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Friday, September 21, 2018

Writing & Rhetoric Program Presents Dr. Nzadi Keita - Oct 1

Dr. Nzadi Keita from Ursinus College will be on campus to speak about the importance of research for all writing, including creative writing. Dr. Keita is a renowned poet whose latest book, Brief Evidence of Heaven, employs persona poetry to imagine Anna Douglass's story in her own voice.

The event will take place on Monday, October 1, at 1.30pm in Bartley 032. All welcome.



Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Feminist Re-Imagining of Dracula at People's Light, Malvern - Sept 20 to Oct 31

The world premiere of Such Things as Vampires, a "highly theatrical folk-punk twist on the Dracula tale," begins this week at the Steinbright Stage at People's Light in Malvern, PA. Infused with lilting ballads, rock anthems, and melodious love songs, this concert-theatre event is an irreverent, bloody, and wickedly fun retelling of Bram Stoker’s 1897 gothic masterpiece. At the forefront of Such Things as Vampires are The Preventers, a traveling band of musicians who arrive in town with a mysterious mission. They share “The Book of Mina” to ward off an encroaching, malevolent presence. The Book chronicles the great love between two young women, Mina and Lucy, and their encounter with The Beast, Dracula. Performances run from September 21 through October 31.

For tickets and more information, visit People's Light here.


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Marathon Moby-Dick Reading at Independence Seaport Museum - Oct 19-20

The Rosenbach Museum in collaboration with Philadelphia's Independence Seaport Museum will be reading the entirety of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick over a 24-hour period, starting at 5.30pm on Friday, October 19. The event will feature a boatload of food and fun activities for all ages.

If you would like to be a reader, please email Edward G. Pettit at epettit@rosenbach.org. Please indicate what times you are available to read and the organizers will do their best to accommodate.

For more information, including the schedule, visit the Rosenbach's website here.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sophomore Gia Beaton presents at Undergraduate Research Symposium - Sept 21

For the first time, humanities students will be presenting at Villanova's Undergraduate Research Symposium.

Sophomore Gia Beaton will be discussing her work, "A Teacher's Challenge: Alice Dunbar-Nelson and the Racial Equality," on Friday, September 21 at 3.30pm in the Devon Room in the Connelly Center.

Gia's research was conducted under the supervision of Dr. Jean Lutes with the support of a CURF grant, and features archival work on an under-studied African American woman writer.

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Poetry and Fiction Reading: Brian Teare & Elisa Juska - September 26


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Apply for Job at Educational Testing Services in Princeton, NJ

Adecco is hiring full- and part-time Test Item Writers for work with the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ in the following disciplines: Mathematics, Art History, Music Theory, World Languages, History, Social Sciences, English, and Science.

Test Item Writers will conduct research and write test questions for standardized tests, critically review test questions written by other team members, and adhere to ethical standards and comply with the laws and regulations applicable to this position.

Required experience & skills include teaching experience in a school or educational center (desirable), strong writing skills, knowledge of MS Word, Excel, and Outlook, ability to quickly learn new technological systems, and ability to work in a highly collaborative environment, meet strict deadlines, and receive and implement constructive feedback.

A Master’s degree in one of the disciplines above or in Education is preferred.

Salary is $28.00 per hour.


Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
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Monday, September 10, 2018

Villanova English welcomes new faculty Tsering Wangmo Dhompa and Adrienne Perry

Villanova's English Department is thrilled to welcome two new faculty members this fall. Dr. Tsering Wangmo Dhompa joins Villanova from the University of California in Santa Cruz, where she recently completed a PhD in creative writing and literature. Dr. Wangmo is the author of a memoir, Coming Home to Tibet (2016), and three collections of poetry: My rice tastes like the lakeIn the Absent Everyday and Rules of the House (all from Apogee Press, Berkeley). Her teaching and research interests include creative writing; post-colonial theory and literature; twentieth-century Tibetan literature; and theories of exile, diaspora, and nationalism.


Dr. Adrienne Perry just completed a PhD in creative writing at the University of Houston. She has published fiction and non-fiction in numerous literary journals and is working on a novel, See Through Girls, and a collection of essays, Inter-Ocean. Before coming to Villanova, she served as editor of the creative writing journal Gulf Coast. Dr. Perry's teaching interests include creative writing (fiction and nonfiction); editing and publishing; translation studies; and American and contemporary literature.


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