Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Win a Trip with New York Times Journalist

New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristoff is looking for a college student writer to accompany him on a trip to the developing world.  Kintoff has run a contest since 2006--the winner travels with him and writes a blog about their experiences.  "My aim is to generate interest in neglected global issues," Kintoff writes, noting that expenses will be covered.  He remarks that this year's trip may be to the two Congos and that "the travel is sometimes tough."  Read Kristoff's article for more details and application instructions:Win a Trip in 2016.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

ALBUS Team in London

Senior English major Ann Marie Rose and LIT 203 student Cieran Bailey spent their Fall Break in London, collecting materials for the ALBUS digital humanities project with Dr. Nancy Marck. ALBUS stands for Archive of Literary Britain Underrepresented in Scholarship, and students in LIT 203: British Literature to 1800 are preparing projects on a variety of topics and persons.

The first stop was the British Library, where Annie and Dr. Marck were able to page through a medieval manuscript for illustrations to support a project on the poem "Ganymede and Helen."  The medieval poem is styled as a debate on normative heterosexuality, with Providence and the gods weighing in at the end.

At the Tower of London, the team looked for materials for the student projects on Lady Jane Grey, who was executed here as a political prisoner of Mary I after her nine days rule as "uncrowned queen of England."  In the inner wall of an upstairs chamber in the Beauchamp Tower, where Lady Jane and many others awaited execution, many prisoners carved their names.  Jane (inscribed IANE) was among them.

While the team gathered other material in London, Dr. Marck traveled by train to Norwich to visit the anchorhold of Julian of Norwich, a medieval mystic who recorded her visions, the Revelations of Divine Love.  By becoming an anchoress, Julian was sealed into a small chamber attached to the church for the remainder of her life, to dedicate herself to prayer and reflection.  Her cell is called an anchorhold, measuring roughly 8' square, and it contains a window called a squint that looks into the church.  Julian of Norwich held controversial beliefs for her time, including the idea of the feminine natures of both God and Christ.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Departmental Meeting Thursday, October 1st

Pizza, New Friends, New Classes, and Upcoming Events--join the English Department for its first meeting for English majors this Thursday, October 1st at 11:30 am in DS 222.

We'll be introducing new majors and faculty, presenting awards to current majors, and discussing Advance Registration for Spring 2016 classes.  Plus, English graduate Thomas Wilkie will tell us about his entrepreneurial project, Storify.

Find out what's going on in the English Department, join the English Club, contribute an article to The Insight or a poem to The Writer's Block!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

English Major Finds a "Welcoming Community" in Internship

English major Hanna Perillo (junior, Communications/Public Relations specialization) shares her reasons for choosing English as a major and tells us about her internship:

"I chose to study English because I find it such an interesting subject to learn about; there are so many different directions that the English field can lead a person to, and I want to study all those different areas. I am someone who easily becomes lost in a book, finds interest in learning about multiple writing styles, and enjoys talking to people I may or may not know.  I am a 'people person,' and I believe that if I have the skills to speak calmly, coolly, and collectedly, I should pursue a major where I can put those communication skills to great use. 

 My internship has prepared me for my career path because I was able to learn about how much work goes into running a well-developed, rapidly growing company. Working for NOCO Energy Corp. this summer, and currently as an office intern, has given me the opportunity to see that communicating with people daily, promoting NOCO's company, and traveling to different areas of Western New York are all tasks that I enjoy. This past summer, I looked forward to each day of my internship because I was doing something new every time, and with each task came a new experience that I was learning from to help me follow a career path based on my Communications and Public Relations specialization. Most importantly, what I learned this summer from working for NOCO Energy Corp. is that my studies are heading  me in the right direction because my job did not seem like work to me, but rather a welcoming community where I could put my skills to use every day. I love the major I am studying, and I cannot wait to see what potential job opportunities are in store for me."

Monday, September 7, 2015

From English Major to Entrepreneur

Thomas Wilkie, class of 2014, is using the communication skills he developed as an English major to create his own business, Storillo, "a collaborative writing platform for education that engages students to work and learn together."  In a recent interview, Thomas explains that
"Storillo is a collaborative storytelling network where people connect to tell stories piece by piece. Like how I have been begun integrating the various voices at Sandbox into Storillo, we are trying to move that process online and get people to collaborate on stories. 
Why is this important? In our constantly connected world, how much are we really connecting? Clicking like or following someone when you are bored is not creating any true, meaningful connections between people.  Instead, we believe people connect more deeply by sharing in a common experience.  We want to break down the walls that divide people and bring them together to create. 
Our focus on collaboration and creation is essential because as our world grows more complex, we need to develop the skills to work together effectively to create solutions to ever more complex problems. And by using stories we are encouraging people to think creatively and to not be afraid to take chances." 
Read more about Thomas's business: Storillo: A Collaborative Story in Progress

Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Majors Bring New Talents to English Department

The English Department continues its series on new English majors by introducing Brooklyn and Heather:

A recent graduate of Pittsford Sutherland High School in Rochester, Brooklyn "is an aspiring lawyer and loves everything about literacy and art; her favorite work is Picasso's Guernica."  She also enjoys reading, and among her favorite pieces she counts two plays, Tennessee Williams's Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Heather writes, "The mascot at my school was also a wildcat, so I thought this photo would be appropriate for the Daemen blog.  Aside from spending time with my friends and family, I have a passion for photography.  I was on the yearbook and photography club all four years in high school.  I love taking portraits, but sports photography is my absolute favorite!  Heather recommends Veronica Roth's Divergent series, which she "couldn't put down" because "it takes the reader through a dystopian society where the people of the city are split into five different factions.  The protagonist must find her true identity in a world where she doesn't fit, but stands out."

Friday, August 21, 2015

New English Majors Recommend Summer Reading

The English Department welcomes our entering English majors and proudly introduces Alisha and Cassandra:

Alisha was part of the Fine and Performing Arts program in her high school and has interests in music and photography.  She recommends books by Ellen Hopkins because "she writes about the hard stuff, the darker side of what it's like to be an adolescent/young adult in a way that is entirely relatable for anyone.  When reading her stories, you become emotionally invested in the characters and the struggles they face."

Cassandra recommends the Beautiful Creatures series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, noting that "It's not as action-packed as the Harry Potter series, but it still has the fantasy/magic appeal."  In addition to reading and writing, she enjoys playing the guitar and trombone, and her interest in history recently took her to Philadelphia, where she saw the Liberty Bell.