Attention English Majors in Honors Program

If you are an English major who also happens to be a student in the Honors Program, please be aware that the following Honors electives being offered in Fall 2013 can be substituted for LITERATURE course(s) in your major program. Discuss with Wayne Berninger before you register.

  • HHE 187, Italian Women, Professor Louis Parascandola
  • HHE 188, Conflicted Youth, Professor Srividhya Swaminathan.

Poetry Reading: Lewis Warsh with Brenda Coultas

Professor Lewis Warsh (English Department / MFA Director) will be reading with Brenda Coultas, former Visiting Writer at LIU Brooklyn.

Thursday, May 9, 8 PMwith music by Dan Veksler

600 Vanderbilt Ave.
(near corner of St. Marks)
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
718 789 1534

MFA Reading Series: Jessica Hagedorn's Playwriting Students

Wednesday, April 1, 2013
5 PM
Robert Spector Lounge
Humanities Building, 4th Floor
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Voices of the Rainbow Reading Series: Andriana Alefhi

This is a new event. Originally, Raymond Luczak was scheduled to read at this time, but he had to cancel due to illness. Andriana Alefhi will be speaking in his place.

Andriana Alefhi has been has been fluent in American Sign Language for 20 years and has worked as an interpreter for 11 years. She has written multiple essays and a short memoir partly based on interpreting and deaf culture. She teaches American Sign Language here at LIU. She will provide a brief introduction into Deaf culture and history, explain what it is like working as an ASL Interpreter, and highlight the humorous and serious situations that can arise as a result going between the two worlds.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013
1:30 pm
Humanities Building, 2nd Floor Lounge

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Fall 2013 Course: Writing in the Community with Professor Deborah Mutnick

English 173 Writing in the Community
Professor Deborah Mutnick
Mondays 6-8:30 pm

This course will satisfy a Writing & Rhetoric elective requirement in the Writing & Rhetoric concentration. It can satisfy a general English elective requirement in the Literature concentration. It can satisfy the Writing & Rhetoric requirement in either the Literature concentration or the Creative Writing concentration. It can also be applied toward the English minor. English majors concentrating in Writing & Rhetoric may take this course a second time for credit.

Writing in the Community is a writing workshop in which students study the rhetoric and writing of community-based and other advocacy organizations. Topics vary from semester to semester and may include rhetorical analysis of community-based texts and strategies for the production of writing from flyers and pamphlets to oral histories, grant proposals, and essays.

Through course readings, library research, and fieldwork, students learn about community histories, issues, and channels of communication. Partnerships with local community organizations provide “real world” experience for students to engage in a range of activities that may include tutoring, interviewing, writing, editing, and multimodal composing. The course culminates in the production of a collection of digital essays for and about a specific community.

To see an example of a digital book created by students at Penn State Berks, scan the QR code, or visit

Readings tentatively include Warren Lehrer and Judith Sloane’s Crossing the BLVD: Strangers, Neighbors, Aliens in a New America; Harvey Wang’s New York; Paul Kutsche’s Field Ethnography; and excerpts from Robert Perks and Alistair Thomson’sThe Oral History Reader. The emphasis of the class, however, is on your writing, which will be discussed at least twice in workshop during the semester.