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Carmen Acevedo Butcher



Carmen Acevedo Butcher is a lecturer at UC Berkeley. In the College Writing Programs she teaches R1A ("The Iceberg of Culture: Cross-Cultural Communication"), R4B ("The Meme and the Human: Digital Literacies"), Global Edge Program R4A, and 10A ("Introduction to Public Speaking"). In summer 2018 and 2017 she taught College Writing R4A as part of the summer sessions Global Edge Program at Berkeley, and in fall 2017 she enjoyed teaching three sections of CW R1A in Fall Program for Freshmen. Previously she was a tenured professor of English and Scholar-in-Residence at Shorter University, formerly Shorter College, in Rome, Georgia. She was interviewed by Writing Across Berkeley about this transformation in "Off the Tenure Track."

Dr. Acevedo Butcher received the 2006 Carnegie Foundation Professor of the Year for Georgia and the 2007 President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching and Scholarship at Shorter College. She has been a Fulbright scholar and lecturer twice, once as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at Sogang University in Seoul, South Korea, for the 2004-2005 academic year and also as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of London from 1989-1991, conducting research in the British Library, the Bodleian, and other Oxbridge libraries. She has served as a commentator for Georgia Public Broadcasting and has appeared on GPB’s Georgia Gazette and The Issue. Dr. Acevedo Butcher has written for Cambridge University Press, Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute, Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History, and others. In addition to writing articles and giving local, national, and international lectures, she is the author of books on medieval literature, medieval women mystics, and linguistics. A new edition of her award-winning 2009 translation of The Cloud of Unknowing with the Book of Privy Counsel is coming out in a new series, the Shambhala Pocket Library, with an estimated release of summer 2018. The Cloud released as an audio book by Audible.com in 2014, read by James Patrick Cronin. The Cloud received the 46th annual Georgia Author of the Year Award, the oldest literary awards in the Southeastern United States. With John Algeo, she has published the seventh edition of classic linguistic textbooks on the History of the English Language: Origins and Development of the English Language, Problems in the Origins and Development of the English Language, and Answer Key with Cengage Learning / Wadsworth. She has also published God of Mercy: Ælfric’s Sermons and Theology with Mercer University Press; also Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church: A Spiritual Reader, Man of Blessing: A Life of St. Benedict, and A Little Daily Wisdom (formerly Incandescence: 365 Readings with Women Mystics) with Paraclete Press, plus a Lenten devotional featuring classic Christian authors, Following Christ: A Lenten Reader to Stretch Your Soul, a finalist for the 47th Georgia Author of the Year Award. Dr. Butcher’s books are well-reviewed and often reprinted and re-issued. For her Georgia Public Broadcasting commentaries, see the “Georgia Public Broadcasting Commentator ” link above and click on these dates: November 16, 2008 (4:00 p.m.); November 15 (noon); October 15, 2008; October 8, 2008; September 8, 2008; June 13, 2008; May 24, 2008; and May 23, 2008. At the University of Georgia, Dr. Butcher studied with Dr. John Algeo, earning a Ph.D. in Medieval Studies, Phi Beta Kappa, and receiving a Graduate Student Teaching Award. As a Fulbright Scholar at University College London, she was supervised by the late Professor John McNeal Hodgson. She also studied at Ruprecht-Karls Universität Heidelberg as a Rotary International Graduate Scholar. A summa cum laude graduate of Shorter College, Carmen was senior class president, a recipient of the Louie D. Newton leadership and service award, a Whitworth-Muldrow Language and Literature scholar, and a member of Alpha Chi honor society. Dr. Butcher is an honor graduate of Cherokee High School in Canton, Georgia. During her Fulbright scholarship at the University of London, she met her husband, Sean Butcher, and their most unbelievable Fulbright moment was meeting Queen Elizabeth.

Dr. Carmen Acevedo Butcher speaks on a diversity of topics:

  • Ælfric of Eynsham, Tenth-Century English Author
  • Ancient Christian Disciplines
  • Christian Women Mystics
  • The Cloud of Unknowing
  • Composition
  • Contemplative Prayer
  • Cross-Cultural Intelligence
  • Diagramming’s Joys
  • Etymology’s Wonders
  • Fulbright Scholarships
  • Grammar’s Value
  • History of the English Language
  • Martin Luther (1483-1546)
  • Martin Luther’s View of the Bible
  • Old English Sermons
  • Old, Middle, and Modern English
  • Reed-Kellogg Diagramming
  • Technology’s Friendly Influence and Frantic Impact
  • The Rule and Benedict of Nursia
  • Sociolinguistics and World Englishes
  • What is Lectio Divina?
  • What Makes a Global Citizen?
  • Writing Is Revising