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5 Tips to Start (or Continue) Creative Writing in Graduate School

Fri, 2018-02-23 11:43
Whether we like it or not, we’re people who are building our resumes and careers on the written word. However, this work is often confined to the scholarly side of writing and publishing. What about the creative side of scholarly publishing? If you’re a potential short story teller, poet, novelist, creative nonfiction wizard, or just […]

What Have We Wrought?

Wed, 2018-02-21 12:00
I was eighteen years old on April 20, 1999, the day of the Columbine High School massacre. The world stopped. People were stunned—and in pain—for days, weeks. The story was the lead on every news show, in every newspaper, for days, weeks. The footage of Pat Ireland falling out of a second-story window into the […]

The Benefits of Taking a GAship Outside of the English Department

Fri, 2018-02-16 09:03
Co-written by Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno and Jimmy Hamill Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno, Ph.D. Candidate, 2 years in the Center for Gender Equity For me, one of the best parts of teaching before and after I had a GA position at the Center for Gender Equity was the fact that my experiences in the classroom and in a student […]

Sticking to a Schedule?

Tue, 2018-02-06 12:38
Being a graduate student is one of the rare occupations in which we can make our own schedules; technically we can work whenever we’d like.  Before beginning graduate school this flexibility seemed an extremely exciting benefit, but once I began I realized how difficult it actually was to keep myself on track and prevent burnout. […]

What’s Happening: The Return

Fri, 2018-02-02 19:11
February is a month of winter chills which is all the more reason to attend some of the great indoor events happening on campus. The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross Film Screening Monday, February 5th from 6:00-8:00 pm in 184 Rauch Business Center A film screening hosted by the Office of Multicultural Affairs 2018 […]

Moving Forward With Hope

Thu, 2018-01-25 11:00
In an essay on Octavia Butler titled “The Only Lasting Truth,” Tananarive Due calls attention to the necessity of utopic thinking, hope, and desire. It is an important reminder in a political present that is charged with an incessant appeal to catastrophism. The dystopian rise of Donald Trump has drawn on people’s fear and offered […]

Our Silence Does Not Protect Us

Mon, 2018-01-22 21:01
Co-written By Sarah Heidebrink-Bruno and Sarita Mizin *Trigger Warning: Sexual Harassment/Assault* I was a little girl the first time a grown man, a stranger, touched me against my will. He told me that I was beautiful, that I reminded him of his daughter, then he reached in through an open car window to kiss my […]

Harvey Weinstein. Ad Infinitum. Ad nauseam.

Wed, 2017-11-29 10:09
Every time I sit down to write this blog post another sexual assault story breaks. What follows are drafts I’ve started and stopped in an effort to document the scandals (plural) as new facts come to light. October 10th— Here in America we like our sexual assault scandals to be “open secrets,” thank you very […]

Gothic Reading Group: Laughing in the Dark

Wed, 2017-11-15 12:59
October 27th marked the second meeting of the Gothic Reading Group.  Of course, fall is the perfect time to be diving into the haunted material usually associated with the gothic. However, the group took a different turn for this month’s reading. Instead of diving into Frankenstein, Dracula, or other traditional texts, we took a trip […]

Parent. Student. Scholar.

Wed, 2017-11-08 14:00
When one of my college professors told me years ago that the best time to write a dissertation is while bouncing a baby with one hand and typing with the other, I scoffed at him.” Easy for him to say,” I thought. He had a partner and an extended family at home to help. He […]

Monday Meet and Greet: Claire Silva

Mon, 2017-11-06 13:00
Tell us about yourself! Hi! I’m Claire, and I’m a first year MA student. I have a BA in English from Penn State. I’m originally from Bethlehem, PA, so I’m really excited to be experiencing my hometown through a whole new lens. I’m primarily interested in the ways class is portrayed in American literature and […]
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