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April 29, 2014

Darrell BourgueMegan's Guitar

Poet Darrell Bourque will speak about and read from his book of poems, Megan's Guitar and Other Poems from Acadie, recently published by University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press. His public reading followed by a book signing is set for 6:30-7:30 p.m. George T. Madison Hall Auditorium, Room 105, located on Railroad Avenue on the Louisiana Tech campus in Ruston. He will have an informal talk from 4-4:45 p.m. with Sigma Tau Delta English honorary society members and English majors in GTM 223. Students interested in creative writing may also attend. The reading is sponsored by the Louisiana Tech University Department of English with support from the George E. Pankey Eminent Scholar Chair in English. The reading is open to the public at no charge.The new collection of poetry is a reflection of contemporary life in Acadiana in Louisiana and tells the story of the journey of the Acadians from the Canadian Maritimes and the various ways they made their way to Louisiana. The book is divided into three sections: the first in mixed forms mostly about contemporary Acadie in Louisiana, a bridge section, and then a twenty-seven sonnet sequence featuring principal characters and historical figures of the eighteenth century deportation experience.Darrell Bourque, who lives in rural St. Landry Parish, served as Louisiana Poet Laureate in 2007-2008 and from 2009-2011. His poetry collections include the following:

He is professor emeritus in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he served as the first Friends of the Humanities Honor Professor. 

April 23, 2014

Shakespeare Poster

Shakespeare Festival 
  Eighth Annual Shakespeare Birthday Festival 
  Wednesday, April 23, 2014
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
GTM Courtyard (Home of the Shakespeare Garden)
Sponsored by Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society 

Daytime Events in the Shakespeare Garden (GTM Courtyard)

9:00 Greetings Don Kaczvinsky & Susan Roach
9:30 Coriolanus in Brazil
Dr. Greg Schelonka
10:00 Will in Action Mark Guinn & Stage Combatants
10:30 Will and Dickens David Merchant
11:00 He Drinks No Wine: Ale and Beer in Renaissance England Dr. Jeff Hankins
11:30 Sonnet Reading
Louisiana School for the Blind
12:00 A Midsummer Night's Puppet Dream Celia Lewis, Nicole de Fee, Ernie Rufleth, Bruce Magee, Marcia Culpepper, Celia Lewis, & Christine Strebeck
12:30 Spain's Shakespeare: MIguel de Cervantes & Lope de Vega Dr. Paul Nelson
1:00 The Sounds of Shakespeare John Petzet & La Tech Choir
1:30 I Am WIll: Shakespeare's Conviction Ernest Rufleth
2:00 Les Sonnets de Shakespeare Dr. Dollian Hurtig & Students of French
2:30 Will in the Raw: Shakespeare as Intended Sigma Tau Delta Members
3:00 Will Trivia English vs. Theatre
3:30 Farewells Sigma Tau Delta Faculty Advisors and President

Featured Evening Presentation in GTM Auditorium

5:30 Will. He. Was: Shakespeare Fact and Fiction Andrew Tumminia

Shakespeare's Birthday Festival is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society. 

Contact Dr. Dorothy Dodge Robbins for more info
drobbins@latech.edu  318-257-5488



February 7 2014

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December 2013

Season's Greeting's

Give a book to someone you love this Christmas.  Books make wonderful Christmas gifts.  Not only are they great for book lovers, but almost anyone will appreciate a nice book that deals with a subject they enjoy.  Look over the following books written by faculty members of the School of Literature and Language. Order your copy today.

Christmas Stories from Louisiana Dr. Roach. On My Way. The Abyssal Plain Rick Simmons. Carolina Beach Music.
Susan Roach.  On My Way: The Arts of Sarah Albritton.  Sim Shattuck. The Abyssal Plain. James Rick Simmons, Jr.
Carolina Beach Music.
Lawrence Durrell's Major Novels The Coming of the King James Gospels Christmas on the Great Plains Sim Shattuck. Basilisk.
Donald P. Kaczvinsky. Lawrence Durrell's Major Novels, or The Kingdom of the Imagination.

