Alumni Spotlight: Shaunte Montgomery

Shaunte Montgomery (MA '08) I was recently in yet another virtual professional development workshop, and if I am honest, I spent about 80% of my time listening in on what the presenter was saying, and the other 20% catching up on emails and putting out fires…I may be fibbing on the ratios, but you get … Continue reading Alumni Spotlight: Shaunte Montgomery

Gordon Parks and a Place to Call Home

Photo from Aaliyah Kelly's response to the exhibit "Gordon Parks: Homeward to the Prairie I Come" Coinciding with the Beach Museum’s current exhibit “Homeward to the Prairie I Come”—which features the work of photographer, filmmaker, and writer Gordon Parks—the students in ENGL 420 “African American Film” discussed two of Parks’s movies: the autobiographical coming-of-age film … Continue reading Gordon Parks and a Place to Call Home

September 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Image for Ania Payne's "Unsocialized" at Complete Sentence Literature. (Art by Jeff Kallet.)     Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As COVID-19 continues, we continue to direct energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting others during the pandemic. We're also … Continue reading September 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Kansas State Indigenous Peoples Day

  Kansas State’s 2021 Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, October 11, celebrated Indigenous agriculture and sustainability. The day was enjoyed by several hundred online and in-person participants, and through their theme --“Sovereignty: Food, Film, And Policy”-- the Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance brought speakers together from multiple disciplines and many Indigenous nations. The day began … Continue reading Kansas State Indigenous Peoples Day

Grad Student Spotlight: Molly James

Molly James (B.A. '20, M.A. '22) My love for the fantastic drove me to pursue a bachelor’s degree in English, but I've always struggled to find myself in the urban fantastic. These stories take place in large cities or in locales that I never had the opportunity to visit growing up; in response, many of … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Molly James

Career Paths in English and the Humanities

For several years, the English Department has reviewed options for a course dedicated to helping our undergraduate students find their career path. This fall, we're excited to launch our pilot offering: ENGL 599 "Career Paths in English and the Humanities." This one-credit hour course will provide, in an 8-week concentrated format, elements of career planning … Continue reading Career Paths in English and the Humanities

Celebrate Banned Books Week 2021

Banned Books Week 2020 (Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association) When thinking of acts of rebellion, reading usually isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. It can be hard to think of people like my brother who can hardly wait to give people books or those who restock community Little Libraries as literary … Continue reading Celebrate Banned Books Week 2021

K-State Partnerships with Kabul University and Balkh University, 2007-2010

Suzanne Donnelly (In-Country Director, English Partnership, Kabul University/Kansas State University) and Mary Copple (Associate Professor, K-State Department of Modern Languages) at Kabul University in 2009 One of the first official documents I signed when I became Department Head in June 2007 was the "Partnership Contract Agreement for English Faculty at Balkh University in Mazar-e Sharif, … Continue reading K-State Partnerships with Kabul University and Balkh University, 2007-2010

Cherie Dimaline at Kansas State

Cherie Dimaline visits Kansas State University via Zoom (23 Sept 2021) Tonight, as part of the programming for K-State First Book, we were fortunate to hear Cherie Dimaline speak about her work, The Marrow Thieves, the 2021 selection for the university's common reading program. In telling her own story and the story behind the book, … Continue reading Cherie Dimaline at Kansas State

Remembering Cheryl Collins

Cheryl Collins presents at "150 Years of Tall Tales, Heroes, and Outright Lies," a panel sponsored by the Department of English (25 Sept 2011) We were so sorry to hear last week of the passing of Cheryl Collins. Cheryl served as Director of the Riley County Historical Museum for more than 30 years, and, since … Continue reading Remembering Cheryl Collins