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In the menu at the top of this page, you’ll note we have a new form for submitting news. Current students, alumni, faculty — send us your new and noteworthy information. Have you secured a new job? Received an award? Taken up a fellowship? Had a new publication?

We want to know!

Fill out the form and we’ll be sure to let the community know.


Upcoming Event: MFA student Sarah Sherman reading

College of Saint Rose student Sarah Michelle Sherman will read from her work at the Social Justice Center, 33 Central Ave., Albany on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:30PM.

Sarah Michelle Sherman is a writer, teacher, bartender, graduate student pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing at The College of Saint Rose, and managing editor of Pine Hills Review. Her work has appeared in Nailed MagazinePloughshares OnlineThe Helix, and Decades Review. She is also a contributing writer for Albany’s alternative newspaper, Metroland.

The event also includes an open mic.

Sign-up starts at 7:00PM, with the reading beginning at 7:30.

The suggested donation is $3.00.

Graduate Advanced Projects and Presentations

Eleven English Graduate students will complete their advanced projects this semester. Some of the students who completed projects in fall 2011, as well as some of those working this spring, will share their work on two nights, Thursday, May 3rd and Thursday, May 10th. Both of these presentation celebrations will be held at 6:30pm in Albertus 369 (369 is a large room towards the Science Center side of the 3rd floor of Albertus). All are welcome to attend the presentations!

Presenting on May 3rd: Kaitlin Affrunti, Melissa Archambeault, Tony Carrano, Lisa Christopher, Mary Catherine Owen, Steve Woosley.

Presenting on May 10th: Jonathan Hall, Ashley Healey, Sarah Lahue, Emily LaPointe, Briana St. John.

The following is a list of the students working on advanced projects this semester:

Melissa Archambeault, Literature. “I’m using the Horror/Gothic genre and looking at Lacanian Mirror Theory as a way to interpret the meaning between protagonist and monster in a piece.”

Tony Carrano, Writing. “I’m looking at literary aesthetics and the possibilities opened up by Experimentalist approaches.”

Lisa Christopher, Literature. “My tentative title for my advanced project is “Behind the Social Tapestry: Race and Class in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth.” I’m writing about the portrayal of race and class in the novel, arguing that race and class are collapsed together, and ultimately signify each other. Lily Bart, the protagonist of The House of Mirth, has trouble interacting with characters of a lower class than her own because she fears the contamination of her own status and bloodline.”

Jonathan Hall, Writing.  “I’m working on a collection of poetry that explores the relationship between people and the places and buildings in which they live.”

Ashley Healey, Literature. “For my advanced project I am focusing on Shakespeare’s Macbeth and 2 Henry VI.  I will be exploring how Shakespeare creates characters that are constantly performing gender in different ways, which demonstrates how there is not one fixed definition of gender.”

Sarah Lahue, Literature. “My advanced project looks at the character of Patrick Bateman in Mary Harron’s screen adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho as an example of the performativity of gender.”

Emily LaPointe, Literature. “My project, “Captivity in ‘Asian America:’ On Susan Choi’s American Woman,” facilitates a conversation between Asian American discourse and the American Captivity narrative genre via Choi’s novel.”

Meghan McCormick, Literature. “My advanced project is focusing on William Faulkner and the Postbellum South using the text Absalom, Absalom! I am analyzing the character’s storytelling style in comparison to Southern sermons of the Antebellum time, arguing that Faulkner uses traditional sermonic storytelling as a tool to produce a modernist text.”

Mary Catherine Owen, Writing. “My advanced project is a collection of personal essays that explores the nature vs. nurture question of personality.”

Briana St. John, Writing. “My advanced project experiments with the form of fairy tales. I try to break away from some of the more standard formulas used to tell these stories, using present tense instead of past, direct address instead of third-person point-of-view, and using panels to tell the same story from different perspectives. Fairy tales are constantly evolving, being added to and subtracted from as they are passed down, and I try to extend that tradition by shifting the focus of my fairy tales from content to form.”

Steve Woosley, Literature. “My project is entitled “Cutting a Bloody Swathe through History: Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and 16th century Samurai Culture.” I’m looking primarily at the film Throne of Blood and grappling with critics that say the film is nothing more than an adaptation, appropriation or transposition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth into 16th century Japan, arguing instead that if someone looks at the historical context in which the film is set, that person can see that the story of Throne of Blood (and also Macbeth to an extent) is unfolding and has unfolded repeatedly already.”

The Vagina Monologues: Monday, April 23 at 7pm

Join us for a performance of The Vagina Monologues in conjunction with

VDay2012. Written by Eve Ensler, the play is a series of monologues each having to do with a different issue that befalls women and their sexuality. All the proceeds from this event will go to the Domestic Violence Prevention Center at the Albany Equinox Shelter.

