english department activities
Dr. Todd Martin appointed co-editor
Dr. Todd Martin was recently appointed co-editor of Katherine Mansfield Studies, an international journal that focus on the life and works of Katherine Mansfield but which also offers opportunities for collaboration between researchers and writers with interests in modernism, literature, the arts, and in postcolonial studies. Dr. Martin served as the assistant editor for the most recent volume of the journal.
Dr. Todd Martin presents paper in New Zealand
February, Dr. Todd Martin presented his essay, "'Unmasking' the First-Person Narrator of In a German Pension," which is also scheduled to appear in a forthcoming volume of Katherine Mansfield Studies. The international conference, Katherine Mansfield: Masked and Unmasked, was held in Wellington, NZ, the birthplace of Katherine Mansfield, and featured work by prominent scholars on Mansfield.
Dr. Del Doughty serves on Indiana Arts Commission panel
Dr. Del Dougty, interim senior vice president for academic affairs and professor of English, will be serving on the literature panel of the Indiana Arts Commission this year. On April 11, he was in Indianapolis to review proposals for state writers' grants.
Dr. Linda Urschel presents paper, co-edits proceedings
Dr. Linda Urschel, professor of English, attended the national College English Association conference in Savannah, Ga., April 3-6. She presented a paper, "Homemade God: John Singer and the Nature of Salvation in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter" at one session and moderated a panel discussion. She was elected to a three-year term on the national CEA board and will help with the planning of the 2014 conference. She serves as the treasurer for the Indiana CEA and is currently co-editing the proceedings from the October Indiana CEA conference and setting up the October 2014 meeting.
Dr. Todd Martin publishes articles
As a continuation his work on the New Zealand born Katherine Mansfield, Dr. Todd Martin has two articles which will be published. His essay, “Why haven’t I got a real ‘home’?”: Katherine Mansfield’s Divided Self,” will appear in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of New Zealand Literature while another essay, “‘Unmasking’ the First-Person Narrator of In a German Pension,” will appear in a forthcoming special issue of Katherine Mansfield Studies which focuses on Katherine Mansfield and the Postcolonial. Dr. Martin will present a more concise version of the latter at an upcoming conference, Katherine Mansfield: Masked and Unmasked, which will be held in Wellington, New Zealand, in early February of 2013.
Dr. Linda Urschel presents research
English, presented a paper at the Indiana College English Association conference in Valparaiso, Ind. The paper, “Sing[er] a Song of Salvation: John Singer as a Savior Figure in The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,” dealt with Christian images in the novel and the failure of the character to live up to his role as a savior. Urschelserves on the board of the ICEA.
Dr. Jack Heller presents paper at conference
Dr. Jack Heller, assistant professor of English, presented a conference paper, “Grace in Transition: From the Feminine to the Divine in Antony and Cleopatra,” at the South Central Conference on Christianity and Literature in New Orleans on May 25.
Dr. Linda Urschel presents research
Dr. Linda Urschel, professor of English, recently attended the National College English Association conference in Richmond, Va. She presented a paper on mothers, children and salvation.
Dr. Del Doughty speaks on creative thinking
Dr. Del Doughty, professor of English, gave talks to two different groups on March 6. In the morning, he conducted a workshop on creative thinking for Timshel, a group of local youth and family pastors who are funded by the Christian Theological Seminary and the Lilly Foundation. In the evening, he spoke to a local writer’s group at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on the topic of “Ebooks and digital publishing.”
English majors present, win scholarships at national honor society convention
The Indiana Beta chapter sent a delegation of nine students and three faculty to the 2012 Baltimore Super-Regional Convention of Alpha Chi in Baltimore, Maryland, March 22-24, where they joined 400 others for Alpha Chi's annual presentation of student scholarship and sharing of ideas and activities. Among those presenting was senior English major, Sarah Johnson, who presented her essay, "Prophetic Heroism in A Lesson Before Dying." Johnson also won a National Benedict Fellowship, a scholarship that provides monies for graduate study; she is Huntington's 12th national winner and 7th since 2004. Junior English major, Joelle Kriebel, paired up with Abbey Wise to present a chapter activities poster presentation at the convention.
