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Student Organizations

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The Graduate English Association, or GEA, organizes and sponsors academic and social events throughout the year to bring together all graduate English students. Look for teaching and research seminars, happy hours, seasonal parties, poetry and fiction readings, and book sales.

The Carolina Graduate Literature Society (CGLS) provides professionalization workshops, networking opportunities, and forums to discuss scholarly work for graduate students in the department, regardless of discipline. The CGLS hosts faculty professionalization panels, reading and writing groups, and invites outside scholars to present their work on campus. In the future, the CGLS plans to host a cross-disciplinary conference here at USC and is open to other suggestions as we grow. Membership in the CGLS is open to all graduate students.

RSA@USC is the University of South Carolina graduate student chapter of RSA (Rhetoric Society of America), an organization committed to the academic study of rhetoric, rhetorical theory, critical theory, composition studies, and speech communication. In addition to providing an active community of interested student scholars, RSA@USC regularly hosts conferences, professional workshops, invited lectures, and social events.

Yemassee is the literary journal of the English Department, publishing poetry, short fiction, one-act plays, brief articles, and interviews submitted by writers from all over the United States, and more recently, from all around the world. From its inception, Yemassee has been a graduate student run publication. The journal was created in 1993 through a generous donation from Joseph Capalbo —a former graduate student in English—the hard work of the founding editor, Melanie Carter, and the advice and guidance of Professors Butterworth, Feldman, and Kimmey.

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