How The KAArdian Was Born

Once upon a time, in a bar not too far away, a few friends sat at a table, chatting, drinking, eating… You know how it goes. And they were thinking about how to make the KAA Department alive again, how to let people know what’s going on around them. It’s one thing to create facebook events…

Noc vědců with KAA

Last Friday night, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University has participated in Noc vědců – for one evening, anyone could come and see what the academic life is about. This year, Department of English and American Studies was there, too! The audience had a possibility to attend lectures by Dr. Krajník, Dr. Tomková, Mgr. Kováčová and Velid Beganović, M.A. There…

Interview with Hanjo Berressem and Nadine Boljkovac

Last year we met professor Hanjo Berressem during our Erasmus stay in Cologne, Germany. This year prof. Berressem came to Brno to teach an intensive course called “Why Series Suck:” ‘Seriality Studies’ meet ‘Quality TV.’, accompanied by his partner and film studies expert Dr. Nadine Boljkovac from the University of Falmouth, UK who gave a…

Interview with Alfred Thomas

Alfred Thomas is a British medievalist who is currently teaching at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He studied Slavic languages and literature at Trinity Hall, Cambridge University, but then moved to the United States and has spent his entire teaching career there. One of his main interests is the connection between English and Bohemian medieval…

Interview with Jeff Smith

In the advent of the introduction of the Spoon River Anthology by the department’s own Gypsywood players troupe in December 2016, we had come to the artistic director Jeff Smith and asked him about his thoughts on both the new play and the direction the GWP are taking nowadays. The following interview only scratched the…

Gene Terruso & The Gypsywood Players

The theater group of our English Department got a new director this year. The American professor Gene Terruso came to Masaryk University within the framework of the Fulbright Program for the whole academic year, staying until July. He was a successful actor and director in America, and now he is using his skills to teach…

KAArdian Recommends: HAMILTON

In the past two years, a sensational boom erupted around this astonishing piece of art – Hamilton, a hip-hop musical about the life of an American founding father Alexander Hamilton. This may sound too much like a boring history lesson, but wouldn’t you like to see Thomas Jefferson rapping or the British King singing his…

Cimrman Now Not Only in Czech

I’m sure we don’t need to introduce the iconic playwright, poet, philosopher, inventor, criminalist, sportsman and all–round genius to our Czech readership, but to all our foreign readers out there who haven’t had the taste of Cimrman yet we present this short intro: The fictional character of a multitalented Czech writer Jára Cimrman [‘ja:ra ‘tsɪmrman]…

Can’t Skip CLiB

On 19th October the Department of English and American Studies hosted the annual 1-day conference: Cognitive Linguistics in Brno (CLiB). The event came together through the tireless enthusiasm of the organizational team lead by Wei-lun Lu from the Chinese Studies Seminar whose vision was to create a local based platform for academic exchange in the field…

A Story of a Musical Career Pursuit at the KAA

  By Filip Drlík I was asked to write something about myself and music in the course of my studies at the Department and I immediately found myself thrown into hindsight, as I have graduated for my Master’s in January this year; I was surrounded by questions one tries to avoid; Why did I want…

Teaching Teenagers

Mgr. Kristýna Beníčková graduated in English-language teaching at the Faculty of Education, MU and has been teaching at ZŠ Slovanské náměstí since February 2015. How to motivate teenage learners? How to teach them and win their attention and respect at the same time? Have you heard any valuable advice at the university? I did not….

Creativity Night 2016

This year’s Creativity Night opened with the Gypsywood Singers who sang seven songs concluded with Beach Boys’ Barbara Ann. They are currently looking for some new members (mainly male voices) so here comes a chance for all of you secret only-in-the-shower-singers out there! You can listen to some of their songs here: Barbara Ann Susanna…

A COMPLAINT OF A FRUSTRATED CZECH GIRL

To beat, or not to beat, that is the question: Whether ‘tis Nobler in Easter time to suffer Egg Dyeing, Tidying and Ritual Beating, Or to take Arms against the power of Traditions And by protesting end them: to lock up, to flee, No more; and by that flight, to say we end the croaky…