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Spring Department Picnic! Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 26. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. we'll be eating, socializing, cavorting, and perhaps playing croquet and bocce at Edwardsville Township Park (aka Airplane Park). Undergraduate & graduate* students, alumni*, and faculty* and the families of all of the above are welcome. (*Please bring a dessert, salad, or side dish to share.) Fried chicken, beverages, utensils, etc. will be provided. Rides are available from SIUE. Please RSVP to s000449@siue.edu.

St. Louis author Eric Lundgren will be reading from his novel The Facades at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 24, in the MUC bookstore. Click here for more info on this "hard-boiled existentialist." The event is free and open to the public.

The spring issue of River Bluff Review has gone to press. Please celebrate with this year's editors, authors, and artists on Wednesday, April 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the MUC bookstore. The published writers will read briefly from their work and free copies of the journal will be available.

Course Descriptions are now online for Summer 2014 and Fall 2014.

Forms are now available to sign up for the SIUE Summer Writing Camp.

Congratulations to the winners of this year's English Department prizes, many of which have just been announced. The Department is proud of your achievements.

Why All Students Should Consider Majoring in English: Here is a persuasive essay from a recent issue of The Chronicle of Higher Education: "The Ideal English Major."

The English B. A. — Is it the Best of Degrees, or the Worst of Degrees? (And if you're pursuing the English B. A. and don't recognize the allusion in the previous sentence, you need to read more!) You get to decide the answer: first, check out the recent Salary.com article "Eight College Degrees That Will Earn Your Money Back"; you'll be delighted to learn that English is right up there with chemical engineers and IT managers. (Be sure to email that link to your parents!) Then, read this article from Kiplinger's that highlights the ten degrees that represent "the worst value in college majors." (Suggestion: don't send this link to your parents.)

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A number of English faculty have been featured on the College of Arts and Science's radio show "Segue" and in the Edwardsville Intelligencer's weekly "College Talk" column. Check out the audio interviews and/or the columns featuring the following:

Helena Gurfinkel on Victorian literature and culture — and the debt we owe those Victorians. Valerie Vogrin on creative writing as a way of life: Sean Aktuna on linguistic diversity and English as a second language: Matthew S. S. Johnson on student writing and the value of simple questions: Jessica DeSpain on the intersection of literature and information technology: Larry LaFond on language, translation, and dialects: Sharon James McGee on language, writing, and communication that reaches hearts and minds:
Catherine Seltzer on Southern literature and novelist Pat Conroy:
Kristine Hildebrandt on disappearing languages and dialectical difference:
Carl Springer on the link between paganism and Christianity, to say nothing of Latin:

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