At this year’s Belmont University faculty appreciation luncheon, four English professors were celebrated for their length of service to the university. Pictured below, L to R: Amy Hodges Hamilton (ten years), David Curtis (twenty years), Sue Trout (twenty-five years), and Robbie Pinter (thirty years) all received awards.
Four English majors presented their work at the recent Belmont Undergraduate Research Symposium, held Thursday, April 14. The presenters (pictured below, L to R), and the titles of their presentations are as follows:
- Taylor Herald, “Anger as the Mother Tongue and Communicative Discourse of Feminist Literary Theory”
- Keeley Harper, “An Articulation of Gender”
- Rachel Bryan, “‘All that Hurricane Rage of Joy’: The Redemptive Power of Jouissance in Toni Morrison’s Sula”
- Katarina Bishop, “Will What is (W)right Give Us Peace?”
At this year’s Family Literacy Day—a Belmont-sponsored event that celebrates reading and encourages young readers in grades pre-K through 6—students from the Belmont English Club hosted a variety of reading circles. Topics/themes included Dr. Seuss, super heroes, food, dogs, Disney, and fairy tales.
At this year’s University Awards Day, two English faculty members—Dr. Linda Holt and Dr. Caresse John (pictured L to R)—were recognized as finalists for the Chaney Distinguished Professor Award. Voted on by full-time faculty, the University President, the University Provost, and the deans of the college/schools, the Chaney Award is determined on the basis of superior teaching.
In addition, two students were recognized as recipients of the Marie Williams Murray and Walter Bassett Murray, Jr. First-Year Writing Awards. Kaitlin Braile (below, left) won for her essay, “This Too Shall Pass,” and Gregory Wittenberg (below, right) won for his essay, “The People Behind the Witch”
Dr. Douglas Murray, Professor in the Department of English, recently attended the meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies in Pittsburgh, PA, where he presented papers on three roundtables. In a session on “Becoming Generalists at the Teaching-Centered College” he spoke on “Jane Austen in the Composition Classroom.” In a roundtable on “Austen’s Scale,” his paper was entitled “Austen and Global Displacement.” In a session on Enlightenment Pedestrianism, he presented “‘Nothing to recommend her but being an excellent walker’: The Case of Pride and Prejudice.”
The Belmont University Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honorary Society, inducted twelve new members on Friday, April 1 in a cording ceremony in The Vince Gill Room at Curb Event Center. According to its mission, Sigma Tau Delta strives to “confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies.” This year’s inductees, pictured below, are from left to right: Anna Sharp, Danielle Isbell, Brian Galloway, Keeley Harper, Taylor Coleman, Mikaila Minott, Jennifer Toppins, Ashley Alvarado, Taylor Herald, Jessica Martin, Addison Durham, and Emily Barrett.