Department Inducts New Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society Members

The Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication, which sponsors a chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the most prominent national literary honor society that recognizes students' achievements in literary studies, inducted new members on April 26, 2019. Professor Gary Richards, Chair of the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication and campus sponsor for Sigma Tau Delta. For membership in Sigma Tau Delta, one must be a major in English or English: Creative Writing with at least twelve credit hours in literature with a major GPA of at least 3.5 and an overall GPA of at least 3.0.   The new members inducted: Emily Adele Blow Katherine Brown MaryMargaret Burns Amelia K. Carr Emily E. Cottrell Sarah Ebsworth Rhonda Lynn Fowler Olivia Fae Havlin Christine Houchins Maria Joy Lopes Meaghan McIntyre Rebecca Messier Alexander Carter Rudenshiold Clara Antoinette Sigmon Mallori Sorensen Allison Stanich James … [Read more...]

Barrenechea and “Groovy Gothic” Course Visit Poe Museum

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, took his students on a trip to the Edgar Allan Poe Museum in Richmond, VA.  The excursion was funded by a competitive UMW grant, and was part of the spring 2019 ENGL 394A course, "The Groovy Gothic."  The course explores the intersection of sensational nineteenth-century gothic fiction (Shelley, Stoker, and Poe) and the shock aesthetics of the 1960s counterculture (cinema, music, fashion, painting, and drug culture). … [Read more...]

ELC Students Present Panel at Conference

  Four Communication and Digital Studies majors,  Emma Baumgardner, Meaghan McIntyre, Anna Rinko, and Jamie McGuire, working under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Johnson-Young, presented on the panel “The Digital Communication of Gender: Exploring Pressing Issues and New Platforms of Communicating Gender Research” at the Virginia Association of Communication Arts & Sciences (VACAS) Conference being held at Radford University. Their session was very well attended, and a full 30 minutes of questions and discussion followed the panel's  presentations.  UMW CDS Student Panel Title:  "The Digital Communication of Gender: Exploring Pressing Issues and New Platforms of Communicating Gender Research" UMW CDS Student Panel Presentations:  “A Normalized Cycle: Media’s Lasting Impact on Shaping Social Gender Norms” - Meaghan McIntyre, University of Mary Washington “Re-visualizing Gender Roles and Expectations in Popular Cinema” - Emma Baumgardner, University of Mary … [Read more...]

ELC Students Win UMW Writing Contest

Congratulations to Salem Smith, Sarah Stephen, and Ronan Goforth! The winners of 2018 UMW Writing Contest were announced last week and included:  Salem Smith for “Rehumanizing Antoinette Cosway,” written for Professor Shumona Dasgupta’s ENGL 206AJ1: Global Issues in Literature in the category of Arts and Humanities (Freshmen and Sophomores); Sarah Stephen “What Do the Women Say? Propaganda Narratives in Rebecca West’s The Return of the Soldier,” written for Professor  Kate Haffey’s ENGL 340: Modern British Fiction in the category of Arts and Humanities (Juniors and Seniors); and Ronan Goforth’s “Not-So-Universal Suffrage: Abolishing Felon Disenfranchisement in the United States,” written for Professor Ben LaBreche’s ENGL 202G: Writing about Liberty in the category of Arts and Humanities (Juniors and Seniors). The writing contest judges included ELC professors Jonathan Levin and Ben LaBreche. … [Read more...]

Koloni Places in Women’s and Gender Studies Research Forum

The 2019 Undergraduate Research Forum on Women’s and Gender Studies was held Wednesday, March 13, 2019, and the Department of English, Linguistics, and Communication was a key part of the event. Professor Kate Haffey organized the program, and Professor Adria Goldman served as a discussant and judge. The runner-up for the best over-all presentation went to Ren Koloni, whose project “Medical Transition Discourse in Transgender Communities,” was done with Professor Janie Lee in LING 470R: Discourse Analysis in the fall of 2018. … [Read more...]

Spring 2019 ENGL 447 Senior Seminar Attends Anacostia Playhouse Play

Students from Prof. Maya Mathur's senior seminar, Shakespeare and Race, visited the Anacostia Playhouse in Washington DC on January 27th for a performance of Keith Hamilton Cobb's award-winning play, American Moor​, an exploration of Shakespeare, race, and America, mediated by scenes from Shakespeare's Othello. … [Read more...]

CDS Majors Present at Conference

Congratulations to Christina Brown, Grace Howie, and Olivia Taylor! These senior Communication and Digital Studies majors recently presented at the Virginia Association of Communication Arts and Sciences. … [Read more...]

Academy of American Poets Prize 2018

Congratulations to this year's winner, Kaitlin Lamb, for her poem “Dear Persephone,” and to Sarah Stephen, who was awarded an honorable mention for her poem “A Broken Wishbone Sits in My Palm."  The contest was judged by guest poet James Arthur of Johns Hopkins University.   … [Read more...]

Comm Students Publish Paper

Alexander Clegg and John Guidon, under the direction of Professor Elizabeth Johnson-Young, had their paper "Religion in the Media: A Study of Student Perception of Media Bias in Georgia" published in _Metamorphosis_, the undergraduate research journal of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.  Congratulations on this great work! … [Read more...]

COMM students win grant

Congratulations to Alexander Clegg and John Guidon! Under the direction of Professor Elizabeth Johnson-Young, the two CDS majors have been awarded an Undergraduate Research Grant to visit Tbilisi, Georgia in March in association with their joint individual study, “Religion in the Media in Georgia.” … [Read more...]