Tag Archive: WIU

Birds love Simpkins Hall

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“Everyone likes birds. What wild creature is more accessible to our eyes and ears, as close to us and everyone in the world, as universal as a bird?” – David Attenborough Most students… Continue reading

Reading is Fearless: A Boiler Room Reading Series Experience

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This is my last week as an undergrad. When I signed up for the April Boiler Room Reading Series I thought, “I want to do this one last time before I leave.” The… Continue reading

Interview with Barbara Ashwood

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By Meghan Haupers I interviewed English professor Barbara Ashwood and learned a lot about her time as a student and as a professor. She also shared a bit about her personal life and referenced students… Continue reading

Dean Johnson: English Alum Writing His Way Into the Future

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When you talk to Dean Johnson (BA English ‘61, MA ‘68) about his remarkable career as a teacher, journalist, editor, and writer, he often says “I had the good luck to be in… Continue reading

Strong English Department Representation at TEDxWesternIllinoisUniversity

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English faculty represented half of the speakers in Western Illinois University’s first-ever TEDx event, hosted by The Presidents Institute on the fifth of April. The theme for the event was Embracing Uncertainty, and Dr.… Continue reading

The Difficulties of English Education

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By Meghan Haupers As a senior English Education major at Western Illinois University I have developed a unique perspective on the English language and language in general. My English courses range from practice of… Continue reading

Simpkins Puddle

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By Rebecca Gonner Simpkins: home, refuge, and learning space of the English Major. Those who claim the title have a special familiarity with the random fireplaces, awkwardly short bathroom stalls, and moaning noises… Continue reading

EGO Conference

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On November 7th, 2015, the English Graduate Organization hosted the annual EGO Conference. Graduate and undergraduate students from Illinois and Missouri, as well as WIU faculty members, presented their intellectual knowledge on various… Continue reading

‘I Prefer Not To’: The Myth of Comfortable Protest

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At the last EGO Conference “English at Play: A Conference on Language and Literature,” a line of questioning came up during my panel concerning the nature of protesting and crisis in America. Some… Continue reading

The Book That Changed My Life

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Klaira Strickland is a first year graduate student in the English department. Klaira was nominated by Max Keil to be featured in this reoccurring article. Let’s dive into “The Book That Changed My… Continue reading