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Department of Literature and Language

College of Arts & Sciences

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    LiLa Main Office Closed

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the main office is closed. If you need assistance, email Diana Qualls at, Lydia Carr at, or Dr. Katherine Weiss at 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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    Jubilant Thicket Exhibition

    Curated by Drs. Scott Honeycutt and Jessee Graves, Jubilant Thicket features archival materials from poets associated with the legendary Black Mountain College in Western North Carolina. The exhibit will be in the Reece Museum March 2nd - April 8th with a reception on Thursday, March 5th from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

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    [CANCELLED] Nickole Brown Poetry Reading and Animal Ethics Conversation

    Unfortunately, our upcoming poetry reading with Nickole Brown has been cancelled in response to COVID-19.

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    [CANCELLED] 10th Annual SASCOL

    Unfortunately, this year's SASCOL is cancelled in response to COVID-19. See the SASCOL website for announcements and more information.

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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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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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