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June 10, 2014
Arijeta Lajka '16 received the U.S. State Department's Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship to study at the American University in Kosovo (AUK), located in the capital city of Pristina, during the spring semester of 2014. Here is a report on her experiences, two months into her semester abroad.   Life is very different here compared with other European countries. Kosovo declared independence from Serbia only six years ago, and the unemployment rate is about 35-40 percent. Even those [...] Keep reading →
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April 15, 2014
At the 90th annual spring convention of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, held last month at Columbia University, Wagner College journalism professor Claire Regan ’80 was given the Charles R. O’Malley Award for Excellence in Teaching. Here is the citation that was read to introduce her: “I share in the classroom what I experience every day in the newsroom. The reality, the rewards, the challenges, the difficult decisions. Journalism skills are life skills.” Claire M. Regan has [...] Keep reading →
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April 11, 2014
This year, Wagner College has gotten to know Alison Arant, Ph.D., as a new member of our English Department faculty. Only a few, however, knew that, after earning her doctorate at Columbia's University of South Carolina, but before joining the Wagner faculty, Ali had recorded an EP of folksie, bluesie bluegrass music, "June July," in a Columbia studio with friend Darren Woodlief. Arant sings and plays the banjo, accompanied by Woodlief on guitar. Here's how the "Ali Arant Music Shop" describes [...] Keep reading →
March 26, 2014
Both full-time and part-time faculty in the English Department at Wagner have recently received recognition for their accomplishments. Dr. Florescu (left) receiving certificate from MLA president Marianne Hirsch Dr. Catalina Florescu received a Certificate of Achievement from the Modern Language Association at its annual convention in Chicago this January 2014. This certificate recognizes the efforts of scholars who index materials on behalf of the MLA International Bibliography, an important [...] Keep reading →
March 18, 2014
Dr. Susan Bernardo, Professor of English and Chair of the English Department, who teaches courses on science fiction, nineteenth-century British literature and literary theory, has edited a book called Environments in Science Fiction: Essays on Alternative Spaces (McFarland 2014). Prior to this book, she has published a co-written volume on the works of Ursula K. Le Guin, an essay on Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower and Nicola Griffith's Slow River, and a chapter on C.J. Cherryh's Cyteen. She [...] Keep reading →
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March 12, 2014
In December, Ethiopian Herald reporter Berhanu Gemechu (left) sat down with Wagner College English professor Steven Thomas for an interview in Addis Ababa. The recent visit to Ethiopia by Wagner College English professor Steven Thomas and Wagner’s director of film and media initiatives, Stephen Greenwald, was featured in a story by Ethiopian journalist Berhanu Gemechu, “Apt Step to Making Use of Showbiz Potential,” that was published earlier this month in the Ethiopian Herald, the country’s [...] Keep reading →
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February 27, 2014
On Feb. 25, 2014, a program in the Stage One studio theater took a look at the lives and careers of former Wagner College English professor Willard Maas and his wife, experimental filmmaker Marie Menken, who inspired the lead characters in a groundbreaking drama created by their friend, Edward Albee — “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” Following an introduction by President Richard Guarasci, a video by campus historian Lee Manchester told the story of Maas & Menken and their life in New [...] Keep reading →
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February 10, 2014
Marie Menken & Willard Maas, inspirations for Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (Photo copyright Frank Polach) Panel discussion, short staged reading will explore origins of Albee’s early masterpiece — at Wagner College On Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. in Wagner College’s Stage One studio theater, please join us for “ ‘Virginia Woolf’ Comes Home,” a panel discussion and short staged reading that will introduce Wagner College English professor Willard Maas and his wife Marie [...] Keep reading →
February 10, 2014
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November 22, 2013
Arijeta Lajka, a Wagner College sophomore from Great Kills, Staten Island, has won the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, given by the U.S. State Department to support study abroad by college undergraduates who are U.S. citizens. Lajka is the first Wagner student to win the highly competitive Gilman Scholarship. With over 2,600 Gilman applications reviewed during the Spring 2014 cycle, only 700 scholarships were awarded. Lajka, who is majoring in English and government with [...] Keep reading →