Dr. Del Doughty develops iPad app with alum Andrew Martin
Dr. Del Doughty, professor of English, and Andrew Martin, a 2011 animation and computer science alum, recently developed an iPad app for grading essays called “High Marks.” The app has been in production for about one year. This is the first app for Doughty but the second for Martin. To learn more visit highmarksapp.com.
Dr. Todd Martin, Senior English Major Sarah Johnson, Present Research
Dr. Todd Martin, professor of English, be presenting a paper on Katherine Mansfield at the Twentieth Century Literature and Culture conference in Louisville, where senior English major, Sarah Johnson, will also be presenting a paper. Johnson’s essay is entitled "Are You Sure, Pooh?: Certainty in A. A. Milne's Child, Adult and Hundred Acre Wood Characters." Martin has also received word that two of his other articles on Katherine Mansfield have been accepted for publication. His essay, “The Sense of an Ending in Katherine Mansfield’s ‘Marriage à la Mode’” will be published in The Explicator while “‘Wasp’-ishness in Mansfield’s ‘The Breidenbach Family in England’” will be published in Katherine Mansfield Studies.
Dr. Jack Heller, assistant professor of English, on NPR
Dr. Heller spoke Dec. 2 on the Fort Wayne local NPR station, 89.1 FM, about Shakespeare Behind Bars. The archived interview is available at http://feeds.feedburner.com/wboi.
Dr. Jack Heller publishes article in The Observer
Assistant professor of English, Jack Heller, had a short article, “Shakespeare’s Ministry,” published in a special 2011 issue of The Observer, an inmate publication at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. The issue overall features the Shakespeare Behind Bars program with features of most of the participating inmates.
Urschel presents research at College English Association
Dr. Linda Urschel, Professor of English, attended the Indiana College English Association conference at Anderson University on October 7. She presented a paper entitled “Better off Dead? Saving the Children in ‘Old Woman Magoun’ and ‘The Life You Save May Be Your Own.” Urschel serves on the board of the organization.
Urschel and Heller present research at Christianity and Literature conference
Linda Urschel, Professor of English, and Dr. Jack Heller, Assistant Professor of English attended the Midwest Conference on Christianity and Literature atthe University of St. Francis, Ft. Wayne, on September 22-24. Dr. Urschel presented a paper entitled “The Cowboy and the Combine: Teaching Salvation in One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Dr. Heller presented “’Make of it what you will’: Miracles in Leif Enger’s Peace Like a River.”
Doughty participates in seminar, publishes poems
This summer, Dr. Del Doughty, professor of English, spent a week in Washington, D.C., to participate in a seminar on ancient Greek lyric poetry conducted by Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies and the Council of Independent Colleges. The seminar is funded by the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and its purpose is to deepen faculty knowledge of ancient Greek writers and develop new strategies for incorporating them into the classroom. Also, two of Dr. Doughty’s poems, “How to Pick a Melon” and “Grace to the Learned” will appear in an upcoming issue of Stymie Magazine. He also contributed three entries on Simonides, Archilochus and Alcman of Sparta to the Center for Hellenic Studies’ Sakai as part of his participation in a weeklong seminar there. The CHS is a research institute affiliated with Harvard University. He is also developing a virtual exhibition for the Smithsonian Institution on the career of José Raúl Capablanca, the Cuban chess player who held the world title from 1921-27.
Doughty publishes more poems, kindle-format books, and more
Doughty has published poems in the upcoming issues of Frogpond and Modern Haiku. Also, he will be reviewing grant applications for the literature panel of the Indiana Arts Commission. The IAC advocates arts development opportunities across the state and enhances arts awareness. Its grant program offers artists of all kinds up to $2,000 to create or promote their work. He won a grant in 2001 for his chapbook, Flow, and has previously served twice as a reviewer on the panel. Also this month, he will be attending the “Art of Science Learning” Conference at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the conference is to showcase hands-on, imaginative and interdisciplinary approaches to learning. He also recently published/released two ebooks on Amazon’s Kindle platform. The books are “Our Lives Are Hard and Over All Too Soon,” a new rendering of Keats’ six great odes, and “The People’s Republic of Sourdough: Homefired Recipes for Naturally Leavened Breads,” a “poetic cookbook” that originates from the J-Term course on bread.
