English Club Hosts Fundraising Bake Sale

By Rachel Petty

The Belmont University English Club will sponsor a bake sale to raise money for the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation on Monday, March 26 and Tuesday, March 27 in the main lobby of McWhorter Hall.

The bake sale is an annual event for the English Club, and it is the department’s way of supporting a community in need.  “About a decade ago, we had a small group of professors who wanted to develop a relationship with the community of Pine Ridge,” said English Club faculty sponsor Sue Trout. “After their first trip there, one of our English professors, Cynthia Cox, spoke movingly about that life-changing and uplifting experience. But she also pointed out the crushing poverty that community continues to suffer.”

Each year, proceeds from the bake sale help fund Pine Ridge’s after-school literacy program. English department faculty member Dr. Robbie Pinter personally delivers the money raised from the bake sale during a yearly Maymester trip that she co-leads with religion professor Andy Watts.

Students and faculty in the English department will collaborate to bake treats and sell them to the Belmont community before students leave for Easter Break. “Buy a cookie and teach a child to read!” Professor Trout encouraged.

Sweets will be available for purchase in the McWhorter lobby from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday.

Tiana Clark To Read for Deep Song Series

The Deep Song Reading Series continues this spring with Tiana Clark, a Nashville-based poet who will read from her work in celebration of National Poetry Month.  Please join her on April 6th at 7:00 p.m. in JAAC 4094.  Student convocation credit will be offered.

English Graduate Students Present at Conferences

Belmont Master of Arts student Lauren Santoru presented at the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s 17th annual English Graduate Student Association conference, “Gender and Diversity across the Disciplines,” held on February 3. Santoru’s paper, entitled “Hawthorne’s Metaphorical Pearl: Embodied Feminine Voice” was a feminist analysis of Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter

Jamey Wood, also a Masters student at Belmont, recently presented his research at the 2017 Southwest Popular/American Culture Association Conference, which took place February 15-18 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Originating from a project in a digital writing class, Wood’s presentation was titled, “A Dramatist Examination of John Prine’s ‘Sam Stone’” and was given as part of a panel discussion on rhetoric and technical communication.  Wood’s work has also been accepted to a conference that is scheduled to take place this June at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.



Events Set for Women’s History Month at Belmont

From Sarah Blomeley and Amy Hodges Hamilton, 2017 Women’s History Month Co-Chairs…


March is Women’s History Month! The theme for year’s celebration, “It’s On Us,” explores how we, as a community, can become agents of change for survivors of sexual assault. Programs include a documentary film screening, a sexual-assault prevention workshop focused on bystander intervention, a songwriters’ night, a keynote address by Nashville’s own Rev. Becca Stevens, and a Take Back the Night march. Visual art and writing produced by survivors of sexual assault will be on display throughout the month at the Beaman, the library, and the cafeteria. Please join us as we examine ways to educate ourselves, resist sexualized violence, and acknowledge our power to make changes both personally and systemically.

For a complete program, please click here: 2017 Women’s History Month

Please support the event hashtag!  #bu4whm


M.A. Graduate Accepted at UC Irvine

harrellThe Belmont English Department would like to congratulate Meredith Harrell, a recent Masters degree recipient in Belmont’s Graduate English Program. Harrell, who has taught First Year Writing at Belmont and who has tutored in the University Learning Center, was accepted recently into the English Ph.D. program at the University of California, Irvine, where she plans to study Renaissance literature.

Murray Speaks at JASNA AGM

img_2331Dr. Douglas Murray spoke at the Annual General Meeting of the Jane Austen Society of North America, held in Washington, DC on October 22, 2016.  This year’s conference  theme was Austen’s novel Emma, and Murray’s talk combined archival research with a cultural geography approach to the text.  The title of the presentation was “The True Story of Box Hill, or What’s a Nice Girl Like Emma Doing in a Place Like That?”

Past Grad Begins Dissertation Work

dissertationFormer Belmont English major and Belmont University graduate Mary Gray (BA 2009) is now ABD in English at the University of Mississippi.  She completed her comprehensive exams earlier this semester and is currently developing the prospectus for her dissertation.  She is a graduate teaching assistant and has had a teaching assistantship during most of her time at Mississippi.