Department of Humanities http://westliberty.edu/humanities West Liberty University - College of Liberal Arts Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:57:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 Best Selling Author Jeannette Walls is guest for Hughes Lecture http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/01/31/best-selling-author-jeannette-walls-guest-hughes-lecture/ http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/01/31/best-selling-author-jeannette-walls-guest-hughes-lecture/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:57:36 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=1119 7 pm, March 22 lecture is open to the public. JANUARY 31, 2018 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 31, 2018 — Best-selling author Jeannette Walls, who wrote the memoir, “The Glass Castle,” will be the guest lecturer at West Liberty University’s Hughes Lecture on Thursday, March 22. Free and open to the public, […]

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7 pm, March 22 lecture is open to the public.

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 31, 2018 — Best-selling author Jeannette Walls, who wrote the memoir, “The Glass Castle,” will be the guest lecturer at West Liberty University’s Hughes Lecture on Thursday, March 22.

Free and open to the public, the lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in College Hall and will be followed by a book signing and reception in Boyle Conference Center.

“We are excited to present Jeannette Walls to our students and the community and we encourage the public to join us for the Hughes Lecture this spring,” said Dr. William Scott Hanna, who is in his 10th year of teaching at WLU as a member of the English Department.

Jeannette Walls at home in Virginia.

“The Glass Castle,” which details her life growing up in extreme poverty and the tale of her emergence from it, was named by Amazon as one of the top 10 books of the decade. In August 2017, her inspiring story was brought to the big screen in one of the most highly anticipated major motion pictures of the year starring Woody Harrelson, Naomi Watts and Brie Larson as Jeannette.

According to her publicist, “From the pages of her #1 New York Times best-selling book and the critically-acclaimed recently released film by the same name, Walls moves you to realize the power of the human spirit as she inspires courage in the face of new and longstanding fears, and reveals how our weaknesses can be our greatest strengths.”

“On stage, Walls takes audiences inside her resilient journey in pursuit of authenticity, revealing the power of courage and determination in overcoming unimaginable obstacles. Audiences are captivated as she reveals bittersweet anecdotes from her past that often exemplify grander truths about courage and the positive rewards that come from confronting challenges.”

“With an unforgettable story of triumph over unrelenting adversity, she inspires the realization that we’re all stronger than we think, leaving listeners emboldened to face the demons in their lives.”

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Walls describes her nomadic childhood and her time spent in Welch, W.Va., which was her father’s hometown. She then moved to New York at age 17 and went on to graduate from Barnard College, prior to becoming a journalist in New York and then a best-selling author.

Walls now resides in rural Virginia, with her husband, the writer John Taylor. She also is the author of the bestsellers, “The Silver Star” and “Half Broke Horses,” which was named one of the 10 best books of 2009 by the editors of “The New York Times Book Review.”

The Hughes Lecture Series began in the 1970s and is named after Dr. Raymond Grove Hughes, a beloved teacher who joined West Liberty in 1931. His generous endowment gift established a fund managed by the West Liberty University Foundation and known as the Hughes Lecture Series Endowed Fund.

Thanks to this fund, the series has brought a wide range of authors and speakers to WLU, including: Dr. Ralph Abernathy, confidant of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Eugene McCarthy, U. S. Senator and presidential candidate in 1968; and John Simon, noted film critic and West Virginia writer and NASA scientist Homer Hickam.

For more info contact Dr. Hanna at wshanna@westliberty.edu, or 304.336.8501.

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Dr. Angela Rehbein Edits Book on Gender and Literary History http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/01/31/english-professor-co-edits-book/ http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/01/31/english-professor-co-edits-book/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:53:05 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=1114 JANUARY 30, 2018 BY MAUREEN ZAMBITO WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 30, 2018 — West Liberty University Associate Professor of English Dr. Angela Rehbein co-edited a recent book of essays on women’s literature titled Women’s Literary Networks and Romanticism: “A Tribe of Authoresses.” The book is the first to focus specifically on women’s literary networks during […]

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JANUARY 30, 2018 BY

WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., Jan. 30, 2018 — West Liberty University Associate Professor of English Dr. Angela Rehbein co-edited a recent book of essays on women’s literature titled Women’s Literary Networks and Romanticism: “A Tribe of Authoresses.” The book is the first to focus specifically on women’s literary networks during the Romantic period.

