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English News & Events

News and Events about the Department of English

  •  Praise for the Santa Clara Review

    The Santa Clara Review received high praise for its design, artwork, and the diversity and quality of writing in a lengthy review on, a leading source for information and reviews on literary magazines and books.

  •  Welcome our new faculty member Amy Lueck for 2015-2016

    The English Department welcomes our new faculty member for 2015-16: Assistant Professor Amy Lueck. Forrest Nyugen (English, ‘16) interviews her below.

    I completed my undergraduate degree in English and Creative Writing at Loyola University Chicago, and am excited to be part of a Jesuit community once again. I completed my Master’s at University of Pittsburgh and recently received my PhD in Rhetoric and Composition from University of Louisville, where I conducted research on the formation of public high schools in the nineteenth-century US. An article drawn from this project, “’A Maturity of Thought Very Rare in Young Girls’: Women’s Public Engagement in Nineteenth-Century Commencement Essays,” was recently published in Rhetoric Review, and I am pursuing other articles as well as a book-length project from this research as well.

    Why SCU?
    I’m excited to join SCU because of their strong liberal arts tradition, close faculty and student community, research and teaching support, and beautiful campus. I can’t wait to learn even more reasons to love SCU over the years.

    What do you do in your spare time?
    I am very project-oriented, so I usually like to spend my spare time pursuing some kind of art or craft project. For instance, this summer I muddled my way through the reupholstering of a wing-back chair and an ottoman. I also enjoy yoga, cross-stitching and taking very long walks. Oh, and Hulu. I spend a lot of time with Hulu.

    Answer all questions in the speed round with only an adverb:
    Shakespeare? Verily
    The Oxford Comma? Always
    Yoga? Blissfully
    Plaid on plaid? Bravely
    Coke or Pepsi? clearly (Coke!)
    People who just can’t hang? Away
    The Shrinking American Middle-Class? Regrettably
    The Patriarchy? Ungrammatically (Why is there an article on this word these days?)
    The current state of literature in English? Globally
    Air-conditioning? Never
    Speed round? Very

  •  Welcome our new faculty member David Keaton for 2015-2016

    The English Department welcomes our new faculty member for 2015-16: Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer David Keaton. Forrest Nyugen (English, ‘16) interviews him below.

    I received my BFA in Creative Writing at Bowling Green State University and my MFA from the University of Pittsburgh, where I worked closely with Chuck Kinder on finishing my first massive, unpublishable novel. But now that this is out of my system, I’ve since placed fifty or so pieces of fiction and nonfiction in various publications, as well as published two novels and two collections of short stories. My first collection, Fish Bites Cop! Stories to Bash Authorities, was named the 2013 Short Story Collection of the Year by This Is Horror and was a finalist for the Killer Nashville Silver Falchion Award, and my first novel, The Last Projector (Broken River Books) was recently released in a more portable paperback edition. I’m currently working on a fiction project that deals with the current police abuses in our country and the attempts to rectify this with new technology such as body cameras.

    Why SCU?
    I have been very impressed with the information I continue to discover regarding SCU’s incredible faculty and campus. I’m also fascinated by SCU’s long history (the longest in California, right?), as well as their wonderful stable of writers.

    What do you do in your spare time?
    Lately, I've relegated most of my spare time to some last-minute writing projects. There have been a couple short-story invites for upcoming anthologies that I hope to finish up this week before I put this computer in a box and chase it to California. I'm also an avid movie watcher, and for no good reason, I collect games for the long-defunct Atari Lynx "handheld" (I put that in scare quotes because it's notoriously unwieldy). Useless trivia - Tobey Maguire was the little kid in the original Atari Lynx television commercial. His is the only success story I could find regarding this game system.

    If space aliens from an evil galactic empire we only recently discovered — but too late! — declared war on kingdom animalia, phylum chordata, class mammalia, the entire world and also America, by raining down disrespect in the form of nukes, lasers and/or name-calling on the Greater San Francisco Bay Area, and President Trump failed us again, and the oceans are still rising, and the bees are still dying, and we regretted ever cutting NASA's budget, and if, after a series of completely logical events, our very own Santa Clara University became the last bastion of capitalism, not to mention Jesuit Distinctness, for all humankind amid an onslaught of epithets and shrapnel to safeguard everything we few, we patriotic, we mammalians hold dearest: hair, breasts and hot-bloodedness. Could we count on you? You say that, but what would you do?
    I contemplate post-apocalyptic scenarios almost daily, and they almost always involve the hoarding of eyeglasses. I have five pairs of glasses to avoid any Lord of the Flies-type power struggles, so I would be in charge of using my pile of glasses all day, every day to focus the sun and heat up our dinners. This would put me in a fearsome position, kind of like the bad guy in Keven Costner's The Postman, which means I would use my authority to force people to watch The Postman, or, more likely, to please hold these glasses for a second because my arm is tired and heating up this stone soup is taking forever.

