ENG 252: Saint Rose Students Participate in Climate Change Strike

IMG_0829What do you call home? By¬†definition, it‚Äôs ‚Äúthe place where one lives¬†permanently, especially as a member of a family or household‚ÄĚ. However, home can be¬†a place, person, object, or anything that makes you feel complete. But all of these things¬†exist upon one thing: Earth.

September 20-27 consisted of what is known as the Global Week for Future. This was a series of international strikes and protests to demand action be taken to address climate change. A record of 7.6 million people, mostly led by youth and students, took to the streets to strike for climate action. All around the world, in cities and villages, big and small, millions joined hands and spoke up in defense of the climate.

The College of Saint Rose students gathered together to prepare for the strike by¬†creating signs and chants. Friday, September 20th, these students joined hands with¬†the University of Albany as well as Albany High School to march all the way to the state¬†Capital and strike together as one. Hundreds more joined, including students from Siena, Skidmore, and Union. As they marched to the Capitol, students chanted things¬†such as ‚ÄúIf we‚Äôre standing up for our environment, what do we do? STAND UP, FIGHT¬†BACK!‚ÄĚ

This is all in an effort to show that overall, through the community and Government, we have the people power necessary to fight climate change and end the era of fossil fuels. According to the NASA website, if climate change persists, the Northeast and Capitol Region will experience heat waves, heavy downpours, sea level rise, growing challenges, and more. It is up to us to fight prevent these results now before it is too late. Saint Rose students and more are doing just that.

About the Writer: Jennifer Moss is a Junior at the College of Saint Rose studying
Communications with a concentration in Public Relations and Advertising.

English Club Events!

Hey Everyone,

I  hope you all had an awesome weekend. This past week in English Club we played around with fold over stories, and the results were so much fun to read aloud! This upcoming week we will be meeting from 3:30pm- 4:30pm. Be prepared to talk about your favorite book, or one of your favorites, and be ready to do some more fun writing exercises!
Here are some of our upcoming events:
September 27, 2019:¬† (at normal meeting time) We will be having a collaboration with Daniel Nester about the Pine Hills review and the world of literary journals. It’s a great way to get insight in this field, especially if you are thinking of going into it, or even eventually publishing things. See the flyer for more info!
October 30, 2019: BLAZE Pizza Fundraiser from 6:00-9:00pm! Come out to the BLAZE Pizza in Stuyvesant Plaza, show the flyer that I have attached below, and 20% of the proceeds from your meal be given to the Enlish Club!
I hope to see you all on Friday!
Sam Zimmerman
English Club President

English Club: Books & Brews / ENG 218 Poetry Reading

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This Thursday at 5:30 pm in Albertus 369, English Club will be holding their last meeting of the year. We will be reviewing on this past semester and this past year, talking about ways that we can improve the club for next year.

Visiting Scholar: John Keene

Jersey City, NJ. Sept 18th 2018. John Keene writer shot in and around Jersey City for the John D. and Catherine T. Macarthur Foundation.
Photo via MacArthur Foundation

John Keene: ‘Counternarratives’

7 pm April 24th
Carondelet Symposium, Lally Hall, 3rd Floor

We are delighted to host 2018 MacArthur fellow John Keene as our visiting scholar for the 2018-9 academic year. He will be speaking the evening after our department symposium (beginning at 9am in Midnight Eats). From the MacArthur Foundation press materials:

John Keene is a fiction writer exploring the ways in which historical narratives shape contemporary lives while simultaneously re-envisioning these narratives from the perspectives of those whose voices have been suppressed. Through innovations in language and form, he imbues with multifaceted subjectivities those who have been denied nuanced histories within the story of the Americas‚ÄĒprimarily people of color and queer people‚ÄĒand exposes the social structures that confine, enslave, or destroy them.

His first book,¬†Annotations¬†(1995), is simultaneously a semi-autobiographical novel chronicling the coming of age of a black, queer, middle-class child in the 1970s and ‚Äė80s in St. Louis and a collection of essays about the ideological, philosophical, and political contexts that define his struggle to achieve agency. In the story collection¬†Counternarratives¬†(2015), Keene reimagines moments, both real and fictional, from the history of the Americas, adopting the language and literary forms of the time periods in which his characters live‚ÄĒfrom seventeenth-century epistolary novels to Modernist and post-modernist experiments with stream of consciousness. ¬†One story, ‚ÄúGloss on a History of Roman Catholics in the Early American Republic,‚ÄĚ is framed as an excerpt from a history book. As the text unfolds, it is revealed that what at first appears to be a footnote about the disappearance of a convent school in early nineteenth-century Kentucky is in fact the eyewitness account of Carmel, an enslaved girl who achieves literacy and a literary voice within the space of the work. ‚ÄúA Letter on the Trials of the Counterreformation in New Lisbon,‚ÄĚ also narrated by an enslaved person, turns a letter between missionary priests into an assertion of queer African presence in the New World. In ‚ÄúRivers,‚ÄĚ Keene imagines two meetings between an older Huckleberry Finn and a now-free Jim; he endows Jim with a voice and consciousness, thereby presenting Tom Sawyer and Huck from a powerful new perspective that extends and transforms Twain‚Äôs original novels.

In his fiction and in a number of other projects spanning translation, poetry, and cultural criticism, Keene is correcting and enlarging our distorted, partial views of American history and culture, and challenging his readers to question received understandings of our past.


John Keene received an A.B. (1987) from Harvard University and an M.F.A. (1997) from New York University. Before joining the faculty at Rutgers University-Newark, where he is currently professor and chair of the Department of African American and African Studies and a professor in the Department of English, he taught at Brown University and Northwestern University, among other institutions. He was a member of the Dark Room Collective and is a graduate fellow of Cave Canem. In addition to his novels, he has published two collaborative volumes of poetry, Seismosis (2006) and GRIND (2016), a chapbook of poems, Playland (2016), and translated Brazilian author Hilda Hilst’s novel Letters from a Seducer, from Portuguese. His writing has appeared in TriQuarterly, the Kenyon Review, and Ploughshares, among other journals.