Wednesday, September 30, 2009

STD Screening

Sigma Tau Delta will be screening the film, The History Boys at 2pm on Friday for its October meeting. Come join us at the Tiger Cinema for this thought-provoking (and somewhat unsettling) film and stay for the discussion at 3:50. Remember, any English major, or for that matter, anyone with any interest in literature, film, writing, or critical thinking is more than welcome!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Originals: A Public Reading

The Originals staff will be hosting a public reading, Thursday, Oct. 8, at 6:00 p.m. in the University Center. We are conducting the session to promote Originals. Please consider reading a favorite work or one of your own. Let me know if you are interested. Snacks will be provided.

The Decline of the English Department: How it happened and what could be done to reverse it

"During the last four decades, a well-publicized shift in what undergraduate students prefer to study has taken place in American higher education. The number of young men and women majoring in English has dropped dramatically; the same is true of philosophy, foreign languages, art history, and kindred fields, including history. As someone who has taught in four university English departments over the last 40 years, I am dismayed by this shift, as are my colleagues here and there across the land. And because it is probably irreversible, it is important to attempt to sort out the reasons—the many reasons—for what has happened."

To read the rest of this essay by William M. Chace [that's Chace on the left]--which is in the Autumn 2009 issue of The American Scholar (the magazine of the Phi Beta Kappa Society)--click here.

Thanks for the rec, Dr. Grasso!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Free GRE Practice!

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

STD: Experience it!

This Schoolyear’s First Meeting of the ECU Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society will be held this Friday, September 4, 2009 at 2 o’clock p.m.

Where: The Tower Room on the 2nd floor of the University Center
Where is the Tower Room? That’s the room with the windows, east (left) of the Wellness Center(and if it’s too crowded or hot, we’ll go to the Governor’s Room in the University Center)

Who Will Be There? Sigma Tau Delta Sponsors--Drs. Joshua Grasso and Steve Benton--and Whoever Else Answers the Call

Who Should Answer the Call? ECU Students Interested in Discussing Books, Articles, Poetry, Films and Related Ideas in a Casual, Unstructured Environment

Do I Have I to Be a Member or an English Major to Attend the Meeting? No

What Will The Agenda Be at This First Meeting? Blowing Minds

Sugarmule Wants You

This just in from Sugar Mule literary magazine:

"We invite all writers currently living in Oklahoma to submit to this special issue of Sugar Mule; all genres are solicited. Only writers who are current residents of Oklahoma may submit. While the editor does not require that Oklahoma is topic or theme of the writing (the editor wishes to encourage experimental submissions), she will admit to a bias for stories, poems, and essays that capture the near-ineffable oddness and beauty and pain of living in the State. All work submitted will be considered for the Sugar Mule Oklahoma Special Edition (February 2010); Mongrel Empire Press, in partnership with Sugar Mule, is also planning an expanded, print edition and all submissions will be considered for the print edition as well.

Please read the complete submission guidelines before submitting: click here.