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News and Events about the Department of English

  •  Canterbury Program

    Each year, one to three Canterbury Fellows are chosen to develop and complete in-depth projects of their own design.  The fellowship gives students an opportunity to work closely with faculty members on year-long projects in literary analysis, pedagogy, or business or creative writing.  Students use Canterbury funds for books and supplies as well as for travel to workshops, conferences, and archives. 

    The Canterbury is a prestigious and competitive award that interested juniors apply for through a formal proposal – usually about 20 pages long – that a committee of faculty members judges on the following criteria:  quality of the proposal; significance, originality, and breadth of the project; and faculty recommendations of students’ intellectual promise and motivation. 

    At the Senior Dinner on May 26th, we celebrated the 2014-15 Canterbury Fellows -- Sabrina Barretto, Sabine Hoskinson, and Jacob Wilber. All three of these students wrote creative writing projects:  Sabrina worked with Professors Kirk Glaser and Ted Rynes on her collection of poems: “Fields of Splendor,” Sabine worked with Professors Jill Goodman and Diane Dreher on her collection of personal essays entitled “Ojai, Ohio, Italy, Home,” and Jacob worked with Professors Simone Billings and Cruz Medina on creative nonfiction essays entitled “Children of the False Garden, a Collection.”

    Particularly hard working and energetic, these 3 students were responsible for a number of “firsts.” For the first time in the department’s history, the fellows organized their own small writing group: they met monthly throughout the academic year to share their work, workshop their papers, and support each other in their writing.  The three fellows also planned and promoted the first Canterbury spring reading, which was held on May 13th in the St. Clare Room at the Learning Commons.  Many of the faculty as well as students and family members were there to hear the fellows read excerpts from their work.  And, finally, this is our first group of fellows to submit their completed projects to the library’s Scholar Commons site.  Soon their projects will be available through the Commons, providing wider access to their work and giving the Canterbury Program more visibility.

    Members of this year’s Canterbury Council – Professors Simone Billings, Diane Dreher, Judith Dunbar, Kirk Glaser, Jill Goodman, Cruz Medina, Aparajita Nanda, and Ted Rynes – were delighted to receive a large number of original and thought-provoking proposals for next year’s program.  The Council is happy to announce the 2015-16 Canterbury Scholars: Natalie Grazian and Helena Alfajora.  Both of these students have developed projects that are very ambitious, and both projects grow out of work they have been doing since their first year at Santa Clara. Natalie is working with Professor Cynthia Mahamdi on a collection of linked historical short stories.  Helena is working with Professor Stephen Carroll (and Julie Hughes in the art department) to create an art installation piece that brings to life (and comments on) a fantasy short story.

    From its beginning in 1997 with a generous endowment from alumna Katherine Woodall, the program, one of the highlights of the English Department, has now funded 41 students to do advanced, independent study. The Canterbury Program is also able to aid majors with travel funds for research and conferences from the Reverend Theodore Rynes, S.J., Canterbury Fellowship.  All alumni who wish to enable future English majors to continue having such opportunities are invited to donate to either the Canterbury Program general fund or to the Father Theodore Rynes travel fund specifically (Please see the article elsewhere in The Quill that celebrates Fr. Rynes’s life of dedication to his students and the University).


  •  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 »

  •  Congratulations to our Spring 2014 English students

    Our Spring 2014 English students' work was recognized on the de Saisset exhibit at Santa Clara University. Read More »

  •  Diane Dreher Recognized

    Professor Dreher's Course "Vocation: Your Personal Renaissance" was recognized on William Sullivan's article.

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