Ward Allen and Edward C. Jacobs. The Coming of the King James Gospels Dorothy Dodge Robbins
and Kenneth Robbins, eds.
Christmas on the
Great Plains.
Sim Shattuck. Basilisk.
Christmas Stories from Ohio Sim Shattuck. Pleasant Hurricanes. Dorothy Robbins. Mrs. Dalloway Short Flights
Dorothy Dodge Robbins and Kenneth Robbins, eds. Christmas Stories from Ohio. Sim Shattuck. Pleasant Hurricanes. Dorothy Dodge Robbins,
ed.  Critical Insights:
Mrs. Dalloway.

Factory Lives Penumbra: Shadows, Places, and People Defending South Carolina's Coast Percyscapes
James Rick Simmons, Jr., ed. Factory Lives (Nineteenth-Century British Autobiographies.

Patrick Posey Garrett, et al. Penumbra: Shadows, Places, and People. James Rick Simmons, Jr.
Defending South Carolina's
Robert W. Rudnicki. Percyscapes:
The Fugue State in Twentieth-
Century Southern Fiction.
Sim Shattuck. Yarilo's Dance Hidden History of the Grand Strand Crewe of Hecate Christmas Stories from Georgia
Sim Shattuck. Yarilo's Dance. James Rick Simmons, Jr. Hidden History of the Grand Strand. Sim Shattuck. Krewe of
Dorothy Dodge Robbins and
Kenneth Robbins, eds.
Christmas Stories from Georgia.


December 17 2013


TUES., DEC. 17, AT 5:00 P.M.


King Henry VIIIWilliam B. Robison

What was it like to celebrate Christmas in the days of England's King Henry VIII? Hear it from his majesty himself as portrayed by Southeastern Louisiana University history professor William B. Robison, when he appears at Louisiana Tech University's Stone Theatre at 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 17.

Entitled "Tudor Christmas: Yule, Misrule, Wassail, and Wonder," Robison's presentation is free and open to the public. The Stone Theatre is located in the drama wing of the Howard Center for the Performing Arts on the Ruston campus. 

Best known for his six wives, two of whom he had beheaded, King Henry, who reigned in England from 1509 until his death in 1547, was nonetheless an educated and accomplished ruler. He also enjoyed good food, good music, and good times in general. 

Among the colorful topics Robison's fun-loving monarch will discuss are religious observances of his day, seasonal food and drink, and such courtly and popular customs as the Twelve Days of Christmas, the Yule Log, the Lords of Misrule, Boy Bishops, New Year's gifts, Twelfth Night, and Plough Monday. 

A specialist in English and early modern European history, William B. Robison received his Ph.D. at Louisiana State University. A member of the Southeastern faculty since 1983, he is an award-winning teacher and he currently serves as head of the Department of History and Political Science. Among Robison's publications are the Historical Dictionary of Stuart England (1996) and the Historical Dictionary of Late Medieval England (2002). In collaboration with Southeastern English professor Sue Parrill he recently published The Tudors on Film and Television (2013). Robison lectures widely on a variety of topics and is also a producer of documentary films. 

"Tudor Christmas" is sponsored jointly by Louisiana Tech's College of Liberal Arts, Department of History, School of Literature and Language, and School of Performing Arts.

September 25, 2013
Banned Book Week

 Banned Book Week

Banned Books Read Out
Sigma Tau Delta once again celebrates the right to read during Banned Books Week. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28. As part of this week, Sigma Tau Delta will present the Banned Books Read Out on September 25, 2013. Join us in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM Courtyard 12:00 p.m. — 2:00 p.m. Feel free to share your favorite banned book with us.

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August 2014

Summer GraduatesCongratulations to our Summer 2014 M. A. graduates:  Monty Russell, Lydia Andreu, and Matthew Stokes, who completed their coursework and theses this summer. All will be teaching in the fall. 

