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Hear your colleagues perform

Posted on September 14, 2017

Thursday, Sept. 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Glasrud Auditorium

Faculty members of the School of Performing Arts are presenting a Faculty Recital Thursday, September 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Glasrud Auditorium in Weld Hall.

Performers are Terrie Manno, Kevin Priebe, Erynn Millard, David Ferreira, Tiana Grise, Earnest Lamb, Elise Nelson, Jenny Dufault, Stephen Sulich (Concordia College faculty member performing as a guest), Kevin Zepper (MSUM English faculty member performing as a guest), Tom Strait, Michael Krajewski and Allen Carter. The performance is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required.  Read the rest of this entry →

MSUM English Language Tutor Program mentioned in U.S. News & World Report article

Posted on July 12, 2017

Minnesota State University Moorhead was mentioned in the U.S. News & World Report article, “U.S. College Tutoring Centers Help International Students,” published July 11.

MSUM’s English Language Tutor Program is referenced as a support service for international students to look for in a college or university.

“Some universities offer conversation partners who assist with English verbal communication skills. For example, Minnesota State University—Moorhead‘s English Language Tutor Program pairs international students with conversation partners. They meet together three to four hours per week to practice and improve their English-speaking skills, such as pronunciation, through conversation, according to the school’s website.”

To read the article in full, visit

Learn more about MSUM’s English Language Tutor Program by emailing

Dr. Yahya Frederickson publishes new book of poems

Posted on April 17, 2017

Dr. Yahya Frederickson (English) has a new book of poems. IN A HOMELAND NOT FAR: NEW AND SELECTED POEMS contains poems set in several countries of Africa and the Middle East as well as the U.S. The book is published by Press 53 of Winston-Salem, N.C.

Drama by N.D. playwright, MSUM professor opens in Australia

Posted on March 29, 2017

Heretics, a play by MSUM English Professor and Fargo, N.D., resident Richard Zinober, opened a two-week run at the Owl and Cat Theatre in Melbourne, Australia last week.

The cross-continent connection is the result of a call for scripts by Owl and Cat Theatre last fall. “I attached the script to an email query and was notified a month ago that Owl and Cat wanted to include the play in its 2017 season,” Zinober said. Read the rest of this entry →

Spring 2017 Religious Studies Speaker Series

Posted on March 29, 2017

Wednesday, March 29 | 7 p.m. | Langseth 118

“Hell on Earth: Contemporary Re-Imaginings of Hell in Horror Fiction”

Dr. Tim Decker, Ph.D., Department of English & Director, University Writing Support Center

Lectures are free and open to the public.

Retiree passes away

Posted on February 15, 2017

Dr. Daniel P. Deneau, 85, died Feb. 9, 2017. He was Professor of English Emeritus at MSUM from 1976-1993.

Please keep Daniel’s family and friends in your thoughts during this time.

Following is his obituary as posted in the Mobile (Ala.) Press Register.

1066@950: Commemoration of the Battle of Hastings Oct. 14

Posted on October 10, 2016

Friday, Oct. 14 |4 to 6 p.m. | NDSU’s Barry Hall

On October 14, 1066, William of Normandy overcame Harold of England to change the shape forever of English history and the English language. In a cooperative endeavor to acknowledge this significant historical moment, Concordia College, MSUM, and NDSU present on Friday, October 14, 2016, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., 1066@950: Commemoration of the Battle of Hastings. Read the rest of this entry →

Tammaro Publishes New Poetry Collection Titled ’23 Poems’

Posted on July 29, 2016

MSUM English professor and published poet Thom Tammaro recently came out with a new poetry collection, published by Red Dragonfly Press. “23 Poems,” currently available at Zandbroz Variety and on Amazon, is a compilation 40-some years in the making.

For more on Tammaro’s latest poetry collection, read HPR’s Särah Nour’s full article, “Read it forward, read it backward.”

‘Undergraduate Economic Review’ Selects Veillette’s Health Care Economics Research for Publication

Posted on May 10, 2016

Marie Veillette, December 2015 MSUM graduate, received notification that a paper she wrote as an undergraduate will be published in an upcoming issue of the “Undergraduate Economic Review.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Once Upon a Crime Minneapolis Bookstore to Host Luce Women

Posted on May 04, 2016

Liz Kisacky Severn, English professor, will read from and discuss her novel Luce Women Thursday, May 19, 7-8:30 p.m. at Once Upon a Crime (604 West 26th Street 
Minneapolis, MN 55405).

