English and Reading

'Post-truth' named 2016 word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries, but not in this department!

Pollard Co-Authors Sun Opinion Advancing Ideal of “e pluribus unum.”

MC President Dr. DeRionne Pollard along with LaGuardia Community College President Dr. Gail Mellow penned an opinion piece that appeared in the Monday Feb. 20 Baltimore Sun asking that people see community colleges at places where a divided America can heal.

“Community colleges have none of the trappings of exclusivity yet all the academic prowess required to engage in the thoughtful consensus-building necessary to knit back together a divided America.


MC Board Confirms “Radical Inclusion”




Affirming Montgomery College’s Commitment to Radical Inclusion 

February 20, 2017

Over the course of seven decades, Montgomery College has grown into an institution where radical inclusion—that is, deeply rooted values of welcoming all individuals who seek higher education or continuing education—is an essential element of our identity. By intentionally cultivating our campuses as places where equal opportunity flourishes, we have advanced our own educational mission, contributed to the aspirations of Montgomery County, and added to the vision of our nation.

Despite the incivility of the recent presidential election, several events on our campuses have created engaging, civil discussions of controversial topics. Montgomery College faculty and staff have gone to great lengths to create robust learning environments where all persons feel safe voicing their perspectives and where intellectual rigor is the basis for engaging across difference.

The Board takes pride in our institution’s commitment to the dignity of all peoples. We believe that the rich diversity of our student body, faculty, and staff is one of our unique strengths. At the same time, we acknowledge that many in our community have experienced insecurity rooted in the incivility of the election’s rhetoric and several recent debates and actions at the national level. Discrimination against people of color, international or undocumented students, and students of any specific religious tradition have no place in a civil society or in our learning environments. We will continue to craft policies and practices that combat intimidation, harassment, and hate crimes, and to nurture a culture that condemns such affronts.

The College will continue to affirm the rights of all persons to study and pursue opportunity through education, free from fear and distraction. Our institution will continue to be a place where diversity thrives and where difference is celebrated.

As the College celebrates its 70th anniversary, we will continue to reflect upon the history of our institution and the progress we have made in expanding our notions of inclusivity. Our commitment to advancing education in ways that best empower our students has deepened. So has our promise to infuse 21st century education with the timeless tools of tolerance, civility, and respect.

Fiction Writing Goes Global


Art may be the result of achieving what James Joyce called “wholeness, harmony, and radiance,” but what about the craft of writing?

Joyce Carol Oates claims that “inspiration and energy and even genius are rarely enough to make ‘art.'” Prose fiction engages one in craft, and craft must be learned.

You will learn your craft in ENGL-264 with Dr. Dickison, who holds an M.A. in the creative writing of short fiction.

Forge sketches and craft full-length stories through the study of character, dialogue, plot, theme, action, symbol, imagery, narrative, and careful revision and editing. Study the masters in order to engage powerful influences for the rhythm and force of your own prose, your own “vivid, continuous dream,” as John Gardner put it.

Unique opportunity: Connect with creative writing students in India by way of the Global Classrooms initiative; Dr. Dickison has arranged for virtual discussions between his ENGL-264 students and young writers at Jindal Global University in Delhi. Our connections should be rich with cultural possibility, and we will focus on creative non-fiction as a genre through which to exchange works and ideas using Skype, Collaborate, and other methods of communication. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to share your ideas and creative writing on a global scale.

  • Register for ENGL264, CRN31235,
  • Wednesday evenings, 6:30 – 9:10 p.m.
  • Questions? Email; or call 240 567-4004.


Drama Whirlwind Tour Spring 2017

Take Introduction to Modern Drama, Spring 2017!

In the redesigned course, we explore plays and theatre productions as a way to understand humanity. Every week, we’ll take on a different play, making for a fun whirlwind tour of some of the most exciting moments in theatre history.

We’ll also talk about politics and social movements from the Civil Rights Movement to Broadway riots, asking what difference theatre can make in our world. No previous experience in theatre or studying literature is necessary.

Prerequisite: C or better in ENGL 101 or 101A.

Questions? Contact: Dr. Anne Pulju:

  • ENGL230 Intro. to Modern Drama
  • Wednesdays Germantown campus, 6:30p.m.
  • CRN35368
  • Fulfills General Education Humanities requirements.

