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February 11, 2015
The family and friends of the late Dr. Jack Boies, a distinguished member of the Wagner English Department for more than two decades, have established an annual award in his memory. The award, with a cash prize of $500, will be given annually for the best work of poetry, fiction or drama by a Wagner College undergraduate. Students who wish to be considered for the award should submit their best work in one of the following categories: POETRY — A long poem (6 to 15 pages ) or group of poems (1 [...] Keep reading →
January 26, 2015
Jonathan Pigno has just published The Island Never Burned So Bright. The book is a poetic memoir of a twenty-something Staten Islander's thoughts, observations, and struggles in a post-9/11, post-Hurricane-Sandy world. His collection of "broken hymns" aims to capture the ways in which hope and faith are discovered in the midst of skepticism and anger. Pigno finished his degree in English at Wagner in 2011 and a masters in Adolescent and Special Education in 2014. Some of his memoir was inspired [...] Keep reading →
August 7, 2014
English professor Jake Shore has written a new play entitled SICK CITY BLUES that will be performed at the Connelly Theater in Manhattan this August. A tale of organized crime in New York City, his play examines the human tendency to put on different faces depending on whom one is talking to. The opening performance is 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 9th, 2014, and will continue August 11, 14, 16, and 22. You can click on the hyperlinks to the notices in the New York Times and on the Fringe [...] Keep reading →
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August 5, 2014
Wagner College was featured, once again, in the Princeton Review’s “Best 379 Colleges” guide, which was released on Tuesday, Aug. 5. Special kudos went to the college’s theater program and campus newspaper, both of which were ranked among the top 20 in the nation. Wagner College was also listed on the Princeton Review’s “Great Schools for Health Services Majors” list for the second year in a row. The “Great Schools” rosters, covering 16 different majors, first appeared in 2007. [...] Keep reading →
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 →
City desk
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 →