Great Expectations

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Archive for October, 2014

BGSU English Professor is crowned Champion on Jeopardy!

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 28, 2014

Dr. Bill Albertini of BGSU won the Jeopardy! championship on October 27, 2014.  He really cleaned up on the category “Last Novels,” easily giving answers to Finnegan’s Wake — “Who was James Joyce” — and The Reivers — “Who was William Faulkner.”

Congratulations Bill!  He’ll be back on tonight, October 28, to defend his crown.  Unknown


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English Professor on Jeopardy

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 27, 2014

Dr. Bill Albertini is appearing on Jeopardy tonight, October 27th.  We’re all hoping for a great show!

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Rhetoric & Writing Students Host Successful Conference

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 24, 2014


Earlier this month Rhetoric & Writing doctoral program members Tina Arduini, Pauline Baird, April Conway, Ken Hayes, Amy Wrobel Jamison, Craig Olsen, and Aimee Taylor, Graduate students in the Rhetoric and Writing Program, hosted the 2nd annual 21st Century Englishes graduate student conference.  21st Century Englishes included presentations by students from around the country, including presenters from University of New Hampshire, Sam Houston State University in Texas, and California State University. There were also a number of Skype presentations, including one from a student presenting from Japan.

The conference program included a variety of approaches to answering the call about topics considering “21st Century Englishes.” Presentation topics ranged from critical explorations of Zadie Smith and E.M. Forster, to using social media in the composition classroom, to preparing ESL students for academic writing, to a presentation on rhetorical dialog between TV weather personalities and their viewers. The over forty attendees of the conference were also able to see Dr. Melanie Yergeau, assistant professor from University of Michigan, deliver her engaging keynote presentation on the topic of “Shiny Rhetorics”. Dr. Sue Carter Wood, Rhetoric & Writing program director, delivered closing remarks.

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Anthony Doerr a finalist for National Book Award!

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 16, 2014

Congratulations to Anthony Doerr, who received his MFA from BGSU, for having his book named a finalist for the National Book Award in Fiction!


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Wendell Mayo reading at Grounds for Thought

Posted by bgsuenglish on October 3, 2014

Communists, Arachnids, and Caffeine

Wendell Mayo will be reading from his new award-winning story collection The Cucumber King of Kèdainiai, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, October 29th, at Grounds for Thought.

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