Faculty News

Monthly Colloquia Series

Dr. Michael Friedman continued the Department of English & Theatre's monthly colloquia series with his talk entitled, "Brush up your Shakespeare:" Coriolanus in Performance on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in TDC 405.  Faculty and students were in attendance, and an educational good time was had by all.  Stay tuned for next month, when Dr. Hank Willenbrink will continue this series.

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Date: October 10, 2017

 

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Prof. Archer’s Book Named Runner-Up for Significant Nonfiction Award

We’re delighted to pass along the news that adjunct Prof. Amye Archer’s book, Fat Girl, Skinny Girl, due out next month, has already started making waves. Red Hen Press has just named it a runner-up for its Nonfiction Manuscript Award.

Check out news of the award here.

Check out Amye’s work here.

Congratulations to her from the whole department.

Date: January 21, 2016
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What's In a Name?

What's In a Name, you ask?

On Wednesday, February 17, Dr. Susan Mendez led a discussion of the cultural, historical, and political differences behind the identity labels of Spanish, Hispanic, Latino/a, Chicano/a and Tejano/a.  The event was held in LSC 238 (The Forum) and was attended by students, faculty and staff members interested in knowing and understanding the background of these labels.  Dr. Mendez is a member of the Department of English and Theatre and Interim Program Director of Latin American Studies.

Date: February 18, 2016
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Boasting about our Lecturer Francisco Tutella's Writing Promise

Francisco Tutella is new to our department — where he’s teaching writing classes — but he’s been making his mark in the region for a while now. As a graduate of the Wilkes University MFA program (suddenly famous thanks to its alum Marion James winning the prestigious Man-Booker Prize ), he has been a part of the area’s creative writing community for the last few years, and he’s at work on a novel in the speculative fiction vein. He is also the subject of a recent Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader profile.

As the article puts it:

Tutella is currently working on the eighth revision of his novel, which began as the creative aspect of his MFA, and he’ll be seeking a publisher in the future. The work, as he describes it, is a speculative fiction about a love story that occurs during a partisan movement in Italy after the dissolution of the European Union and a financial takeover by Germany.

In addition to working on his novel, Tutella teaches an intensive writing course at The University of Scranton and conducts a weekly workshop at Wilkes called “Beginning the Novel.”

To read the rest of the article, check out the following link.

Date:  February 19, 2016
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Prof. Dawn D'Aries-Zera finalist for 2016 PENN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction

Congratulations!  Adjunct faculty member, Professor Dawn D'Aries Zera, is a finalist for the 2016 PENN/Bellwether Award for Socially Engaged Fiction for her unpublished novel "Earth Teach Me".  We wish her the best of luck!

The Bellwether Prize, which was established in 2000 by Barbara Kingsolver and is funded entirely by her, was created to promote fiction that addresses issues of social justice and the impact of culture and politics on human relationships. The $25,000 prize is awarded biennially to the author of a previously unpublished novel of high literary caliber that exemplifies the prize’s founding principles. The winner also receives a publishing contract with Algonquin Books.

For more details, see http://www.pen.org/literature/2016-penbellwether-award-socially-engaged-fiction

The 2016 winner will be announced March 1, 2016.

Date:  February 22, 2016
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Writing center coordinator nominated for Pulitzer Prize

A big CONGRATULATIONS to our very own Writing Center Coordinator, Amye Archer.  The author of "Fat Girl, Skinny", was recently nominated for the memoir/ non-fiction Pulitzer Prize.  To read more about Amye's memoir pick up a copy of her book and the University's paper, The Aquinas.  Again, CONGRATULATIONS Amye!

Date: April 8, 2016

University of Scranton English Professor Published

Congratulations Dr. G.!!

Dr. Len Gougeon's essay, "Culture and Conflict; Thoreau, Great Britain, and the Civil War," has recently been published in a collection celebrating Henry David Thoreau's 200th birthday.  The volume, Thoreau at Two-Hundred: Essays and Reassessments, eds. Kevin Van Anglen and Kristen Case (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016), can be previewed at https://www.amazon.com/Thoreau-at-200-Essays-Reassessments/dp/1107094291/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474890171&sr=1-1&keywords=Thoreau+at+200 

In October, Dr. Gougeon will be travelling to Concord, Massachusetts, Thoreau's hometown, for the official book launch.  The affair will include presentations from contributors on Thoreau's work and his continuing influence in the modern world.

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Professor Diana Collins, Esq. - Writing for the Law

On Friday, November 4, 2016, students from Writing for the Law visited the William J. Nealon Federal Courthouse.  They met with Federal District Judge Malachy E. Mannion (University Alumn '76) and learned about the federal court system and federal court jurisdiction.  They also met with U.S. Marshal Marty Pane and were treated to a tour of the building and Marshals facilities.

Date: November 10, 2016

Back in February of 2016, I announced that my article, "The Shakespeare Cinemacast: Coriolanus," had been accepted for publication in Shakespeare Quarterly, the top journal in my field. The issue including my article has finally appeared in print (Volume 67.4, Winter 2016). If one accesses the essay online, the illustrations are printed in color.

July 7, 2017
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