English Department Awards Announced

Writing Award Winners2The Belmont University Department of English recently conferred its end-of-year awards to ten deserving students.  The award recipients for Academic Year 2014-2015 are listed below. Pictured at left:  Jenifer Abercrombie, Shay Turner, Anna Sharp, Kyle Dunn, Ashley Alvarado, Emma Cate Whitefield, and Garrett Hinson.  

  • Corinne Dale Award for Achievement in Writing About Gender in an English Class: Jenifer Abercrombie
  • William J. Fallis Award for Most Improved Freshman Writer in First Year Writing: Lindsay Armstrong and Shay Turner
  • Ruby P. Treadway Creative Writing Award: Anna Sharp
  • James and Sara King Writing Award for Outstanding Writing in an English Class: Jenifer Abercrombie, Ashley Alvarado, and Kyle Dunn
  • Virginia M. Chaney for Outstanding Graduating English Major: Jenifer Abercrombie and Emma Cate Whitefield
  • Carl J. Chaney, Outstanding Graduating English Major: Garrett Hinson

English Club and English Classes Participate in Family Literacy Day

A variety of students connected to the English Department served as volunteers at Belmont University’s 15th Annual Family Literacy Day, held April 11 at Easley Community Center and E.S. Rose Park. The event  is aimed at children from pre-K through Grade 6 and their families and is designed to celebrate the joys of reading. The primary focus of the event is reading circles, groups that read books to children in association with chosen themes.  This year, the Belmont English Club hosted five reading circles, and students from Dr. Jason Lovvorn’s Third Year Writing (ENG 3010) classes hosted three reading circles. Their themes included Dr. Seuss, Cats and Dogs, Food, Superheroes, Dragons and Dinosaurs, Animals, Space and Sports, and Fairy Tales. Additional information about Family Literacy Day can be found at the event website:  http://www.belmont.edu/sl/family_literacy_day/

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Murray To Speak at BARS Conference

doug_murrayDr. Douglas Murray, Professor in Belmont’s Department of English​, will be a delegate to the British Association for Romantic Studies conference, to be held in Cardiff, Wales, in July 2015.  His presentation at the conference is entitled “Humphrey Repton’s ‘View from my own cottage’ and Jane Austen’s Emma: Natives and Nomads.”  Information about the conference can be found at http://bars2015.org/

Murray Presents on Downton Abbey, Pride and Prejudice

Professor Douglas Murray spoke to the Nashville chapter of the English-Speaking Union on March 10 at a breakfast meeting held in the Massey Business School. His talk was entitled “The Road to Downton Abbey” and concerned the way in which the popular television series encapsulates previous literature about the English Country House. The English-Speaking Union celebrates British heritage and seeks to foster global understanding and goodwill.

Doug PanelDr. Murray also participated in a panel on Picaresque fiction at the annual meeting of the American Society for 18th-Century Studies, held in Los Angeles on March 19-21. Other participants were from DePaul University, the University of North Texas and UCLA (see photo). Murray’s talk was entitled “Jane Austen and the Embedded Ramble Novel:  The Case of Pride and Prejudice.

Pinter Wins Leadership in Christian Service Award

On April 15, during Belmont University’s Scholarship and Awards Day, Dr. Robbie Pinter was honored with the 2015 Belmont Faculty Award for Leadership in Christian Service. Each year, this award recognizes a full-time faculty member who has provided leadership to a new initiative or to an established Christian service organization that connects the resources of Belmont’s academic community to the needs of the world. In presenting the award, Provost Thomas Burns noted the myriad ways in which Dr. Pinter has devoted time and energy to forms of spiritual outreach in the Nashville community as well as to the adept manner in which she has integrated spirituality into her classroom curricula.

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English Major Publishes Comic

Freshman English Major, Chris Tully, has recently finished his first publication, The Legacy #1.  The Legacy is the first issue of an ongoing comic series published by The Legacy Comics, Tully’s company. The Legacy #1 is scheduled for release on May 2nd, Free Comic Book Day, and will be sold at Rick’s Comic City in Opry Mills, Comix City Too! in Madison, and through the website, Indyplanet.com. Tully will be doing a signing at Rick’s Comic City on May 2nd.