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November 26, 2021 | King's University College
Dr. Nigel Joseph, recipient of the 2021 Award for Teaching Excellence at King's University College
Warmest congratulations to Dr. Nigel Joseph. We are delighted for him and glad that he teaches here in our department at Western as well!

November 25, 2021 | Western News
David Huebert, English PhD '19, publishes short story collection
When David Huebert came to Western, he immersed himself in learning more about life in ‘Chemical Valley,’ the name attached to the towering oil refineries surrounding the City of Sarnia. It is also the title of his second short story collection.

November 23, 2021 | The Conversation
Professors Green-Barteet and MacLean examine how Hulu’s ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ casts Canada as a racial utopia
Their research examines representations of race in speculative fiction and of Canada in U.S. literature, leading them to notice how Hulu’s series represents race and national difference.

October 15, 2021 | Graduate Studies
Alexandra Lukawski, PhD candidate in English, recalls experience at Newberry Library Center
Alexandra spent a day at the Newberry Library in Chicago while attending the "Word and Image in Print and Digital Archives” workshop. She reported that the participants were from all different disciplines and universities, and it was enriching to be able to learn in a new environment, with people who had fresh ideas and perspectives. The course instructors were very informative, and the group discussions allowed the material to become tangible and relate to each of our own personal research goals. Being able to work with the unique and rare books the library houses in their beautiful building was an added bonus!

October 7, 2021 | Faculty of Arts & Humanities
Ivan Coyote to remain Alice Munro Chair in Creativity until July 2023
"I'm sincerely honoured and thrilled to have one more year to continue to craft and cement my vision for the Alice Munro Chair in Creativity: to bring my passion and love for writing and all forms of storytelling to our campus, and to use the power of story, and the human connections it fosters and feeds, to build a conduit between students and classrooms and a lifelong reverence and respect for all that creativity brings into our lives." -- Ivan Coyote

September 16, 2021 | Western News
Toswell spies pocket-sized antiphoner from the 1400s
Library archivists at Western recently unboxed a one-of-a-kind volume of sacred vocal music first used in churches in southern Spain in 1600 during the bishopric of Don Francisco de Reynoso, bishop of Cordova. Unboxed at the same time was a pocket-sized chant book from the 1400s - a chance find by medieval scholar and English professor Jane Toswell, who spotted it as part of an online estate auction.


September 15, 2021 | Global Undergraduate Awards
Akshi Chadha, BA’21 Regional Award Winner
Congratulations to Akshi Chadha, Honours Specialization in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature graduate, for winning the 2021 Global Undergraduate Award in Literature for the Canada & USA region for a revised version of her essay originally submitted to English 3342G - Personhood in the Eighteenth Century: Black Lives.


September 11, 2021 | English Studies
In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Catherine Ross
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Emeritus Catherine Ross, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a member of our department and Dean of FIMS from 2002-2007Her research focused on the experience of readers, on reference services, and on Canadian literature, particularly the works of Alice Munro. In addition to her scholarly publications, she was the author of four children’s books.


September 2, 2021 | Western News
Award-winning author Zalika Reid-Benta 2021-22 Writer-in-Residence
As Western's Writer-in-Residence, Zalika wants to do what she can to support writers in feeling confident in themselves as writers, and encourage conversations about what’s on and off the page.


August 30, 2021 | Social Science and Humanities Research Council
Professors MacLean and McMurran awarded SSHRC Explore Grant
Alyssa MacLean and Mary Helen McMurran have been awarded a SSHRC Explore Grant for their project, Tracing Black Lives in Print, 1780-1880. Their project fund research in Western Libraries’ special collections to discover, catalog, and research Black voices and agency in print culture during the abolitionist era. Collections including the foundational John Davis Barnett Collection and the archives of Fred Landon relating to Black refugees in Southwestern Ontario contain scores of works by Black writers and works in traditionally devalued ephemeral forms such as newspapers and letters most frequently used by Black communities. With the aid of research assistants, they will aim to make these works more accessible for scholars, students and to share the collections with the public.


August 26, 2021 | Western News
Short-fiction collection penned at Western
Former Student Writer-in-Residence Sydney Warner Brooman, BA'18 weaves tales of a small town, heartsick humans and carnivorous beavers in their soon-to-be-released debut short fiction collection, The Pump.


August 17, 2021 | Indie88
Camille Intson, BA’19 (English and Theatre) releases EP on streaming services
Toronto-based alternative-folk artist Camie premiered her intimate new EP, troubadour, on Indie88 which can also be found on streaming services.


August 14, 2021 | Globe and Mail
In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus David Kaula
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Emeritus David Kaula, a Shakespearean scholar, author and member of our department until he retired in 1988.


August 5, 2021 | English Studies
In Memoriam: Professor Emeritus Archie Young
We are saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Emeritus Archie Young, a scholar of More and Erasmus and longtime member of our department. Condolences to his wife Mary and to all who knew and studied with him.

Archie Young spent his childhood in Saskatchewan and Alberta. At the age of 14 he moved with his family to Ontario where he completed his schooling, first at East York Collegiate, then at Victoria College in the University of Toronto. He graduated in 1959 and married Mary Lige in 1960. In 1961, before joining the U, of .T graduate programme in English, he taught for one year at the University of Guelph. In 1964 he joined the Department of English at York University's Glendon Campus where he remained until he received a Canada Council Research grant that allowed him to pursue work on his thesis at the British Museum in London. In the fall of 1968 he joined the English Department at Western University. While a member of the Department he published articles and reviews on Shakespeare (Airmont Press), St. Augustine (Harvard Theological Review) Thomas More, St. Germain and Desiderius Erasmus (Moreana). One of these, an article on the theory of conscience in More and Luther, was later reprinted in a collection of important articles on the renaissance and reformation. During his academic career he served on the Faculty Association, first as a member of its executive, then as its president; and in the community he served as a founder and first president of the South London Community Association. Upon retiring in 2002, his retirement years were spent reading, writing, and taking up the study of Chinese literature and culture.


July 21, 2021 | Western News
Professor Solga begins Teaching Fellowship
Innovations in Interdisciplinary Pedagogy, Within and Beyond Arts and Humanities.


June 29, 2021 | Western News
Creative writing meets science
With her diverse perspective and leadership skills, Neuroscience and Psychology student Ashley Li, hopes to connect creative writers from different faculties as this year’s Student Writer-in-Residence.