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Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony

The English Department’s Sixth Annual Awards Ceremony took place on May 13 in the Art Gallery of The Maxine & Jack Lane Center for Academic Success (3:15-4:45 pm). 

Shakespeare’s Itches: The Musical

Shakespeare's *itches: The Musical is poet and songwriter Susanna Rich's new one-woman, audience-interactive performance—giving voice to the bard's women. It is comprised of a series of songs from the perspectives of his female characters—including "The Dark Lady Talks Back," a duet between Desdemona and Nicole Brown Simpson, and Kate's paean to masochism. Directed by Ernest Wiggins and accompanied by Don Fast. Alyson Cohen, Production Assistant.

Opening night was April 23 at Oradell Public Library, and it played at Kean University on May 7 and 8.

Reel Changes

Silk City Highlights

Adjunct Professor Brian C. Lorio has a photo exhibit titled "Silk City Highlights" taking place at Passaic County Community College's Broadway Gallery from January 19th to February 28th. Part of the Passaic County Culture and Heritage Council's Black History Month celebration, his exhibit has been features on NorthJersey.com

Independent Study in Web Publishing

The independent study in Web Publishing is an interdisciplinary course jointly conducted by the Kean University English Department and the Office of University Relations. Students must submit a completed application along with a writing sample to be considered for the program.  The application deadline for Fall 2013 is January 15, 2014.  Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by January 17, 2014.  

The course will explore the concept of narrative as it pertains to the web. Students will chronicle all facets of their Kean experience (Academic, Athletic, Resident, Artistic, Social) via Kean XChange's student blog. Students will be immersed in various avenues of digital communication including: blogging, micro-blogging, social media, video editing and photography. Students will be encouraged to contribute serialized fiction, performance footage, monologues, video-logs and other cutting edge new media projects. Students will be graded on creativity, professionalism, participation in classroom discussions and an array of independent study projects.

The course will also probe the intersection between web publishing and literature. Students will explore how serialization and the democratization of writing were integral to the advent of new media. How is the blog, an episodic new literary form, part of a broader tradition?

The course will explore emerging technologies as well as techniques and tools widely in use throughout the blogosphere. In addition, students will be introduced to the Drupal content management system, PhotoShop, iMovie and basic html.

To apply, click here.

COLOR by Gene Ruffini

COLOR, written by Gene Ruffini, Adjunct Professor at Kean University, is running January 16 to February 2 at the Theater for the New City (155 1st Avenue @ 10th Street, NYC).

Book Event with John Gruesser

gruesser_webBook Event on Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction by John Gruesser will be held at Words Bookstore (Nov 24 at 2:00 pm), 179 Maplewood Avenue, Maplewood, NJ.

Cynthia Cavanaugh Presents at RMMLA

Adjunct Professor Cynthia A. Cavanaugh presented a paper entitled “Shelley’s Politics: Introducing Ambiguity into ‘The Mask of Anarchy”’ at the Romanticism session of the 67th annual Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association’s convention in Vancouver, Washington on October 11, 2013.

Robert Carnevale in Poet Spotlight

Adjunct Professor Robert Carnevale was featured in the Poet Spotlight by the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation

ΣΤΔ Meeting

Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honors Society, will meet on Thursday (Sep 19) at 3:15 pm in CAS 340. English majors with a 3.5 GPA or higher are encouraged to attend. See the attached flyer for information on joining.

PRAXIS II Prep Update

PRAXIS II Prep day and time has been changed to Mondays, 4:30-7:15 pm. It was originally scheduled for Wednesdays.

Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction

Dr. John Gruesser has had his book Race, Gender and Empire in American Detective Fiction published by McFarland (2013). In his book, Gruesser looks at the functions of gender, race and empire in American detective fiction. 

PRAXIS II Prep for English Majors

PRAXIS II Prep for English majors will be held on Wednesdays, 4:30-7:15 PM in CAS 315. If you're seeking secondary or middle school certification, this is the course for you. There is no registration or fee. Click here for the flyer.