July 2014

Dolliann Hurtig Dr. Dolliann Margaret Hurtig, associate professor in the Louisiana Tech School of Literature and Language, held three key roles at the occasion of the American Association of Teachers of French National Convention held at the Astor Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana in late July 2014. Dr. Hurtig served as Chairman of Hospitality for the AATF National Convention of French professors and teachers, 400 in attendance, and received a Certificate for her service to the National Organization.  Madison Douglas, President of the French Honor Society at Louisiana Tech University, Pi Delta Phi, served as a volunteer to the Convention.

Dr. Hurtig and Madame Joyce Beckwith, Regional Representative from the New England States, lead a three hour Workshop on their newly published book on film, Allons au Cinéma: Promoting French through films, where Dr. Hurtig (Ph.D. Tulane University) served as Editor-in-chief and Madame Beckwith (M.A.T. Harvard University) served as Assistant Editor. For the workshop, seven authors including Madame Beckwith and Dr. Hurtig presented their contributions to the volume. 

Dolliann Hurtig and Joyce Beckwith held a Sunday morning session at the AATF Convention where the Co-Chairs of the National Commission on Cinema presented new films with an accompanying booklet or packet. Madame Beckwith presented the film Haute Cuisine and Dr. Hurtig presented the film La Fille du puisatier. Both presenters gave their talks in French, the target language. Dr. Hurtig will serve as Editor-in-chief for Volume Two and Madame Beckwith will serve as Assistant Editor. The second volume will be published by the American Association of Teachers of French on the campus of Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL and is expected to come out in spring 2016.

April 2014

Dolliann Hurtig Marie Glévéau, Fulbright teacher and assistante from Rennes, France, and Dolliann Hurtig, Associate Professor of French at Louisiana Tech University, have presented at the Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers' Spring Conference held in Shreveport, Louisiana in early spring. Their joint presentation in the target language on the topic of Francophone cinema reflects how much Francophone cinema is appreciated in America and abroad. The Louisiana Foreign Language Teachers' Association is a state-wide association whose membership includes elementary, high school, and university educators.

Dolliann Hurtig has most recently presented at the NECTFL Annual Conference held in Boston, Massachusetts. As Co-Chair of the National Commission on Cinema of the American Association of Teachers of French, Dr. Hurtig presented with Ms. Joyce Beckwith, Regional Representative of the AATF for the Northeast and Co-Chair of the National Commission on Cinema. Their joint presentation focused on recent Francophone films and how to use film effectively in the Foreign Language classroom. The NECTFL Conference is the largest of the five Regional Conferences in the United States of America, founded in 1940 by the President of Barnard College, Millicent McIntosh. While NECTFL attracts educators from the Northeast, the association welcomes educators from across the country to present and to participate.

March 2014

Dolliann Hurtig Dr. Dolliann Margaret Hurtig, associate professor in the Louisiana Tech School of Literature and Language, has had her work Allons au cinéma: Promoting French Through Film published by the American Association of Teachers of French Press, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. As the editor-in-chief, Hurtig and the assistant editor, Joyce Beckwith, have produced a guide for teachers and professors who wish to integrate Francophone film as a course or supplement their present curricula. The monograph features fourteen authors, including Hurtig. The articles include detailed analyses of the films that draw on many genres and places, including France, Canada, West Africa, and the Maghreb. Film subjects range from love stories to stories of friendship, immigration, discrimination, and isolation. The themes are universal ones that reflect the values of love, family, and friendship. Each article follows a precise model created by Dr. Hurtig to provide detailed analysis of the film, Web Quests, projects, diverse activities, exercises, suggested essays, and relevant Internet sites. The book is $25.00 per book and may be ordered from the following address:
Attention: Ms. Darla Phoenix
American Association of Teachers of French
Mailcode 4510
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

As a result of Hurtig’s success with this film publication, she has been appointed for a second three-year term to serve as co-chair of the National Commission on Cinema for the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF), the largest and oldest association of French professors and teachers in the U. S. Having just completed a three-year term as co-chair of the National Commission of the Promotion of French, Dr. Hurtig was asked to serve on the newly-established Commission of the AATF. Dr. Hurtig will serve with co-chair Joyce Beckwith, an AATF northeast regional representative from Boston, Massachusetts. 

