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Lycoming College appoints six faculty members with endowed professorships

Lycoming College is pleased to announce the appointments of endowed professorships to six faculty members. Made possible by established gifts to the College, endowed professorships are one of the highest honors that Lycoming awards faculty members to recognize a career marked by exceptional teaching, scholarship, and service.

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Beyond the classroom: Lycoming College provides students with enriching travel experiences

This spring provided excitement and adventure for many Lycoming College students as they broadened their horizons and traveled to various parts of the world for a variety of learning opportunities. Four May Term courses provided 55 students travel experiences to England, France, Spain, the Dominican Republic, and the Adirondacks.

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Distinguished poet discusses John Coltrane and jazz in America in Brilliant Corners

Michael Harper’s celebration of jazz and John Coltrane through poetry characterizes his deep understanding and appreciation for jazz, as well as the countless ways jazz can inspire all artists alike. In an interview included in the most recent issue of Brilliant Corners, Harper discusses the role of jazz in America, the individuality of the artist, and the discomfort associated with addressing certain aspects of American history and culture.

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Lycoming College student’s poetry published in national undergraduate literary journal

Olivia Heckroth, a junior creative writing and corporate communications double major at Lycoming College, recently had five poems selected for publication in the 2018-2019 edition of The Allegheny Review. Now entering its 32nd year of publication, The Allegheny Review is one of America’s few nationwide literary magazines dedicated exclusively to undergraduate works of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction and artwork. Undergraduate students may submit up to five poems for consideration.

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Lycoming College Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar series to feature poet

The English Department of Lycoming College is sponsoring a reading by American poet Christopher Bakken as part of its Himes/Sweeney Visiting Scholar in Creative Writing series this spring of 2018. The event takes place on Thursday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall of Lycoming College, located on the corner of Fourth and Basin streets, in Williamsport.

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Young-adult novelist discusses jazz and education in Brilliant Corners

Thanks to author Mick Carlon, jazz is becoming more and more popular for teenagers around the country. In a recent interview for Brilliant Corners, Carlon discusses his three novels — “Riding on Duke’s Train,” “Travels with Louis,” and “Girl Singer” — and the importance of bringing music into the classroom.

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British crime writer describes jazz influences in England in "Brilliant Corners"

The jazz circles in England are peppered by evenings where sax, drums and horns punctuate poetry read by author John Harvey, best known for his crime novels. In a recent interview for “Brilliant Corners,” Harvey discusses the influence of jazz on him as a writer and his most famous character, detective Charlie Resnik.

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Creative writer reads excerpts from memoir about his artistic father and latest collection of poems

Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., co-director of Lycoming College’s creative writing department, will be presenting his poetry and creative nonfiction at an upcoming reading at 6 p.m. on April 24. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Lowery Room of the James V. Brown Library in downtown Williamsport.

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Former Poet Laureate highlights the beauty of devastation

In honor of National Poetry Month, poet Betsy Sholl will read recent work on April 20 from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets.

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Creative writer recounts physical and emotional wreckage left by artistic father

Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., co-director of Lycoming College’s creative writing department, will be sharing passages from “Wreckage: My Father’s Legacy of Art & Junk” during a reading at 7:30 p.m. on March 22. The reading, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of Fourth and Basin Streets.

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Interview captures musical theater vocalist's transition to powerful jazz singer

The influence of people who helped shape Lisa Thorson’s transition from a musical theater vocalist to a powerful jazz singer is a notable theme of her interview in “Brilliant Corners.” Thorson also discusses her most recent project titled “Without Words: Discovery, Inspiration, and Practice,” which explores the art of communicating without language. The interview is the anchor story to the journal’s unique compendium of literature about jazz compiled by Sascha Feinstein, Ph.D., professor of English and creative writing at Lycoming College.

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Gender roles, literature and politics discussed by Lycoming College students at Medieval conference

Seven Lycoming College students expand current understanding of personal and political dynamics in medieval and early modern times by presenting research at the Undergraduate Conference in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. The 11th annual conference was hosted at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa., on Dec. 3.

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Distinguished Oxford professor to discuss Plutarch and Shakespeare on April 8

Oxford professor Chris Pelling, D.Phil., will discuss the influence of Greek and Roman history and literature on the English language’s most-beloved writer at a presentation at 4:30 p.m. on April 8 in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall on the corner of 4th and Basin Streets. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Spoken word artist to perform at Lycoming College

More of a performer than a reader, Chris Bernstorf '12 will share his poetry at 7:30 p.m. on April 5 in the Mary L. Welch Honors Hall at the corner of 4th and Basin Streets. The presentation is free and open to the public.

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Lycoming professor selected as visiting scholar for Ernest J. Gaines program

Maria Hebert-Leiter, Ph.D., will be a visiting scholar at the 2016 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute, titled “Ernest J. Gaines and the Southern Experience.” The institute is sponsored by the Ernest J. Gaines Center on the campus of University of Louisiana at Lafayette from May 30-June 24.

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