The Sixth Sensibility
You are invited to attend "The Sixth Sensibility," a pair of readings featuring the seniors in English 401: Senior Writing Project. This is a great opportunity to hear the kind of cool, contemporary, accomplished work that IWU writing students are capable of.
The reading takes place on TONIGHT, Thursday, December 5th in the Memorial Center Davidson Room.
From 7-7:50 p.m., Elise Brubaker, Colleen O'Connor, and Patrick Nevels will read.
Then, after a brief intermission, from 8-9 p.m., Shane McGowan, Mack Rivkin, Patrick Cavanaugh, and Nicole Pierce will read.
Come for either reading, or for both--
Associate Professor of English
Friday, December 6, 2013 -- Last Day of Classes
Friday, December 6, 2013 -- English Department Holiday Party
For more information contact Kathie Bradley in the English Department at 309-556-3333.
Monday, December 9, 2013 -- Reading Day
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 -- Friday, December 13. 2013 Final Examinations
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 -- First Day of the Spring Semester
2013 IWU Creative Writing Awards
From left to right: THE ACADEMY OF AMERICAN POETS PRIZE recipient Rob Diehl, BABBITT'S PRIZE OF SHORT FICTION recipient Janna Strain, and THE KAY NELSO MEMORIAL ESSAY PRIZE recipient Sydney White.
In the News
The Fall Semester Colloquium
The Fall Semester Colloquium, sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, will take place next Tuesday, October 1st, at 5 PM in the Evelyn Chapel basement. Iggy Romack ’14 and Visiting Assistant Professor Molly Robey will each be presenting some of their work.
The event is open to all English majors and minors. Come find out about some of the work being done by English faculty and students!
Congratulations to Hannah Dhue, semi-finalist in the the 2013 NCTE Norman Mailer Writing Award for non-fiction!
Daniel Kelly '97 discusses the character and evolution of disgust in his book, Yuck! The Nature and Moral Significance of Disgust.
Welcome to the English House!
English is one of the most popular majors at Illinois Wesleyan. Our curriculum prepares students for graduate study, for teaching in secondary schools, and for entry into professions that stress verbal skills and education in the humanities—fields such as law, journalism, publishing, government, and business. But whatever field they enter, students find that employers value the skills an English major develops.
The department offers two sequences for majors: a Literature sequence and a Writing sequence that includes journalism and/or creative writing.
It all starts at the English House, a 1911 Prairie-style residence designed by local architect Arthur Pillsbury. His daughter, Frances, was an English major at IWU, and the building has been home to the department since the Seventies.
The English department consists of 140 majors and minors and 11 full-time faculty members, seven of whom have received the University’s highest teaching award. Walk through the house and you’ll find faculty in their offices working one-on-one with students or just chatting. Whether it’s helping you find the right grad school and study-abroad program or just giving you a sounding board to talk about concerns, faculty spend time with you not because they have to, but because they want to.
Our faculty members bring a wealth of experience to the classroom. Half of us have published books, and all are active professionally. We attend conferences, we serve on boards, we write creatively, and we work with community organizations. Among us are playwrights, film critics, songwriters, desktop publishers, award-winning writers, and literary scholars. Whatever your interest, there’s a good chance it’ll be shared by someone on the English department faculty.