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Monday, November 26, 2012

Abbey Theatre Internship Grant

The Villanova University-Abbey Theatre Exchange program was established in 2011, linking the University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with the prestigious national theater of Ireland. As a development of this historic intellectual and artistic partnership, Villanova has announced an “Abbey Theatre Internship Grant,” which will provide a University student with the funding to travel abroad and work for the Abbey Theatre for eight weeks during the summer of 2013. In addition to bringing the finest Irish theatre practitioners to Villanova, the exchange program now provides a grant for a Villanova student to intern at the Abbey Theatre during their prominent summer season.

The University’s exchange program with the Abbey Theatre has created a bridge between the renowned Irish institution and Villanova’s Irish Studies Program and Theater Department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The collaboration brings some of Ireland’s preeminent theatre practitioners to the University’s campus to offer graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as workshops, conferences, lectures and other events that will be open to the public.

The recipient of the Abbey Theatre Internship Grant will be announced at Villanova University’s annual Abbey Theatre Lecture on Feb. 18, 2013, featuring award-winning Irish playwright Frank McGuinness. The internship program, which will begin at the end of May and continue for eight weeks, provides a student with the opportunity to work alongside theater professionals in the day-to-day operations of Ireland’s national theater and to help develop an innovative summer program for theater students. Application guidelines for the grant will be posted on the Villanova University Irish Studies Program Website. Students who have at least junior status or are enrolled in a graduate program in the College of Liberal Arts and Science at Villanova University are eligible.

Applications are due by Jan. 11, 2013.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ph.D. Forum

Students gathered at our annual Ph.D. forum to share some pizza and learn about the Ph.D. experience. Speakers were: Ted Howell, who completed the program several years ago and is now a Ph.D. candidate in Temple's English department; Dr. Travis Foster, who recently received his Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a specialization in American literature and joined our faculty this year; and Dr. Brooke Hunter, who recently received her Ph.D. in English from the University of Texas at Austin with a specialization in medieval literature and also joined our faculty this year. Each speaker briefly shared their perspectives on the pros and cons of pursuing a Ph.D. in English and their experiences in their programs. They also discussed strategies for choosing programs and optimizing the Ph.D. application.

It was a great time for everyone. Keep your eye out for the forum next year!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Hard Times

Back on campus after a few rough days of hurricane weather, Dr. Thomas' 19th Century British Literature class is excited to get back to discussing Dickens' Hard Times.