Olivia Cadwell ’15 will be a presenter at the upcoming Association for Psychological Science’s 27th annual convention in NYC. Her presentation titled "Literary Fiction's Influence on Social Cognitive Brain Activity" examines whether our Theory of Mind (ToM) skills improve more after reading literary fiction or after reading popular fiction or non-fiction. ToM refers to the ability to accurately ascribe, predict, or understand others' perspectives, intentions, beliefs, mental states, and actions. Her research was also featured in the Winter 2015 issue of Arches magazine. Congratulations Olivia!
English majors Jake Rosendale ‘15, Melody Yourd ‘15, David Mucklow ‘14, and Alex Durante ’15 (pictured left to right) presented papers in a panel organized by Professor Suzanne Warren as part of the 2014 Race and Pedagogy National Conference. The presenters were students in Professor Warren’s spring 2014 English class, Prose Genre: The Story Cycle. The panel, entitled Race and Literary Genre in the Story Cycle, explored the dynamic relation between race and the short story cycle.
Congratulations to William J. Rathje ’15 on being named a Rhodes Scholar. The accomplished student from Lake Oswego, Ore., is Puget Sound’s third Rhodes Scholar, and the first to also be offered a British Marshall Scholarship. Majoring in both computer science and English literature, Rathje attends Puget Sound as a Lillis Scholar, which provides full tuition, room, and board for students of exceptional academic promise. As a Rhodes Scholar, he will study for a Master of Science in computer science at Oxford beginning in October. Read full article here.
Elaine Stamp ’15 just received the great news that her proposal for Lewis & Clark College's 34th Annual Gender Studies Symposium has been accepted. She’ll be presenting "The Sweetness that Hides the Toughness: Habitus, Masculine Sexuality, and Internalized Homophobia in Alan Hollinghurst’s The Line of Beauty" next March at Lewis & Clark College in Portland. Congratulations Elaine!
Two English majors, each of whom assembled a book collection (one on Batman, the other on gender in crime fiction), have won prizes in the 2013 Collins Memorial Library Book Collecting Contest.
Ian Fox ’14 took the first-place prize for his collection “Hunting the Dark Night: Books on the Batman.” Ian said his collection of books on Batman, including some first edition items, followed the evolving nature of the superhero, from his 1939 appearance in Detective Comics #27 as a caped detective to his modern Hollywood depiction as the powerful vigilante, Dark Knight. “I contacted two of my favorite academic authors and scoured used bookstores,” he said. “They gave me tips on what to look for and about other authors and books. It’s what I’m most passionate about— the Batman.” Ian will enter his winning collection on The Batman in the national contest at the Library of Congress, D.C.