Edgewood Review
Publication Party

event posterWednesday, April 23
3:30-5:30 p.m. | Predolin 302 (McGreal Room)

Writing Contest Awards Ceremony
4:00 p.m.

Refreshments will be served.

Edgewood College Faculty Colloquium Series




Tuesday, April 29 Ÿ| 2:00 p.m. Ÿ|
Sonderegger 104

During the American Civil War (1861-1865), hundreds of thousands of southern slaves escaped to seek safety in or near Union army lines. These individuals challenged the legal status quo by asserting inherent rights to self, body, name, identity, labor, and future.

At the same time, military and government officials struggled for a long time to determine which rights to confer to the so-called contraband slaves.

How did these escapees pose a challenge to ideals of American freedom and equality. Did escape into Union lines amount to an act of self-liberation? Or must freedom and rights be determined and granted by those with the power to confer rights (in this case, the U.S. federal government)?

What is the legacy of this problem today? How does our contemporary discourse of rights and equality intersect with discourses around race that are imprinted in our legal history? What can the contexts of the Civil War tell us about old assumptions and new responsibilities for examining this complex question?

B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz
PH.F., Northwestern University

Refreshments will be provided.

Recent Faculty publications

book coverLauren Lacey's essay "Heterotopian Possibilities in Science Fictions by Stephen Baxter, Terry Pratchett, Samuel Delany and Ursula K. Le Guin" has been published in Environments in Science Fiction: Essays on Alternative Spaces, McFarland & Company, available May 15, 2014.

book coverWinifred Morgan's book The Trickster Figure in American Literature was published by Palgrave Macmillan in October 2013.

book coverLauren Lacey's book The Past That Might Have Been, the Future That May Come: Women Writing Fantastic Fiction, 1960s to the Present will be available from McFarland & Company, Inc. in spring/summer 2014.

Ashley Byock's article "Domesticating Death in the Sentimental Republic: Commemorating and Mourning in US Civil War Nurses’ Memoirs" was published in Women and the Material Culture of Death, Ashgate Press, November 2013.

Barrett Swanson's short story "Annie Radcliffe, You are Loved" will be appearing in the fall issue of American Short Fiction. His story "About Face" was published in the summer issue of Salt Hill.

Be Involved . . .

Student Publications

On the Edge, Student Newspaper Contact Jack Vitek
Edgewood Review, Literary Magazine Contact David Young

Student Organization

The English Association Contact Lauren Lacey

consider an

English major

Do you love to read novels and poetry, but think you ought to do something more practical in college? Do you find satisfaction in creative writing, but know that you don't want to be a "starving artist"? You can still major or minor in English.

Those who have majored or minored in humanities studies such as English are increasingly valued in a wide variety of careers. The professional and business worlds have found that humanities majors are often better at solving problems and adapting to new directions than are their more narrowly educated, technically trained co-workers.

The writing and communication skills that are developed and enhanced by an English major or minor are valuable assets. Today, professionals in all fields need to know how to think critically and to speak and write clearly and effectively.


Summer & Fall 2014
Featured Courses


    ENG 377 | Fall 2014 MW 12:00 p.m.–1:50 p.m. | Library L1

    Instructor: Ashley Byock

  • Magazine Writing

    ENG 301 X | Fall 2014 TR noon–1:50 p.m. | Library L4

    Instructor: Jack Vitek

    This is an advanced journalism course, open to all majors, where students will learn to formulate, pitch, strategize and accomplish longer journalism articles suitable for publication in magazines. Magazine freelancing can be a step toward finding staff employment in journalism and many other fields. Publishing in your field, whatever it is, can enhance your reputation, as well as showcase your writing skills and knowledge. Nonfiction writers often obtain book contracts by way of well placed magazine articles. Whatever your field, there is likely a magazine, usually more than one, and often many more pertaining to your interests.

  • Monsters in the Literary Imagination

    ENG 301 X | SUMMER 2014 TR 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

    Instructor: Ashley Byock

  • Tales of Human Nature

    ENG 111D | Fall 2014 TR TR 2:00p.m.–3:50 p.m. | PRD 306

    Instructor: Nete Schmidt

    In this COR 1 English Course we will explore representations of human nature in Literature, Philosophy, and Life.

    We will read, discuss, do projects—work, write, and discuss some more!

    Authors include:

    • Hans Christian Andersen
    • Soeren Kierkegaard
    • Brothers Grimm
    • Neil Gaiman
    • Isak Dinesen
    • Nick Schweitzer
    • George Bernhard Shaw
    • Doris Lessing
    • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Photojournalism

    ENG 317 B 001 | Fall 2014 MW 12:00–1:50 p.m. | 4 credits

    Instructor: Linda Friend

    Students will learn editorial photography techniques and discuss ethical decision-making as it relates to photojournalism. Create your own photographs using digital cameras and Photoshop CS5 processing software. Work with the student reporters and get published in the school newspaper.

  • Video Production

    ENG 316 B 001 | Fall 2014 F 12:00–3:50 p.m.

    Instructor: Linda Friend

    Learn how to shoot and edit your own video projects. Create journalism reports, music videos, comedies, dramas—anything you can think of. Learn about ethnographic field production techniques and how to conduct a great interview.

  • Video Production

    ENG 316 2B 001 | Fall 2014 W 4:00–6:50 p.m.

    Instructor: Linda Friend

    Partner with a Boys & Girls Club member to make videos! COR 2 students will be paired with students from the Club to make videos exploring Edgewood College and issues they choose to cover in their neighborhoods.

View all English courses

Painted Forest Writing Retreat

event posterSponsored by the English Association

Sunday, April 27
Leaving Predolin Lobby at noon

Open to all students and faculty.
Bring a lunch and $10 for gas.

RSVP: or
by April 21.

Student/Alumni Honors

Who's Who Among Students
in American Universities and Colleges

Three majors were honored with recognition in "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges":

  • Zach Barthel
  • Kelsey Gratz
  • Emily Pokorny

Dominican Scholar Award

Emily Pokorny has been selected for Edgewood's Dominican Scholar Award.

Conference Presentations

Luke Pralle, a recent graduate with a major in English, and Evan Verser, a current English major, will present papers at the Science Fiction Research Association conference in Madison on May 22–25.

Panel Title:  Margaret Atwood’s Feminist Speculations

  • Paper 1: Lauren J Lacey, Ph.D., “Positron: Margaret Atwood’s Latest Speculations on Biopower”
  • Paper 2: Luke Pralle, “Hall of Mirrors: Identity and Symbolism in The Handmaid’s Tale”
  • Paper 3: Evan Verser, "Deciphering Myth in Atwood's MaddAddam Trilogy"

Join the English Association

The English Association is an organization directed by Edgewood students under faculty guidance whose stated goal is to support the arts of writing, reading, critical thinking, and teaching, both on campus and beyond. Formed in the autumn of 2012, the English Association organizes events for English majors and minors to socialize, get information on career and post-grad opportunities, and foster a sense of community between the student body, the English Department faculty, as well as the greater Edgewood community.

If you are interested in becoming a part of one of youngest and most exciting on-campus groups, contact Zach Barthel ( or Lauren Lacey (

2013 Edgewood Review

The 2013 issue of Edgewood Review is now available online from Edgewood College Library Digital Collections.

Edgewood Review 2013, cover


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