School Department News

Language and Literature

Wednesday, July 29, 2015 - 3:39pm
An essay by Dr. Lorie Watkins, an associate professor of language and literature at William Carey University, has been published in “Faulkner’s Geographies,” a book exploring fictional locations created by Mississippi author and Nobel Prize laureate William Faulkner.
The essay by Watkins, titled “Woman in Motion: Escaping Yoknapatawpha,” was originally presented at the 2011 Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha Conference, which is held annually in Faulkner’s hometown of Oxford. The book, published by the University Press of Mississippi and co-edited by Faulkner scholars Jay Watson and Ann Abadie, collects selected essays read at the conference and is part of a series of Faulkner and Yoknapatawpha books.
Watson said in his introduction to the book that the essay by Watkins “draws on the work of feminist geographers to detail the way women experience and use space in Faulkner’s writings.” Watson adds that the collection as a whole demonstrates “the exciting potential of social and historical geography as a window onto Faulkner’s work.”
Watkins is the author of “William Faulkner, Gavin Stevens and the Cavalier Tradition,” published in 2011. She is currently working on “Writing in the Crooked Letter State,” a history of Mississippi literature for the University Press Heritage Series. Watkins is also the editor of the annual Publications of the Mississippi Philological Association, also known as POMPA.
For more information on the book or to purchase it, visit
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 1:13pm
William Carey University hosted a regional workshop for the Mississippi Foreign Language Association at the Hattiesburg campus on July 24.
The workshop, now in its fourth year at Carey, is held for teachers to share experiences they have in their respective classrooms and to also learn new ways of instructing their students.
Seven presenters were featured, including Sirlene Capers, South Jones High School; Erica Scott, Delisle Elementary School in Pass Christian; Edgar Serrano, the University of Mississippi and Oxford University School; Dr. Aurora Fiengo-Varn, Gulfport High School; Yohanna Jimenez, St. Luke’s Episcopal School in Mobile, Alabama; Lucy Solano, Petal High School; and Hector Barberena, Pascagoula High School. Jimenez, a former president of the state foreign language association, served as coordinator of the workshop.
Topics covered at the workshop ranged from the benefits of educational travel for high school students to using social network site Pinterest as a resource for teachers. The presentation given by Fiengo-Varn and Jimenez, titled “Optimizing YouTube Videos in the World Language Classroom,” and the presentation given by Serrano, titled “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, Really,” tied for “Best of Mississippi” at the 2014 association state conference.
In addition to the presentations, attendees also learned about various foreign language professional associations and enjoyed a luncheon and door prizes.
Monday, May 11, 2015 - 8:11am
Four William Carey University students were inducted into Alpha Gamma Gamma, the William Carey University chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta English honor society, on May 1.
Inductees include Alyssa Ward of Hattiesburg; Hailey Nowell of Hattiesburg; Marissa James of Hattiesburg; and Nicole Carr of Taylorsville.
Carey has been affiliated with Sigma Tau Delta for over 20 years. The honor society was founded in 1924 as "an order designed to promote the mastery of written expression, encourage worthwhile reading and foster a spirit of fellowship among those specializing in the English language and literature." Admission to the chapter is open to undergraduate and graduate students with an overall "B" average in English courses and ranking in the highest 35 percent of the student’s class in general scholarship. The sponsor of the Carey chapter is Dr. Marsha Newman, associate professor of English.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 3:17pm