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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Literary Festival: Patricia Smith

Polis Submissions

Polis, the literary magazine run by Villanova students, is looking for writing to publish--prose, poetry, or anything else appropriate.  Art and photos are welcome as well.  Send your submissions to polislitmag@gmail.com by this Saturday, March 28.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Der Bestrafte Brudermord at Villanova

The English Department's Dr. Alice Dailey organized the event.


Join The Villanovan

The Villanovan is looking for talented students interested in participating in a tradition that has been at Villanova for 100 years. Whether you love finding stories and writing articles, editing others' work, or taking photographs of campus events, there's something for everyone at the paper!

If you're interested in applying, please email villanovan.eic@gmail.com for more information!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Reception Invitation

In connection with the events for the special performance of the mysterious slapstick Hamlet this Monday the 23rd (see below), you’re invited to an English department reception outside the Cinema where you can (of course) enjoy refreshments as well as socialize with English faculty and other English majors and graduate students.  It will take place at about 7 pm, between the 6:30 talk by Prof. Zachary Lesser and the 7:30 performance of the play.  We hope to see you there!


Friday, March 20, 2015

Interview with Dr. Megan Quigley in The Villanovan

The Last Lecture by Luisa Nitzschke (March 19, 2015)

Think of your favorite professors.  Imagine sitting in one of their last lectures.  What would they say?  What valuable advice could they give you about life, college and failing?

This week: Megan Quigley, Assistant Professor of English Literature

1. What is the one thing you would want to convey most?
Go Read.  Go read anything you can get your hands on.  Put your cell phones down and read a book.  Read editorials you disagree with and novels written in a style that seems strange.  Personally, I believe the studies that say that reading builds empathy.  Go out there and read.

2. What is the best academic advice you would have for your students?
1) Take classes for the professor and not for the subject matter; and 2) don’t drink the punch.  Those were the two pieces of advice my oldest brother gave me and I still think they are pretty good!

3. What is your stance on failing to achieve a desired outcome?
That sounds like business-speak to me.  What is a ‘desired outcome’ exactly?  How do you know you’ve failed to achieve it?  Also, always have three pots on the stove (three applications for jobs, three plans for the summer, three friends you’d like to see today, three people you have your eye on).  One will work out if you make sure you have three.

4. What is your favorite inspirational quotation?
“I can’t go on.  I’ll go on.”  (Samuel Beckett).

5. What is your favorite subject to teach?
Twentieth-century British and Irish literary modernism: writers such as Virginia Woolf and James Joyce.  Fiction and poetry.  Today five of my students I’ve had in class before taught sections of The Waste Land to the rest of the class.  Hearing their insightful comments as they lead their classmates through a tricky & powerful post-war poem was wonderful—cementing why teaching literature matters.

Sports Illustrated Internship

As you probably know, the English department and Sports Illustrated have a special partnership by which one English major each semester have the opportunity to work in New York for Sports Illustrated, in a paid internship position that also earns you 9 or 12 credits.  The details follow.

Paid Internships Event

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Job Possibility for Graduating Senior

LevLane Advertising has posted the following job listing for a graduating senior.

Bid 11926 – Marketing Coordinator – Mt. Laurel, NJ

Please note:
This is a 6 month assignment.
Pay Rate range is $20 - $22 per hour.
There is 1 open position – hours are Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm, 40 hours per week.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to develop and maintain relationships/alliances with external and internal client groups.
Manages work complexity through effective prioritization and follow-through.
Strong organizational skills
Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Ability to research data, establishes facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Familiarity with standard business concepts, practices and procedures.
Assists with day-to-day coordination and delivery of tactics for AWR within key marketing functions of customer/contract retention, telemarketing, remarketing and research.
Organizes tactical efforts to maximize retention and mitigate churn to meet organizational objectives.
Coordinates outsourced telesales daily activities and aids with digital and phone based remarketing initiatives.
Supports marketing research and survey programming.
Manages creative review of all retention and select product cross sell activities.
Produces key reports and analyses.
Proficiency using various computer applications, particularly MS Office applications and Lotus Notes.
Should be able to work in fast-paced environment.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to juggle priorities will not rattle easily and extremely professional.
Please make sure the candidates know the full job description.
The manager will be reviewing resumes, scheduling phone interviews, and in-person interviews.

Required Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to develop and maintain relationships/alliances with external and internal client groups.
Manages work complexity through effective prioritization and follow-through.
Strong organizational skills.
Strong problem-solving and decision-making skills.
Ability to research data, establishes facts, and draw valid conclusions.    
Proficiency using various computer applications, particularly MS Office applications and Lotus Notes.
Knowledge of marketing and sales cycle.  Familiarity with standard business concepts, practices and procedures

Required Certification/Education: Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university in relevant discipline preferred (marketing, business, communications); minimum 2-year college degree and equivalent experience


The following internship possibilities are posted or will soon be posted on GoNOVAJobs.  Remember that to receive credit for an internship, you must apply at our Internship Office: http://www1.villanova.edu/villanova/artsci/undergrad/ous/internship.html.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Awards Presented to Dr. James Kirschke

English department Professor James J. Kirschke has recently received a pair of awards: a Meritorious Service Award, from National Image, Inc., and the Unsung Military Hero and Leadership Award, from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The Meritorious Service Award took the form of a citation and beautiful plaque, for service to the Hispanic American community.  The Unsung Hero and Leadership Award constituted a citation, signed by the Pennsylvania Governor, along with a gold watch.  Dr. Kirschke's award was given not only for military service, but also for professional services performed in the civilian community.  The Unsung Hero Award has been presented in many U.S. States and in most of the Canadian Provinces.  Dr. Kirschke, however, is the only Pennsylvanian to have received this honor.

