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Monday, November 15, 2010

Three Irish Novelists

At 6pm on Tuesday, November 30th, the Villanova University Irish Studies Program will be sponsoring readings from three of Ireland's most notable novelists. Establishing their international reputations, Kevin Barry, Claire Kilroy, and Paul Murray (longlisted for the 2010 Booker Prize) will read from recent works, There Are Little Kingdoms, All Names Have Been Changed, and Skippy Dies.

This event will take place at the Villanova University Falvey Library Lounge, located on the first floor. We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thesis and Field Exam Seminar

On Monday, November 15th, Dr. Jean Lutes will host a thesis and field exam seminar. Dr. Lutes will detail the necessary requirements, deadlines, and format for each option, as well as answer frequently asked questions. The department is also pleased to welcome back two returning alumni, Mr. Ted Howell and Ms. Tiffany DeRewal, who will speak about their own thesis writing experiences and offer their unique insights into the process. We welcome both first and second year graduate students! The seminar will take place at 7pm in SAC 300 and food will be provided. Please RSVP to Ashley Bentivoglio (ashley.bentivoglio@villanova.edu) by November 11th. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Irish Film Night

The Irish Studies Program's screening of "Three Irish Short Films" will take place this Friday, October 29 at 6:00 PM in the Connelly Center Cinema.

Three Oscar-nominated short films from Irish writers and directors will be shown:
- "Everything in This Country Must" (Directed by Gary McKendry, written by Colum McCann)
- "The Secret of Kells" (Directed by Tomm Moore; produced by Cartoon Saloon)
- "Six Shooter" (Martin MacDonagh)

There will be brief introductions by three English Department Professors, Dr. John Buckley, Dr. Joseph Lennon, and Dr. Hugh Ormsby-Lennon. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

RSVP Reminder

For those students who are interested in attending our November 1st seminar, please RSVP to Ashley Bentivoglio (ashley.bentivoglio@villanova.edu) by October 25th. Pizza will be provided, so we need an accurate head count. Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Pursuing the Ph.D. Seminar

At 7pm on Monday, November 1st, the Graduate English Program will be hosting a Ph.D. seminar in SAC 300. There will be a question and answer period mediated by Dr. Lutes, Dr. Lennon, Dr. Quigley, and returning alumnus Don James McLaughlin, aimed towards helping graduate students decide whether or not to pursue a Ph.D. All are welcome to attend, please RSVP to either Dr. Jean Lutes (jean.lutes@villanova.edu) or Ashley Bentivoglio (ashley.bentivoglio@villanova.edu) by October 25th. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Graduate Student Reception and Library Orientation

At 5:00 on September 10th there will be a reception in the English Department to mark the beginning of the new academic year and to welcome the incoming graduate students. The reception will feature a lot of great food and provide you with the opportunity to speak with the new students and catch up with the graduate faculty members.

Prior to the reception there will be a library orientation at 3:30. While many of you probably attended the orientation last year, you are free to go again if you want to refresh your memory or learn about new databases that have been added to Falvey's holdings.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Placement News

Congratulations to the five students who will be attending Ph.D. programs next year. All have received funding, and we wish them the best of luck as they embark on their doctoral studies. Don James McLaughlin will be attending the University of Pennsylvania, Kerry Hassler-Brooks will be attending the University of Delaware, Andrew Owens will be attending Northwestern University, and Tiffany DeRewal and Ted Howell will be attending Temple.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Angie Mlinko Reading

On Tuesday, April 13, 2010, poet Angie Mlinko will be at Villanova University as a participant in the 12th annual Villanova Literary Festival. Her two books, Matinees and Starred Wire, have been met with much acclaim, the latter receiving the 2004 National Poetry Series award. Her reading will be at 7pm in the Connelly Center and be followed by a reception and book signing.

Thank You

The first annual Villanova Graduate English Thesis and Field Exam Symposium was a great success thanks to those who took the time to present and attend. Special thanks go out to Ashley Bentivoglio, who helped to organize the event, as well as the six presenters: Becca Burnett, John Keir, Laura Heinrich, Tiffany DeRewal, Ted Howell, and Andy Owens. Thank you to all in attendance for helping to make the event an enjoyable one!