Women in Lit Will Help You Graduate

Have fun exploring the work of famous writers such as Mary Shelley, Sojourner Truth, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Virginia Woolf, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, and Amy Tan.

WomanReadingThis is a great opportunity to read wonderful literature and satisfy a General Education and graduation requirement at the same time!



  • ENGL208: Women in Literature
  • Germantown campus, PK 178
  • Spring 2017
  • 3 credit hours •
  • CRN 32638 •
  • Monday, Wednesday, & Friday, 11 – 11:50 a.m.
  • Fulfills General Education Humanities Distribution requirement and the Global and Cultural Perspectives requirement for graduation
  • Honor’s Module available (CRN 32641)
  • Taught by Professor Sharon Anthony (

ENGL 102 Distance Learning Orientation Dates Set…

ENGL-103: Spring 2017 Orientation Dates

Spring 2017 Student Orientations for ENGL 102 DL will take place:

  • Jan. 23, Monday, 8 – 9 p.m. HU 123 Rockville
  • Jan. 28, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., ST 330 Takoma Park/Silver Spring
  • Feb. 6, Monday, 8 – 9 p.m., HU 123 Rockville
  • Feb. 13, Monday, 8 – 9 p.m., HU 123  Rockville
  • March 25, Saturday, 11 a.m. – 12 p.m., PK 156 Germantown

Questions? Contact Prof.

ENGL-103 Distance Learning Orientations Announced Spring 2017

DL 103: Spring 2017 Orientation Dates

  • Monday Jan. 23: 4:30-5:30 p.m. HU105, Rockville
  • Friday Jan. 27: 2:00-3:00 p.m. PK179 Germantown
  • Saturday Jan. 28: 12-1 p.m. ST330, Takoma Park/Silver Spring
  • Friday Feb. 10: 12-1 p.m. ST330, Takoma Park/Silver Spring

Questions? Contact Prof.

DL Students: ENGL-101 Spring Orientation Announced

STUDENTS: ENGL-101, Distance Learning Orientations for Spring 2017:

  • Jan. 25, 7-8 p.m. – PK181 (Germantown)
  • Jan. 28, 10-11 a.m. – ST330 (Takoma)
  • Feb. 15, 7-8 p.m. – HU311 (Rockville)
  • March 25, from 10-11am – HU313 (Rockville)

Questions? Contact Prof.

Dual Enrollment: Put Some Magic in Your Psyche!

magic_writing-2Writing well is like magic. Writing well in content courses requires intense critical inquiry.

Discover the trick: Dual enroll in ENGL 102 and PSYC 102.

ENGL 102

CRN 24009

HU 133

T/R 9 am – 10:30 am

NO BOOKS required for the ENGL course.

Simply purchase the textbook for PSYC 102.

Also register for:

PSYC 102

CRN 34376


Hockenbury, ISBN: 9781319042967


Contact Prof.

240 567 7416

Spring 2017: Mythology Is More Current than You Think…

Mighty Zeus

Mythology isn’t just stories that ancient people believed to explain what they couldn’t understand. It actually drives civilizations, providing a great deal of cultural information, and it’s working today. We’ll examine world mythology and connect it with present day and recent United States mythological references and stories.

Sign up:

Spring 2017: Cosmos, Heroes and Monsters! Take Intro. to World Lit. 1

Learn about creation and cosmos, epic heroes and monsters, kings and queens, self and society.  It’s quite an adventure!!

Sign up:

Spring17: Emotional, Enigmatic, Rebellious: Sign up for Survey of Brit Lit II

Want to read poems that are intense, emotional, rebellious, and enigmatic?

Want to experience life through pleasure and pain, tears and laughter, joy and suffering, mysteries and adventures?

Wonder why race relations are so complex?

Wonder why our existence is so puzzling and confusing?


  • English 214: Survey of Brit Lit II
    • You do NOT need to take Brit Lit I in order to sign up for Brit Lit II!
  • Online (distance learning)
  • CRN 35093
  • Questions or concerns? Contact: Prof.

Preserving the Blue Marble: Global Sustainability through Chemistry and Writing

Are you concerned about the future of our earth? A special MC “Learning Community” is taking it on!

Preserving the Blue Marble: Global Sustainability through Chemistry and Writing unites ENGL 103 and CHEM 109 with a single curriculum focused around the concept of sustainability or the wise use of our resources so that Earth remains livable beyond the present.