The event is free and open to the public.

Federick Co-Edits Collection of Published Essays

Posted on May 03, 2016

Jill Frederick, Department of English, has co-edited with Maren Clegg Hyer (Valdosta State University) a collection of essays,“Textiles, Text, Intertext: Essays in Honour of Gale R. Owen-Crocker,” just published by Boydell and Brewer. Read the rest of this entry →

Liz Kisacky Severn to Present at Women of Resilience 2016 New Orleans Conference

Posted on April 27, 2016

English Professor Liz Kisacky Severn’s presentation, titled “Writing To and Through The Wound: Finding the Authentic Voice,” focuses on the negative effect tragedy and grief can have on a writer’s voice. Read the rest of this entry →

“What Happened to Heaven?” lecture recorded

Posted on April 07, 2016

Dr. Tim Decker, English and University Writing Support Center Director presented “What Happened to Heaven?: The Function of Hell in Contemporary Horror Fiction.” on April 5. To view a recording of the presentation click here.

‘What Happened to Heaven?’ topic of religious studies speaker series

Posted on April 05, 2016

Tuesday, April 5 | 7 p.m. | Langseth Hall 118 (*please note the room change)

Dr. Tim Decker, English and University Writing Support Center Director presents
“What Happened to Heaven?: The Function of Hell in Contemporary Horror Fiction.”

Jill Frederick presented at U of M-Morris

Posted on March 15, 2016

Dr. Jill Frederick, English Department, gave an invited lecture at the University of Minnesota-Morris  February 25, on “The Weft of War in the Exeter Book Riddles,” sponsored by UM-Morris’s Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Discipline.

Alumnus Ryan Christiansen will read from his book “Boy Wanted”

Posted on February 25, 2016

Minnesota State University Moorhead alumnus Ryan Christiansen (BA English 1993, MFA Creative Writing 2012) will read from his newly published novel, Boy Wanted, at the North Dakota State University Press Party, which will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Thursday, March 3, at the Harry D. McGovern Alumni Center at North Dakota State University at 1241 University Dr N in Fargo, North Dakota. The event is free and open to the public and will include refreshments and a cash bar and music by Amanda Standalone.

Kevin Zepper, English, featured on WDAY

Posted on February 03, 2016

Kevin Zepper, English, is featured in four live interviews during WDAY’s morning television show, First News. Zepper talks about musician Buddy Holly’s career and the day he was killed in a plane crash. Zepper’s father was a police officer who was working the dance that Holly and his band members were supposed to play at. The interviews are titled “The Day the Music Died” and they air February 3 between 5 and 7 a.m. on WDAY/WDAZ Channel six.

Professor Stephen Hamrick, English, appeared on Prairie Public’s Main Street radio show

Posted on January 28, 2016

On January 27, Professor Stephen Hamrick, English, discussed Shakespeare on Prairie Public’s Main Street radio show. The Shakespeare discussion has been excerpted from the show and can be found here.

“The Soul of the Actor: Mysticism, Occultism, and Stanislavskii’s System in the Russian Silver Age” tonight

Posted on November 18, 2015

Religious Studies Speaker Series Fall 2015

Patrick Carriere, Theater Arts

“The Soul of the Actor: Mysticism, Occultism, and Stanislavskii’s System in the Russian Silver Age”

18 November 7PM Langseth Hall 118

MSUM Author Featured in McGrath Visiting Writers Series

Posted on November 13, 2015

November 17, 2015 | 4:30 p.m. | MSUM Library Porch

Liz Kisacky Severn, an MSUM English professor and author, will do a reading as part of a book launch of her debut novel, Luce Women, Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 4:30 p.m. in the MSUM Library Porch. The event is part of the McGrath Visiting Writers Series and is free and open to the public.

Severn has worked as a reporter, columnist, assistant editor, public relations writer, copywriter, and freelance writer/editor. Currently she teaches various writing and literature courses, among them the study of creative non-fiction exploring issues of death and grief. She earned a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) from MSUM. Read the rest of this entry →

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