Events and Announcements

1)          The English Undergraduate Essay Conference will convene Saturday, April 18 in Showker Hall, Rooms 103-05. English faculty member Laurie Kutchins will offer the keynote address at 3pm. Complete panel schedule is here


2)          The Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia is accepting applications through June 1 for the fall 2015 term, and it welcomes applications from graduates of James Madison University. A list of all of the programs continuing to accept applications for 2015-16 is here.

         Some of these programs are very well-aligned with the interests of JMU English majors. For students interested in working in preK-12 education, the Curry School offers in-person and online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction degree programs, which are available in both part-time and full-time formats. For students who wish to earn teaching licensure,  it offers a Master of Teaching program, which trains pre-service teachers for positions in elementary, secondary, and special education.


3)          Summer internships are available at the Aspen Institute, an educational and policy studies organization based in Washington, DC. Information on how to apply is here.          


4)           Summer Scholarship opportunity for English majors
In August 2015, a week-long international seminar will take place at Hiroshima University in Japan. Hiroshima University, JMU’s Office of International Programs, and JMU’s Honors Program will fully support the participation of three outstanding JMU undergraduates in this seminar.

          JMU is the current president of an organization called the International Network of Universities (INU). The INU’s members include institutions in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America. The annual INU summer seminar brings together students from INU universities to consider global citizenship and peace and to investigate a certain theme. This year’s theme is “Gender, Peace, and Security."

          The one-week seminar involves a series of lectures, workshops, and role-plays led by professors from INU member universities. The summer school also involves special visits to Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum and the annual Peace Memorial Service (which takes place on the morning of August 6, the day that an American airplane dropped the atomic bomb over central Hiroshima). Please see this flyer for more information on the seminar, and for application information.

          Hiroshima University, the Office of International Programs, and the Honors Program will support three students’ participation in the 2015 summer seminar; at least one of these students will be an honors student. Round-trip transportation from a Washington airport, accommodation in Hiroshima, and all program fees (including admission to the museum and the memorial service) will be covered. Students should budget approximately $300 of their own money for meals and other incidental expenses.

          The academic program of the summer seminar will begin on August 5, 2015 and conclude on the evening of August 11, 2015. Students wishing to apply to the seminar should be available from August 1, 2015 through August 12, 2015. Previous participants have found the Hiroshima seminar to be an extremely rewarding academic and life experience.

          Any student who will return to JMU for studies in Fall 2015 may apply to the 2015 seminar. If you meet the conditions listed above and would like to apply, please (a) make sure that you can available from August 1, 2015 – August 12, 2015, and (b) take the following three steps: (1) Complete the application form. (2) Write a 2-3 page, double-spaced essay that presents a cogent response to the following prompt:

                    “Individuals experience twenty-first century conflict differently on the basis of gender. States,
                    intergovernmental organizations, and non-governmental actors have done a rather poor job of recognizing                     this fact and could do more to integrate gender concerns into post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation                     efforts. In your essay, discuss the gendered effects of contemporary conflicts, and lay out three specific policy                     steps that would promote inclusive and comprehensive post-conflict reconstruction and reconciliation.”

Send the application document and the essay (as two separate MS Word files) to Dr. Vesna Hart ( in JMU’s Office of International Programs. All materials must be received by FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 at 4:00 PM. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of JMU faculty members. Questions about the seminar and the application process may be addressed to Dr. Hart or Dr. John Scherpereel (











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