Two Myths–and a Truth–about Writing

Clashing voices.

1) Myth: “Good writing is clear!” Who can argue against clear writing? But clarity involves more than an author creating lucid syntactical patterns. Clarity is also a function of the background knowledge and expectations of readers. “Humpty Dumpty was pushed!” shouts the bumper sticker. But if readers haven’t heard that nursery rhyme or know a […]

Dana Haugh Discusses Her Journey From SBU English Student to SBU Librarian

Dana was invited to Beijing in November 2017 to present her work on Digital Librarianship.

Stony Brook University’s English Department has quite the knack for weaving itself into Dana Haugh’s life. Dana graduated from the English program in 2010, and it was a conversation with a SBU English Professor that inspired her to return to school for her Masters in Library Science after she became dissatisfied with her career in marketing. […]

A Chat With SBU English Alum Michael Goldense: Finding Your Career While Pursuing Your Passion

Mike Goldense in April 2018, facilitating a team-building workshop for The Nature's Bounty Co.

  There are few moments in a young adult’s life that are more anxiety-inducing than gazing at the post-graduation future and thinking: “What do I do now?” A BA in English or other aspects of the Humanities in particular often carries an extra load of stress thanks to well-meaning-but-still-trite questions like “What can you do […]

Stony Brook Library Online Databases: A Spectacular Resource For Every English Major

Stony Brook Library Online Databases: A Spectacular Resource For Every English Major

The university library is a tragically underutilized resource in academia. There is an unbelievable amount of free (read: FREE!) information and content waiting both in the stacks and on the library website. Yet, many students fail to take advantage. Movies, ebooks, and even a digital trip to the museum are readily available through your web […]

Discussion Questions: Promoting Active Learning and Building Community

Discussion Questions: Promoting Active Learning and Building Community

Among the challenges we face in the undergraduate classroom are getting students to work actively with literary texts, to contribute meaningfully and purposefully to class discussions, and to develop the skills necessary to construct arguments and support these arguments with direct textual evidence either verbally or in writing. I’d love to write here that I […]

“Stop, Hey, What’s That Sound?”

"Stop, Hey, What's That Sound?"

Buffalo Springfield’s essential protest song “For What It’s Worth”  remains wholly relevant. Written by Stephen Stills in 1966 after he witnessed a Sunset Strip curfew protest, the song elicits a timely missive about listening to resistance in the face of violence. The eerie sounds and uneasy mood of the song cement the socially conscious voice […]

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