Students, Classes, & Activities

(Seniors breathe sigh of relief after their stellar presentations at the annual English colloquium, December 7, 2016!)

English capstone students pose with Louisa May Alcott's classic book, Little Women (September), after a class led by the editors of their Norton classic text, Professors Greg Eiselein and Anne Phillips of Kansas State University. L to R are Ang Andolina, Madi Hileman, Joshua Nolte, Jaeden Yoshikawa, Veronica Compton, Megan McElwee, Catherine Averill; and seated, Katelyn Baur

 Research Assistant Erin Horning visits Walden Pond this summer

Proud to reconnect with former Penn State Altoona students Christina Seymour and Anne Showalter at American Literature Association conference (Boston, 2015)

Annual Sigma Tau Delta induction dinner with new honor society advisor, Instructor Jeannette Lang, April 2015

New and Old Officers: Catherine Averill, Amber Cochran, Diana Fackler, Becca Betty, Heather Myers, Megan McElwee, Olivia Wertz

 At the Penn State Fall English Conference, October 2014

With Heather Myers and Becca Betty in Albuquerque for the annual Sigma Tau Delta Convention, March 2015

With seniors at the end of semester English colloquium (December 2014): (L to R) Nicholas Dill, Becca Betty, Nadia Whittle, Dr. P, Zachary Scholl
Courses Taught 
(at Penn State Altoona, Georgia State University, and Friedrich Schiller Universitaet in Jena, Germany)

Graduate Seminar:
Slavery and American Literature

Senior Capstones
Coming of Age(s)
Captivity in Early American Literature
Early American Gothic
Stalking the American Dream

Special Topics:
Melville's Moby-Dick
Thoreau's Walden
H. B. Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin 
The Poetry of Emily Dickinson
The World of J. R. R. Tolkien

Slavery and the Literary Imagination
The American Novel to 1900
The American Renaissance
American Literature to 1865
Alternative Voices in American Literature
Reading Fiction
The Short Story
Introduction to Women Writers
What Is Literature?
Introduction to American Studies (Foundations of the American Dream, Reform Movements in Early America)
Introduction to Women's Studies

CLASSES, Field Trips, and OTHER activities

Sigma Tau Delta raises over $1,400 to buy books for Big Sisters and Big Brothers of Blair County!

Below, Sigma Tau Delta members distribute the books to the "littles" at the annual holiday party:

Professor Steve Sherrell leads the ENGL 430 class in singing sea shanteys during the introduction of Moby-Dick, Spring 2013

Fall hike with English students, commencing at Penn State Altoona's replica of Thoreau's cabin.

LASAL student Lauren Hatch presents on her American Studies research semester on nineteenth-century African American History in central Pennsylvania.

Matt gets excited reciting Walt Whitman in ENGL 231W :)

Sigma Tau Delta students enjoy Bourbon Street

Sigma Tau Delta's ugly holiday sweater party

Site of Thoreau's cabin at Walden Pond with ENGL 30 honors students

Jeannette (Burgan) Lang pays visit to Mary Moody Emerson's grave in Sleepy Hollow Cemetery in Concord

Research Assistants hard at work and play over the years

Katie DiFolco finds a way to locate T. W. Higginson's grave in Cambridge

Reconnecting with RA alum Christina Seymour (left) and current RA Jennifer Cowfer (right)

Becca Betty presents her research

A new cadre of RAs (L to R): Anne Maucieri, Aubry Dean, Heather Myers

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