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ENGL 235: Literature and Film (Native American)

This class will explore the cinematic depiction and literary tradition of Native American peoples. We will watch and read about constructions of Natives, father/son relationships, coming of age, boarding school zombies, traditional stories, gender, and the unique experiences of contemporary Native Americans.

  • Literature and Film
  • ENGL 235
  • Fall 2018
  • CRN: 20551
  • Rockville campus
  • Prerequisite: a “C” or better in ENGL 101/A
  • Monday 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • For a printable flyer, click here.
  • Questions? Contact Prof.
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FRIDAY: Humanities Cherry Blossom Conference

Dear colleagues,

This coming Friday, April 13, the Theater Arts Arena in Rockville will host the third annual Humanities Students’ Cherry Blossom Conference. You can find a preliminary draft of the schedule for this year’s conference here. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Theater Arts Arena, Rockville campus.

We hope that no matter your discipline, you will make time in your day to support the great work our students are doing in Montgomery College Humanities courses. No matter your field, we think you and your students will find the student presentations engaging and relevant. Perhaps one of your students is even presenting!

Please attend all or part of the conference as you are able, and encourage your students to do the same. Our presenters are eager, and they would love to have your support. The conference will be divided into panels, and we will have some project and poetry selections this year as well. Lunch will be served from 12:10-12:50.

We hope to see you and your students there! Please do let me know if you have questions.


Rebecca Eggenschwiler

Artificial Humans 2

Humans have imagined making artificial versions of themselves, from monsters to robots to AI, for thousands of years. Studying written and film examples of these creations helps us understand shared human concerns ranging from the nature of the divine to the desires of the flesh; from the power of the artist to the responsibilities of the parent. Join us as we explore those we make in our own image, out of whatever materials we can find: from clay to flesh to silicon–and beyond.

  • ENGL 235, Film and Literature
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 31090
  • Rockville campus.
  • Wed. 1:00 to 3:40 p.m.
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 101/A
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.

Master Your Craft: Advanced Fiction 265

If you are serious about writing fiction and you want to learn more, consider taking Advanced Fiction 265. This course allows you to read serious works of fiction, discuss what you are reading, and share your own writing with a group of fellow writers. Our goal for this course is to help you refine what you have already written so you can send it to literary journals for possible publication. If you haven’t taken a fiction writing course at Montgomery college before, you can send a writing sample to get approval to take the Advanced course.

  • ENGL 265, Advanced Creative Writing, Fiction
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 35920
  • Rockville campus.
  • Tue./Thu., 12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 264 or the equivalent, or consent of instructor based upon a writing sample
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.

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.

Get Lit! Masterpieces of Asian Literature

After a lengthy absence, Masterpieces of Asian Literature is now being offered. Students will read core texts, including, but not limited to: The Art of War, The Ramayana, and The Tale of Genji.

As this is a “Z” course, all materials will be provided to students electronically. No textbook purchases required!

Students will complete journal entries, engage in spirited (respectful) discussions, and submit a final project on a topic of their choice (related, of course, to an Asian literary text discussed in class.)

The course will be taught using high interest films and audio materials.

Students must have regular access to the internet and have some proficiency in working with cloud documents.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.

  • Masterpieces of Asian Literature
  • ENGL 205
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 34389
  • Rockville campus
  • M/W 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • z-course (zero- or very low-cost textbook materials)
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Come on, get lit! You won’t regret it!

Event: Handwriting the Constitution

All are welcome to participate on Friday Oct. 27, 9:30-11 a.m. as the college celebrates the U.S. Constitution by handwriting it verbatim.

We will have copies of the Constitution, pens, and paper to share! Everyone is welcome.

Room 205, South Campus Instructional Building (SB, the “Welcome Center Building”)

More info:

Click here for a flyer with more infoLink to a national #handwritingtheconstitution group for more info.

Professors: joanna.howard @; sara.ducey @

MCR ENGL-READ dept offering freebies for sign-ups, again

MC English and Reading

Register for classes in the MC Rockville English and Reading Dept office (Macklin Tower-526, MT526) and receive a FREE Goodie Bag filled with water bottles, diaries, pens, highlighters, WEPA cards and much more!

Register for summer or fall 2017 classes starting:

  • April 3 for summer
  • May 1 for fall

Make Your Move…


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.


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.

Zach Benavidez, former faculty, dies.

Prof. Zach Benavidez
Prof. Zach Benavidez

The Montgomery College English and Reading community is saddened by the very unexpected passing of Prof. Zach Benavidez.  Prof. Benavidez will always be a loving, caring person in our hearts and memories.  He touched lives and brought many smiles and creativity to our faculty, staff and students. He was a creative writing and literature teacher. He will be missed.

We would like to extend our condolences to his family.

In honor of Zach, we are sharing some of his creative writing with you.  If you need support during this time, please contact the English and Reading office and we can direct you to some college resources.

Fiction: The Dog on Sitting Woman Mountain

Fiction: Exactly What You Want

Prof. Benavidez’s blog: Untying My Hands

He had resigned his position on the faculty a year or more ago. His family has established a gofundme site, and they are asking for donations and good wishes.


Engaging in the Flipped Classroom

Montgomery College Faculty and StaffProf. Steve Thurston (English-R), has a piece about the flipped classroom on the Schoology blog site. (Schoology is a competitor to Blackboard.)

In the piece, Thurston argues that faculty need to think more about becoming “facilitators” of the students’ educations rather than professors. Flipping the classroom could help that a lot.


Destressing Before Finals: Crafting Found Poems

Creative Writing of Poetry students on the Rockville campus finished the semester crafting found poetry collages.

Using magazines, origami paper, calendars, pens, crayons and markers, the students developed poetry that looked as beautiful as it sounded.  Some student poets plan to use their work as their portfolio covers, others will be displaying them as works of art.

Regardless of the plan, a lot of laughter and fun went into the creation, fueled by cookies and lemonade.

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Take Grammar: Summer 1

Do you hate grammar? So did Prof. Thurston when he was in high school.

Now, he breaks down the intimidating and confusing rules of this important subject using a clear series of videos, lectures and exercises.

Not only will students learn many rules–such as how to use that pesky semicolon (;)–but also how to think of grammar in terms of power in their writing, using the rules of grammar to express their own meaning more clearly.

Take the Principles of English Grammar, Summer 1 2016

  • CRN: 40313
  • Monday through Thursday: 10:30 to 12:40
  • Humanities Building 317, Rockville Campus

Mythology: Expand Your Universe


Creation  Beauty  Power  Terror  Quest  Revelation  Dream  Transformation  

Apotheosis Apocalypse

~birthplace of belief ~ guardian of mystery ~ gateway to insight ~ inspiration~



ENGL 122 CRN20769 TR 8:00-9:15 a.m.

Introduction to World Mythology

Fall 2016 Prof. Carol Malmi

Illustration: The Pillars of Creation, a star-forming region of the Eagle Nebula

Rockville Dept. Meeting

From MCR Chair Elizabeth Benton:

Hello faculty, I’d like to share with you the department meeting dates.

  • February 19 from 1:30-3:00 in SB 202
  • March 22 from 4:00-5:00 in SB 202 
  • April 22 from 1:30-3:00 in SB 202
  • May 3 from 4:00-5:00 in SB 202 (Discussion Forum)

We will continue our semester theme from fall “Semester in Engagement.”  If you would like to share something on the topic of engagement (faculty, student, scholarship, conference work) for 15 minutes at one of our meetings, please let me know.  Sharing your expertise and interest is very helpful and inspiring for the rest of us.

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