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The 2017 ESFL Newsletter is now available.

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ESFL faculty ready to ‘go global’ with national grant

As part of an initiative to support and enrich humanities education and scholarship at minority-serving institutions, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently awarded two Texas Woman’s University faculty members a grant to incorporate global perspectives and experiential learning into the university’s undergraduate humanities courses. This highly competitive grant, totaling $99,803, is the first of its kind to be awarded to TWU.

Assistant professor Gretchen Busl presents program on 'Odyssey'

Gretchen Busl will discuss adapting Homer's Odyssey at the upcoming meeting of Professor's Corner at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11, at Denton's South Branch Library. Busl, a Texas Woman's University professor, will discuss the classic text of the famous work, and how translations influence popular, collective understanding of the material. 

The new Write Site is now open

2 students work at computers in the Write Site

The newly redesigned and relocated Write Site is now open in Blagg-Huey Library, room 235. This space has been specially designed to strengthen student success at Texas Woman’s and support the continued development of the TWU Libraries as a hub of learning. For more information, including hours of operation and appointment scheduling, visit The Write Site.


ESFL faculty present at TEDxTWU

Assistant professors Gretchen Busl, Ph.D., and Gray Scott, Ph.D., participated in the first annual TEDxTWU event on March 4, 2016. Their presentations, titled "Whoever controls the narrative has the power" and "Can we really teach writing?", respectively, are now available on Facebook and YouTube. 

Gretchen Busl

Gray Scott

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Alumna Weina Dai Randel launches two new books

Author and English M.A. graduate Weina Dai Randel launched her book, The Moon in the Palace, at the Crow Collection of Asian Art on March 1, 2016. Randel then launched the sequel, The Empress of Bright Moon, on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at the Southlake Barnes & Noble. Visit Weina Dai Randel's website to learn more.

First Terry Scholar graduate embarks on career in digital media

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Although the ink on Savannah Peer’s bachelor’s degree is barely dry, the first Terry Scholar to graduate from Texas Woman’s University already is making her mark in the digital world.

In fact Peer, who is received her bachelor of arts degree in English in December 2015, is so busy starting her career as the digital marketing manager for Good Life Family magazine and moving into her first apartment in Plano, that she’s unable to participate in TWU winter commencement ceremonies.