June 2013 - Dr. Andrew Levy named English Department
April 30, 2013 - Epilogue, an Evening with our
Senior Essay Contest Winners 2013:
1st Place (tie):
Emelia Abbe, "An Examination of Ethics and Setting in Jane
Austen's Mansfield Park".
Andrew Erlandson, "Twain and Tobacco, The Significance of
Smoking in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
Hannah Sutton, "Fantasy, Storytelling and the Articulation of
Trauma in Gunter Grass's The Tin Drum and Jonathan Safran
Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close".
Creative Writing Contest Winners
1st Place: Craig Middleton, "Half a Pack of King Size, Additive
Free, Whole Leaf Musings on Cigarettes"
2nd Place: Madison Chartier, "Chapter One, Run"
3rd Place: Justin Dice, "Prologue"
1st Place: Craig Middleton, "Smoking Cigarettes in Bed"
2nd Place: Eric Ellis, "Saccharine"
3rd Place: Tommy O'Rourke, "Percent Daily Value of Liquefied
Petroleum Based on a 2,000 Calorie Diet"
April 6, 2013 - Spring Awards Day
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
We are thrilled to announce the recipients of the following
The ALLEGRA STEWART AWARD, named for a
distinguished Butler English Professor, was awarded to
the outstanding English majors, Emelia Abbe and Andrew
The CATHARINE MERRILL AWARD was given to Joanna
Grabarek as the outstanding junior English major.
The MARGARET M. KUHN SCHOLARSHIP for
distinction in the field of literature was given to Brendan
Cavanagh, Ella Paul and Lauren Stark.
The JEAN T. WHITCRAFT SCHOLARSHIP was given to
Jason McCalley, Chloe Richardson, Elizabeth Shick and Michelle
Trainor, who have expressed interest in teaching high school
The JOHN NEWCOMB WRIGHT AWARD for excellence in
the study of English was given to Katherine Sheridan and Hannah
The JESSIE H. COCHRAN MEMORIAL AWARD for
excellence in Creative Writing was given to Craig Middleton for
Prose, and to Jason Simpson for Poetry.
The DONALD SANDSTROM SCHOLARSHIP is given to a
student who shows promise as a writer and was given to Madison
The GRACE FARRELL AWARD is given annually
to a student devoted to political engagement and social
activism, and was awarded to Kathryn Burns.
Congratulations to Chris Forhan on his promotion to Associate
Professor and to Dan Barden for being promoted
Our beloved professor and dear friend, Marshall Gregory, lost
his battle with pancreatic cancer on December 30th,
"My own personal ethic suggests to me that I have three jobs to
accomplish in this world. The first is to grow and develop,
to attempt to make the most out of the gifts, talents, and
opportunities that have been given to me. My second job is to
make some kind of positive contribution to the world: to do
something to make the world more sensible or more peaceful or more
civil or more intelligent, and more congenial to human
flourishing. It is not my job to do this in some grand way,
by affecting the lives of thousands or by leading the masses-fat
chance: the last American academic to do this may have been Woodrow
Wilson-but merely by making my contribution as I can, when I
My third duty is to enjoy performing the first two duties: to
derive joy from tending to my own growth and development and from
making my own contribution to the world. I cannot do any of
my jobs properly if I am sour, bitter, grim, beleaguered, or
persistently angry. Joy is not just the icing on life's cake;
it's the yeast that transforms the flour and other ingredients into
cake in the first place."
From Marshall Gregory's new book:
Good Teaching and
Educational Vision:_Not the Same Thing as
December 2012 - contest announcement for students
Kristi Schultz Broughton Liberal
Arts Essay Contest, 2012 -2013
Primed to Serve, a Benefit of a
Liberal Arts Education
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites you to
participate in our annual liberal education essay contest during
the academic year 2012-2013. The contest is open to all Butler
University undergraduate students, and the student who writes the
winning essay will win a $1000 prize. Past essay contest winners
are not permitted to enter the contest. The winning essay
will be posted on the Liberal Arts and Sciences website and its
author will be honored at Award Day on April 6, 2013.
The submitted essays will be judged by a committee of Butler
University faculty drawn from various disciplines, and members of
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Board of
Dr. William Walsh took a large group of
enthusiastic students on a Shakespeare trip to England
during the summer of 2012. Students attended six live
Shakespeare plays in Stratford on Avon and London, wrote critical
reviews, and investigated the social and cultural context in which
the plays were written. Details of the trip can be viewed at http://blue.butler.edu/~wwalsh/.
Dates for the 2013 trip are August 6th - 20th.