In addition, Hurtig has just been appointed as chairman of the hospitality committee for the AATF national meeting to be held in New Orleans in July 2014. The members of the AATF number nearly 10,000. At the AATF annual meeting, Dr. Hurtig will present on Daniel Auteuil’s adaptation of Marcel Pagnol’s La fille du puisatier. and her colleague Joyce Beckwith will present on Christian Vincent’s Haute Cuisine. 

February 2014
Dr. Scott Levin

Dr. Scott Levin will teach a course in the Spring titled, “The Poetic Roots of Contemporary Song Lyrics,” that analyzes the thought-line of traditional poetic motifs of the popular music of today such as Eminem and Pearl Jam. This is an off-shoot of a popular course Scott taught at Fordham as a post-doctoral fellow. The course led to a podcast you can listen to here. Read longer article at President Guice's Blog.




September 2013

Dennis Minor Lab dedication

The Dennis E. Minor Technical Writing Lab was dedicated Sept. 13 honoring a former associate dean who also served Louisiana Tech’s English department for more than 30 years. The lab will be used by classes in technical writing and presentation classes.

Minor served as associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts from 1998 until his retirement in 2005. He died in 2006.

“He was a great friend of mine with a wry sense of humor and keen insight into the follies and foibles of human nature,” said Dr. Donald P. Kaczvinsky, dean of the College of Liberal Arts. “I think he would have been thrilled to see the lab named after him, with its new furniture and state-of-the-art technology, and I feel the room will be a fit memorial to his many contributions to the university.”

See Judith Roberts’ full article  here.


November 2011

Kennedy speak to English students. 
Gary KennedyRalph Thomas, and Alex Kennedy of Red Ball Oxygen, spoke to English majors and the members of Sigma Tau Delta about finding a career with an English major.

Spring 2011
Sigma Delta Pi Initiation 2011. The Sigma Delta Pi Spanish honor society held its initiation during the spring quarter.

April 21, 2011
Shakespeare's Birthday 2011. The College of Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society, hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday on April 21, 2011. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard and in the GTM foyer.

June 2010 
Tech-London 2010. Fourteen students participated in the 2010 TECHLondon Summer Study Abroad Program. They were accompanied by Dr. Ken Robbins (School of Performing Arts) and Dr. Celia Lewis (Department of English).

April 23, 2010
Shakespeare's Birthday 2010. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday on April 23, 2009. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard and in the GTM foyer.

September 30, 2009
Tailgating 2009. Faculty members from the School of Literature and Language assist in the tailgating for the College of Liberal Arts. The game against Hawaii was featured on ESPN2.

June 2009
Tech-London 2009. The English and Theater Departments sponsor the annual study in England.

April 23, 2009
Shakespeare's Birthday 2009. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a celebration of Shakespeare's Birthday on April 23, 2009. The party took place in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard.

April 22, 2009
Earth Day 2009. Faculty and students recited poetry in honor of Earth Day on April 22, 2009.

October 30, 2008
The First Poe Party. The Sigma Tau Delta Honor Society hosted a Poe Party in the Shakespeare Garden in the GTM courtyard. Dr. John Martin channeled the great Edgar Allen Poe, and students presented additional poetry readings.

April 23, 2008
Shakespeare's Birthday 2008. Sigma Tau Delta dedicated a bust of Shakespeare in the Shakespeare Garden in the courtyard of GTM and held other events throughout the day.

April 11, 2008
10th Annual ULM/Tech Graduate Conference. The English Departments at ULM and Louisiana Tech University held their tenth annual conference for graduate students to present their research. Click here for the schedule of papers and events.

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