Sunday, March 7, 2010

The First Annual Thesis Symposium

The first annual Thesis/Field Exam Symposium has now been rescheduled and will be held on Saturday, March 27th, at 10:00 a.m., in the Honors Seminar Room. There are six presenters scheduled, and we welcome additional presenters to participate, as well. If you would like to present or attend, please RSVP by Monday, March 15th. Thank you!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Villanova Welomes Dr. Joseph Drury

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Drury will be joining Villanova's English Department in the Fall of 2011. Dr. Drury received his B.A. from Oxford University, his M.A. from the University of London, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University. Dr. Drury specializes in eighteenth-century fiction, and his recent articles include "Haywood’s Thinking Machines," published in Eighteenth-Century Fiction, and "The Novel and the Machine in the Eighteenth Century," published in Novel: A Forum on Fiction.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Galway Summer Graduate Program

The deadline to apply to take two graduate courses in Galway this summer is the end of February. If you are interested in pursuing this opportunity, you should notify Heather, and then fill out the application form on the International Studies homepage (http://www.villanova.edu/vpaa/intlstudies/) and return it to Dr. James Murphy. You should also make an appointment with Dr. Murphy so you can discuss the program, housing etc. His email address is James.murphy@villanova.edu. Please remember that students receiving fellowships can use this funding to cover the costs of the Galway program.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Villanova Welcomes New Irish Studies Director

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Joseph Lennon will be joining the English Department in the fall as the new Director of Villanova's Irish Studies Program. Dr. Lennon received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Connecticut in 2000 and has been teaching at Manhattan College since 2001. He is the author of Irish Orientalism: A Literary and Intellectual History, which was published by Syracuse University Press in 2004 and was awarded the Donald J. Murphy Distinguished First Book Award by the American Conference for Irish Studies (2005). He has published many essays and articles on topics ranging from the cultural interface been Ireland and India to gender in contemporary Irish poetry, and his current research concerns depictions of hunger strikes in modern Irish literature. Dr. Lennon is also an accomplished poet who has published numerous poems in journals and poetry collections.

Saturday, February 6, 2010


Due to the inclement weather, the first annual Villanova Thesis Symposium has been postponed. Dr. Hicks will send out an e-mail alerting students to the new date as soon as possible. Stay in and stay warm!

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Thesis Symposium Reminder

The Villanova Graduate English Program's first annual Thesis and Field Exam Symposium will be held this Saturday, February 6th at 10:00a.m in SAC 300. There are six students slated to present their work; if you would like to attend this event please RSVP as soon as possible as a concrete head count is needed for lunch. Each presentation will be approximately 10 minutes long, followed by a question and answer period; the plan is to have three students present before lunch, and three after. This is a great opportunity for second year students to get valuable feedback on all of their hard work and for first year students to get an idea of what is in store; we hope to see you there!

Sunday, January 31, 2010

Arthur Phillips Reading

As part of the 12th annual Villanova Literary Festival, novelist Arthur Phillips will be reading from his recent novel, The Song Is You, on Thursday, February 11th at 7:00 pm in SAC 300. His other critically acclaimed novels include Prague, The Egyptologist, and Angelica.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Thesis and Field Exam Symposium

We have now scheduled our first annual Thesis and Field Exam Symposium for February 6th at 10:00a.m in the SAC.  Dr. Hicks will send out a formal call for submission in January.  The plan is to have two consecutive one hour sessions, in which students offer brief presentations of their research.  We intend to structure the event so that there will be plenty of time for comments and questions by audience members and other presenters.  After the second session, there will be a catered lunch provided by the Office of Graduate Studies.  This is a great opportunity to get valuable feedback on all of your hard work and we hope to see you there!

Summer Research Fellowships

There are research fellowships available for the Summer of 2010 for current graduate students! The deadline for your application is Friday, January 15, 2010.  If you are interested in this outstanding opportunity, please discuss your proposal with a faculty member in your area of study who will be willing to sponsor your efforts!