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English Majors Explore International Summer Experiences

Author: Arts and Letters

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Digitizing the Irish National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin. Honing Chinese language and cultural skills in Beijing.  Uncovering archaeological evidence of the Roman Empire’s influence in northern England. English majors in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters are spending their summers gaining valuable experience in other cultures around the world.

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English Honors Colloquium Brings Support, Collaboration to Senior Thesis Projects

Author: Carrie Gates

English Honors Colloquium

When Elizabeth Troyer began diving into her senior thesis research, she wasn’t alone. She was one of 17 seniors in Notre Dame’s Department of English honors concentration—all of whom participated in a colloquium as they embarked on their senior thesis projects. Students in the class discussed their thesis research in small groups, offered feedback, completed outlines and bibliographies, and shared presentations on their main ideas with the class. It’s just one example of how faculty members have worked to build a sense of community in the department and in the honors concentration.

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Why Majoring in English Made Patrick Lyons ’08 a Better Doctor

Author: Brian Wallheimer

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Dr. Patrick Lyons ’08 doesn’t ask his patients if they have questions when he’s finished talking with them about a diagnosis. There’s a good chance they’ll say no. Instead, he asks what questions they have. Looking at how he practices medicine now, especially in his interactions with patients, Lyons realizes his time as an English major had a profound effect on how he communicates. “English prepared me well because I have the ability to think critically and organize and analyze the information in front of me,” he said. “Word choice and the way you’re addressing patients can be really powerful.”

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Professor Illuminates Impact of English Language By Focusing on How It’s Used

Author: Fred Bauters

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Tim Machan believes the English language is far more than the order of letters and words. It’s the highly personal, situational expressions we use to convey our ideas and feelings. It’s how we connect with or distance ourselves from everyone around us. We use it to define ourselves. Machan, a professor in Notre Dame’s Department of English, has spent 30 years researching and teaching English in its many forms and functions. His journey has pulled him further from grammatical conventions into how people around the world use English in their daily lives.

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