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Beam DiFante King v2Three Shepherd University English majors have had their work accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed academic journal LURe. LURe (Literary Undergraduate Research in English) has been published by the Department of English and Philosophy at the University of West Georgia since 2010 and receives submissions from around the globe. Taylor Beam of Jane Lew, West Virginia, wrote her essay entitled “There is no witch: Wieland and The Blair Witch Project” for Dr. Timothy K. Nixon’s course in American literature up until 1900. Lee DiFante of Shepherdstown, West Virginia, wrote their essay entitled “Queer Reproduction in ‘Morella,’ ‘Ligeia,’ and ‘The Fall of the House of Usher'” for Dr. Heidi Hanrahan’s senior seminar on Edgar Allan Poe. And Logan King of Paw Paw, West Virginia, wrote his essay entitled “The Duplicity of Time in the Latin American Literary Tradition: A Comparison of Borgesian and Márquezian Time” in Dr. Nixon’s senior seminar on twentieth-century Latin American literature. While the three students wrote outstanding essays initially, they all had to engage in careful revision processes for their work to meet the rigorous standards of the editorial team at LURe. Their work will be included in the upcoming volume 14 of the journal. Congratulations to these young scholars! We’re very proud of you.

The English program is proud to announce the English Capstone presentations for the 2023–2024 academic year. On Friday, April 12th, the first set of presentations will take place in the Jefferson Room of White Hall (room 104). The event will begin at 3:10 p.m. with an awards ceremony. Following that, the presentations will include

On Monday, April 15th, the second set of presentations will be held in the Byrd Center Auditorium. They will start at 3:10 p.m. and will include

The presentations are free and open to the public. Please come and support our English Capstone students!

Sigma Delta Pi 2024On Monday, April 1st, Drs. Berenschot, Krantz, and McClelland inducted twelve new members into Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society. Shepherd’s chapter, Psi Lambda, is pleased to welcome its new members:  Kayli Barton, Lucy Blue, Laura Filip, Brenna Fitzgerald, Amy Hernandez, Gabriela Izquierdo, Skylar McAllister, Andrea Navarrate, Stephanie Poe, Paige Rice, Dalia Rodríguez, and Mekenna Southern. Twelve new members is the biggest induction ceremony Sigma Delta Pi has held in quite some time. ¡Felicidades!

The Rude Mechanicals Medieval and Renaissance Players will perform Aristophanes’ bawdy ancient Greek comedy Lysistrata March 29th through April 7th at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays, Wednesday, and Thursday and at 3:00 p.m. on Sundays. All performances will be in Reynolds Hall. Admission is free for Shepherd University students, faculty, and staff; $5 for the general public; and $2 for other students. Audience members must be 18 or older.

Clara Monson and Taylor BeamTwo English majors, Clara Monson and Taylor Beam, have been invited to present their scholarly work at the upcoming Sigma Tau Delta Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. This event is the centennial convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, and will take place April 3rd through the 6th. Clara will be presenting a paper titled “Defining Femininity in the Victorian Era,” and it was originally written for Dr. Heidi Hanrahan’s ENGL 341: Victorian Literature class. Taylor will be presenting a paper titled “Aristotle and Dante: Cheesy Queer Romance of Today,” which she wrote for Dr. Hanrahan’s ENGL 307: Young Adult Literature class. We’re very proud of these two young scholars!