Department of Humanities https://westliberty.edu/humanities West Liberty University - College of Liberal Arts Sat, 28 Apr 2018 01:47:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 English Majors of the Year https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/04/23/english-majors-of-the-year/ https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/04/23/english-majors-of-the-year/#respond Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:55:45 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=1150 Each year, the Department of Humanities recognizes outstanding graduating students in our various English programs.  Our 2017-18 English Majors of the Year are: English Education Major of the Year–Abigail Reeves English Literature Major of the Year–Hannah Hlad English Rhetoric & Writing Major of the Year–Zadok Eniss and Zoe Stoffel Excellence in Creative Writing: Nonfiction–Kylee Carcione […]

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Each year, the Department of Humanities recognizes outstanding graduating students in our various English programs.  Our 2017-18 English Majors of the Year are:

English Education Major of the Year–Abigail Reeves
English Literature Major of the Year–Hannah Hlad
English Rhetoric & Writing Major of the Year–Zadok Eniss and Zoe Stoffel
Excellence in Creative Writing: Nonfiction–Kylee Carcione
Excellence in Creative Writing: Poetry–Jodie Springer

Join us in congratulating Abigail, Hannah, Jodie, Kylee, Zadok, and Zoe!

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Second Resume Writing Workshop to Be Offered https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/04/03/second-resume-writing-workshop-to-be-offered/ https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/04/03/second-resume-writing-workshop-to-be-offered/#respond Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:30:40 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=1148 After a successful first workshop on resume writing, the Robinson Writing Center will be offering a second, follow-up workshop. See below for workshop details. You can sign up for this workshop, as well as the cover letter workshop, by visiting our WCONLINE website and navigating to the dates. Resume Writing: Part 2 Monday, April 9, 12:00-12:50pm Paul N. […]

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After a successful first workshop on resume writing, the Robinson Writing Center will be offering a second, follow-up workshop. See below for workshop details. You can sign up for this workshop, as well as the cover letter workshop, by visiting our WCONLINE website and navigating to the dates.

Resume Writing: Part 2
Monday, April 9, 12:00-12:50pm
Paul N. Elbin Library, Room 309
Description: The Resume Writing: Part 2 Workshop teaches students strategies for writing effective descriptions of their work and volunteer experiences. This workshop will be most useful for students who have already started to draft their resumes.

Cover Letter Writing
Wednesday, April 11, 12:00-12:50pm
Paul N. Elbin Library, Room 309
Description: The Cover Writing Workshop covers the basic components of a cover letter and introduces students to strategies for making their letters more compelling and persuasive.

Both workshops are open to all undergraduate and graduate students at West Liberty University, and both will be facilitated by Dr. Amanda Tennant, Director of the Writing Center.  These workshops will be especially useful for students who are preparing to graduate and enter the workforce or who are working on applications for summer internships. Students do not need to attend both workshops in order to participate in one.

Each workshop will be capped at 20 students, so don’t forget to sign up soon! Please email Dr. Tennant with questions (amanda.tennant@westliberty.edu).

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Fall 2018 Language Course Offerings https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/04/02/fall-2018-language-course-offerings/ https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/04/02/fall-2018-language-course-offerings/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:23:38 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=1145 The Humanities Department will be offering several courses in French and Spanish in the fall. The French classes are being offered as 8-week courses this semester with French 101 being offered the first half of the semester and French 102 being offered the second half. You can read more about the offerings here: Fall 2018 Language […]

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The Humanities Department will be offering several courses in French and Spanish in the fall. The French classes are being offered as 8-week courses this semester with French 101 being offered the first half of the semester and French 102 being offered the second half.

You can read more about the offerings here:

Fall 2018 Language Course Offerings

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Fall 2018 Literature Course Offerings https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/03/28/fall-2018-literature-course-offerings/ https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/03/28/fall-2018-literature-course-offerings/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:32:36 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=1141 The Humanities Department is offering eight literature courses next semester that fulfill students’ general studies requirements, including three sections of ENG 202: Literature Appreciation for Non-Majors. 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. Fall 2018 Literature […]

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The Humanities Department is offering eight literature courses next semester that fulfill students’ general studies requirements, including three sections of ENG 202: Literature Appreciation for Non-Majors. 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.

Fall 2018 Literature Course Offerings

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Frankenstein at 200 https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/03/22/frankenstein-at-200/ https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/03/22/frankenstein-at-200/#respond Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:38:11 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=1137 Join us as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein this year. Our first event is an interdisciplinary symposium featuring three faculty members from West Liberty University. According to event organizer, Dr. Angela Rehbein, “The goal of this symposium is to celebrate the bicentenary of the novel, which was originally published on January 1, 1818, […]

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Join us as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frankenstein this year. Our first event is an interdisciplinary symposium featuring three faculty members from West Liberty University. According to event organizer, Dr. Angela Rehbein, “The goal of this symposium is to celebrate the bicentenary of the novel, which was originally published on January 1, 1818, and to ponder its continued relevance and importance to scholars in a variety of fields.” The speakers include Dr. Matthew Zdilla, Associate Professor of Biology, who will be presenting “The Modern Modern Prometheus: Bringing the dead back to life 200 years after Frankenstein.” Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dr. Aaron Harper’s presentation is titled “Alienation and Self-Alienation in Frankenstein,” and Rehbein will be presenting “‘A Thinking and Reasoning Animal’: Gender, Agency, and Literary Authority in Frankenstein.”

Events will continue during the fall semester with a film series, a variety of book discussions and reading groups at local libraries, and a library exhibit of graphic novel adaptations with a presentation by Dr. Wally Hastings, Professor of English.

This celebration is sponsored by a grant from the WV Humanities Council.

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Students Participate in WV Undergraduate English Symposium https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/03/07/students-participate-in-wv-undergraduate-english-symposium/ https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/03/07/students-participate-in-wv-undergraduate-english-symposium/#respond Wed, 07 Mar 2018 15:04:59 +0000 https://westliberty.edu/humanities/?p=1121 English major Abby Reeves and Writing minor Natasha Muhametzyanova both participated in the WV Undergraduate English Symposium, hosted by Fairmont State University on March 3rd. While Dr. Angela Rehbein could not attend their presentations because she was judging presentations in a concurrent session, she reports that she heard complimentary things about both students who told […]

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From left to right: Natasha Muhametzyanova, Dr. Angela Rehbein, and Abby Reeves

English major Abby Reeves and Writing minor Natasha Muhametzyanova both participated in the WV Undergraduate English Symposium, hosted by Fairmont State University on March 3rd. While Dr. Angela Rehbein could not attend their presentations because she was judging presentations in a concurrent session, she reports that she heard complimentary things about both students who told her they had a lot of fun and enjoyed a vigorous question and answer session. Congratulations go to Natasha in particular, who tied for second place in the presentation competition, winning $75.

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Best Selling Author Jeannette Walls is guest for Hughes Lecture https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/01/31/best-selling-author-jeannette-walls-guest-hughes-lecture/ https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/01/31/best-selling-author-jeannette-walls-guest-hughes-lecture/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:57:36 +0000 https://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 https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/01/31/english-professor-co-edits-book/ https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2018/01/31/english-professor-co-edits-book/#respond Wed, 31 Jan 2018 18:53:05 +0000 https://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 https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/10/23/humanities-literature-special-topics-offerings-spring-2018/ https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/10/23/humanities-literature-special-topics-offerings-spring-2018/#respond Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:24:18 +0000 https://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 https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/08/23/faculty-recognition/ https://westliberty.edu/humanities/2017/08/23/faculty-recognition/#respond Wed, 23 Aug 2017 18:17:26 +0000 https://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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