Outstanding Senior for 2017-18
Congratulations to this years outstanding Seniors:
- Ian Campbell, Outstanding Senior in Creative Writing
- Katelyn O'Farrell, Outstanding Senior in English Edcuation and the Outstanding Senior in English for the College of Liberal Arts
- Morgan Sussman, Outstanding Senior in Professional Writing
- Sarah Nolan, Outstanding Senior in English Literature
“Because survival is insufficient.” Now, when support for the humanities is more important than ever, this motto (From Station Eleven by way of Star Trek) seems appropriate in and out of the world Mandel has created. Station Eleven is an ideal choice for our inaugural “Big Read.” The work is critically acclaimed: National Book Award and PEN/Faulkner Award finalist in 2014; and Arthur C. Clarke Award and Toronto Book Award winner in 2015. Although readily classified as science fiction, the book also invites discussion and collaboration with readers of many other genres and interests. The book’s representation of the killer “Georgia flu” lends itself well to discussions by writers and epidemiologists alike, bringing faculty and attendees together in interdisciplinary conversation. The persistence of Shakespeare after the apocalypse triggers questions about great art and an enduring canon of literature, and the book’s traveling troupe of actors could profitably be compared to Elizabethan troupes performing in Shakespeare’s own day, or even contemporary itinerant players, such as the Stone Soup Shakespeare Company, which tours much the same route covered by the players in Station Eleven, our own Midwestern parks and towns.
We had a great turnout this year for the English Department's Books & Coffee Every Thursday in February, a faculty member discussed a recent book that’s made some waves, something you may have heard of (but haven’t gotten around to reading) and hear expert commentary on a new book that is a vital part of contemporary print culture.
This year's theme was science fiction / dystopian / post-apocalyptic books.
Notes on the competition here......
Emily St. John Mandel was our distinguished guest speaker at the Literary Awards Banquet and Reading on Thursday, April 19, 2018.
Thank you to the Purdue students and ICaP instructors who shared their writing and digital media with us on April 10, 2018. We really appreciate your hard work. Also thank you to the ICaP staff, especially Carrie Grant, Joy Kane, and April Pickens, for the logistical work which made Showcase a success. We appreciate the support from the College of Liberal Arts, and our sponsoring publishers: Pearson, VanGriner, Bedford/St. Martin’s, Fountainhead, and W. W. Norton. And thank you to our friends in Professional Writing, who’ve announced the awards for their Showcase.