Through this Learning Community, you will learn not only about the challenges of living sustainably but also the ways that we can make a difference both individually and together.

To join this Learning Community, please sign up for:

  • ENGL 103 (31213) and CHEM 109 (32260).
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • 11 am to 1:45 pm.

For more information, please write Prof. Benson at or Prof. Szlyk at

Spring17: ENGL212, Survey of American Literature II

What kind of country is this? We can’t understand what’s going on right now without understanding what came before.

Come find out by reading great literature from the late 19th Century up through today. We can’t understand what’s going on right now without understanding what came before.

Read, think, discuss. Then decide for yourself: What kind of country are we? What kind of country do we want to be?

Have questions? Contact Prof.

  • ENGL 212
  • CRN: 34371
  • Tue/Thu, 3:30-4:45
  • Humanities Distribution!

Spring17: English 190, Love Gone Wrong

Read about lovers who have snapped, lovers who are obsessed, and lovers who have been jilted in this survey course that covers short story, poetry, drama, and one exciting novel.

See you in the Spring!

  • Mon/Wed/Fri
  • 11-11:50am
  • CRN 31222
  • For more info, contact:

Spring17: ENGL233 Short Story, Global Texts

The Short Story ENGL 233

  • With special focus on global texts.
  • CRN: 34262
  • Online class.
  • Taught by Dr. Rita Kranidis

Spring17: New Gen Ed Course: Intro to Global Humanities

New Gen Ed Course with Scholarship Opportunities (see below).

“Introduction To Global Humanities”

Late Start– Offered on all campuses and online!

3 Credit Hour Course.

Takoma Park/Silver Spring:

  • Bldg: P4 112
  • CRN: 34025
  • MW 10—11:25
  • 1/30/2017—5/15/2017
  • Taught by Professor Deborah Taylor


  • Bldg: PE112
  • CRN: 34627
  • TR 12:30 – 1:55 PM
  • 1/31/2017-5/14/2017
  • Taught by Professor Ken Jassie


  • Bldg: HS238
  • CRN: 34700
  • TR 12:30—1:55
  • 1/31/2017—5/14/2017
  • Taught by Professor Joan Naake

For Student Scholarship Opportunities, visit The Global Humanities Institute and apply for the Global Humanities Justice Fund.

Spring17: English 190, Introduction to Literature: The Dark Side of Humanity

What happens when societal forces can no longer silence human instinct?

What happens when good people are forced to make bad decisions?

What happens when social norms are ignored?

What happens when neighbors become strangers?

What happens when the bad extinguishes the good?

What happens then?

English 190 will explore such questions. 

  • Spring 2017
  • When: Mon/Wed/ Fri: 10 to 10:50
  • Honors section available.

Questions? Contact Professor Elphick:

Lit Journal Wants Student Entries

Paraphrased from an email…

From the editors of Sagebrush Review (UT San Antonio):

Sagebrush Review is a non-profit, literary and arts journal that is based in the University of Texas at San Antonio and that features work from students.

We would like to expand our range and give more students the opportunity to submit work for the chance of that work being published in our journal.

Please look to submission guidelines here.

Or contact:

David Crawford | Sagebrush Review

Deadline Approaches! Study Abroad in Iceland!

Iceland, June 14–21, 2017 – Register Now

Application Deadline Extended: November 30, 2016

We plan to take on the land of fire and ice, with an Environmental Studies emphasis. In the capital city of Reykjavik and its neighboring regions, we will engage in activities at key locations including caving in Leidarendi, viewing of the geothermal field full of fumaroles and geysers at Krysuvik Seltunor, hiking (optional) the Krysuvik cliffs, viewing the hot spring area of Gunnuhver, appreciating the famous Blue Lagoon, and visiting Hellisheidi Geothermal Power Plant; also there will be exploration of Thingvellir National Park, Fridheimar greenhouse, Gullfoss waterfall, Solheimajokull glacier, Reynisfjara black beach, the National Museum of Iceland, and an Eldgjarhraun lava field. Cost: $3,055

View itinerary, payment, and conditions.

This program is available to Montgomery College students and employees. Program is pending final contractual agreements.

For more information on study abroad programs, contact Dr. Greg Malveaux, coordinator of study abroad, at or visit

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