What comes to mind when someone asks me why they should read LGBTQ literature? It is different–that is why! It is better than fiction, better than action, better than romance. LGBTQ lit can include nonfiction, fiction, autobiographies and many more types of novels. This semester while taking Mary Vermillion’s LGBTQ lit class my perspective on … More Why read LGBTQ lit??????
On Thursday, November 15th, the English department hosted a panel filled by alumni who had an English major in their undergraduate education. The alumni present were Jen Provorse, a specialist librarian, Jason Cleveland, a marriage and family therapist, and Celine Klosterman, a strategist writer. Jen majored in English and minored in history during her time … More Panelists Highlight Transferable Skills
This is my third time doing the prison book club, and it still didn’t disappoint. This time it differed most because of the text we used. We focused on Ernest Hemingway’s “Hills like White Elephants” and Alice Walker’s “Everyday Use”. Doing short stories versus a book brought up many difficulties. It simply wasn’t as much … More Prison Book Club
I started this semester in a relationship with a man. I ended it dating a woman. I’ve always known I was attracted to more than one gender, but studying literature written by, and for, queer people has opened my eyes. We walk through life just reading what’s thrown at us because we are told to. But … More Rainbows, tears, and education
All over the world there are people living in harsh conditions and struggling to just survive, but over the past two centuries we have made huge improvements as a world. But we can do more. As explained in the book Factfulness, 12.3% of the U.S. population lives under the poverty line, making less than 20$ a day. As a society there … More The Perplexing Puzzle of Poverty
A monster. A demon. A horror. A killer. All of these words describe depression, and I’m not just talking about feeling down or blue. This monstrosity has affected 16 million people in the US alone. The media doesn’t help by labeling people with mental illnesses as dangerous. Everyone affected with depression has a different experience.I … More The Monster Named Depression
The current economic struggles and fears provoked by challenges to homeland security, whether they are real or imagined, fuel the current debate of birthright citizenship. The right to citizenship if you are born in the United States has been fundamental for some time now, but amidst illegal immigration concerns this right is starting to … More Birthright Citizenship