Inside the Department: English Literature and Languages

By Kenji Koyama
rutorchnews@gmail.com

The Literature and Languages Department at Roosevelt University is growing at a steady rate.
Last year, the department moved to a bigger space that houses professors’ offices and a center for students to study, unwind and collaborate with each other amid faculty publications and classic books, alike.
The tightly-knit department creates a base for communication between the department’s students and its professors.
Regina Buccola, associate professor of English, shared some insight about the department and where it is headed.
“I am really enjoying everything that we have done as a department to build community,” she said. “From the physical — like developing our office suite and departmental lending library-slash-hang-out space in AUD 576 — to the intellectual, such as our faculty [and] student research presentations each semester, as well as the faculty ‘work in progress’ group that meets at least twice a semester.”
Buccola, in particular, has helped to enrich the classes the department offers. Buccola is offering a faculty-led international study class to England called Shakespeare, Collaborators and Competitors this May.
“We just need one more student to enroll in [the class] by Feb. 6 for the class to get the green light,” she said.
According to Buccola, the class will consist of visits to “the Globe [Theatre], the National Theatre in London and the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford, with day trips to Oxford and Bath as well.”
The program is worth three college credits and will be counted towards the current spring semester, although it does take place right after the semester ends, starting on May 17. The class is open to both graduate and undergraduate students.
According to the College Study Tours pamphlet, students will “discover Shakespeare’s childhood home, the reconstructed Globe Theatre and where the master may have disappeared in between.”

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