Korey Williams ’12 wins thesis award

Korey Williams ’12 has won the Colloquium Thesis Award for his Master’s Thesis, titled The Harder Parts, in the University of Chicago Master of Arts Program in the Humanities.  The project, which included both a creative component and a critical component, was described by Colloquium editors as “a collection of lush, sensual poetry chronicling a tragic, queer romance that unfolds across many sweltering southern nights,” followed by an “afterword” consisting of a “defense of African-American poet Richard Bruce Nugent’s ‘Smoke, Lilies and Jade’ against claims of whitewashing and racial exclusivity.”  The thesis can be found in its entirety here.

Korey is currently enrolled in the MFA program at Cornell University.

Congratulations, Korey!

Presentation on UX Design by Brandon Dorn ’11

Wondering how an English major will help you after graduation? Come to a talk on Thursday, 2/19, by English alum Brandon Dorn ’11 on how his work as an English major (and more generally his background in the Liberal Arts) helped him in his work with User Experience Design.  A description of the talk is given below.

UX and the Liberal Arts

Everything we have ever made has an interface. A hammer has a handle, a car has a steering wheel. Today, most things have screens. Chances are your parents’ refrigerator has a screen. The people making these screens and the applications that run in them have two choices: to design it around the technology and what it can do, or to design it for people and what they can do, and want to do. The former way is how we get frustrating things like credit card readers in grocery stores with buttons on the screen that you can’t press. The latter is how we get intuitive, useful, even delightful applications like Spotify. This approach, designing digital things for real people, is called User Experience Design.

Liberal Arts students are told that they are being trained how to think critically. This is truer than they know. What to do with that ability is the question they face when graduating. The inquisitive, diligent, self-starting, open-minded way of thinking that IWU students typically absorb over their four years is the very same approach encouraged, even required, in the field of User Experience (UX) Design. Although these kinds students may not be familiar with the process of designing digital applications, the insight they bring into how people think, feel, and behave is what makes them the best candidates for this ambiguous, far-reaching discipline.

Given by an IWU alum, this presentation describes UX Design, who’s doing it, what Liberal Arts students bring to it that others typically don’t, and provides recommendations for students who may be interested in the field.

Thursday, February 19th at 7:00 PM in the Welcome Center Auditorium

Reading by Carole Maso on February 18

The Department of English is delighted to welcome acclaimed author Carole Maso for a reading from her work-in-progress, The Bay of Angels. Maso describes the work as a “war-inflected novel” concerned with beauty as well as suffering. The form of the novel, according to Maso, “embraces fiction, essay, memoir, poetry, photographs, drawings and other ephemera.”

The reading will take place at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015, in the Merwin Gallery of the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art on Illinois Wesleyan University’s campus.
A brief Q & A and book signing will follow the reading.

This event is free and open to the public. It is supported by additional funding from the Division of Student Affairs, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Office of the Provost, and IWU Pride Alliance.