Here’s the Pitch: “Fiction into Film” Students Win Rights to Adapt Stories

The Staten Islanders vie to win the rights to Lucas Cook’s story, “Waiting,” with a presentation of mis-en-scene ideas, including costume designs. In the course of studying cinematic adaptations of literary works, students in ENGL 220 "Fiction into Film" (Section H) are preparing their own film adaptations. They’ve organized themselves into production teams, read short … Continue reading Here’s the Pitch: “Fiction into Film” Students Win Rights to Adapt Stories

Recognizing Banned Books Week 2022 at K-State

Banned Books Week 2022 (Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association) “People tried to ban The House on Mango Street!?” Yes, as ridiculous as it may sound. It was challenged due to themes of racism, sexuality, and poverty. My friend recently read the long and daunting list of challenged books. He was more than surprised … Continue reading Recognizing Banned Books Week 2022 at K-State

Summer 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Bodies of Knowledge: Embodied Rhetorics in Theory and Practice (Utah State UP, 2022), co-edited by Abby Knoblauch and Marie E. Moeller. Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. The issue for September showcases a greater range of research, scholarship, and creative … Continue reading Summer 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Who is Johnny Kaw? Settler Colonialism and Public Memory at Work in Manhattan, KS

Bailey Britton (BA '22) in front of the Johnny Kaw statue in Manhattan, KS If you’ve ever walked around City Park or taken a drive down Poyntz Avenue in Manhattan, Kansas, you’ve probably seen the statue of Johnny Kaw. The 24-foot-tall statue of a white man with bright yellow hair and holding a scythe is … Continue reading Who is Johnny Kaw? Settler Colonialism and Public Memory at Work in Manhattan, KS

2021-2022 Annual Awards

Lilacs in bloom in Manhattan, KS ~ early evening, April 2022 This first weekend in May would usually find us at the Alumni Center for dinner, conversation, and celebration. We always look forward to recognizing our award winners at our Annual Awards Banquet. However, as it did the past two years, the continuing presence of … Continue reading 2021-2022 Annual Awards

April 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for the edited collection Screening #MeToo, where Katy Karlin's work appears.   Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As we enter a third year living with COVID-19, we continue to direct energies towards teaching our courses and to supporting others during … Continue reading April 2022 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Still Thinking of Ukraine

Photos from the refugee camp in Budapest, Hungary. (Alexander Hurla | Collegian Media Group) A few weeks ago, Alexander Hurla (BA '22 in Humanities, minor in English) left Manhattan, Kansas, for Budapest, Hungary, to volunteer assistance for those seeking help in response to the war in Ukraine. In his role at Assistant News Editor for … Continue reading Still Thinking of Ukraine

Found Object: Spotlight on English, 2018

Location: Department digital archivesObject: Photo of Day 2 of “Spotlight on English: Outside the Book,” 26 April 2018Observations: 1) Inspired by an event that Naomi Wood, Director of Undergraduate Studies, heard about at another university, in 2018 we hosted our first "Spotlight on English." The two-day event showcased work in English for the department's students … Continue reading Found Object: Spotlight on English, 2018

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Aidan Nelson

Aidan Nelson (BA '22) in Ireland It was an unusually clear Monday afternoon, especially given the sort of Irish weather I would’ve expected. It was really a perfect day for the sort of activities Dr Tomás Ó Carragáin had planned for our Irish Archaeology class. Most days, outside of when we had our on-campus lectures, … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Aidan Nelson

Undergrad Student Spotlight: Thai Lopez

Thai Lopez (BA '22) When I first came to K-State, I wanted to be a writer, and I imagined the next four years would be dedicated to preparing me to be the writer I always dreamed of being. My preferred genre was romance, I loved reading romance novels and I wanted to write them with … Continue reading Undergrad Student Spotlight: Thai Lopez