English Articles & Blogs

Melike Sayoglu standing amid bookshelves in library
July 28, 2017
Melike Sayoglu M.A. ’12 came to Clark University in 2011 as a Fulbright scholar from Kahramanmaraş, Turkey, to study for a master’s degree in English. Now a doctoral student here, she was recently awarded the American Association of University Women’s International Fellowship to support her dissertation work during the...
Lisa Musumba sitting outside at Clark University
May 30, 2017
Clark University undergraduate Lisa Musumba ’19 of Nairobi, Kenya, has found a way to apply her multicultural experience and interdisciplinary education to help Spanish-speaking children in Worcester celebrate their heritage. Musumba, who is majoring in media, culture and the arts and minoring in English and Spanish,...
Tess Reichart standing on Main Street near Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts
May 16, 2017
Like most English majors, Tess Reichart ’17 has spent countless hours reading literature and theory, dissecting and discussing texts, and researching and writing papers. But at Clark University, Reichart also discovered the power of words to make change. Tess Reichart works with children at Fighting Words, a non-profit...
Sasha Kohan
April 10, 2017
FADE IN: INT. SASHA KOHAN’S MAINE BEDROOM – NIGHT SASHA, a 2016 Clark University graduate, hesitantly approaches an open laptop placed on a desk. Its screen glows back at her as she reads an email, her eyes growing wider. DISSOLVE TO: INT. SASHA KOHAN’S MAINE LIVING ROOM – NIGHT Sasha enters room with laptop, shows screen...
A person browses a newsstand filled with comic books.
March 3, 2017
Cartoonists James Sturm and Caleb Brown spent time at Clark on Feb. 7 talking about the joys and challenges of their profession as they opened the exhibit "Cartooning: Sense, Nonsense, Applications" at the Higgins Lounge in Dana Commons. Curated by Sturm, co-founder of the The Center for Cartoon Studies, the exhibit will...
Clark professor Ousmane Power-Greene, Robert Ross and Jude Fernando at an MLK Day panel presentation event.
January 30, 2017
About 600 people attended the Jan. 20 MLK Racial Justice Teach-In at Clark University to honor and celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and to rally for an America that embodies his vision of justice for all members of society. The day-long event was organized by a planning committee comprising faculty and...
Jacqueline Schnieber
January 26, 2017
Sometimes, one question can make all the difference — as it did for Clark University English master’s degree candidate Jacqueline Schnieber. During an independent study with Professor James Elliott about the works of Ernest Hemingway, specifically the Nick Adams short stories, Elliott asked her a question: Why choose to...
Clark University graduate student Sebastian Winslow holds a book titled "Understanding Comics"
January 18, 2017
Think comic books are just for fun? Clark University English master’s degree candidate Sebastian Winslow would like you to think again. Winslow — a graduate exchange student from Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, where he is also a master’s candidate in American studies — is researching how comics and their...
Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu
January 12, 2017
Clark University English master’s degree candidate Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu considers herself to be a part of what she studies, her work resonating with her personal experience. Adwetewa-Badu, a Worcester resident, researches avant-garde, experimental Black diasporic poets specific to West Africa, America and the Caribbean...
December 16, 2016
From the film review in Worcester Magazine: “‘Arrival’ begins with the mini-biography of a mother and daughter relationship, from the girl’s birth to her untimely death as a teenager. Pay attention to it. Beginnings and endings in this film are flexible constructs; time bends and memories seem unsure of themselves. What...
Master's degree candidate William Brown coaches the Nichols College women's ice hockey team
November 7, 2016
Clark University English master’s degree candidate William Brown loves a good story and has one to tell himself. Brown, who expects to complete his thesis and graduate in the spring, is also the head women’s ice hockey coach at Nichols College in Dudley. He’ll talk about how his full-time coaching position and intense...
Clark Writes blog asked students, faculty and staff what they were writing. This is a collage of the answers.
November 2, 2016
"Poetry!" "Research manuscript!!" and "Wonderfully creative nonsense" were just a few of the answers the Clark Writes editors received when they asked the Clark community to answer the question "What are you writing?" on a picturesque September afternoon in Red Square. Students of all majors, and even some faculty and...
October 27, 2016
Award-winning author Rick Moody will discuss and read from his latest, highly acclaimed novel, “Hotels of North America,” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Higgins Lounge of Dana Commons, at Clark University. The event, presented by Clark's English department, is free and open to the public.  Rick Moody (Laurel Nakadate)
October 19, 2016
Stanley Gutridge ’45 returned to Clark University Oct. 6 to share his thoughts about the evolution of Worcester, the value of public service, and the institutional racism he faced when he entered the work world. His recollections were plentiful and detailed, and the conversation always engaging. The Community Fireside Chat...
October 7, 2016
I begin with two givens. First, we teach our students to argue clearly and convincingly in both their writing and speaking. As faculty members, we aspire for our students to be not just facile with words, but also skilled in how to build a case for their point of view through supporting assertions and propositions with...
Professor Virginia Mason Vaughan, Professor Esther Jones, Octavia and Norman Napier met at the English House at Clark University
July 26, 2016
Norman Napier touched on many topics during a recent visit to Clark University’s English House, some personal and lighthearted, some referencing painful national and world current events. But foremost in the conversation was the reason for Napier’s visit: honoring the memory of his brother, the late Clark Professor of...
May 3, 2016
The words “handle with care” take on added meaning in the Introduction to Archival Research seminar taught by Meredith Neuman, associate professor of English, with Clark University archivist Fordyce Williams. The seminar's students research books that are not just historical in content but also in their physical forms,...
Off the menu - Clark University
April 5, 2012
There was a time when food was something you ate but rarely pondered. You did not know, or care, where your dinner came from, or how it would interact with your body once it was consumed. That was then. Sure, many folks still eat with abandon, but many others, like the Clarkies profiled on these pages, are trying to foster...
June 2, 2015
Clark University students are aspiring psychologists, communication specialists, international developers, scientists, educators … and writers. For students whose passion is the written word, The Worcester Journal provides a public outlet for their prose.