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News and Upcoming Events

Professor Emerita JoAnne Podis will be giving a lecture on Jane Austen on April 21, 2015 at John Carroll University:

The Senior Research Seminar presentations will take place on April 24, 2015 at 3 p.m. in Mullen 313.  Please come hear the results of the research that our senior English majors have conducted:
1) The Enduring Legacy of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein - Jasmin Montalvo
2) Putting the Drama in Dramatherapy: A Call for Dramatherapy’s Sophistication through Increased Research on Dramatic Literature’s Use within the Discipline - Rhianna McChesney
and 3) The Journey of America’s Heroine: The Influence of Mythology on The Hunger Games - Paige Rowan

Inscape will celebrate its 70th anniversary of publication this spring with a special program, coordinated by the English Department, Alumnae Office, and Marketing on April 29, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Pilla Atrium.

April is National Poetry Month, and the English Department and the rest of the College is celebrating in a number of ways, including an Edible Book Fest that Besse Library organized:

Pictures of the entries can be found here.  Congratulations to English majors Jessica Hicks, Leah Leshnack, and Autumn Risley, who were among the winners!

English Department member JoAnne Podis will be the guest of honor at the English Department End of Year Party scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 5 p.m. in the Strawbridge Board Room.

On March 25, 2015, a celebration was held for English Department member Mimi Pipino, who was recently awarded tenure.  Congratulations!

English Department member JoAnne Podis gave a presentation at the Jane Austen Society of North America Ohio North Coast meeting on March 8, 2015 at the Twinsburg Public Library.  You can get a taste of the presentation here.  Also, Dr. Podis was honored at a Farewell Reception for her retirement on March 6, 2015, and she was recently awarded the status of Professor Emerita.  Congratulations!

Take a Break with a Book took place on March 2, 2015.  Here are the books that our attendees recommended:
Eileen Kohut - Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey:  The Lost Legacy of Highclere Castle by The Countess of Carnarvon and The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
Joe LaGuardia - The Escape by David Baldacci and Convictions:  How I Learned What Matters Most by Marcus J. Borg
Janet Moore - The Children of Willesden Lane:  Beyond the Kindertransport:  A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen
Mimi Pipino - Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman
Melanie Steele - Waiting to Be Heard by Amanda Knox and Nice Girls Just Don't Get It:  99 Ways to Win the Respect You Deserve, the Success You've Earned, and the Life You Want by Lois P. Frankel and Carol Frohlinger
Patti Stephens - After Visiting Friends:  A Son's Story by Michael Hainey
Eileen Turoff - Some Luck by Jane Smiley and Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Fred Wright - Dada:  Zurich, Berlin, Hannover, Cologne, New York, Paris edited by Leah Dickerman

Drama Workshop's 2015 production was To Bind Up the Wounds: Catholic Sister Nurses in the U.S. Civil War, which was performed on February 27, February 28, and March 1, 2015.  Based on a book by Professor Emerita Sr. Mary Denis Maher, the play was directed by Jenny Dunegan, M.F.A., and the play was written by Ursuline alumnae, faculty members, staff members, and students.  After each performance, a meet and greet with the cast, director, and playwrights was held. You can find the press release for the play here and some photos below.

The Northeast Ohio English Department Consortium sponsored the 2015 Career Symposium for English Majors, which was held on the Ursuline campus on Saturday, February 7, 2015.  It was a great event, organized on our end by Dr. Mimi Pipino.  Check out some photos from the event below!

Ursuline Writers, a creative writing showcase, took place on November 21, 2014.  Here are some photos of the talented creative writers (from left to right, Edward Atkinson, Rhianna McChesney, Reonna Greene, Ali Mowrey, and Autumn Risley) and their instructors (from left to right, Jenny Dunegan and Fred Wright):

October 20, 2014 was the National Day on Writing, so it was an excellent day to do some writing.

English Department member JoAnne Podis presented at Ursuline's TEDx event on October 17, 2014.

Banned Books Week was celebrated with a Read Out on September 23, 2014.

This year's Welcome Back Tea was a lot of fun.  You can see some pictures from it here.