News from the English Department

Clark University’s Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta Used Book Sale

By Christina Rose WalcottOn Wednesday, November 30th, from 1:30-3:30pm in the Academic Commons of the Goddard Library, Clark University’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honors Society, set up at the pop-up to station their used book sale. A wide variety of books were sold from The Way to Cook by Julia Childs…

Queer Comedy Presents: “The Lesbian Avengers and the Possibilities of Queer Feminist Humor”

By Christina Rose WalcottCW: brief discussions of sexual, racial, and homophobic violence as well as some “citational swearing” On Thursday, October 20th at 4:30pm, Kristen Leng, an associate professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UMass Amherst, gave her first public talk since the pandemic on her current paper in progress about the Lesbian…

Robin Tran’s Stand-Up Comedy Show at Clark University

By Christina Rose WalcottCW: racism, depression, suicide Robin Tran visited Clark University for the second event in the “Queer Comedy Presents” series organized by Professors Elizabeth Blake and Rox Samer. If you are interested in getting to see her in action, the stand up comedian was recently featured in That’s My Time with David Letterman,…

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…

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…

Clark Students Get Firsthand Look into Shakespeare Adaptation

By Monica SagerAssistant Professor Justin Shaw’s “Advanced Studies in Shakespeare” have gone beyond typical studies of The Bard to explore race, health, sexuality, and more. Students have read a variety of stories, but recently they were able to dive deeper into James Ijames’ “Fat Ham” after the playwright visited the class. “It’s a modern adaptation…

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…