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  • Image features the cover of Shakespeare between the World Wars and a cover of Paul Robeson's Songs of Freedom. Image reads Sigma Tau Delta Lecture Series Dr. Sawyer 'The Othello Music': Celebrating Paul Robeson's Songs of Freedom. Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at 4:00 PM in the Reece Museum.

    Sigma Tau Delta Lecture Series Begins

    The ETSU Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta begins their Fall 2019 Lecture Series with Dr. Robert Sawyer. Dr. Sawyer will discuss 'The Othello Music': Celebrating Paul Robeson's Songs of Freedom on Wednesday, September 18th 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Reece Museum. All lectures are free and open to the public.

  • Image shows a picture of Campana with information about the event.

    Dr. Joseph Campana Featured during Fall Creative Writing Residency

    ETSU Celebrates Creative Writing welcomes poet and Renaissance literature scholar Dr. Joseph Campana for two days of poetry, scholarship, and conversation. Campana will read from his new poetry collection, The Book of Life, on Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. and will present a lecture on Shakespeare and his use of the “curse” word as a special language feature on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m. Both events will be in the Reece Museum. Campana is Alan Dugald McKillop Professor of English at Rice University. Books will be sold and signed, and time reserved for audience questions at both events. Both events are free and open to the public.

  • Image of Dr. Michael Jones and Dr. Josh Reid, holding plaques indicating their awards

    Winners of College of Arts & Sciences Awards

    We are proud to announce that two of our colleagues received awards from the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Michael Jones (Lecturer Award) and Dr. Josh Reid (Distinguished Teaching Award). Please join us in congratulating them!

  • ETSU students and faculty stand in front of a banner reading "Tennessee Area Japanese Speech Contest"

    ETSU at Tennessee Area Japanese Speech Contest

    Students from the ETSU Japanese Program participated in the annual Tennessee Area Japanese Speech Contest, where ETSU's Katlyn Powell won the grand prize. (pictured l-r: Zachary James [adjunct faculty. Japanese], Jacob Roberts, Katlyn Powell, Junko Tezuka-Arnold [senior lecturer, Japanese], and Rebekah Fine.

  • Catherine Pritchard Childress at podium

    Catherine Pritchard Childress Addresses Honors Convocation

    LiLa alumna Catherine Pritchard Childress spoke at the 2019 Honors College Academic Excellence Convocation. Photo by Larry Dale Smith, courtesy of ETSU Photographic Services

  • A group shot of ETSU English students, including Postdoctoral Fellow Dr. Ashley Rattner

    LiLa Visits Earthaven Ecovillage

    On March 23, Dr. Ashley Rattner took members of her "American Utopia" class to visit Earthaven Ecovillage in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

  • A group shot featuring Dr. Jesse Graves, novelist Silas House, and ETSU Students

    Silas House Featured during Creative Writing Festival

    The ETSU Celebrates Creative Writing Initiative welcomed acclaimed novelist Silas House. Pictured are ETSU Poet-in-Residence Dr. Jesse Graves, Karissa Doughty, Silas House, Sam Campbell, and Harley Mercadal.

  • Sigma Tau Delta member, Taylor Hubbard; Sullivan Central High School Teacher and English MA alumnus, Mr. Seth Grindstaff; Poetry Winner, Mackenzie Coffey (12th grade); Dr. Scott Honeycutt

    Mackenzie Coffey Wins 2019 Don Johnson Young Poets Award

    The ETSU chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honorary, is pleased to present the 2019 Don Johnson Young Poets Award to Sullivan South Central High School senior Mackenzie Coffey (pictured are Sigma Tau Delta member, Taylor Hubbard; Sullivan Central High School Teacher and English MA alumnus, Mr. Seth Grindstaff; Poetry Winner, Mackenzie Coffey; Dr. Scott Honeycutt).

  • ETSU students and faculty who attended the Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference

    ETSU at SEWSA 2019

    Members of ETSU's Women's Studies Program offered presentations at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Women's Studies Association Conference, held at Oxford, Mississippi.

  • Adam Timbs holds microphone

    Timbs Offers Occasional Poem for University Woods

    LiLa alumnus Adam Timbs delivered an occasional poem to commemorate the establishment of ETSU's University Woods as part of the Old Forest Network (Photo Credit: Charlie Warden, Lead Photographer, University Relations)

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The mission of the Department of Literature & Language at East Tennessee State University is to unite a faculty with varied interests in English and languages, sharing a common dedication to teaching, scholarship, and service. We serve our students through our commitment to a diverse curriculum and our support of the University's general education core and Bachelor of Arts foreign language requirement.

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