Studying English

The Rare Book Open House

By Damian StockliThe Goddard Library’s Archives and Special Collections opened its doors to visitors Wednesday, November 16th at 10:00 AM for the annual Rare Book Open House, where each of Prof. Neuman’s student archivists presented a rare book—and its charming idiosyncrasies—from the Jonas Clark collection to visiting students and faculty. I’ve had the privilege of meeting…

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…

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…

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…

Why did so many Clark Employees Major in English?

Curious about the number of Clark employees who use skills related to the English major, we reached out via email to Clark employees to see who had majored in English as an undergrad. We were pleased at the variety of responses we received. Interestingly, the English major was useful in a variety of contexts. Why…

Science Fiction Builds Mental Resiliency in Young Readers

Dean Esther Jones explains the ways science fiction can benefit young readers, especially during Covid-19 times. Young people who are “hooked” on watching fantasy or reading science fiction may be on to something. Contrary to a common misperception that reading this genre is an unworthy practice, reading science fiction and fantasy may help young people cope, especially…

Personal Achievements During Covid-19: Clark Alum Lee V. Gaines on Rallying Pride in Difficult Times

Clark Alum Lee V. Gaines writes on the conflicting emotions that arose after receiving an award during Covid-19, and rallying pride as best she can.I recently learned I won an award. I received my first ever regional Edward R. Murrow award for best news series. Now, I’m up for a national award, which is cool.…

A Clarkie Reflects on Presenting at the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention

Azariah Kurlantzick reflects on presenting their honors thesis at the 51st Annual NeMLA Convention, the final event they attended before Clark shut down.As a senior, it’s easy to feel like I’m losing a lot over the next few months. Graduation is online, Senior Week is canceled, my final Spring Fling took place virtually. I have…