Check out what our students are doing in and out of the classroom!
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.
Congratulations to the 6 students from the English Department who were inducted as Golden Key Members!
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 bringing 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 even 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