Studying English

A Note of Inspiration from Professor Kourtney Senquiz: Earning her Ph.D. and the Importance of Academic Support

Professor Kourtney Senquiz speaks on the academic support she received while completing her Ph.D. as a first-generation college student. February 18th, what would have been Toni Morrison’s 89th birthday, I defended my dissertation, The African American Gothic Double, and earned my Ph.D. from the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMass Amherst. My dissertation…

Michael Carolan’s Creative Writing Nonfiction Course Takes on the 2020 Climate Crisis

Olivia Simonds revisits Michael Carolan’s creative writing course, which is now engaging with the environment and confronting reality.By Olivia Simonds It’s gray and raining on a Monday as students slowly file into Michael Carolan’s Creative Writing Nonfiction class. They are a reserved group of eight, but present nonetheless. The room hums with anticipation. When I…

From Clark to Iceland and Beyond: Student Alum Nicola Imbracsio Speaks on Studying Abroad and Teaching Post-Graduation

Nicola Imbracsio reflects on studying at Clark and abroad and the ways they have inspired her teaching work today.As a first-generation college student starting at Clark University in the Fall of 1994, I didn’t know much about college. But I did know two things: I wanted to be an English major and I wanted to…

In the Market Race, English Majors Get Ahead

Olivia Simonds writes on the importance of English Majors in our modern global economy.It could be argued that in English majors’ down-time—from literary essays, critical readings and textual analysis—they are often met with the moral dilemma of where such studies will take them, perhaps instigated by their fellow STEM majors, a prying but caring parent,…

Doing Too Much and Still Making it Work: An Interview with Emily Buza

Emily Buza is a senior at Clark University studying English and Theatre, and she is currently working on her honors thesis. She is also the Editor in Chief of Clark Writes, Clark University’s official creative writing blog, as well as an actor in The List, one of this year’s Playfest plays. Additionally she is a…

Journalism in and Outside of the Classroom

Monica Sager, a Clarkie and Her Campus journalist, talks about her writing experience in and around Clark. Sophomore year of high school, I decided to take Journalism 101. I wasn’t expecting to follow it as a career. I just wanted to improve my writing. I was the nitpicker of the class. We would all correct…

An Interview with Professor Senquiz on her Spring ’20 Course, Toni Morrison

Olivia Simonds’s interview with Professor Senquiz on her upcoming Spring 20′ Course, Toni MorrisonI got the chance to ask Professor Senquiz some guiding questions about her upcoming spring course, Toni Morrison, where she discusses how her class will honor the literary legacy Morrison has left behind. O.S: Can you talk briefly about yourself? (Personal projects/passions,…

An Interview with Professor Blake on her Spring ’20 Course, Reading Voraciously: Food and Literature in the 20th Century

Olivia Simonds’s interview with Professor Blake on her upcoming spring course, Reading Voraciously: Food and Literature in the 20th Century.I got the chance to ask Professor Blake some guiding questions about her upcoming spring course, Reading Voraciously: Food and Literature in the 20th Century, where she discusses the ways in which students can think critically about…