Doughty's poem gains recognition
One of Dr. Del Doughty’s poems will be included in Haiku 21, an anthology of the best English haiku of the 21st century. The book will be published by Modern Haiku Press in 2011.
Martin publishes essays, to present at conference in England Two of Dr. Todd Martin's short essays have recently appeared in print. “At the ‘Core’ of Huntington University,” in which he shares his view of the liberal arts, appears in HU Magazine and "A Love Affair with Katherine Mansfield," which recounts his burgeoning interest with the New Zealand author appeared in the Katherine Mansfield Society Newsletter in August. Later in the semester he will travel to Cambridge, England, where he will present an essay on Mansfield at a conference entitled, Shaping Modernism: Katherine Mansfield and her Contemporaries.
Urschel presents paper at conferenceLinda K. Urschel, PhD, attended the annual conference of the American Popular Culture Association in Savannah, Georgia, October 7-9, 2010. Urschel presented a paper on retired characters in literature.
Heller goes to prison
Dr. Jack Heller, assistant professor of English, spent the week of August 8-14 in Louisville, Kentucky, conducting a seminar on The Merchant of Venice for the inmates of the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, a medium-security prison.
View from the Kilns
Dr. Jack Heller, assistant professor of English, spent February and March of his sabbatical at Oxford University, researching the theology of grace in the early Church of England to support a project on grace in Shakespeare’s plays. While in Oxford, Heller stayed at the Kilns, C.S. Lewis’s Oxford home.
Martin to present Forester LectureDr. Todd Martin, professor of English, is presenting the final Forester Lecture in the series at 7 p.m. April 27 in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. His topic is “Race, Gender, Feminism and the Case of Edwidge Danticat.”
Urschel presents on detective fiction at national conferenceDr. Linda Urschel, professor of English, recently attended the College English Association national conference in San Antonio, Texas, where she presented a paper titled, "Experience Required: Retired Characters in Detective Fiction." Urschel serves as the president of the Indiana College English Association.
Doughty reads from his original poetry
Dr. Del Doughty, professor of English, gave a reading at the 509 Community’s “Garden Benefit Show” on March 5. The fundraiser, organized by HU alum Matt Kendig, featured several local bands.
Students present their work at English Honor Society Convention
Caitlynn Lowe and Matt Friedlund (both Senior English majors) attended the international convention of Sigma Tau Delta, the English honor society, with Dr. Todd Martin who is the local Sigma Tau Delta chapter sponsor. Both Caitlynn and Matt presented critical essays and samples of their creative writing; Dr. Martin moderated two sessions on creative nonfiction.
Doughty publishes poetry
Two of Dr. Del Doughty’s, professor of English, poems were published recently:
"The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009” in The New Verse News and “Jellyfish” in Poetry 4 The Masses.
English Department Hosts Conference
On October 23rd, the Huntington University English department hosted the Indiana College English Association conference. Dr. Linda Urschel, who is currently serving as the president of the organization, organized the conference which was attended by approximately 50 scholars and graduate students from across Indiana. Drs. Todd Martin and Jack Heller presented some of their research, and Dr. Del Doughty presented some of his recent creative work.
Heller presents paper
Dr. Jack Heller, assistant professor of English, presented a paper titled “Deconstructing Hypocrisy with Shakespeare Behind Bars” on Oct. 3 at the Shakespeare Connects Conference,hosted by Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Martin presents paper
Dr. Todd Martin, professor of English, recently presented his paper, “’To have her Home and Leave it too’: Katherine Mansfield and her Middle Class Values,” at a Katherine Mansfield Symposium. The symposium took place in the south of France where Mansfield lived for a time as an expatriate from New Zealand. In attendance were the New Zealand ambassador to France and numerous notable Mansfield scholars.