Hope to see you there in support of this worthy cause!

Spring Play: Pirandello’s Naked

This spring Saint Rose players will perform Naked, a rarely staged drama by Italian playwright, novelist, and Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello. Pirandello is best known for his plays, like Six Characters in Search of an Author and Enrico Quatro, both of which, like Naked, tackle issues of identity and reality/artificiality. The play will be directed by Dr. Kenneth Krauss, director of the Saint Rose drama program. Regarding the play’s plot, Dr. Krauss tells us, “Naked centers on a young woman who, while working as a governess, unwittingly contributed to the death of the child for whom she was caring. After attempting suicide, an act covered in all the newspapers, she is taken in by a successful Roman novelist, eager to give her a new start. Yet he and the other three men who come back to see her are not really interested in who she really is but only in who they think she is. Pirandello’s ironic exploration of identity questions the possibility of a genuine self and asks audiences to contrast what they think of as real life with the artificiality of the theatre.”

Naked will be performed Thursday, April 19, through Sunday, April 22, in the Saint Rose Campus Theatre, 996A Madison Ave. (located behind 1000 Madison Ave.), Albany.  Show times are: Thursday, April 19 at 7 pm, Friday, April 20 at 7 pm, Saturday, April 21 at 2 pm and 7 pm, and Sunday, April 22 at 2 pm. Regular admission is $10, or $5 with a Saint Rose I.D. Seating is limited and there are no reservations, so theatergoers should plan to arrive well before curtain time to see this thought-provoking play!

The spring performances of Naked will feature the acting talents of five Saint Rose students:

Character                Actor                                              Year                         Hometown

Erselia Drei          Kerry McNamera                  Freshman               Troy

Ludovico Nota  Christopher Suprenant    Sophomore          Whitesboro

Signora Honoria    Erica Woodin                     Freshman               Cobleskill

Franco Laspiga     Andrew Durand                 Sophomore            Owego

Emma                     Adrianne Puretll                 Junior                      Troy

Alfredo Cantavalle     Christopher Cavender        (not a Saint Rose Student)

Consul Grotti        Kevin Escudero        (not a Saint Rose student)

For more information about the spring play, contact Dr. Krauss: kraussk@strose.edu.

Slamming Steady at Nitty Gritty Slam

Poetry power fills Valentine’s (17 New Scotland Ave., Albany) on the first and third Tuesdays of each and every month in the form of the Nitty Gritty Poetry Slam. The Slam is a judged competition that consists of three rounds of “8-4-2” eliminations. At the end of the evening, one poet is crowned the Slam victor; second and third place poets are also recognized.

The general flow of these evenings begins with sign-up at 7:00PM, open mic starts at 7:30PM, and then the slam starts at 8:00PM. The cost of admission is $5 ($3 with a student I.D.).

Recent slammer, D Colin.

Prof. Daniel Nester commented that the slam is “going along steadily,” with generals crowd ranging from about 25-40 people. Nester, who DJs at the slams, told us  slammers range from teenagers in their senior year of high school, to undergrads including our own, to a couple graduate students, to people in the community.

“It’s a great mix of crowds because so many people and organizations have banded together to make sure Albany has a real slam venue, which it didn’t for 10-plus years.”

Jessica Leyton, another recent slammer.

Prof. Nester also mentioned that the Slam is often stigmatized as just a competition, but this isn’t quite the right view. “People might knock slams because it’s a competition, but that’s not really the point of a slam,” Nester says. “The point is poetry and community and making sure people are involved in speaking up and expressing themselves, telling stories.”

Anyone and everyone that has a passion for poetry and performance is welcome to give the Slam a try, or even get their “toes wet” on stage, as Nester put it, at the open mic session beforehand!

Annual English Undergraduate Symposium

On Tuesday, April 3rd from 9:30am to 4:00pm, English Undergraduate students will be presenting their work in four different subject panels.

The panels will feature the four subject areas that students are able to explore in their English degrees: Literature, Writing, Film and New Media, and Performance. This event will be held in Standish Rooms A and B, Events and Activities Center and is free and open to the public! Everyone is welcome to come for all or part of this English-filled day!

Symposium schedule:                                                                                                          9:30am – 11am: Literary Analysis
11:15am – 12:30pm: Film and New Media Studies
12:30pm – 1pm: Lunch (Lunch will be provided)
1pm – 2pm: Creative Writing / Performance #1                                                      2:30pm – 4:00pm: Creative Writing / Performance #2

For more information about the English Undergraduate Symposium, contact Dr. Eurie Dahn at dahne@strose.edu.

This event is sponsored by the English Department and the College of Arts and Humanities at the College of Saint Rose.