January 9th, 2021 §
Dr Peter Moe’s book Touching This Leviathan asks how we might come to know the unknowable––in this case, whales, animals so large yet so elusive, revealing just a sliver of back, a glimpse of a fluke, or a split-second breach before diving away. Drawing on biology, theology, local history, literary criticism, environmental studies, and composition theory, Moe offers a deep dive into the alluring and impalpable mysteries of Earth’s largest mammal.
Touching This Leviathan is available for preorder with Oregon State University Press; use the discount code SP21 for 25% off.
December 18th, 2020 §
Evin Shinn, former English major and current English teacher in the Seattle Public Schools, was quoted recently in a New York Times article on teaching during COVID. Here’s the link to the article:
November 14th, 2020 §
From Dr. Mark Walhout, Chair of English & Cultural Studies:
Thinking about an internship while you’re in school or a job after college? Then you should consider taking GS 3001–Internship and Job Search Strategies: Arts and Humanities, a one-credit course offered in both winter and spring 2021. Here’s the course description:
Tailored to arts and humanities majors but open to all, this class assists students in preparing to find an internship or post-graduation job. Students will identify and learn to articulate their calling, strengths and skills, explore career options, and prepare to market themselves successfully. Students will learn to network, write a powerful résumé and cover letter, create an effective LinkedIn profile, search for a job or internship and prepare for interviews.
The winter section will be online; we’re not sure about spring yet.
November 13th, 2020 §
Lexi Garrity checked in with the Department recently to inform us that she had bought her first house recently. Congrats to Lexi! Her path has been a steady one since graduation, and this feat, not easy in Seattle, isn’t surprising, given Lexi’s grit and determination.
Lexi teaches fourth- and fifth-grade social studies at Seattle Country Day School. She’s now in her sixth year of teaching. Choosing to focus solely on an English major while an undergraduate, Lexi took the pre-requisites for SPU’s masters in education program at night after graduating, working full-time during the day to support herself. She then took advantage of SPU’s two-year, part-time grad program in teaching so she could continue to work while completing her education.
When she’s not teaching and a pandemic isn’t raging, Lexi is a serious ultimate player. She’s had both a club and professional career in the sport, competing with the Seattle Cascades in the Western Ultimate League. Lexi reports that her favorite book this year has been Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens. It’s no surprise that someone like Lexi is drawn to a novel featuring an independent protagonist who finds her own way in the world. Keep going, Lexi!
October 29th, 2020 §
A message from Professor Emeritus of English, Dr. Doug Thorpe:
For over forty years, I’ve worked to guide learners towards their own answers to these questions:
o What are your skills and talents?
o What do you love to do? What are you passionate about?
o How can you translate your skills and your passion into true
service out in the world?
As a mentor, spiritual director, and life coach, I’ve worked with college students as well as older adults in traditional academic settings and beyond. Having created a vocationally focused university course developed out of these years of work, and published the anthology Work & the Life of the Spirit, I’ve developed ways to explore the practical aspects of vocation while also allowing individuals to reflect more deeply on their own underlying talents and desires. The goal is to find work that feeds the body while also feeding the soul.
This is vocational work, but, more deeply, it is life work—meaning that I’m interested in getting as close to the truth of who you are as possible, and from that place helping you be that person: creative, imaginative, compassionate, joyful, relational.
I invite those with whom I work to explore these same questions—wherever that exploration takes us.
If this sounds at all interesting let me know and we can meet for an initial free session, no strings attached. We will talk, I will ask questions and get to know you, and then you can make up your own mind whether entering upon this journey together will be helpful. Pay what you can afford—we can discuss my sliding scale—and of course you can pause or stop at any time.
Also happy to provide references.
Doug Thorpe, Ph.D.