Dr. Jack Heller, assistant professor of English, has reviewed a book about epitaphs in 16th and 17th century English literature.
Dr. Del Doughty, professor of English, will deliver the baccalaureate address to graduates and their parents at 10:30 a.m. in the Zurcher Auditorium of the Merillat Centre for the Arts.
English Majors present research at English Honor Society Convention
From March 25 through the 28th, Dr. Todd Martin, associate professor of English, and three English majors attended the 2009 Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention. During the convention, Will Braun presented his critical essay, “The Smelting of Faeryland: ‘The Man Who Dreamed of Faeryland’ and Yeats’ Process of Revision”; Caitlynn Lowe read her creative nonfiction piece entitled “Moonshine”; and Stephanie Hollister chaired a session on Kurt Vonnegut. Dr. Martin served as a panel member for a Chapter Sponsor Workshop, sharing ideas of how to develop a thriving chapter.
English Majors attend, present at Alpha Chi Convention
Will Braun and Caitlynn Lowe attended the National Convention of Alpha Chi National Honor Society held April 2-4 in Indianapolis. Lowe, a junior English major, gave a paper on “Love is Hell: The Legend of Dido." Lowe also competed for Region V scholarships and was one of the local chapter’s nominees for National Alpha scholarships.
Urschel presents papers
Dr. Linda Urschel, professor of English, presented papers at two conferences in October. The first conference was the Popular Culture Association of the South in Louisville, Ky., from Oct. 8-10. Urschel presented her paper, “Throw a Blanket over Her: Gender and Dress on Christian College Campuses.” The second conference was sponsored by the Indiana College English Association and was held at Vincennes University on Oct. 24. She presented her paper, “Bad Boy of the Bayou: James Lee Burke’s Tragic Hero.” In October 2009, Huntington University will host the annual ICEA conference.
Heller gives Keynote
Dr. Jack Heller gave the keynote address at Wheaton College's Shakespeare Institute, "Word and Ritual in Select Shakespeare Plays," on June 6. He presented a paper he wrote on Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, titled "Your Statue's Spouting Blood: Julius Caesar, the Sacraments and the Fountain of Life."
Urschel presents paper
Dr. Linda Urschel presented a paper titled "The Forgotten Majority: Female Students at Chrisitan Colleges" at the CCCU "Conversations toward Wholeness" conference on gender issues in Christian colleges and universities. Representatives of CCCU schools met at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego on April 9-11. The conference was the first ever CCCU meeting recognizing gender issues, and the CCCU is planning more conferences on the issues raised at this session.
English Major, Will Braun, presents essay
Will Braun attended the 2008 Region V Convention of the Alpha Chi Honor Society held at Anderson University on March 28-29. Will presented his essay on George Eliot's Middlemarch entitled "Wash Your Mouth Out: 'Unhistoric' Immorality."
Martin to publish another article on Danticat
Dr. Todd Martin was informed that another one of his articles on Edwidge Danticat has been accepted for publication. The essay, entitled “’Naming’ Sebastien: Celebrating Men in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones, will appear in the summer issue of Atenea: A Bilingual Journal of the Humanities and Social Sciences. The article was developed and written during his sabbatical in the Fall of 2006.
Students present research/poetry at national convention
Four students attended the Sigma Tau Delta International Honor Society Convention held in Louisville, KY from March 6th to the 9th. During the Convention, three students presented their work: Leslie Newton (senior) presented “Characters in Fragments: Dissolution of Personality in Mrs. Dalloway”; Brett Jenkins (senior) presented poems from a collection entitled “Escape Plans,” which she developed in an independent study with Dr. Del Doughty; and Anna Grace Jeter (senior) presented her essay, “Searching for Divine Romance in the Midst of the ‘Shadowlands’: Goethe’s Faust in Light of C. S. Lewis’ Concept of ‘Joy.’” Stephanie Ping (junior) also attended the convention, along with Dr. Todd Martin, associate professor of English.