Independent Study in Web Publishing

The independent study in Web Publishing is an interdisciplinary course jointly conducted by the Kean University English Department and the Office of University Relations. Students must submit a completed application along with a writing sample to be considered for the program.  The application deadline for Fall 2013 is August 23rd.  Applicants will be informed of their acceptance by August 30, 2013.  Web Publishing interns are privileged to represent Kean University on the web via the Kean XChange student blog.  

The web publishing program explores the concept of narrative as it pertains to the web. Students chronicle all facets of their Kean experience (Academic, Athletic, Resident, Social) through Kean XChange's student blog and are immersed in various avenues of digital communication.

Our most recent cohort of students thrived in the program and we look forward to further diversifying and expanding our applicant pool with your help.  You can access the online application here

New Literacy Narratives from an Urban University

Chandler-Literacy-2013Dr. Sally Chandler (with Angela Castillo, Maureen Kadash, Molly D. Kenner, Lorena Ramirez, and Ryan J. Valdez) has had her book New Literacy Narratives from an Urban University: Analyzing Stories about Reading, Writing, and Changing Technologies published by Hampton Press (April 2013).  The book illustrates what researchers can learn through the study of literacy narratives — the stories we tell about experiences with reading and writing. It provides an introduction to research methods for studying literacy narratives, and five in-depth studies of literacy narratives composed by Kean University students.

English Awards Ceremony

Our English Awards Ceremony honoring the recipients of the Bauer/Boucher scholarships and the Haselton and Millard prizes was held on Tuesday afternoon, May 7 at 3:15 p.m. in the CAS Art Gallery on the first floor. In addition, Sigma Tau Delta inductees were recognized and the Sigma Tau Delta banner was presented by Dr. Nira Gupta-Casale. Recipients of awards are as follows:

Anthony J. Bosco Scholarship in English Literature Debra Bagnato
McDonnell-Millard Distinguished Student Writing Award
1st Place Tabitha Edwards
Instructor Prof. Rachael Warmington
2nd Place Laura Cheatham
Instructor Prof. Denise Lagos
3rd Place Michelle Cordovi
Instructor Prof. Denise Lagos
McDonnell-Millard Teaching Excellence Award Prof. Anthony Chu
Stephen J. Haselton Excellence in Scholarship Award ENG 4800 Capstone Literature Option
1st Place Christopher King
Instructor Dr. Christine Kephart
2nd Place Meggan McGuire and Adrianna Ramiez
Instructors Dr. Donald Moores
Dr. Susanna Rich
Stephen J. Haselton Excellence in Scholarship Award ENG 4817 Capstone Writing Option
1st Place Will Barbieri
Instructor Dr. Susanna Rich

The English Department thanks the following persons and groups for their support and efforts in preparing this ceremony: Office of the President; Kean University Foundation; Office of the Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences; Dean Suzanne Bousquet; Prof. Holly Logue; Dr. W. John Bauer; Ms. Nancy Bauer-Boucher; The Bosco family; the McDonnell and Millard families; the Haselton family; Dr. Daniel O'Day; Dr. Nira Gupta-Casale; Dr. Dan Gover; Dr. Mark Sutton; Dr. Teresa Choate; Ms. Pamelia Rodrigues; Dr. Gail Verdi; Dr. Linda Costanzo-Cahir; Prof. Kim Chen; Prof. Amy Brady; Mr. Neil Tetkowski; Ms. Barbara Billiard; Mr. Jonathan Daneshpour; the Kean University chapter of Sigma Tau Delta; and the University at large.

Showcase of Electronic Literature

A showcase of the electronic literature created by ENG 4081/5081 was held on Tuesday afternoon, May 7 at 4:30-7:15 p.m. in the Greek Lounge of the University Center (across from the Little Theatre on the first floor). You can see the class blog here.

ΣΤΔ Induction Ceremony

Sigma Tau Delta Honors Society Induction Ceremony and Dinner was held on May 3 (6 pm) at the Garden Restaurant.

Convocation for English Majors

On February 25 & 26 (3:15-4:30 pm), a convocation for English majors was held in CAS 106 to share refreshments and important information about the major.

The Eudaimonic Turn

Moores Eudaimonic 2012 70Dr. Donald J. Moores and Dr. James O. Pawlenski have had their edited book The Eudaimonic Turn: Well-Being in Literary Studies published by Fairleigh Dickinson University Press (December, 2012).

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