Author Archive

Huizinga on Lateness: 10th Annual Magliocco Lecture with Dr. Birger Vanwesenbeeck

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By: Sheldon Gaskell Late winter, 11:30 am, Tuesday, March 7th一the calm, sunny morning after tornado sirens and harsh, relenting winds beat the Macomb streets a shade of twigs and leaf buds—my fellow graduate… Continue reading

A Magical Experience: Harry Potter Study Abroad

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By: Haley Helgesen I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was eleven years old. Staying up past my bedtime, reading by lamp light, I never imagined the series would… Continue reading

A Letter from the Chair – A Major that Matters

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I have been thinking a lot this year about the courses our students take and what they learn when they come to Western. I have concluded, maybe not surprisingly, that the English Major… Continue reading

Considering Literacy: An Interview with Dr. Buchanan

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By: Felicia Appell Dr. Rebekah Buchanan is an Assistant Professor of English at Western Illinois University. Before her career at WIU, she was a high school English teacher while earning her Master’s in… Continue reading

Experiencing Dada in Chicago

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By: Laura Winton On November 5th, the weekend following the Cubs winning the world series, I went to Chicago for a different purpose (although I did also make a pilgrimage to Wrigley Field).  The… Continue reading

From Role-Player to Writer – First Place Winner in the Midwestern Region Blog Contest

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By: Max Keil  “You’re a writer? When’s your novel coming out?” “Never. I don’t write creatively.” “Why not?” “I prefer efficient language. I don’t waste time with flowery descriptions.” Those have been the… Continue reading

Recreating Who I Am – Third Place Winner in the Midwestern Region Blog Contest

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By: Rebecca Graham At 30 years old, I am in the middle of a great recreation of my life.  Eleven years ago, while working my way through obtaining my associate’s degree, I fell… Continue reading

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Books

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By: Tiffany Dimmick – Grad and Writing Program Secretary and Western Alumna   What the Dickens is that in the hallway?!?! That was a question on many people’s minds Monday morning after a… Continue reading

Bonding over English with University President Jack Thomas

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By: Jon Naskrent President Jack Thomas’ meeting with the members of Sigma Tau Delta was advertised as informal, but setting foot in the room suggested otherwise. Every student and faculty member was dressed in… Continue reading

EA Games: The Reality of Getting a Dream Internship

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By: Haley Helgesen It was September of last year that I was suffering a self-imposed crisis. I had suddenly decided that I was in desperate need of an internship for the summer if… Continue reading