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USI Master of Arts in English (MAE) program approved
With pleasure, we invite you to the Master of Arts in English Open House from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 30 on the third floor of the Orr Center on USI's campus.
Join us to learn more about our program, admission and curriculum requirements. See how USI’s MAE can expand your professional and educational goals.
For more information about the Master of Arts in English, contact Dr. Charles Conaway, director of the MAE program.
Dr. Spencer presents at international conference on narrative
Dr. Stephen Spencer is presenting scholarship on Leslie Marmon Silko’s novel, Ceremony, at the International Conference on Narrative, April 27-30, held at MIT in Boston. The paper discusses the limits of formal and postcolonial approaches to Silko’s work and argues for a broader theoretical perspective that recognizes both the textual complexity and the socio-political contexts represented by Ceremony. Dr. Spencer and his colleagues on the panel are collaborating on a book collection, Narrative, Race, and Ethnicity in the Americas, forthcoming from Ohio State University Press.
Students win Endeavor! grants in medieval studies
A group of USI students in English and geology have been awarded grants through the Endeavor! Program to support their research in Medieval Studies. The students are English majors Adam Booher, Julie Huffman, Cecil King Neville and Vicki Rose and geology major Dariane Davis. The students will collaborate with Dr. Elizabeth Passmore, associate professor of English, and Carrie Wright, instructor of geology, on various research projects at sights in New England, including the Cloisters in New York City, Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and an academic medieval conference in Rochester, New York. Projects include the study of tapestries, architecture, garden design and medieval manuscripts. Endeavor! Awards support the creative and research efforts of undergraduate students at USI.
English alumnus to complete Ph.D. at Yale
Craig Fehrman, who graduated from USI in 2007 and will soon compete his Ph.D. in English at Yale, has signed a contract with Simon and Schuster for a general interest book based on his dissertation research. The book's working title is Author-in-Chief: The Story of Our Presidents and their Books. An important part of the book will be the history of presidential readers - not just bookish presidents but also that constant figure of the American wanting to know more about his or her past. Craig will be working full time on the book, which is scheduled for completion by the end of 2014. He and Candice, his wife, are now living in Bloomington.
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