August 2019: As part of our Alumni Speaks series, English department alumn Sheena Carroll will be visiting our students this fall to talk about careers in Writing. One project Sheena has developed is the Girls Write Pittsburgh program, "a program designed to empower at-risk teenage girls through writing and self-expression."
July 2019: English faculty member Patrick McGinty will be teaching a University Seminar section on autonomous vehicles—driverless cars—which are being tested in Pittsburgh by five different companies. He received a $4,000 professional development grant this summer to research the topic.
April 2019: This year marks the 300th anniversary of the publication of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. English professors Danette DiMarco and Tim Ruppert talk about the novel and other stories that have pirated its tale of a castaway in this article by Justin Zackal.
April 2019: We are proud to say that our Secondary Education concentration in English has been recognized as one of the nation's foremost programs.
November 2018: One of the foci of our own Dr. Rachela Permeter's scholarship has been Herman Melville's novel Moby Dick. As she notes, from the beginning some were not impressed, though it has come to be recognized as a wonderful if challenging American novel: "We want to be entertained and read something that makes us feel good, but sometimes you go to stuff that's more artistic when you want some more depth. If people were told [novel] will do that for you, they will give it a shot."
October 2018: our all-on-line M.A. degree in English has been recognized as one of the nation's foremost on-line programs!
July 2018: 23 students attended our Department's very popular May term Study Abroad program in Italy. As one of the students reported, "The trip allowed me to learn about myself and about life and I gained confidence in myself throughout the trip from speaking Italian to reading maps to answering questions in class. I feel as if I could do anything now after conquering Italy." Read more here about the students' experiences during this year's trip here.
May 2018: The most recent issue of SLAB (the Sound and Literary Art Book) has been released. This new article, "SRU's student-run literary magazine is a rare form," describes the litmag, some of what the students learn as they put the magazine together, and the successes that it has brought to them and the department.
March 2018: Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary, held its annual International Conference in Cincinnati during March, and at the Red and Black Gala on Saturday, March 24th, two students from the Slippery Rock English Department were honored with cash prizes for their presentations. For her critical essay "Disability in the Modern Gothic," senior Victoria Davis placed second in the category of Critical Essay-American Literature and was awarded $400. For her essay "Out of the Stones and into the Flowerbed," senior Kelsey Juszczak placed third in Creative Nonfiction and was awarded $200. The two papers were chosen out of over four hundred student presentations.
Additionally, three other members of Slippery Rock's Sigma Tau Delta chapter presented papers at the prestigious international conference. Senior Courtney Speaks presented a short story entitled "On The Other Side of Freedom," senior Adam Byko presented a critical essay entitled "American Nights: Pynchon's Mason and Dixon," and senior Anna Swartwout presented a nonfiction essay entitled "Water Tales #1."
January 2018: "The Graduate" still shows up in SRU classrooms 50 years after its release. Film Studies professor Dr. Bill Covey describes in this article teaching The Graduate, a film that turned 50 in December: "Many of my students like this film even if it is old and set in the 1960s . . . I'd imagine that graduating without a firm idea of what the next steps in life should contain is a message that students relate to no matter what the decade."
September 2017: Dr. Bill Boggs has also published a new volume of poetry entitled Pennsylvania Blues.
September 2017: SRU English professor reflects on 60th anniversary of Kerouac's "On the Road." Dr. Bill Boggs, a poet and teacher of 20th century poetry, reflects on the audacity of this novel that Kerouac began to write when only a bit older than our college students.
July 2017: SRU student compiling a history of homecoming and May queens. One of our students is compiling a history of this homecoming tradition.