Rehbein co-edited the book with Professor Andrew O. Winckles of Adrian College, located in Michigan, a professor she has worked with in the past. Published by Liverpool University Press, the book will be useful for both research scholars and students alike.

Dr. Angela Rehbein displays her latest publication.

“I’m very proud of Angela’s work. When I scanned the volume, I found it to be a great collection that includes rare material from neglected archives,” said Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Dr. Gerald NeCastro.

The book is important because it “shifts attention away from major metropolitan centers and demonstrates the significance of local and regional centers of literary production” Rehbein believes.

Why did she choose this topic?

“I took on this project because it aligns with my research interests in women writers of the British Romantic Period (1780-1830). Specifically, I am interested in what is often referred to as scholarship of recovery: investigating the lives and literary output of women writers who have been forgotten by traditional literary scholarship, many of whom were well-known and respected in their own time.

“These writers have much to tell us about the literary culture of this period, and this book of essays on literary networks is one contribution to this larger aim of recovery. As an added bonus, this project also gave me a chance to work with scholars whom I respect and admire,” she said.

She met Winckles at a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar in Lincoln Nebraska in 2013 led by scholar Stephen C. Behrendt (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), and this seminar resulted in the scholarly collaboration that ultimately led to the research and publication of this book.

“Other researchers who study the British Romantic Period, as well as researchers interested in women’s writing and women’s literary history, will find this book of interest. It can also be a useful teaching tool, expanding students’ knowledge of issues related to gender, authorial identity, and literary history.”

Utilizing new digital methodologies for collecting and analyzing data about women’s literary production, the new book offers a fresh perspective on the role of gender in shaping authorial identity in the Romantic period.

Her previous research on author Jane West was published in Eighteenth Century Fiction and she also single-authored an article on Elizabeth Inchbald, an English novelist, actress and dramatist dating to the Romantic period.

An associate professor of English, she teaches classes in composition, British literature, and World literature. Outside of her academic life, she is an avid runner and also plays women’s flat track roller derby with the Ohio Valley Roller Girls. She can be reached at 304-336-8818.

To read more about her latest publication or to order a copy of Women’s Literary Networks and Romanticism, please visit the publisher’s website.

Established in 1837, West Liberty University is West Virginia’s oldest institution. Today it offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, plus a growing number of graduate programs including master’s in education, physician assistant studies, criminology, biology, professional studies and an online MBA.

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Humanities Literature and Special Topics Offerings Spring 2018 http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/10/23/humanities-literature-special-topics-offerings-spring-2018/ http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/10/23/humanities-literature-special-topics-offerings-spring-2018/#respond Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:24:18 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=1072 Literature The Humanities Department is offering ten literature courses next semester that fulfill students’ general studies requirements. While English 202 is typically aimed at students outside of our English program, all of the literature courses listed in the attached brochure fulfill their requirement. Literature Course Offerings Spring 2018 Philosophy and Religion We are also offering […]

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Literature

The Humanities Department is offering ten literature courses next semester that fulfill students’ general studies requirements. While English 202 is typically aimed at students outside of our English program, all of the literature courses listed in the attached brochure fulfill their requirement.

Literature Course Offerings Spring 2018

Philosophy and Religion

We are also offering three special topics courses in Philosophy and Religion. Speak to your advisor to see if these fulfill any of your course requirements.

Philosophy and Religion Special Topics 2018

 

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Faculty Recognition http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/08/23/faculty-recognition/ http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/08/23/faculty-recognition/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:17:26 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=987 We want to recognize the accomplishments of our faculty this past year. We had three faculty members achieve tenure, including Dr. Dominique Hoche and Dr. Angela Rehbein, both of whom are Associate Professors of English. Dr. Gerard NeCastro, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, also received tenure. In addition, Dr. Steve […]

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We want to recognize the accomplishments of our faculty this past year. We had three faculty members achieve tenure, including Dr. Dominique Hoche and Dr. Angela Rehbein, both of whom are Associate Professors of English. Dr. Gerard NeCastro, Professor of English and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, also received tenure. In addition, Dr. Steve Criniti was promoted to full professorship.

In addition to changes in position, two of our department members received well-deserved faculty excellence awards. Dr. Steve Criniti, Professor of English, received the Excellence in Teaching Award. Additionally, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Aaron Harper received the Excellence in Professional Activity Award.

