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CAS Events Round Up

The College of Arts and Sciences has a busy schedule of events coming up between now and the end of the semester. Coming up this Monday and Tuesday is this year’s CAS Colloquium titled, “Thinking About the Book,” with a wide variety of lectures and events by SIUE faculty will look at the role of […]

'Song of Solomon' explores, expands on African American stereotypes

‘Song of Solomon’ explores, expands on African American stereotypes

Quotes and candy were placed on each chair in the Lovejoy Library Friends Browsing Corner. Once the presentation began, the professor asked for five volunteers to read their quotes. The quotes ranged from Toni Morrison talking about “Song of Solomon” to Ralph Ellison exploring the concept of Americans wearing masks.
English professor DaMaris Hill discussed Toni […]

Year of the Book continues with 'A Visit from the Goon Squad'

Year of the Book continues with ‘A Visit from the Goon Squad’

Reading a book is typically a sequential, conventional event. But some who read “A Visit from the Good Squad” by Jennifer Egan compared the novel to listening to an album.
English professor Valerie Vogrin discusses 'A Visit from the Goon Squad' by Jennifer Egan at the first Year of the Book event of the semester. Photo […]

CAS online courses continue to increase

CAS online courses continue to increase

The College of Arts and Sciences has more than doubled its summer online course offerings since 2010, at which time 24 online courses were offered.
By this summer, 51 classes will be offered. Larry LaFond, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, said the college has been “at the forefront” of recent increases in […]

January's novel for Year of the Book: A Visit from the Goon Squad

January’s novel for Year of the Book: A Visit from the Goon Squad

Written by Jennifer Egan in 2010, “A Visit from the Goon Squad,” is a collection of short interconnected stories centered around a group of aging rock music executives that stylistically bridges the gap between a collection of shorts and a conventional novel. The work focuses on themes such as the prices of success, the unpredictability […]

A group of SIUE students discuss their film "Bentley" with their class

SIUE Freshmen and the Apocalypse

Last Saturday a group of SIUE freshmen gathered to share their cautionary visions of the end of the world. The visions took the form of four short films created as the final project for the honors 120 English seminar course, “Modern Apocalyptic Visions.”
The course was created by Eric Ruckh after discussion with previous honors students […]

Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris

December’s novel for Year of the Book: Holidays on Ice

December’s novel for the department of English Language and Literature’s Year of the Book is Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris.
Holidays on Ice is a collection of essays about Christmas. The collection includes “SantaLand Diaries,” in which Sedaris gives an account of his experiences working as an elf at Macy’s; “Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol,” […]

Nikki Giovanni talking to students at SIUE

Nikki Giovanni Visits SIUE

Last Monday world renown poet, activist, and educator Nikki Giovanni visited SIUE. During her time on campus Giovanni met with students in a small group setting and gave a guest lecture on education, civil rights, and life in general to a packed Meridian Ballroom.
Currently a professor at Virginia Tech, Giovanni is an award winning author […]

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian book cover, courtesy of www.heardmuseumshop.com

November’s novel for Year of the Book: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian

November’s novel for the department of English Language and Literature’s Year of the Book is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
The Absolutely True Diary is a young adult novel about 14-year-old Arnold Spirit, Jr., who lives on the Spokane Indian Reservation in Washington. Arnold is a talented cartoonist, and because […]

postmedieval does it again: ALPSP's Best New Journal of 2012

postmedieval does it again: ALPSP’s Best New Journal of 2012

Fall 2012 cover, Volume 3, Issue 3
postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies, a scholarly journal co-edited by English Associate Professor Dr. Eileen Joy, won the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers’ (ALPSP) Award for Best New Journal of 2012.
This is the journal’s second award in just two years. In 2011, the journal won […]

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