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English and Philosophy

Student writing on the quad in the fall

Our department offers small classes and award-winning faculty.  English students focus on literature, professional writing, or creative writing, while Philosophy majors take traditional or pre-law tracks.  Our M.A., TESOL certificate, and Ph.D. in  English and the Teaching of English prepare graduate students for careers in higher education.

See what courses are offered in our Course Booklet (Spring 2019 offerings) or visit our program page.


Thursday, Oct. 25th: Philosophy for the Public 6-8 pm at the College Market (604 S. 8th Ave.). Bill McCurdy will be presenting a comparison of the Confucian and Mohist conceptions of love and caring.

Thursday, Nov. 1st: Amanda Zink Book Launch Event 5-7 pm at the Portneuf VAlley Brewery. Please come and join us for the launch of Amanda Zink's book: Fictions of Western American Domesticity: Indian, Mexican, and Anglo Women in Print Culture, 1850–1950.

Wednesday, Nov. 7th: David Wanczyk Lecture 3-4 pm in LA 256.  Join us for a conversation with Dave Wanczyk (editor of New Ohio Review and author of BEEP: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind) about literary magazines. There will be time for a Q&A.

Wednesday, Nov. 7th: David Wancyzky Reading 6-7 pm at the Bengal Cafe in the PSUB.  Dave Wancyzyk--editor of New Ohio Review and author of BEEP: Inside the Unseen World of Baseball for the Blind- will give a reading at the Bengal Cafe.

Friday, Nov. 30th: Black Rock & Sage Fall Write-A-Thon 4-7 pm in REND 213. All are welcome! Prizes! Snacks! All you need is some writing that needs to get done.


Lydia Wilkes, Assistant Professor of English, co-led a seminar on “Posthumanist and New Materialist Rhetorics” and facilitated a writing workshop at the 2nd biennial Rocky Mountain Rhetoric Symposium at University of Utah.

Amanda Zink, Associate Professor of English, was invited to contribute a chapter on Native American women writers to a collection titled Resistance and Reform: Modernist Women Writers and American Social Engagement, forthcoming from Lexington Press in Spring 2019. Zink’s chapter is titled “’In harmony with the desert’: Syncretic Modernism in Polingaysi Qoyawayma’s No Turning Back”

Evan Rodriguez, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, has been nominated by ISU as one of two faculty to compete for a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Stipend grant.

Tera Joy Cole, Associate Lecturer in English, has had her short story, “You, Too” recently published in Adanna Literary Journal Issue #8. Cole read this story last April at the Rocky Mountain Writers’ Festival and presented it in the same month at the Intermountain Gender and Sexuality conference. A copy of the journal will soon be available in the conference room. Tera was also recently nominated to serve a 1-year term on the Athletics Advisory Board (AAB).

Brian Attebery, Professor of English, recently traveled to Brno, in the Czech Republic, to give a keynote address at a conference sponsored by Masaryk University on “Fantasty and Myth in the Anthropocene.” This is the first conference to focus specifically on the role of fantastic and mythic stories in shaping attitudes and practices.

Alan Johnson, Professor of English, presented “Realism and the Unreal: Reading Regional Narratives from India.”

Ryan Tallmon, MA student, traveled to Salt Lake City for the Second Biennial Rocky Mountain Rhetoric Symposium and attended sessions on "Metacognition and Writing" and "Religious Rhetorics," in addition to a writing workshop and a keynote address from Dr. LuMing Mao (University of Utah) on "Useful Uselessness: Speaking with the Other Artfully."

A number of faculty and graduate students recently presented at the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association (RMMLA) conference:

Matthew VanWinkle, Associate Professor of English, presented “’Pageants of Mist’: Assemblies of Mouring in Shelleys’ Adonais.”

Youself Deikna, PhD candidate in English, presented “Lucy Hutchinson’s Memoirs of the Life of Colonel Hutchinson: Is it a Mother of the Novel Genre?”

Sarah Garelik, PhD student in English, presented “A Feminist Cultural Hegemony: The Travel Narratives of Gramscian Intellectuals in Gilman’s Herland.”

Elise Barker, instructor of English, presented “A Defense of Memoir in First Year Composition: Bridging the Gap between Descriptive Narrative and Traditional Academic Argument.”

Anelise Farris, PhD candidate in English, presented “’Everyone’s a Composite’: Rethinking Three of Cyberpunk’s Overlooked Women Writers as ‘New Materialists’.”

Wonjeong Kim, PhD student in English, presented “Re-narrating African American History through Magic Realism in Toni Morrison’s Beloved and August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson.

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