Congratulations to everyone.

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WLU Hosts 25th Annual Symposium http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/04/03/wlu-hosts-25th-annual-symposium/ http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/04/03/wlu-hosts-25th-annual-symposium/#respond Mon, 03 Apr 2017 13:47:29 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=930 For the second year in a row, West Liberty University again hosted the West Virginia Undergraduate English Symposium. The event, which invites undergraduate students to share their literature research, celebrated its 25th year this year. Students represented institutions from around the state, including West Liberty University, Wheeling Jesuit, Concord University, Davis & Elkins College, Marshall University, and Shepherd University. The keynote address, […]

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For the second year in a row, West Liberty University again hosted the West Virginia Undergraduate English Symposium. The event, which invites undergraduate students to share their literature research, celebrated its 25th year this year. Students represented institutions from around the state, including West Liberty University, Wheeling Jesuit, Concord University, Davis & Elkins College, Marshall University, and Shepherd University.

The keynote address, titled “Beware the Tuna Sandwich, and Other Lessons I Learned in College,” was given by WLU alumna Meghan Fahey. You can view a video of her speech here.

Three of our English majors and one of our Writing minors represented West Liberty University very well at this year’s symposium. Hannah Hlad’s “Emily Dickinson: Theologian or Athiest?” was so good that one of the professors judging the competition stated that he was going to add some of her points to his own lecture notes. After judging the panel featuring Abigail Reeve’s “The Impossible Truth: Unhinging the Structures of Language and Storytelling in Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw,” another judge commented, “Please, tell me she is going to be a teacher.” And, finally, Paige Creamer’s “It’s Not F***ing Fair: How Women Are Fighting Gender Inequality with Words” was absolutely fantastic, according to Humanities chairperson, Dr. Jeremy Larance. Additionally, writing minor Natasha Muhametzyanova’s “Story of a Broken Egg: The Issues of Identity in Erasure,” held her own with many of West Virginia’s best and brightest English majors.

2017 Winners: Megan Steele, Claudia McCarron, Emily Coffman, and Adam White

This Year’s Winners:

First Place Outstanding Student Essay: Claudia McCarron (Shepherd University), “‘The Destined Prophetess’: Uncle Tom’s Cabin, The Scarlet Letter, and the American Jeremiad”

Second Place Outstanding Student Essay: Megan Steele (Wheeling Jesuit University), “Dystopia is Nigh: An Evolution of the Genre Within Huxley, Atwood, and Eggers”

First Place Outstanding Student Presentation: Adam White (Concord University), “Doctor Faustus and the Covenant Concept”

Second Place Outstanding Student Presentation: Emily Coffman (Davis & Elkins College), “Reader, I Freed Them: Liberation in the Works of Charlotte Brontë”

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Professor Selected to Attend NEH Summer Institute http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/04/01/professor-selected-attend-neh-summer-institute/ http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/04/01/professor-selected-attend-neh-summer-institute/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 15:51:07 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=928 Dr. Robert Gall, professor of religion and philosophy, has been selected to attend a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, starting this July. The institute in which he’s participating is titled “Challenges of Teaching World Religions.” According to the NEH website, “The Institute will be a four week workshop on […]

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Dr. Robert Gall, professor of religion and philosophy, has been selected to attend a National Endowment of the Humanities Summer Institute in St. Paul, Minnesota, starting this July.

The institute in which he’s participating is titled “Challenges of Teaching World Religions.” According to the NEH website, “The Institute will be a four week workshop on the problems of teaching a broad survey course intended to introduce students to the major religious traditions of the world, while taking into account major scholarly critiques of that enterprise that have raised fundamental questions about the basic definitions and categories we employ in the critical study of religion.”

Dr. Gall is in a unique position to bring many perspectives to the group of participants, as he has taught in several types of institutions and has often been the only professor teaching religion in those institutions. This work experience, in addition to his long teaching and writing career, makes him an ideal candidate for such an opportunity. In fact, this is the fourth NEH Institute or Seminar he will have attended during his career.

