English and Reading

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November 2016

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

World Ensemble Concert Includes “Dr. D.”

This is a final reminder about our World Ensemble Concert on Wednesday 30 November, 7:30 at the Parilla Arts Center.   The concert is free, and we welcome students, staff, and faculty.

The English Department’s own Swift “Dr. D” Dickison will be among those performing!

Free Stuff @ENGL-READ Open House

Mobile pockets will be free.
Free “mobile pockets,” lanyards, styluses and other free stuff at the English-Reading Department Open House, Monday Nov. 14, 2 to 4 p.m. Science Center rooms 151 and 152.

Come to the English and Reading Department Open House on Monday 14 November, from 2 – 4 in SC 151 and 152 on the Rockville campus.

The event is a chance for students to see what will be offered next semester, get help with their schedules, decide on General Education information and otherwise get into the swing for spring!

We’ll have games (oh yes we will!), giveaways, advisors to help you make decisions, and laptops ready for your registration! It’s a one-stop shopping extravaganza!

By all means, pop on by.  It will be more fun than you imagine.

Phoning It In

Prof. Howard, Students Create “Cell Phone Theatre” in ENGL-235

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For the next month, students in ENGL-235, Film and Literature, are working in groups to create their own video adaptation of a short story.

The assignment, “Cell Phone Theatre,” asks that each group select a short story to adapt, which they will turn into a script, a 10-minute video, a poster and a summary/analysis, all of which will be uploaded on to a wiki page in Blackboard.

And yes, this means that each student takes a turn at acting and directing and working with a budget of nothing to produce 10 minutes of entertainment for an audience of peers.

Have a look as two groups begin planning and plotting and using their cell phones as auteurs. Updates to follow . . .

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