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Oh, the Things I Will Do With My English Degree: Navigating the Humanities

These manifestos were written by Senior English majors at SUNY Fredonia in the spring of 2014. We wrote them to respond to a variety of challenges and objections against the English major that we have personally, and academically encountered.

Progressive Era & Fredonia & Chautauqua County History

Prof. McRae's Honor Seminar & English Senior Capstone

Reed Library Display

Prof. McRae's Honors Seminar (HONR 225.1) will have a display on the Progressive Era (1865-1915). This will include archival images and artifacts from that period such as patent medicine ads, freak show cabinet cards, minutes from town hall meetings, images from Lily Dale and other Spiritualist and Second Great Awakening religious communities, information about labor strikes, and institutions such as the Perrysburg Sanitarium.

Prof. McRae's English Senior Capstone class (ENGL 400) will have informational posters on display about various intriguing moments in Fredonia and Chautauqua County history, contextualized within larger American historical trends. Some of these include: "BJs--An American Dive," "The Dewittville Poorhouse," "Enoch Curtis--the Architect of Fredonia," "The Students Awaken: SUNY Fredonia and Vietnam War Protests," "Welch's Grapes in 1910," "The Fredonia Women's Temperace Union," "Everything you Always Wanted to Know about Club 35," "When they Changed the Drinking Age," "Lucille Clifton and Racism in Fredonia in the 1950s," "The Abortion Underground Railroad in the 1970s," and "Fredonia Implements the 504 Plan."


Campus Report

Congratulations to English major Antonio Regulier! He is the recipient of this year’s State University of New York Association of Council Members and College Trustees (ACT) award, a $1,000 scholarship honoring his outstanding academic performance and commitment to the Fredonia campus and community. Read more...

Check out the newest issue of the student run English magazine, the Trident. Pick up your copy for free from the English department's office or on the first floor in Reed Library! Click on the Cover for more information about the Trident.


Article for the Observer

Matt Pisarski a candidate for an English M.A., wrote an article for the Dunkirk Observer about Stefan Zweig. Check out his article here.

Students in Professor Heather McEntarfer's ENED 250, Literacy and Technology, interpreted poems using digital video. This example was produced by Hannah Mulliagn.

to the 6 students from the English Department who were inducted as Golden Key Members!

Randee Greco Antonio Regulier
Alanna Hazard Lacey Wolfer
Courtney Loiacono Claire Woodcock

The Big Read

To bring their passion for and knowledge about literature into the public sphere, graduating English majors contributed to the Big Read, a program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts with the goal of bringingbigread2 literature back into the lives of Americans. Led by Reed Library, the local 2013 Big Read featured Jack London’s beloved novel The Call of the Wild. Students enrolled in both sections of Senior Seminar teamed up to lead fourteen discussions in diverse settings throughout Chautauqua County, including libraries, bookstores, cafes, and bigread1even humane society animal shelters. More than 240 people attended these community book discussions, and the feedback from attendees was enormously positive. Rounding out their public engagement experience, the students all contributed to a blog that captured the range of lively and enriching literary events throughout the region.

Students and faculty are gearing up for the next Big Read, which will focus on the poetry of Emily Dickinson in March and April 2014.
Fall 2013 Senior Seminar students took part in the upcoming Big Read by designing library displays about Emily Dickinson's life, historical and cultural contexts, and publication history and by crafting blog entries about their engagements with Dickinson's poetry.

Professor Christina Jarvis takes Environmental Literature Students to Greystone Nature Preserve to plant spruce trees.

Check out the link about the event in the Dunkirk Observer here.
Students in Professor Heather McEntarfer's ENED 250, Literacy and Technology, interpreted poems using digital video. This example was produced by junior Giacomo Tucker.

Article for the Observer

English Major Rebekah Calhoun wrote an article for the Dunkirk Observer about Stefan Zweig. Check out her article here.

Presentation at Conference in D.C.

Jacqueline Hebert, candidate for the M.A. in English this spring, presented at the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association National Conference in Washington, D.C. from March 27-30, 2013. Her presentation, "Reading Beyond the Blood: A Post-Colonial Reading of Agatha Christie's Works," was part of a panel titled Mystery and Detective Fiction: Reading the Classics.

Rosa Parks Scholarship

Courtney Loiacono was awarded a Rosa Parks Scholarship for her project:  "Media Literacy in the Classroom: A Gender Focus."

Presentation at SUNY Conference

Benjamin Blood presented "Re-Conceptualizing College Composition: Preparing First-Year Writers for Future Academic, Professional, and Personal Writing through the Use of Metacognition" at the Annual SUNY Conference on Writing held at UB on March 29-30, 2013. Benjamin is a candidate for the M.A. in English this spring.


Collaborative Project in Contemporary Literary Theory

The course theme explored the connection between subjectivity, risk-taking and ethics, using a wide array of essays by contemporary philosophers and critical theorists, and two literary texts: Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland (annotated version) and Donald Barthelme's Snow White. The final project was designed to be a collaborative group effort; students were free to choose the format as long as they contributed equally to the research and writing. After mulling several possibilities, the students -- many of whom were also writing minors -- decided to compose a collaborative story, with each of them writing an individual chapter. They collectively drew a story-board and mapped out the details of the main character, setting and plot; two students worked as editors to insure smooth chapter transitions. The result was "Alex in Fredtown." Students in the course included: Eric Ellison, Matthew Pisarski, Joshua Jerome, Christina Stock, Erin Goldberg, Jordan Horvath, Derek Herzog and Jeannette Chin, all English majors or minors. Instructor: Jeanette McVicker

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