The 2nd Annual English Department Awards Night,
"EPILOGUE" was held on Tuesday, May 1st from 6:30-9:30pm
at the Efroymson Center for Creative Writing.
Creative Writing Contest Winners 2012
1st Place: "Together" Brian Gross; 2nd Place: "Ritual for
Remembrance" Lydia Johnson; 3rd Place (tie): "The Day the Tinker
Toys Broke" Jennifer Redmond and "Thoughts on a Midwest Drive" Eric
1st Place:"February Stars" Billy Whitehouse; 2nd Place: "Tuesday
Morning" Ally Denton; 3rd Place: "A Town, South of Pisek" Eric
1st Place: "The Rosetti Method" Emily Lazar; 2nd Place:
"Pergamum Burning" Brian Gross; 3rd Place: "Shattering Mirrors"
Senior Essay Contest
Winner: Jennifer Redmond
Dr. Marshall Gregory will be directing a week long
interdisciplinary seminar on teaching for faculty members at Taylor
Winner of the Mortar Board Outstanding Faculty of the Year -
Professor Bill Walsh
Congratulations to Michael Dahlie who has now joined the English
Department on a tenure track.
Spring Awards Day - April 14, 2012
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Donald Sandstrom Scholarship for showing promise as a writer -
John Newcombe Wright Award for Excellence in the Study of
English - Allison Denton and Mark Wilhelm
Jessie H. Cochran Memorial Award for Excellence in Creative
Writing - Madeline Eckrich and Lydia Johnson
James T. Watt Award for the student who has made the
largest contribution to the Butler Literary Community -
The Grace Farrell Award for the student Devoted to Political
Engagement and Social Activism - Kate Newman
Winner of the Annual Liberal Arts Education Essay Contest for
2011-2012 - Jennifer Redmond
The Allegra Stewart Award for Outstanding graduating English
Majors - Brian Gross and Mary
The Catharine Merrill Award for Outstanding junior English Major
- Emily Kile
The Margaret M. Kuhn Scholarship for Distinction in the
field of Literature - Emelia Abbe, Taylor Meador and
The Jean T. Whitcraft Scholarship for interest in teaching
English - Melissa Rangel, Chloe Richardson, Elizabeth Shick
and Michelle Trainor
Professor Dan Barden's second novel, The Next Right
Thing, was published by Dial Press.
The Butler Writing in the Schools program won a Jefferson Award
from Students in Action and the Shortridge community for
"Outstanding Community Service in Recognition of Outstanding
Leadership in Volunteerism."
Dr. Hilene Flanzbaum had two articles appear in journals in
February 2012: a cultural studies piece "Traces of Trauma" in the
Phi Kappa Phi Review; "Teaching the Holocaust Right Here
Right Now" in Holocaust Studies' A Journal of Culture and
Dr. Brynnar Swenson's article "The Human Network: Social Media
and the Limit of Politics" was published in February 2012 in the
Baltic Journal of Law and Politics.
Dr. Ania Spyra's article "Between Theory and Reality:
Cosmopolitanism of Nodal Cities in Pawel Huelle's Castorp"
is forthcoming in Comparative Literature (Fall 2012).
Dr. Andrew Levy completed a book manuscript
entitled Been There Before: On Mark Twain, Huck Finn, and
Misremembering the American Past (Simon and Schuster,
Michael Dahlie is the the PEN/Hemingway and Whiting Writers'
Award winner for A Gentleman's Guide to Graceful
Living. His second novel, The Best of Youth, will be
published by W.W. Norton in 2013.
The Efroymson Center for Creative Writing
opened its doors on December 2nd. Located at 530 West Hampton
Drive, purchased and beautifully remodeled with the $1 million
donation from the Efroymson Family Fund, the Center is a site for
graduate-level workshops and public readings. It is also a
living and work space for visiting writers, visiting students,
faculty and alumni. The Efroymson Family also sponsors the
Efroymson Scholarships in Creative Writing. This year, the
scholarships were awarded to four M.F.A. who were from out-of-state
and who showed tremendous promise as writers.
Professor Chris Forhan was the recipient of a 2011
$10,000 Creative Renewal Arts Fellowship from the Arts Council
of Indianapolis to assist in his writing a memoir.
Dr. Joseph Colavito presented "The Child Ain't Right: Fringe
Films, Pulp Play, and the Figure of the Malevolent Child," at the
Midwest Modern Language Association (October 2011).
