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Department of Literature and Language

College of Arts & Sciences

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    LiLa Departmental Statement on Black Lives Matter

    The Department of Literature and Language believes that Black lives unequivocally matter, and stands in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. You can read our full statement from Chair, Dr. Daniel Westover by following the link above.

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    Welcome to Our New Chair, Dr. Daniel Westover!

    We want to welcome our new Chair of the Department of Literature and Language, Dr Daniel Westover! Daniel Westover joined ETSU's English faculty in 2010. He teaches graduate seminars in twentieth and twenty-first century British literature as well as undergraduate courses in British poetry and fiction.

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    Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Alan Holmes!

    We want to congratulate Dr. Thomas Alan Holmes, who has been selected as the 2020 ETSU Graduate Council's Graduate Mentor Award winner!

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    Congratulations to Our Scholarship and Award Recipients

    Literature and Language would like to congratulate our scholarship and award recipients! Pictured above are Zander Bennett, Lauren Stotsky, Zoë Hester, and Carson Morgan (left to right).

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    LiLa Main Office is Holding Virtual Office Hours

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the main office is holding virtual office hours from 8:00-4:30 Monday-Friday. If you need assistance, email Diana Qualls at quallsd@etsu.edu, Lydia Carr at carrlm@etsu.edu, or Dr. Daniel Westover at westover@etsu.edu. We will respond to you as quickly and efficiently as we possibly can. We thank you for your understanding and patience during these unusual times.

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    Dislocating Black Mountain Poetics: A Lecture by Dr. Sarah Ehlers

    Dr. Sarah Ehlers gave a lecture on "Dislocating Black Mountain Poetics" as part of the Jubilant Thicket Exhibition. Dr. Ehlers is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Houston. She is currently at work on a book-length study of Black Mountain College entitled "Black Mountain Modernity."

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    ETSU to Host an MLA Teaching Institute

    ETSU will host an MLA Teaching Institute this summer focusing on Historically Black colleges and universities. ETSU joins Sonoma State University and Columbia University as a host for the Teaching Institutes which MLA created last year.

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    Savannah Sipple at ETSU

    Poet Savannah Sipple read from her debut poetry collection, WWJD and Other Poems, to students and faculty. Sipple's poems beautifully navigated queerness, Appalachia, and the body.

  • Photo of Sigma Tau Delta Members Harley Mercadal, Taylor Hubbard, and Brooke Johnson reading to Towne Acres students.

    Sigma Tau Delta, Spooky Stories at Towne Acres Elementary

    Sigma Tau Delta members Harley Mercadal, Taylor Hubbard, and Brooke Johnson (left to right) delighted students at Towne Acres Elementary with spooky stories for Halloween.

  • Brooke Jarvis sitting on stage with Dr. Kevin O'Donnell

    Brooke Jarvis at ETSU

    "Insect Apocalypse" author Brooke Jarvis read from her article "The Obsessive Search for the Tasmanian Tiger" and discussed writing in this new age of climate change.

Our Mission Statement: Join Us on Your Journey

At the center of our philosophy is the ancient credo: “know thyself.” To us, the faculty and staff in the Literature and Language Department, that means working to educate the person and the passion through individual student care, a rich diversity of class options, and real world growth opportunities such as internships and study abroad. Our classrooms are everywhere – on campus, abroad, in the workplace and online. Our students succeed because we teach transferable 21st Century skills like written and oral communication, complex reading methods, research techniques, long-term project organization, and cultural competence. We create a nurturing environment that helps build a passionate resilience in our students because they find their unique critical and imaginative voice. Our students discover what motivates and drives their dreams. We seek to facilitate intense engagement with the human wisdom of the past and the possibilities of each individual student’s future. Join us on your journey!

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