Category: English Language & Lit

Skoblow, Ruckh hold annual Howl reading

Skoblow, Ruckh hold annual Howl reading

On Oct. 12, English Professor Jeffrey Skoblow and History Professor Dr. Eric Ruckh performed their annual public reading of the landmark contemporary poem “Howl” by Allen Ginsberg. The reading was performed on a grassy hill on the quad at SIUE’s campus to celebrate the 57 years since the poem was first read aloud publicly on […]

Stacy receives NEH grant for Whitman research

Stacy receives NEH grant for Whitman research

Dr. Jason Stacy
Associate Professor of U.S. History Dr. Jason Stacy will be part of a 3-year $330,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Stacy is receiving a $41,000 subcontract from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, which received the grant, and he will be collaborating with Dr. Kenneth Price.
The grant starts in August 2013, […]

October's novel for Year of the Book: Satrapi's Persepolis

October’s novel for Year of the Book: Satrapi’s Persepolis

Image courtesy of www.onthewingsofbooks.comOctober’s novel for the department of English Language and Literature’s Year of the Book program is Persepolis: The Story of a Childhoodby Marjane Satrapi.
Persepolis is an autobiographical graphic novel that details Satrapi’s childhood and early adulthood in Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. In the novel, main character “Marji” lives her […]

Year of the Book begins with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Year of the Book begins with Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

As we enter into September, SIUE’s English Language and Literature Department is kicking off its Year of the Book. The program has been initiated to encourage campus-wide reading, discussion, and enlightenment through careful selection of contemporary fiction, non-fiction, and poetry by SIUE English Language and Literature faculty.
For every month during the next nine months, the […]

SIUE professors granted five-year study of endangered languages and geography in Nepal

SIUE professors granted five-year study of endangered languages and geography in Nepal

The research group in the village of Nace in Manang. From left, back row: Dr. Oliver Bond (University of Surrey), Dr. Dubi Nanda Dhakal (Tribhuvan University), Dr. Kristine Hildebrandt, Dr. Shunfu Hu , Prita Malla. From left, front row: Prabal Malla, Ritar Lhakpa Lama, Kali Lama. Photo courtesy of Shunfu Hu.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) […]

postmedieval awarded for best new journal

postmedieval awarded for best new journal

A journal seeking to redefine how medieval studies is approached in the modern academy has been awarded the Best New Journal in Humanities and Social Sciences by the 2011 PROSE Awards, according to a press release from its publisher Palgrave Macmillan.
The PROSE Awards are sponsored by the Professional/Scholarly Publishing Division of the Association of American […]

DeSpain wins teaching distinction award

DeSpain wins teaching distinction award

The Teaching Excellence Awards Committee (TEAC) has named the 2012 winners for the Teaching Distinction Award (TDA). Jessica DeSpain, associate professor of English language and literature, was awarded the honor, along with the $500 cash prize.
The chair of TEAC, Denise DeGarmo, associate professor and chair of political science, stated that the winners of TDA were […]

France speaks on crusades, warfare

France speaks on crusades, warfare

Students at SIUE had the opportunity to see an accomplished historian on Friday, March 23. John France, professor of crusader, medieval, and military history at Swansea University, and currently guest lecturing at West Point Academy.
Katie Sjursen, assistant professor of historical studies, stated that France’s talk was co-sponsored by the departments of anthropology, English language and […]

Japanese death poems draw crowd to quad

Japanese death poems draw crowd to quad

[Video] Jeff Skoblow, professor of English language and literature, and Eric Ruckh, associate professor of historical studies, read 111 poems from a collection of Japanese death poems on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 to commemorate the lives lost in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Tohoku, Japan. The reading took place in the Stratton Quadrangle […]

Japanese death poems in Stratton Quad

Japanese death poems in Stratton Quad

Last week, on March 11th, marked the one-year anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. Two SIUE College of Arts and Sciences professors are marking that anniversary with a reading this Wednesday, March 21. At 12:00 in the Stratton Quad, Jeff Skoblow, professor of English language and literature, and Eric Ruckh, associate […]

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