English Majors Attend Comedy of Errors

October 5th, 2015 § 0

Last Friday evening, Professor Emeritus of English Luke Reinsma attended Seattle Shakespeare Company’s production of the Comedy of Errors with students from his senior Shakespeare course. Professor Reinsma explains why this particular work is a good way to start off a quarter studying the Bard: “this early play of Shakespeare is based on a Roman comedy by Plautus, about two twins who get mixed up with one another in Ephesus – except, Shakespeare being Shakespeare, he doubles the fun by pairing each of them with yet another set of mixed-up twins, who are their servants. Much comic mayhem to follow!”

Attending productions by the Seattle Shakespeare Company has become something of a tradition associated with enrollment in the department’s Shakespeare course, bringing to life for students less familiar with Shakespeare the obvious delights his plays contain.

Post-Graduate Opportunity: Green Corps

September 25th, 2015 § 0

Applications for Green Corps’s 2016-2017 program are now being accepted, and the deadline for the fall round of submissions, October 11, is quickly approaching, says Amanda Becker, Green Corps’s recruitment director, in a recent email.

According to Becker, Green Corps offers a full-year paid training program for college graduates, one that combines intensive class-room training by leaders in the environmental movement with field placement in organizations like The Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. Green Corps’s alumni, says Becker, include people like Phil Radford, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, and Sarah Hodgdon, National Program Director at The Sierra Club.

“Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day,” writes Becker. “We need more organizers – people who understand the power of public support and know how to mobilize it.”

“If this sounds like something you are interested in, apply today,” Becker’s email concludes. Here is the link to the application form: http://www.greencorps.org/apply.html?utm_source=TWO%20Emails&utm_medium=TWO%20Emails&utm_campaign=RY16%20TWO%20Emails

Alumna Profile: Rachel Howatt

September 16th, 2015 § 0

10334423_10152535905205860_7472448304166275657_n Rachel Howatt, alum of the English major, recently reported back on events in her life since she graduated in 2012. Rachel writes that she spent a year teaching Language Arts in a small school near her hometown of Portland, Oregon. When that position ended, she moved to the United Kingdom for graduate work at the University of Warwick, from which she recently received an MA in English literature. Rachel explains that she “had always wanted to study abroad while at SPU but just never made it happen,” so attending grad school in the U.K. “was a great way to make that right!” She is now back in the U.S. and hopes to begin work on a PhD in English literature starting in the fall of 2016. Welcome back, Rachel, and best of luck with the grad-admission process.

Senior English Major Studies at Oxford

September 4th, 2015 § 0

Senior English major Tara Paris is studying at Oxford University this fall term, and she invites anyone interested in her exploits to visit her blog, oxfordsemester.wordpress.com.

Tara follows in the footsteps of many SPU English majors who’ve taken advantage of the Best Semester study-abroad program at Oxford. Upon returning to us, these majors report the benefits of the Oxford/Cambridge system: the heavy emphasis on writing, which has strengthened their skills in that area; the one-on-one attention of a tutor, which ups their game at discussing literary texts; and the scary/liberating self-direction expected of British students—far different from the lockstep schedule of readings and exams their American counterparts are handed each term.

We all wish Tara well during her time away and hope she isn’t tempted to stay in beautiful Oxfordshire indefinitely!

“Reading as a Spiritual Practice”

September 3rd, 2015 § 0

English Professor Susan VanZanten’s “Reading as a Spiritual Practice,” originally published in the Spring, 2015 issue of Bearings magazine, a publication of the Collegeville Institute, is now online. It can be found at http://collegevilleinstitute.org/bearings/reading-spiritual-practice/.

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