Sunday, September 21, 2014

Departmental Meeting this Thursday

Please plan on attending our first departmental meeting of the 2014-15 academic year, this Thursday, September 25th at 11:30 in DS 222.  There will be pizza, introductions of new faculty and our new office suite in DS 138, advice about Advance Registration, and information on internships, and descriptions of new courses offered in Spring 2015.  See you there!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meet New English Faculty Member Hamish Dalley!

I’ve always taken a deep delight in reading, but my path into teaching World and English literature at Daemen College was a winding one. My first major when I started university as an undergraduate was in anthropology. I wanted to be an archaeologist; to dig things up; to touch history with my hands. That didn’t work out, largely because before the first semester had finished I’d been seduced by my introductory English survey. The lecture theatre for ENG130 at the University of Otago in 2002 was dangerous – it was the kind of place I discovered I didn’t want to leave. Fortunately – for me and for readers everywhere – the truth I found is that we never have to.
                I took a double honours degree in English and History in Dunedin, a small city in the far south of New Zealand which has penguins, albatrosses, and rain. I then spent two years teaching conversational English to adults and elementary-school students in Japan, before starting a PhD in Interdisciplinary Humanities at the Australian National University that eventually morphed into a study of the postcolonial historical novel. My research explores how history and fiction are intertwined: how is knowledge of the past captured in writing? What kind of historical understanding can we achieve by reading novels? How are present-day conflicts reflected in creative writing about the past? In addition to my book on this subject – which focuses on literature from Nigeria, Australia, and New Zealand, I have also published on realism as a literary form, the perception of time in Salman Rushdie and Chinua Achebe’s fiction, and traumatic responses to civil war in Africa. I attended the Institute of World Literature at Harvard in 2013.
                Before moving to Daemen in Fall 2014 I worked as a learning adviser at the ANU’s Academic Skills and Learning Centre. There I developed a fascination with helping students develop their writing skills. I’m looking forward to working here with students in a range of exciting courses that may not involve literally touching history with our hands (though they might…) but will certainly explore some of the ways that literature can take us to worlds – both real and imagined, past, present and future – that we have never have visited before.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Class of 2014 puts best foot forward!

The English Department proudly celebrates the graduation of the Class of 2014--Maverick Cummings, Carolyn Hutchen, Joshua Kraft, Rasheedah Muhammad, Jamie Quinn, Molly Stroka, Thomas Wilkie, and Jenna Wright.  Their future plans promise success, too--to name only two, Maverick goes on to a Master's program at Canisius College and Jamie will begin a teaching job in Florida.
Joshua Kraft, Jenna Wright, Thomas Wilkie, Rasheedah Muhammad, Maverick Cummings, and Jamie Quinn.
Inset: Dr. Peterson and Dr. Marck

Monday, May 12, 2014

Class of 2014 Makes Future Plans

After graduation, Maverick Cummings will be pursuing a Master's degree in College Student Personnel Administration at Canisius College, where he was granted a two-year assistantship as the New Student Orientation/Programming Coordinator. In this position, Maverick will be working with the Campus Programming and Leadership Development office to plan Orientation over summer and he will collaborate with other graduate assistants to plan all of the late night programming.  His goal after graduate school is to work in a Residence Life office at a college or to continue doing Orientation, as he says, “I am really excited for my next two years, and I cannot wait to get started.”

Rasheedah Muhammad will be attending graduate school at the School of Management at the University at Buffalo. Currently, she is a full-time nail technician with plans
to own a salon. She notes, “I have the experience now I need to further my education to back my plan.”

Jamie Quinn will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Adolescent English Education, with minors in both Composition and Psychology.  While at Daemen College, Jamie was on Deans List for eight consecutive semesters. Jamie was also honored with the John Masterson Writing Award, and the Katharine M. Sullivan Award in Adolescence Education.  She is a member of Lambda Iota Tau, the International Honor Society for Students of Literature, and was selected for Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges & Universities.

Thomas Wilkie plans to continue his summer jobs at Daemen in the Conference and Events office and for the Town of Tonawanda.  During this time, he will look into graduate school programs for 2015 and prepare for the GRE. He also plans to begin looking for full-time employment and opportunities to return to Spain/Europe, and he is in the process of actually starting his own business. “So like always,” he observes, “I'm doing a little bit of everything and trying to keep my options open.”


Congratulations to all of our graduates--stay in touch!




Thursday, February 13, 2014

Departmental Meeting for Majors

There will be a departmental meeting for all English majors today at 11:30 am in DS 222.  Please join us for pizza and see your email for an agenda of topics to be discussed.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Classroom Grace

Kristen Case, professor of English at the University of Maine-Farmington, argues for the value of classroom moments when the humanities provoke "confrontations with things we thought we knew."

She continues, "I want to make a plea for a very unsexy kind of public humanities, the kind that involves a classroom, and desks in a circle, and books....we need real places, real walls, inside of which relationships and trust can be built."

Read the entire article, The Other Public Humanities, in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Monday, November 4, 2013

The Purloined E-Mail?

How does technology affect fiction writing?  Margaret Atwood challenges you to rewrite Poe's story "using present day communications technology."

As Marisha Pessl points out, "Marlow’s voyage up the uncharted Congo in “Heart of Darkness,” the shocking truth of Rochester’s past in “Jane Eyre,” the mysterious gentleman caller in “The Glass Menagerie” — none of these tales could take place today because access to a smartphone would reveal mysterious whereabouts, mad first wives and marital status in seconds without the hero ever needing to leave his living room couch."   

Read "Writing Bytes" from The New York Times Sunday Book Review, 31 October