Spring 2019 Master of Arts in English Essay Presentation
Current students, faculty, alumni, family, and the local community are invited to hear graduating M.A. in English students present their master's essay.
Date & Time:
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
O'Shaughnessy-Frey Library, O'Shaughnessy Room 108
Current students, faculty, alumni, family, and the local community are invited to hear graduating M.A. in English students present their master's essay. Light refreshments will be served. Please join us in celebrating our spring 2019 graduates. Come back later in the semester for student titles and abstracts.
Rebecca Laura-June Ney
Crossing Linguistic Borders: A History and Exploration of Multilingualism and Identity Formation in the Secondary English Classroom
This paper argues that secondary American literature curriculums need to include multilingual texts due to the increasing population of English Language Learners and the negative rhetoric surrounding immigrants in contemporary media. The essay traces the history and intersection of immigration and education policies, which have resulted in achievement gaps and ethnic disparities in schools across the state of Minnesota. The goal of this analysis is to provide a theory-based, defensible case for practical and relevant adaptations of Minnesota State English Language standards through the use of multilingual narratives in an American literature classroom.
"Soon as the Light Turns: Privacy, Publicity, and the Automobile"
In 1966, legal scholar Charles Reich published his influential article “Police Questioning of Law Abiding Citizens,” a criticism of the increasingly aggressive policing and surveillance of public spaces. Reich believed traffic stops, in particular, posed a threat to the sense of liberty, mobility, and “high spirits” that characterized America in the age of the automobile. Fifty years later, Philando Castile was pulled over, wrongfully suspected of a robbery, and shot dead in his car. The ensuing investigation into Castile’s personal life and unusually public death raises questions about our rights to privacy in our cars—and in the public sphere generally. Meanwhile, artist and car enthusiast Frank Ocean suggests that notions of queerness and self-identity are intimately tied to the ambiguous space of the automobile. Together, these three cases complicate the traditional distinction between public and private spaces, a distinction that cars collapse on a daily basis.
"The Future of Blended Learning: My Foray onto Twitch"
The dawning of the Digital Age has completely changed how we approach education. With the widespread availability of new tools and resources at our disposal, it is time to begin exploring these new digital frontiers through the lens of writing studies. Unlike former studies which primarily focused on incorporating solely text-based social media, this study incorporated Twitch and Discord into a weekly student-lead study group. This study group was developed with the intention to fill a much-needed hole in Twitch’s platform: education. After reviewing attendance and participation statistics, results suggest that if appropriately structured, Twitch and Discord are viable options to increase self-directed learning. Moreover, as Twitch is a public platform, it would reach more individuals than simply those physically in the classroom. Results showed participants sharing their works, tutoring one another, and using the practices role-modelled during Study Group streams in their own communities. Limitations discovered include lack of internet access, digital illiteracy, lack of real face-to-face interaction, and insufficient incentives.