Thursday, March 6, 2014 -- Spring Student Faculty Colloquium
The Spring Student Faculty Colloquium is coming up fast! But not as fast as it was before because there has been a change in date for the Colloquium!
Mark you calendars for
Thursday, March 6 at 4:30 pm
in State Farm Hall 022.
Dr. Marina Balina, Director of International Studies and Professor of Russian Studies, will be presenting on "Playing History for the Post-Soviet Generation: Children's Book Illustrations as Image and Text."
Our student presenter this year will be Sydney White.
See you all there!
Sigma Tau Delta Exec Board
Saturday, March 8 through Sunday, March 16, 2014 -- Spring Break!
Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday March 20, 2014--Sigma Tau Delta Book Club feather Austin Smith, '03, Almanac.
It's that time of year - the annual Book Club hosted by Sigma Tau Delta will be taking place the week after Spring Break.
Our author this year is Austin Smith, an IWU alum and published poet, whose recently published book, Almanac: Poems, was selected by Sigma Tau Delta for Book Club.
As of today, Austin's book is available in the IWU bookstore for purchase. It is also available from Amazon. From the publisher:
"Almanac is a collection of lyrical and narrative poems that celebrate, and mourn the passing of, the world of the small family farm. But while the poems are all involved in some way with the rural Midwest, particularly with the people and land of the northwestern Illinois dairy farm where Austin Smith was born and raised, they are anything but merely regional. As the poems reflect on farm life, they open out to speak about childhood and death, the loss of tradition, the destruction of the natural world, and the severing of connections between people and the land."
Book Club events will take place on Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 20, just after Spring Break. All are welcome at the following events even if you do not have the chance to read Austin's work beforehand:
Wednesday, March 19:
Writing workshop in State Farm Hall, Room 201 at 4:30 pm.
Student dinner at Rosie's in downtown Bloomington at 6:30 pm (please RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, March 17 if you wish to join us for dinner)
Thursday, March 20:
Please feel free to contact Sigma Tau Delta with any questions about the events at email@example.com.
We are very excited about Austin Smith's upcoming visit and hope to see his events well attended.
Wednesday, March 19 through Friday, March 28, 2019 -- Academic Advising.
Friday, March 28, 2014 -- Ashley Locke, Archivist at the University of Chicago libraries.
Ashley Locke, '05 IWU alum and former English Major, will talk about her experiences as an archivist at the University of Chicago libraries. If you are someone who wants to know more about a career in library science, please be sure to attend this informal event.
Wednesday, April 2 through Wednesday, April 9, 2014 -- Class Registration
In the News
Congratulations to the Sigma Tau Delta new members!
On Sunday, January 26, 2014, the English honor society, Sigma Tau Delta, ten new members.
|2014 Newly initiated Sigma Tau Delta Members: Patrick Cavanaugh, Michael Wettengel, Olivia Anderson, Hannah Dhue, Mack Rivkin, Elise Brubaker, Erica Kucharski, Kinzie Schweigert
Not pictured: Joseph Ruskey and Nick Anderson
|Sigma Tau Delta Executive Board 2013-2014: (left to right) Kevin Brown, Patrick Burke, Audra Kuchling, Bobby Castillo, Stephanie Fenty, Tia Sprengel, Rachel Branson
|2014 Guest Speak: Meg Miner, University Archivist & Special Collections Librarian and Assistant Professor.
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.
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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.
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