English and Reading

We all write our own histories.


Rebecca Eggenschwiler

Take ENGL 212 Survey of American Literature II

Read and discuss thought-provoking literature from America past and present. Come to your own conclusions about what kind of country we are, have been, and should be.

  • ENGL 212, Survey of American Literature II
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN:  31086
  • Rockville campus.
  • TR 3:30-4:45
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 101/A
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.


Spring’18: The U.S. through Literature

Read, discuss, and consider great American authors from 1865 through the present. Through literature, we’ll consider what kind of country America was, is, and should be.

Take ENGL 212:

  • American Literature II
  • CRN: 31086
  • Fulfills HUMD requirement
  • TR, 3:30-4:45
  • Spring 2018
  • Rockville Campus
  • Questions? Contact Prof. Rebecca Eggenschwiler

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!

Fall 2016: Is this America?

How did early Americans and colonists dream, imagine, and think about this country?

Are we still living in “their” America? Do we want to?

Read great literature and draw your own conclusions in Survey of American Literature I. ENGL 211 this Fall.

  • T/R: 8:00-9:15 a.m.
  • Professor Eggenschwiler

Eggenschwiler: No Cookie-Cutter Classes

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffEnglish Professor Rebecca Eggenschwiler (Rockville campus) has penned another nice piece for the Chronicle of Higher Education. (Another? Here’s the first.) Read both!

In this one, she pushes against the current trend of standardization in the classroom:

This is one part of a larger, troubling trend. Many people seem to be intensely afraid of the interpersonal nature of education, as we can see with the rush to standardization, the focus on data, the prescriptive pathways to student success. Some would like to unlock the secrets to education via neat little columns and easily replicable results. But education is based on human interactions, which are messy and ill-defined and unpredictable. They vary, as will our classrooms.


Cherry Blossom Conference a Success

MCG political science student Peter Winnard talks about the philosopher John Locke at the Humanitites Students' Cherry Blossom Conference.
MCG political science student Peter Winnard talks about the philosopher John Locke at the Humanitites Students’ Cherry Blossom Conference.

Thank you all so much for your work with students and your participation in our first-ever Humanities Students’ Cherry Blossom Conference last Friday! We had well over 150 students, faculty, and administrators in attendance throughout the day, and all reports back suggest that attendees enjoyed a rich, meaningful, and engaging experience as they listened to student presenters from all three campuses and a variety of Humanities disciplines.

The students who presented have also told us they found this experience meaningful, one writing to me that she, “really enjoyed having a platform to not only present my work to my peers and professors, but to also to hear the varying and interesting viewpoints of those in attendance. It was definitely an eye opening experience that I was very grateful to have.” Another presenter pointed out the valuable perspective our Humanities courses offer her noting that “As a science major student my Global Humanities class […] really excited my outlooks […] to look at the human facets of what I intend to research.”

We are so thrilled that we have a showcase for our students’ work in the Humanities disciplines. The conference truly demonstrated how Humanities courses naturally encourage the kind of critical thinking skills and interdisciplinary connections we want our students to leave MC with.

We agree with Dean Fechter that this should be an annual event! We hope to continue working with you all to grow this conference for Spring of 2017. Keep up all of your great work, and thank you again!

Rebecca Eggenschwiler, Conference Coordinator, Assoc. Prof. of English

Student Humanities Conference FRIDAY

Please come out and support our great Montgomery College students as they share excellent work from their Humanities courses. Attached you can find the program for the event. I think you’ll see that the work our students do in these courses is incredibly rich and varied, as well as truly interdisciplinary. We hope folks from all departments will come out to hear these students and help them celebrate success.

Please feel free to bring your classes. I think this will be a fun and engaging opportunity for students to see how to approach academic thinking, writing, research, and presentation.

Everyone is welcome for all or just part of the time. We are so looking forward to seeing you there.

The conference runs 10 a.m. to 2p.m. See the attached flyer for a full agenda.


Montgomery College Faculty and StaffEnglish-Reading Department professor Rebecca Eggenschwiler (Rockville) and Department Chair Elizabeth Benton (Rockville) have been accepted to present at the American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies conference April 6.

Their presentation: “Community College Educational Change: A Department Chair and Faculty Member Tackle the Turbulence of a Reform Era.”

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