The cover of Dr. James Kirschke's book on Gouverneur Morris

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Pictures from the March 13 Reception

Rachel Fulton and Jess Swoboda
Eugene Gonzalez speaking about his experiences as an English major
Prize Winners!
Prof. Crystal Lucky and students
Profs. Megan Quigley and Ellen Bonds

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Historic Hamlet production coming to Villanova, March 23-24

On March 23-24, Villanova will host award-winning Texas-based theatre group The Hidden Room to stage their original-practices puppet-show production of der Bestrafte Brudermord, the mysterious slapstick Hamlet found in a German manuscript in the 18th century.  The Hidden Room's visit to Villanova will include a talk by Prof. Zachary Lesser of the University of Pennsylvania; two evening shows, each followed by an artist talk-back; and two workshops on theatre scholarship, dramatic practice, and arts entrepreneurship.  Events will take place in the Villanova Cinema and are free with a Villanova or Penn ID.  Seating will be first-come.  ACS Approved.  Direct questions to Dr. Alice Dailey (alice.dailey@villanova.edu).

Monday, March 23

5:00 p.m.  Workshop
“Page to Stage: Turning Theatre Scholarship into Practice”
The Hidden Room's collaborations with scholars from Shakespeare's Globe, the American Shakespeare Center, and, most recently, Oxford University's Tiffany Stern have yielded theatrical events that have won multiple awards, critical acclaim, and international attention.  Using Hidden Room's der Bestrafte Brudermord as a model, this discussion hopes to illuminate ways that theatre practitioners might build successful working relationships with scholars and use their research to infuse old plays with new life.

6:30 p.m.  Scholarly Talk
Professor Zachary Lesser, University of Pennsylvania
“Uncanny Hamlets: The Mystery of der Bestrafte Brudermord”

7:30 p.m.  Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back

Tuesday, March 24

5:00 p.m.  Workshop
“The Business of Playing Professionally: Making a Living in the Theatre”
The Hidden Room's artistic director/theatrical deviser, Beth Burns, has worked as an actor, writer, director, stage manager, teacher, lighting board operator, publicist, grant consultant, tour manager, box officer, usher, house manager, dresser, personal assistant, talent wrangler, and janitor.  Burns invites you to learn from her mistakes as she details her successes, stumbling blocks, and ways into the future with a focus on a creating a sustainable economic model for a theatrical company.

7:30 p.m.  Performance of der Bestrafte Brudermord followed by artist talk-back

Monday, March 9, 2015

Dante and the New World Project

Journalism Internship with the Women's Resource Center

The Women’s Resource Center in Wayne is a dynamic, non-profit organization dedicated to
women in transition. We are currently seeking a qualified intern with strong knowledge and
understanding of the digital media landscape and excellent written communication skills to join our team.  The WRC is working to create a more active presence on various social media websites and to
incorporate regular website updates and blog posts along with our standard written communications to our donor base and the community. The intern chosen for this position should have experience
developing written materials (examples below) and possess a strong desire to make a positive impact on the lives of women in the community.

This intern should be entrepreneurial, proactive, and prepared not only to perform assigned tasks
below, but to aid in development of the WRC’s internship program. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a volunteer-based group and gain broad experience in various aspects of an important non-profit organization.

Primary Responsibilities
--Participate in creation of blog posts, newsletter articles, and written online outreach materials
--Regularly monitor blogs, forums, and social networks and create a media outreach schedule
--Collect and prepare WRC testimonials for blog posts, events, and website
--Conduct research on additional forms of outreach that may be utilized by the WRC
--Assist in creation of email campaigns, brochures, press releases, and other physical
--Assist with preparation of mass mailings
--Work closely with Executive Director, Volunteer Coordinator, volunteer team, and other intern(s)
to provide support
--Help to drive WRC initiatives (e.g. Annual Luncheon, 40th Anniversary celebration)
--Attend monthly marketing committee meetings and provide updates on current work/progress
--Attend WRC events as outlined by the Executive Director, Volunteer Coordinator, or marketing
committee (1-2 per month)
--Assist with preparation of presentations as needed
--Perform additional duties as assigned

The WRC is looking for an undergraduate student in the Greater Philadelphia area who is majoring in
Journalism, Writing, English, or Communications. This person should have excellent written
communication skills, with some knowledge of Web and social media (in particular, blogging).
PowerPoint, Word and Excel experience is a bonus, and will be considered when choosing the best
applicant for this internship position.

Preferred Majors
Journalism, Writing, English, Communications, or similar.

Next Steps
Please submit a resume and unofficial transcript to WRCinternship@gmail.com for consideration.  You can also apply through GoNovaJobs.

Monday, March 2, 2015

New English Professor Dr. Mary Mullen

The English department is happy to report the hiring of a new professor of Victorian literature, Dr. Mary Mullen.  Dr. Mullen’s areas of interest include not only Victorian literature, but also Irish Studies, Ethnic/Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies, Women and Gender Studies and Narrative Theory.  Her research examines the relationship between history, literature, and politics with a particular emphasis on nineteenth-century English and Irish writing. Her current book project considers anachronisms in nineteenth-century English and Irish novels.

Dr. Mullen will join the department in the fall.  She will be teaching a sophomore seminar on “Coming of Age in Ireland” and a graduate seminar on “Iron Cages and Imperial Prudes: Rethinking Victorian Modernity.”

The hiring of Dr. Mullen concludes a lengthy and painstaking process.  The department received over two hundred applications for the position and the department search committee (Professors Michael Berthold, Megan Quigley and Evan Radcliffe) interviewed twelve candidates at the MLA (Modern Language Association) convention in Vancouver in early January.  Three finalists were then invited for campus visits and presented their research to the entire department and taught sample classes made up of student volunteers.

Vancouver, site of this year's MLA convention, January 2015