On Teaching and Reading the Apocalypse . . . in the Apocalypse — Part I

I start here with one of two blog posts on teaching and reading the apocalypse during a moment when dystopia, which our class so often joked about in those innocent days of January and February, became the stuff of our daily lives. Part I (below) sketches out the initial seven weeks of a class on … Continue reading On Teaching and Reading the Apocalypse . . . in the Apocalypse — Part I

2019-2020 Annual Awards

This evening -- Friday, May 1, 2020 -- should have found 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, due to this year's outbreak of Covid-19 and the university's restrictions on events, we are not able to hold … Continue reading 2019-2020 Annual Awards

Poetry Reading: Good Bones

  For the last day of National Poetry Month, we offer a collaborative reading of Maggie Smith's "Good Bones" from her collection Good Bones, published by Tupelo Press. Be sure to watch until the end -- and thanks to Dan Hoyt for orchestrating the reading and the appearance by our special guest. Enjoy! — Karin … Continue reading Poetry Reading: Good Bones

March 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

As we continue to teach remotely in response to the spread of Covid-19, we offer a look at recent faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Want to catch up on past successes or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of monthly newsletters Reading Matters, as well as posts from … Continue reading March 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

How to Celebrate National Poetry Month: 2020 Pandemic Edition

  In 2018, Traci Brimhall offered 30 ways to celebrate National Poetry Month. Below, she offers an updated version for 2020.   National Poetry Month began in 1996 through the Academy of American Poets. In their own words, “it has become the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets … Continue reading How to Celebrate National Poetry Month: 2020 Pandemic Edition

February 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

In the weeks ahead, we'll be sharing ideas for living through our current cultural moment of social distancing, self-isolation, and mediated communications. For now, though, as we prepare to teach remotely in response to the spread of Covid-19, we offer a look at recent faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity. … Continue reading February 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Paperback Pandemonium 2020; or, The English Major’s March Madness

  Who is a better moral guide: Caroline Ingalls or Marmee March? Who is a better scientist: Victor Frankenstein or Lemuel Gulliver? You decide! This March, the Alpha Theta Eta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta is hosting a four-conference paperback book "tournament." Our conference categories are American, British, Global, and Young Adult/Children's literature. We hope … Continue reading Paperback Pandemonium 2020; or, The English Major’s March Madness

“Kansas Women Have Done It”: Visiting America’s First Woman Mayor in Argonia, Kansas

A couple of weeks ago, I climbed into my bright blue Ford Focus, filled up the gas tank (thank you English Department!), and turned on a murder podcast to pass the time for the three-hour drive to Argonia, Kansas. Located about an hour southwest of Wichita, Argonia dominated national news in 1887 when the small … Continue reading “Kansas Women Have Done It”: Visiting America’s First Woman Mayor in Argonia, Kansas

Surviving 1607

Would you be able to survive the year 1607 as an early colonist? Last Friday (February 14), undergraduate students enrolled in ENGL 381 "American Survey I" with Associate Professor Steffi Dippold took a field trip to the Flint Hills Discovery Center to answer that question. "American Adventure," on exhibit until May 10 in the Tallgrass … Continue reading Surviving 1607