Martin to publish/present his research
Dr. Todd Martin, associate professor of English, was recently informed that his essay, “Ezili and the Subversion of the Holy Virgin in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory,” has been accepted for publication in Literature and Belief, a journal published by Brigham Young University. He was also asked to participate in an upcoming roundtable at the American Literature Association. The roundtable will focus on teaching the poetry of E. E. Cummings, an author on whom Martin has published a number of articles; his working title is: “Is as an Action Verb: Cummings and the Act of Being.”
English Major, Caitlynn Lowe, collaborates in writing project
Caitlynn Loew, a sophomore English major at Huntington University, wrote a chapter in the novel, Struggle Creek, which is a collaborative work by a Christian organization called Peculiar People, which specializes in group writing projects. The novel is about a small town facing a huge challenge, centered around a mysterious metal dome and the arrival of newcomers.
English Major, Brett Jenkins' poem selected for publication Brett Jenkins, a senior English major at Huntington University, saw her poem titled “Windex” in the quarterly publication of the Denver Syntax which publishes “provocative works dealing with madness, sex, death, general mishaps, strange infirmities and unique situations” and enjoy “wit and clever pieces that play on words while keeping the focus on the storyline,” according to their Web site.
Heller works in prison with a Shakespeare program
Dr. Jack Heller arranged for a group of students, faculty, and staff members to visit the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex, a medium-security prison in Kentucky. A group of inmates there has formed the only Shakespeare company, Shakespeare Behind Bars, based in a prison. Heller presented the inmates with a lesson on the religious background to Julius Caesar. The Huntington group then observed the inmates rehearse a scene and participated in a discussion about prison life and performing Shakespeare. Afterwards, the Huntington group were able to have a dinner with Curt Tofteland, the director of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival and Shakespeare Behind Bars.
Martin attends conference
Dr. Todd Martin recently attended the meeting of the Association of General and Liberal Studies, and organization devoted to supporting "the benefits of students’ liberal education attained through general education programs" and "promotes successful teaching, curricular innovation, and effective learning." Martin attended in relation to his new role as Director of Core Curriculum.
Urschel presents paper
Dr. Linda Urschel recently attended the Indiana College English Association conference at Indiana Wesleyan University. She presented a paper, “’God’s Instrument’: Teaching A Prayer for Owen Meany at the Christian College.”
Doughty participates in seminar
Dr. Del Doughty, associate professor of English, participated in the “Teaching the Great Books” seminar at the annual meeting of the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics” held at the Allegro Hotel in Chicago from Oct. 12-14. The title of Doughty’s paper, “Who Needs Scientists When There’s a Poet Around? What ‘Moby-Dick’ Tells Us That the Pharmaceutical Companies Don’t Want Us to Know.”
Urschel presents paper
Dr. Linda Urschel, professor of English, attended the national meeting of the College English Association in New Orleans on April 11-14. She presented a paper titled “Playing by the Rules: The Ethics of Detective Fiction” at the conference in keeping with the overall theme of ethics and empathy in writing and literature.
Doughty serves as literary judge
On April 10, Doughty will serve as a judge on the Indiana Arts Commission Literature Review Panel. Doughty, who won a literature grant from the IAC in 2001, will serve as a judge for the second time in the past five years.
Martin and students attend conference
Brett Jenkins, Lilly Theiss, and C. J. Hunt traveled to Pittsburgh with Dr. Todd Martin to attend the Sigma Tau Delta International English Honor Society Convention. Brett presented her poetry--a series entitled "I Try to Be Funny"--and Lilly acted as chair to a session of short fiction. Dr. Martin moderated two sessions, one on 17th and 18th poetry and one on William Faulkner. The Keynote speakers were David Rakoff and Sharon Olds.