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Hughes Lecture Series: Poet Maggie Anderson http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2016/09/28/hughes-lecture-series-poet-maggie-anderson/ http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2016/09/28/hughes-lecture-series-poet-maggie-anderson/#respond Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:45:39 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=898 Appalachian writer Maggie Anderson be in residence at West Liberty University on October 4th and 5th as part of the Hughes Lecture Series. Anderson is author of six books, including Dear All, which is due out next year from Four Way Books. Her poetry has been featured in several poetry journals and has appeared in […]

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Appalachian writer Maggie Anderson be in residence at West Liberty University on October 4th and 5th as part of the Hughes Lecture Series. Anderson is author of six books, including Dear All, which is due out next year from Four Way Books. Her poetry has been featured in several poetry journals and has appeared in over 50 anthologies and textbooks. She is currently completing a novel, which is tentatively titled All the Days.

During her stay at WLU, she will visit several classes in the Humanities Department, including Appalachian Literature and the Creative Writing: Poetry class.

In addition to working with students, she will be presenting at the Ohio County Library at noon on Tuesday as part of their Lunch with Books program. Later Tuesday, she will give her Hughes Lecture at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Lounge.

On Wednesday, she will read some of her poetry in the Alumni Lounge at 11 a.m. before continuing her work with students.

Please join us for this opportunity to hear from one of Appalachia’s great writers.

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Professor’s Poems Published Online http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2016/09/26/professors-poems-published-online/ http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2016/09/26/professors-poems-published-online/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:19:26 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=896 Dr. Dave Thomas has recently had two of his poems published by Weelunk, an online magazine that features stories about the Wheeling area and the people who live there. Both poems feature local people. One, titled “just another warwood brat,” focuses on West Liberty State College’s former president, Clyde D. Campbell. It is a catalog […]

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Dr. Dave Thomas has recently had two of his poems published by Weelunk, an online magazine that features stories about the Wheeling area and the people who live there. Both poems feature local people. One, titled “just another warwood brat,” focuses on West Liberty State College’s former president, Clyde D. Campbell. It is a catalog of facts and observations about him, as well as a list of his characteristics. The second poem, titled “newspaper hawker,” describes the experiences of a man selling newspapers near Perkins on National Road in Wheeling.

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Associate Professor Honored by Alma Mater http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2016/09/26/associate-professor-honored-alma-mater/ http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2016/09/26/associate-professor-honored-alma-mater/#respond Mon, 26 Sep 2016 15:28:55 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=893 Next month, Associate Professor of English, Dr. Angela Rehbein will be honored by her alma mater Fairmont State University during their annual Alumni Awards Brunch. A tradition since 1977, each year the Fairmont State Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of outstanding graduates during Homecoming, and this year Dr. Rehbein will receive the Outstanding Alumna Award. Dr. […]

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Next month, Associate Professor of English, Dr. Angela Rehbein will be honored by her alma mater Fairmont State University during their annual Alumni Awards Brunch. A tradition since 1977, each year the Fairmont State Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of outstanding graduates during Homecoming, and this year Dr. Rehbein will receive the Outstanding Alumna Award.

Dr. Rehbein is one of six honorees being recognized for their achievements since graduating from Fairmont State University. As the Outstanding Alumna this year, Rehbein has been seen by the alumni association as a young professional who is successful in her career and recognized in her profession, who supports her community, and who “exhibits ethical behavior and exemplary character.”

Rehbein graduated from the university with a B.A. in English in 2002 and a B.A. in Education in 2003, after which she continued her education elsewhere and earned a master’s degree and a Ph.D. in English. During her professional career, Rehbein has received several research fellowships, has had her work published in academic journals, and was recently nominated for West Liberty University’s Excellence in Professional Activity Award.

We would like to congratulate Dr. Rehbein on her accomplishments and on being recognized for them by her alma mater.

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WV Undergraduate English Symposium Deadline Extended http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2016/01/11/wv-undergraduate-english-symposium-deadline-extended/ http://westliberty.edu/humanities/2016/01/11/wv-undergraduate-english-symposium-deadline-extended/#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2016 16:58:44 +0000 http://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=828 The deadline for submitting papers for the West Virginia Undergraduate English Symposium has been extended. See the attached CFP for further details. Or, you may contact Dr. Angela Rehbein or Dr. Steve Criniti.

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The deadline for submitting papers for the West Virginia Undergraduate English Symposium has been extended. See the attached CFP for further details. Or, you may contact Dr. Angela Rehbein or Dr. Steve Criniti.

WV Undergraduate English Symposium CFP_REVISED

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