,

There is an important meeting on Monday, January 19 (5:30 at H-763)! This meeting is particularly pertinent for TAs next school year.

As many of you may know, the TRAC union has just gone through a tumultuous period. An investigation into recent issues amongst the TRAC Executives has just been released with three recommendations:

  • The investigation recommends that all of the current TRAC executives be removed from office and a new election takes place.
  • The investigation recommends that the current president be barred from running in a new election as “he does not understand the role of a President, and does not [know] how to work cohesively as a team member, leading to constant interference with the tasks and duties of other executive members.”
  • They further recommend that PSAC takes a more direct role in supervising and training the new executives going forward.

The entire report is only 10 pages and well worth reading for all TRAC members. The recommendations are those of the investigators but the report contains information and evidence that might help each TRAC member to come to their own conclusions.

The report and recommendations will be the subject of a Special General Assembly that will discuss and vote on these recommendations next Monday at 5:30 in room H-763.

The SAGE council has discussed this report and, in light of the seriousness of the issues, we are urging all SAGE members who are or have been TAs to attend the meeting on Monday.

TRAC is responsible for bargaining with the university over important issues like salary, class size, working conditions and much more. We are going into a bargaining year and it is crucial that our TRAC Executive be effective and cohesive. We are encouraging you to become informed with the details of the report and be present to vote for the result you wish to see.

In order to vote you will need certain documents: a pay stub, a student ID card and proof of registration. Further details are available on the TRAC website http://trac-union.caYou will need to register in advance, starting at 4:00 pm. If you have had a contract in the last 12 months you are still eligible to vote. Please show up and make sure that your voice is part of this important conversation.




Let your vote count!


Your SAGE Council

Coffee Talks: Publishing as a Graduate Student and Creative Writing Grants

Welcome to the Winter semester! And do you know what that means? Oh yes, SAGE COFFEE TALK SERIES: Winter Edition!

“Publishing as a Graduate Student: Articles, Conference Papers, Reviews”

Talking Points:

  • balancing MAs/PhDs with publishing
  • finding the right journals
  • reviews, conference presentations, articles, encyclopedia entries
  • rejection letters and the peer review process

Speaker: Prof. Jeffrey Weingarten
When: January 15, 2015
Time: 11:30AM – 1PM
Room: LB 646

“The How-to of Creative Writing Grants”

Prof. Stephanie Bolster on how to write and prepare for Creative Writing Grants (CALQ and Canada Council for the Arts).

Speaker: Prof. Stephanie Bolster
When: February 3, 2015
Time: 1PM – 2PM
Room: LB 646

As always, coffee and tea will be provided by your friendly SAGE elves.

See you all there!

SAGE Coffee Talk Series and a Grad Party (Oct. 7, 2014)

Hello Graduate Students,

Here are a few reminders and a Call for Papers from UdeM.

SAGE Coffee Talk Series

Andrew Burton, “Working at CEGEP”

Many students in the English Graduate program plan to teach English in CEGEP. Andrew Burton will be presenting a lecture filled with advice on what to expect from this career choice. Whether you plan to teach at CEGEP or you plan to teach at a community college outside of the province, then this lecture will have helpful, relevant information.

Title: “Working at CEGEP”
Speaker: Andrew Burton
When: October 15, 2015
Time: 11am-12:30pm
Where: LB 646

Dr. Cynthia Quarrie, “Academic Conferences: the How to Guide.”

Topics include how to apply to a conference, how to write an abstract, and how to network and make the most of your time at a conference.

Title: “Academic Conferences: The How to Guide”
Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Quarrie
When: October 24, 2014
Time: 1PM
Where: LB 646

Grad Party at Professor Andre Furlani’s House (Faculty and Graduate Students Invited)

Date: October 18th
Address: [in email]

Street parking. Doors open at seven. Food and beverages provided by faculty, but a contribution to the drinks would be a welcome courtesy. Faculty is very much looking forward to welcoming you.

Election Results (Oct. 1, 2014)

Hello Graduate Students,

Elections were held yesterday and votes have been counted. The only contested position was Speaker’s Representative and with the help of CASE president Priya Patel, who was there to witness and count votes, Shada Sagher won.
Thank you to the graduate students who voted yesterday.
Here is your SAGE executive council:
Co-President: Carrie Calvo and Alanna Bartolini
Vice-President: Colin Young
Secretary: Shada Sagher
Treasurer: Sara Press
2 Academic Representatives: Megan Fitz-James and Courtney Church
1 Creative Writing Representative: Caitlyn Spencer
1 Speaker’s Representative: Shada Sagher

EGSS-SAGE Scramble

Hello everyone!

As a way of fostering an inter-university relationship between Concordia’s Department of English and Université de Montréal’s Département d’études anglaises, we are excited to announce that the first official “EGSS-SAGE Scramble” (clever, eh?) will take place on Thursday, October 2, starting at 8:00PM at McKibbin’s Pub (upstairs room) on Bishop street (metro Guy-Concordia).

This is a casual social event, and it is meant as a way for students in both departments to mingle, get to know one another, and just relax outside of the classroom/library. Faculty have also been invited to join from both departments, so it will be a great opportunity to socialize with professors outside of the typical academic context.

EGSS and SAGE are both expecting a great turnout to this event, and there will certainly be more Scramble events to follow in the future. We look forward to seeing you all there, and we’re excited about what the future holds for Concordia-UdeM collaboration!