Doughty, Heller and students attend conference
On Feb. 15-16, Dr. Del Doughty, professor of English, and Dr. Jack Heller, assistant professor of English, accompanied four Huntington University English majors to Taylor University-Upland to participate in “Making Literature,” an undergraduate conference on literature and writing. Brett Jenkins was invited to read several of her poems, and Tracy Schwerin and Lilly Theiss presented papers on “Housekeeping,” a novel by Marilynne Robinson. Kristi Thompson presented two papers—one on Robinson’s work and the other on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar. More than 70 students from colleges as far away as Gordon and Messiah had papers accepted to the three-day meeting.
Martin publishes nonfiction
Dr. Todd Martin traveled to Kampala, Uganda, in the fall to assess Huntington's new Go Ed Africa program, offered in conjunction with Food for the Hungry. He also visited Katie Mitchel, Huntington's first student to be involved in the program. In response to the visit, Dr. Martin wrote a short piece entitled "Digging Deep," which incorporates Katie's experience as derived from the updates she sent to family and friends. The essay will appear in 6:8, a quarterly magazine of Food for the Hungry.
Martin presents/publishes papers
Dr. Todd Martin presented his paper, "Celebrating Men in Edwidge Danticat’s The Farming of Bones" at the Twentieth Century Literature Conference in Louisville, KY in February. He was also notified that his essay, “‘looking for the dawn’ in The Farming of Bones,” was accepted for publication in The Explicator. Both essays were derived from the research he did during his Fall sabbatical.
Huntington alumnus elected partner in law firm
Barnes & Thornburg LLP has elected Matthew M. Hohman partner. Hohman, who practices in the firm’s Fort Wayne, Ind., office, is the son of Gary and Beatrice Hohman of Lima, Ohio. Hohman graduated in 1993 magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in English education from Huntington University, received his master’s degree from Indiana University and earned his law degree cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School. Details >>
Senior Josh Clark authors poetry book
In Oct. 2, Huntington University senior Josh Clark released his first book titled “Take my intentions: Poems of a Man in Progress” from PublishAmerica. The 120-page paperback is an accumulation of most of the poems Clark has written over the last year and a half. “Writing poetry comes naturally for me. It is relaxing and how I unwind after a long day of classes and baseball,” said Clark, a senior English education major from Archbold, Ohio. His favorite poem is called “Under Construction.” Clark describes it as the simplest poem, but to him, it holds the most meaning. From the lines “Take my intentions, make them my discipline” comes the title of the book. Details >>
Martin presents/publishes paper
Dr. Todd Martin, associate professor of English, presented a paper, “Cultural Identity and the Haitian Diaspora in Edwidge Danticat’s ‘Krik? Krak!,’” at the International Conference on the Short Story in English held in Lisbon, Portugal. A longer version of the essay will be included in a forthcoming book titled “Cultural Representation and the Short Story Sequence.” Further, he also attended the Mid-Atlantic Creative Nonfiction Summer Writer’s Conference, for which he wrote and workshopped his essay, “Boy Meets Girl,” about his relationship with his oldest daughter. One result of his participation was that he was asked to be a regular contributor of book reviews for Publisher’s Weekly.
Dr. Todd Martin was granted tenure in April.
Maifeld has article posted
Stacey Maifeld, a 2006 Huntington graduate, had an article selected for posting on Relevant Magazine's Web site. The publication is a lifestyle magazine for twenty-somethings covering life, culture and spiritual issues. Maifeld's article was posted in the "Life" section. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.
Dr. Jack Heller, assistant professor of English, participated in a seminar panel on “Shakespeare and the Reformation” at the 2006 meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America on April 13-15, 2006. The paper he presented is titled “Inscrutable Grace in ‘Much Ado about Nothing,’” extending on an earlier work he had done on the same play.
Dr. Del Doughty was promoted from Associate Professor to Professor of English.
Dr. Todd Martin was granted a sabbatical leave for Fall 2006. He will be focusing his research efforts on an article dealing with the men in Edwidge Danticat's fiction. Most scholars highlight her female characters.
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