The Difference Between Reading Your Life & Writing It

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Here is the speech I wrote for Honors Convocation, under the guidance of Dr. Macchi and Dr. McGinty. I was thrilled when a young woman told me after the ceremony that my speech… Continue reading

The Victorians, the Internet, and the Digital Humanities: Dr. Paul Fyfe Presents at WIU

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On April 12th, 2019, Dr. Paul Fyfe of North Carolina State University traveled to WIU in order to deliver two presentations: a workshop about the digital humanities in the classroom and the lecture… Continue reading

2019 Sigma Tau Delta Conference in St. Louis

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The Phi Delta chapter of Sigma Tau Delta had a strong presence at this year’s conference. We got to learn, share, and experience so much! This year, six students and two faculty members… Continue reading

Grad Student to Full-Time Academic: A Transformation

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by Sheldon Gaskell On May 30th, 2017, my birthday, I packed my truck and left Macomb, Illinois, vowing to never return. The 5:00AM sky was clear until the upper troposphere where a layer… Continue reading

Why I Study—and Teach—Literature

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By Dr. Zachary Dilbeck Zac Dilbeck earned his PhD in English and English Education at Idaho State University (2015), where he wrote a dissertation titled “Middle-earth, Middle-margins: Seeing Dwarves in the Shadows of… Continue reading

EGO/ΣΤΔ Conference Keynote: Dr. Kishonna Gray

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Once again, the annual EGO/STD Conference has arrived, and with it another fantastic keynote speech. This year’s speaker was Dr. Kishonna Gray, an assistant professor of Communication and Gender & Women’s Studies at… Continue reading

The MLA Convention: The Journey of a First-Time Attendee

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By Daniel W. Holst I proudly graduated in May 2018 from WIU-QC in May 2018 with a Master of Arts in English Studies—I feel heartfelt gratitude to my Thesis director Dr. Malachuk and… Continue reading

Dinner, Death, and Darkness: A Celebration of Edgar Allan Poe

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Once again, the members of Sigma Tau Delta and the WIU English Department faculty gathered together for Dinner and Conversations, a biannual event where a faculty member hosts a literary-themed dinner party. This… Continue reading

From Simpkins Hall to Healthcare Waiting Rooms

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By Abigail Tichler WIU Graduate, Class of 2015 — Clear Digital Media’s Hearing News Network Product Manager — Guest Writer In the Spring of 2015, I felt fearless as I walked across the… Continue reading

Bonnie Sonnek Retires

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On the occasion of Dr. Bonnie Sonnek’s retirement, I was honored to make the following speech at the College of Arts and Sciences Holiday Reception in the Lamoine Room of the University Union… Continue reading