Greetings, all!  Now that we’re well into the new semester, I wanted to offer an official welcome back and share some exciting news and events.

Our faculty have been busy the last few months researching, writing, publishing, and traveling with students.  In the next few weeks, we’ll be highlighting some faculty accomplishments and adventures, so keep an eye out.

In the exciting news department, some cool new developments for Widener English include:

  • The (re-)appointment of Sam Starnes to the position of advisor for the Blue and Gold, Widener’s student-run multimedia news site — and the offering of some new journalism courses in English.  This semester, Sam, an experienced and award-winning journalist, is teaching a course on Arts Journalism, and in the spring we look forward to an offering on Magazine Journalism.  Students are welcome — and encouraged — to come work for the Blue and Gold.  News meetings are held Mondays from noon to 1 in Freedom 224.  We’re happy to partner with the Blue and Gold, and will be regularly sharing links to stories published by our majors.
  • The new season for Lone Brick Theater!  This fall’s major production is Aristophanes’s Lysistrata (with cabaret!), and it will run from Nov. 13-16.  LBT will also be offering an experimental production based on the life of Edgar Allan Poe, Dissever My Soul, on Oct. 23-24.  Contact Professor Rob Reutter if you’re interested.
  • New internships!  This semester we’re sharing several internship opportunities, as well as piloting a new, and hopefully more streamlined and centralized, application process.  All internship announcements will be posted here and on the bulletin board outside the English Suite (third floor Kapelski), as well as information about how to apply.  Watch the space for details!

And:  save the dates for these upcoming events:

  • Our annual Fall Open House will take place from 8:30 in the morning until around 11 in the English Suite on Sept. 23:  bagels, coffee, and conversation for majors, minors, and interested parties.  This coincides with the visit from this fall’s writer, Jena Osman.  Osman directs the MFA at Temple University, and is the author of this year’s first-year common reading, Public Figures.  Osman will be reading at 4pm on Sept. 24 in Alumni Auditorium.
  • We’ll be offering our second occasional career panel this semester featuring gainfully employed English majors who have found fulfilling jobs post-graduation.  They’ll share their experiences on the job market, talk about how to sell your English major to prospective employers, and answer questions.  More details to come.
  • The annual Fall Faculty Lecture is scheduled for Oct. 23.  Professor (and Associate Dean of Humanities) Mark Graybill, who is leading this fall’s Senior Seminar on Flannery O’Connor, will be the speaker.

Finally:  here’s some recommended reading:  a recent piece by Frank Bruni in the New York Times about the REAL purpose of college:  questioning everything, challenging yourself.

Follow the blog and visit the departmental bulletin board for news, events, opportunities, and information.  And feel free to stop by the English Suite to say hi!