Congratulations to our English MA students on their new rare books exhibition, now open at the Boston Public Library! The exhibition is titled "From Pen to Print: the Handwriting behind the Book," and features manuscript and print works by authors such as Poe, Hawthorne, Thoreau, and Frost. The exhibition is free and open to the public--please go see our students' excellent work! This exhibition is the result of a semester-long seminar held in the Rare Books Room at the BPL; held every spring, the course culminates in a student-curated exhibition. Click here for exhibition details as listed on the BPL homepage.
UMass Boston's "Center for Innovative Teaching/EDTech" conference featured the work of two English M.A. students, Melody Anderson and Brendan Holloway, and English Professor Alex Mueller. In their panel on "Thinking and Learning: Teaching with Hypertext," the group explored how technological tools such as hypertext can encourage active student learning. Their unique presentation was featured in the Educational Technology Newsletter.
Congratulations to our two students who have been accepted to over-seas schools for their prestigious summer programs!
Shauna Murray will be attending the Oxford English Literature Summer School from July 1 - July 21. This intensive three week program takes place at Exeter College, the fourth oldest college of Oxford, and welcomes students from across the globe. Her particular focus will be on Jane Austen and Victorian Literature.
Katie Oliver will be studying at the Irish Seminar in Dublin. She is especially excited to participate this year because this year's program is about Contemporary Irish Drama, which was a focus of hers as an undergraduate at UMass Boston as an English Major with the Irish Studies Concentration. Her undergraduate honors thesis was about animal references in two plays of Marina Carr, who will be on the faculty at this year's Seminar. It is a three week long program with a wonderfully intense schedule.
Our English M.A. students are serving as mentors in "literature reading clubs" for Boston pre-teens. Read about these exciting new "Guys Read" and "GRLS: Girls Reading Literature Society" programs in our university newsletter, The Point.