Welcome to the Wittenberg English Department blog! As an academic department, we revel in our discipline’s love of the English language and its glorious literary traditions. From Cynthia Richards’s love of the 2500-page 18th century novel Clarissa and Bob Davis’s equal passion for Walt Whitman and the Beat poets, to ShaDawn Battle’s courses on hip hop and the African American literary tradition and Kate Polak’s engagement with the graphic novel tradition, our literature and film studies courses open new worlds for our students.
At the same time, our creative writing, journalism, and other composition courses strive to remain on the cutting edge of the changing world of composing texts in our current globalized, digital age. From Rick Incorvati’s work on “writing for social change” using traditional and new media outlets and Max McClelland’s experience guidance on fiction writing, to D’Arcy Fallon’s work on the Torch, Mike Mattison’s expert training of students to work in our Writing Center, and the new Dixon Visiting Artist position, our department also helps students to find their own voices and share their thoughts with the world.
And, finally, we are proud to be “the fun department.” With the especial help of student advisory group, SAGE, we have planned a variety of events, which this year will include a literary Halloween costume party, our annual trip to Stratford Shakespeare festival, as well as “The List” event (newly revised), and our annual year-end party with graduating seniors–on top of our regular colloquiua with amazing writers like Gish Jen, Nicholas Kristof, and Hazel Carby.
This blog is a community effort to communicate with everyone–but especially our current students, alumni and friends–some of the amazing things we are up to. We welcome your participation in this new endeavor!
Dr. Lori Askeland, Chair