Fallon Leads Student Research into Writing Systems and Database Development in UMW Summer Institute

Paul Fallon, Associate Professor of Linguistics, has led student research inventory and database of writing systems in UMW's first Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Summer Institute (AHSSSI). The event concludes with presentations of research results of their monthlong research projects. The event, beginning at 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 15, in the Digital Auditorium of the Hurley Convergence Center, is open to the public. Fallon's student team is presenting at 3 p.m. Writing Systems Inventory Database. Student researchers are Isabella Cunningham, Matias Esquivel and Ezra Hanning.   https://www.umw.edu/news/2022/06/14/humanities-symposium-highlights-faculty-student-research/   … [Read more...]

Vanessa Fickes ’22 Wins Prestigious Top-of-the-Class Award

Vanessa Fickes was one of two graduates honored by the University of Mary Washington with the Colgate W. Darden Jr. Award for earning the highest grade-point average (GPA) in the undergraduate program. The award was presented at the University’s 111th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 7. Fickes completed her capstone project, “Christian Imagery in the Short Stories of Flannery O’Connor,” which earned her departmental honors, with Professor and Chair Gary Richard. She delivered two presentations on Shakespeare as part of the William Kemp Symposium held in April.     … [Read more...]

Lu Sheikhnureldin ’22 Recognized with Outstanding Leader Award

Lu Sheikhnureldin, class of 2022, recently received the Prince Woodard Outstanding Leader Award recognizing her work leading DiversAbility, Women of Color, Students Educating and Empowering Diversity, and PRISM, as well as serving as an inaugural Farmer Fellow with the James Farmer Multicultural Center. She plans to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree through UMW’s College of Education.   https://www.umw.edu/news/2022/05/04/class-of-2022-stellar-student-stories-part-1/   … [Read more...]

Foss Receives 2022 Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award

At the general faculty meeting on Wednesday, April 20, the University of Mary Washington bestowed the distinguished Waple Faculty Professional Achievement Award for 2022 on Professor of English Chris Foss. https://www.umw.edu/news/2022/04/21/professors-receive-top-faculty-awards/     … [Read more...]

Barrenchea Receives Research Fellowship

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, was recently awarded the 2022-2023 Reese Fellowship in American Bibliography and History of the Book in the Americas, from the Bancroft Library, University of California at Berkeley. His project "One Hemisphere Many Nations: Boltonian Americanism and Literary Historiography" will explore the Herbert Bolton archive in relation to the emergence of literary pan-Americanism in the lead up to World War II. The full project will entail working with rare, untranslated, and out-of-print scholarly books forming the early Literature of the Americas academic field. … [Read more...]

Barrenchea Presents at University of Glasgow Symposium

On April 11, 2022, Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, was an invited speaker at the University of Glasgow symposium “Fictional Maximalism and the Americas: New Voices, New Perspectives." His presentation, “Literature of the Americas as Maximalist Discipline" discussed scholarly and historiographical encyclopedism in hemispheric American literary studies. … [Read more...]

UMW Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society Welcomes New Inductees

Professor Gary Richards, chair of the Department of English and Linguistics and Sigma Tau Delta sponsor, has announced six new inductees into the Sigma Tau Delta honor society, the most prominent national literary honor society that recognizes students’ achievements in literary studies: Kimber G. Foreman Elizabeth Gisselquist Hannah Grace Harris Jessica Faith Hopkins Grace Hopps Haley Schnitzer These new members will be inducted into the local chapter on Friday, April 22, 2022, at 4 p.m. in Combs 139. At that time, the department will also acknowledge last year's inductees who will be graduating this spring: Alyssa Brown Vanessa Pauline Fickes Georga Hackworth Chloe Martin Rosemary Pauley Emily Renner Madison Roberts Katia Savelyeva Keaton Sayers 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 … [Read more...]

Rafferty Participates on Literary Festival Panel

On March 22, Associate Professor of English Colin Rafferty participated in a virtual panel at the literary festival SMOL Fair, titled “Baobab Press Reintroduces Spring 2021,” with the poet Jesse DeLong and the novelist T Cates. Rafferty read from his new book, Execute the Office: Essays with Presidents, and discussed working through the pandemic with the other authors. The recording is archived here. … [Read more...]

Richards Leads Literary Festival Discussion

Professor of English Gary Richards led the Books and Beignets forty-person discussion at the Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival on Saturday, March 26, 2022, in New Orleans. To mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of A Streetcar Named Desire, the group analyzed that play, focusing particularly on its form. … [Read more...]

Barrenechea Publishes Enclopedia Entry on Literature of the Americas Story Content

Antonio Barrenechea, Professor of English, recently published “Literature of the Americas” in The Encyclopedia of Contemporary American Fiction, 1980-2020. Ed. Leslie Larkin, Stephen Burn, and Patrick O’Donnell. London and New York: Wiley-Blackwell, 2022: 835-44.     … [Read more...]