The English Department is hosting a reading of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Wednesday, November 15th at 4:30 in Seton 404. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome. If you’re interested in reading a role, small or large, contact Dr. Diane Piccitto, or just come to listen. Refreshments will be served.
The English Department is pleased to present Alan Syliboy, author and illustrator of The Thundermaker. Dr. Syliboy is an internationally renowned Mi’kmaw painter, sculptor, filmmaker, musician, and social justice activist.
Tuesday, October 10
MSVU Aboriginal Student Centre
You can take a look at Syliboy’s art and listen to his music on his website: alansyliboy.ca, which also links to his Facebook page. You can also find him on Twitter, @AlanSyliboy, where you can see a daily sample of his artwork. This image, posted on October 3, comes from his drum series:
Dr. Graham Fraser will be one of the speakers at the Mount’s annual Research Remixed event on Tuesday, October 3rd. His talk is scheduled for 11:15 in the Multi-Purpose Room in Rosaria. Here’s a preview of what he’ll be talking about:
Virginia Woolf, Spectro-Modernism, and the Afterlife of Things
Dr. Graham Fraser
Tuesday, October 3, 11:15 a.m.
Multi-Purpose Room, Rosaria
“Think of a kitchen table, when you’re not there” challenges Andrew Ramsay in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse, distilling his father’s empiricist philosophy. Woolf’s writings are fascinated by the world of objects removed from human perception or context – objects that are abandoned, disused, broken. Yet Woolf’s own attention to inanimate (yet lively) objects is so exquisite that Michel Serres can write that in her work, “inanimate objects have a soul.” This presentation will discuss how my work traces the progress of these inanimate souls from their domestic lives in human service, through their abandonment and decay, and finally into their afterlives as ghostly, illegible debris.
You can read more about Dr. Fraser’s research here.
Research Remixed brings together researchers from across the university who present their work in short talks or posters. The event starts at 9 a.m. and goes until 1 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room in Rosaria. All are welcome to drop in during the day. You can download the full Research Remixed schedule here.
Dr. Reina Green, along with local artist Jessica L. Wiebe, will be speaking about representations of war and peace in art on Friday, September 29, at 1:30 in the Keshen Goodman Library. Her talk is part of a series of Friday presentations organized by the Mount Network for Community-Engaged Research on War (NCERW) in collaboration with other community groups.
You can read more about Dr. Green’s research here.
The Network for Community-Engaged Research on War is interested in “exploring what stories of war and peace are being told, identifying which stories are more visible and which are marginalized, and understanding how war affects us in diverse and overlapping ways.”
All of the talks take place from 1:30 – 2:30 in the Keshen Goodman Public Library, 330 Lacewood Drive, Halifax. Other topics to be presented include military families, peace perspectives, refugee experiences, and the Halifax Explosion. For more details about future talks, please see the Community Stories poster [pdf 3.9 MB].
Please join us for the Mount English Meet and Greet!
- Discover who we are and what we do.
- Meet other English and Writing students.
- Get to know the professors.
- Learn about our programs.
- Meet special guest, El Jones, poet, activist, and Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies.
- Hear about upcoming events.
Refreshments will be served.
Current students and alumnae are invited!
Monday, September 25
4:30 – 6:00
This year, our Department organized a Grade 11 and 12 English Essay Writing Competition, and now we are pleased to announce the results.
Jack Farrell, Halifax Grammar School, “Creon as a Warning of Autocracy”
Ciara Harris, J.L. Ilsley High School, “Contrasting Literary Styles in Fahrenheit 451 and Animal Farm”
Ruining Zhang, Sacred Heart School of Halifax, “Sweet Potato Nostalgia”
Evelyn Cormier, Halifax West High School, “The Birth and Destruction of Honour”
Jack Farrell won an iPad Mini as the first prize, while the writers who received an honourable mention were awarded gift certificates to a local bookstore.
The Mount English Department is pleased to highlight the work of young writers, from high school through university and beyond. We look forward to seeing participating students, their parents, and teachers at a reception in the fall.
English at the Mount
Our English courses feature small classes where students have plenty of opportunities to write with feedback from their professors, while our unique Writing Minor focuses not only on creative writing, but also on rhetoric, editing, and writing in various genres.
Congratulations to David Wilson, who received the MSVU Alumnae Part-time Teaching Award at Convocation in May. An instructor in both our English and Writing programs, he was commended for his engaging style and for his innovative online courses. You can see one of the videos he developed for his online ENGL 1171 course here.
At the same Convocation, Dr. Susan Drain, who retired last December, was awarded the rank of Professor Emerita. Dr. Drain has served in many positions in her career, such as the English Department Writing Co-ordinator, Department Chair, Secretary of Senate, Faculty Association executive — to name only a few. She is also a multiple teaching award winner, including the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship (the only Mount faculty to hold that distinction). Her current research project is Percy’s War, a daily blog about the experiences of a Canadian gunner in WWI.
Congratulations to both David and Susan!
Photos from the Mount Flickr album
It was a lovely spring day for the 2017 B.A. convocation on Friday, May 19th. Congratulations to our newest English alumni.
Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Allyson K. Roussy (with first-class honours)
Sarah K. Vallis (with first-class honours)
Bachelor of Arts (Major)
Duaa Chamsi Basha
Cassadie F. Day
Luke P. Hammond
Gavin L. Rollins
Ryan K. Terry
Bachelor of Arts (Combined Major)
Kevin Smith (English and History)
Congratulations also to Professor David Wilson, who received the MSVU Part-Time Teaching Award and to Dr. Susan Drain, who was awarded the rank of Professor Emerita.
Graduates, please keep in touch! If you haven’t already, please join the English Society Facebook group or follow us on Twitter or Instagram to keep up with our activities. Or subscribe for email notifications from this blog (scroll down on this page to find the subscription form). However you do it, let us know where your future adventures take you!
Watch this blog for more convocation pictures in the days ahead.
The new English and Writing course descriptions for 2017-2018 are now available! Our course booklet launch is on right now until 2 p.m. today. Come to the fifth floor of Seton in the English Corner and grab a coffee and a booklet. Faculty advisors are standing by to help.
You can also find the course descriptions on our English Department website — click on “Course Guide 2017-18.” Unfortunately, the website doesn’t come with snacks.
A Dramatic Reading
Wednesday March 1, 2017
All are welcome. Volunteer to read a part or just listen to the comedy.
Refreshments will be served.