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Senior English Majors Honored at Bleasby Colloquium

Friday, May 6, 2011

Westminster College senior English majors were honored at the final Bleasby Colloquium of the academic year May 5 in the Witherspoon Lakeview Room of the McKelvey Campus Center.

The students read from the critical or creative sections of their capstone projects, which is the final component of the Liberal Studies curriculum at Westminster.  The capstone is a course within the major designed to provide an opportunity for students to evaluate and assess the strengths and limitations of their major field.

Aaron Eisenreich is a son of Frank Eisenreich of Pittsburgh and Joan Eisenreich of Cranberry Township and a graduate of Seneca Valley High School.  He presented "A Journey to Absurdity: An Existentialist Reading of Jack Kerouac's On the Road."

Sarah Kehr is a daughter of Lisa Kehr of McKeesport and Bruce Kehr of Chambersburg and a graduate of Elizabeth Forward School District.  She presented "Ruth Narrates from the Dark: A Study of the Narrator in Marilynne Robinson's Housekeeping."

Kelly Lake is a daughter of Walter and Catherine Lake of Boardman, Ohio, and a graduate of Boardman High School.  She presented "5,001 Questions: A Feminist Inquiry into the Critical Work of Pauline Kael."

Michelle Moore is a daughter of Michael and Nancy Moore of Eastpointe, Mich., and a graduate of Michigan Collegiate High School.  She presented "The Fools Steal the Wisdom of the Sages: Individuality in Dystopian Literature."

Daniel Ross is a son of Diane and Fred Ross of Canfield, Ohio, and a graduate of Canfield High School.  He presented "The Sounds of Revolution: A Study of 1960s Counter-Culture and the Anti-Heroic Music that Shaped It."

Ryan Sargent is a son of Paul and Marlene Sargent of Washington and a graduate of Trinity High School.  He presented "Modern Myths of Transcendence: The Language of Superman and Batman."

Emily Winn is a daughter of Guy and Paula Winn of Belle Vernon and a graduate of Belle Vernon Area High School.  She presented "Annie and Me: Reading the Photographic Word."

The students were advised by Dr. David Swerdlow and Dr. Richard Sprow, Westminster professors of English.

This colloquium is part of the George Bleasby Colloquia, a series of literary events presented by Westminster's Department of English and Public Relations in honor of the late Dr. Bleasby, who chaired the Department of English at Westminster from 1954-75. 

Contact Sprow at (724) 946-7346 or e-mail rsprow@westminster.edu for additional information.

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