Humans of the English Department–Interviews with Faculty and Students

English Department Graduates Reflect on Time at Clark

By Monica SagerWillow McKeon ’22 went into college thinking she was going to be a history teacher or psychologist. “I quickly found that history and psychology classes weren’t necessarily for me,” McKeon said. “What I did realize Freshman year is that I was really interested in the media analysis (mostly books and movies) that I…

Food Insecurity Symposium Highlights Need to Act Now

By Monica SagerClarkU Hillel brought students and community leaders together on April 13 for a Food Insecurity Symposium at Clark University’s Tilton space, as they worked to fight the issue that plagues one in three college students as well as learn how to advocate for themselves. The Food Insecurity Symposium, which was hosted by graduate…

Humanities and Science Coming Together To Fight Climate Change

By Monica SagerOn March 18 A New Earth Conversation (NEC) hosted a climate dialogue campus-wide to bring together students, staff, faculty, and administration to share a common concern for the global climate crisis. During a second round of panels, English professor Steve Levin joined Jessica Bane-Robert, the Director of Prestigious Fellowships and Scholarships, as well as…

Class Visit: Robin McLean

By Monica SagerRobin McLean returned to Clark University to speak with Professor Michael Carolan’s “Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction” class and hold a discussion about her most recent fiction novel, which was an instant hit. “They had quite the experience with Robin,” Carolan said. Carolan’s class read McLean’s “Pity the Beast,” which is currently long listed…

Panel Including Dr. Senquiz Discusses “Passing”

By Monica Sager Visiting Assistant Professor Dr. Kourtney Senquiz sat on a panel March 15 as part of Boston College’s screening of Rebecca Hall’s movie “Passing.” The group was invited to a virtual screening March 14 and brought back for the panel discussion the following day. Senquiz, who is currently working on a transcript on…

Students Present on Women in Horror, Importance

By Monica SagerTo kick off the Women in Horror Month celebrations in February, five students presented in a Women in Horror Month Student Panel, in which they discussed different highlights within the genre. Mallory Trainer ’22 discussed video nasties, particularly as past of sexual violence in movie posters. Video nasties is a term popularized by…

Sophia Dahlin’s Poetry Readings from Natch and Generative Workshop

By Kira HoustonIn the Higgins lounge on a quiet Autumn evening, students settled into couches with their eyes turned to guest reader and poet Sophia Dahlin. Dahlin visited campus as part of the Clark Poets and Writers Reading Series, an initiative which seeks to foster interdisciplinary dialogues and center minority voices while giving students an…

Professor Tim Connolly: from Journalist to DA Spokesman

by Monica Sager Timothy Connolly teaches news writing at Clark University. The position truly encompasses his career for the past forty plus years. “I learned how to read before going to school by reading newspapers at home,” Connolly said. “My family was a newspaper reading family.” His family received the Pittsville Union each morning and…

Professor James Elliot and Retirement

With his retirement close on the horizon, Monica Sager interviews Professor Jay Elliot about his life, career, and future plans.By Monica Sager James Elliott came to Clark University in the fall of 1971. He was hired to teach American literature in the English Department. At the time, James Beard, another professor who Elliott called his…