    Answer all the questions in the speed round with only an adverb:
    Shakespeare? Bloodily
    The Oxford Comma? Correctly
    Yoga? Bear-ily
    Plaid on plaid? Loudly
    Coke or Pepsi? Toothlessly
    People who just can’t hang? Clint Eastwood-ly
    The Shrinking American Middle-Class? Tragically
    The Patriarchy? Leave It To Beaver-ly
    The current state of literature in English? Timidly
    Air-conditioning? Desperately
    Speed round? Cautiously

  •  Congratulations to our Spring 2015 English students

    Congratulations to the following freshman whose reviews of current de Saisset Museum exhibits, written for English 2A Critical Thinking and Writing II: Art, Culture & Social Justice, have been selected for publication on the museum's website.

    Katyayani Pathaki

    Katyayani Pathak is a Freshman at SCU double majoring in Business and Music. Prior to joining SCU, she took a gap year to work in India at The Energy Research Institute (TERI) in the area of environmental studes, exploring her interest in entrepreneurship in green technologies. Her other area of interest is music. She was a member of the El Camino Youth Symphony for several years and currently enjoys composing music in various genres. Katyayani also enjoys painting and hiking in her spare time. 

    Kimberly Ramos

    Kimberly Ramos is freshman Psychology major and Studio Art minor. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, listening to music, baking, and participating in Barkada (the Filipino student organization of SCU).

    Katerina Mery

    Katerina is a freshman at Santa Clara University. She is from Portland, Oregon and has a passion for all things artistic. Though currently Undeclared, she plans to graduate with a degree in something that allows her to express herself creatively and create meaningful change in the world.

    Zereen Kazi

    Hailing from the town of Cupertino, CA, Zerreen Kazi currently attends Santa Clara University as an undergraduate student. She is currently double-majoring in Biology and Spanish with a minor in Biotech. Outside of her academic foci, Zerreen enjoys entertaining herself with music, scientific/technological discoveries, and podcasts.


  •  Congratulations to our Winter 2015 English students

    Congratulations to the following freshman whose reviews of current de Saisset Museum exhibits, written for English 2A Critical Thinking and Writing II: Art, Culture & Social Justice, have been selected for publication on the museum's website.

    Arya Faili

    Arya Faili is a freshman Engineering student at Santa Clara University.  In his free time he enjoys photography as it allows him to unwind from his studies, express himself, and enlighten the lives of others.


    Patterson Jaffurs

    Patterson Jaffurs is a freshman Computer Science and Engineering student. He enjoys reading, swimming, and playing video games.

    Zain Umerani

    Zain Umerani is currently a freshman at Santa Clara University majoring in Computer Science and Engineering. In his free time he likes to code, bike, read, or surf the web.

    Chonsa Schmidt

    Chonsa Schmidt, a freshman at Santa Clara University, came from Honolulu, Hawaii to major in molecular bioengineering. She currently works in the Office of Undergraduate Admission as a Student Ambassador, plays Ultimate Frisbee, and is an active member of Engineers without Borders.

  •  Are you an English major considering Law School?

    Would you like ideas on how to use your SCU education to build a strong Pre-Law Foundation?

    Then contact Missy Donegan at or stop by St. Joseph’s Hall 306 to set up a pre-law advising appointment.

    Check out the Santa Clara Pre-Law website at

  •  Recycling Pop Culture

    Tuesday, May 19th, 2015, 3:45 at Kennedy Commons

    What does the recycling of pop culture mean for audiences and for writers and artists today? Join us for a discussion!
    Sponsored by Santa Clara University Department of English

    Reboot * Remix * Remake*

  •  Graduation Celebration 2014 Pictures

    Congratulations to all the graduates. To view the photos of the Graduation Celebration, Click here »

  •  Congratulations to Aparajita Nana

    Professor Aparajita Nanda has been promoted to Senior Lecturer.

  •  Congratulations to Professor Medina

    Cruz Medina was featured in Syracuse University's podcast on Rhetoric. Read More »

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