Professor Chris Forhan's poems "Petition," "The Severing,"
"Spat Out," and "While Reading The Lives of the Saints in a Lawn
Chair" will appear in The Recorder: Journal of the American
Irish Historical Society. His poem "The Church of the
Backyard" was included in the most recent anthology edited by
Garrison Keillor, Good Poems: American Places (Viking,
2011). Three of his poems can be found at www.cerisepress.com/vol-2-issue-6-features.
Dr. Jason Goldsmith published "John Clare and the Art of
Politics" (2011) in John Clare Society.
Dr. Marshall Gregory finished a book manuscript on teaching
called For the Love of Teaching: The Intellectual and Ethical
Foundations of Teaching Excellence.
Susan Neville recently finished a short story and novella
collection called The Green Room.
Dr. Carol Reeves published "Scientific Visuals, Language, and
the Commercialization of a Scientific Idea: The Strange Case of the
Prion" (2011) in Technical Communication Quarterly.
Dr. William Watts's article "Butler University v. John Doe:
A New Challenge to Academic Freedom and Shared Governance" (2011)
was published in Journal of Academic Freedom.
Congratulations to our graduating seniors and the winners of our
Senior Essay Winner -
The John Newcomb Wright
Award for excellence in the study of English - Ben Sippola
and Matt Wright
The Jessie H. Cochran Memorial
Award for excellence in creative writing - Spenser Isdahl
and Mary Sekela
The Donald Sandstrom
Scholarship for a promising young writer - Lydia
1st Prize - Joanna Parypinski, "This Is Not a Love Poem"
2nd Prize - Mark Wilhelm, "Undifferentiated"
3rd Prize - Eric Ellis, "Digging"
1st Prize - Mark Wilhelm, "Noose Therapy"
2nd Prize - Farhad Anwarzai, "Maple Street"
3rd Prize - Ros Lederman, "Coronation"
1st Prize - Joanna Parypinski, "Valentine's Card"
1st Prize - Katie Arnt, "Thirteen Ways of Looking at an
English Major Ben Sippola has won the 5th Annual Kristi Schultz
Broughton Liberal Arts Essay Contest. You can read his essay
"Metaphors of the Market Economy and the Learning Community" here.
Congratulations to Dr. Goldsmith, who has been promoted to
Associate Professor with tenure.
Dr. Goldsmith's exhibition, Here &
There, was named Weekend's Best in the
Star. His nature-inspired paintings and
photographs will be on display from January 11 - March 11 at the
Holliday Park Nature Center. If you are in town, swing by the
opening reception on Sunday, January 23rd from 2:00 p.m. - 4:oo
Dr. Chris Forhan's Black
Leapt In (Barrow Street, 2009) was named a 2010 Best
Book of Indiana by the Indiana Center for the Book. You can also
find some of his newest poems in recent issues of The Georgia Review, Ploughshares, Pleiades, The Laurel Review, and West Branch Wired.
Dr. Gregory has just published "How Teachers Need to Deal With
the Seen, the Unseen, the Improbable, and the Nearly Imponderable"
in Liberal Education. He also
has a piece on Redefining Ethical Criticism: The Old vs. the New"
forthcoming in the Fall 2011 issue of The Journal of Literary Theory.
Dr. Garver's "Neither Progressive nor Reactionary: Reassessing
the Cultural Politics of The New Age" has been accepted for
publication in the Journal of Modern
Periodical Studies. He has also published reviews of
the edited collection Broadcasting
Modernism (in English
Literature in Transition, 1880-1920 54.2) and of Adrian
Bingham's Family Newspapers?: Sex,
Private Life, and the British Popular Press, 1918-1978
(forthcoming in the Journal of
Modern Periodical Studies).
Quarterly will publish Dr. Reeve's "Visual Promotion of a
Scientific Ideal: The Strange Case of the Prion."
Drs. Flanzbaum and Goldsmith recently returned from Los
Angeles, where they delivered talks at the Modern Language
Association's annual convention. Dr. Flanzbaum presented a paper
entitled "Defending The
Reader: Why We Should Continue to Teach it." Dr. Goldsmith
spoke on "John Clare's 'Don Juan' and the Art of Politics."
Dr. Flanzbaum's "The Holocaust as Bestseller" appeared in Sonderdruck aus The Holocaust, Art, and
Taboo: Transatlantic Exchanges on the Ethics and Aesthetics of
Representation, Winter 2010.
Dr. Goldsmith has just published "The Metamorphosis; Or a
Phenomenology of Teaching" in Arts
and Humanities in Higher Education Volume 9 Issue 3,
October 2010. The current issue can be found at http://ahh.sagepub.com/.
Congratulations to Bryan Furuness, associate editor
whose "Man of Steel" was selected for Best American Non-required Reading