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English and Philosophy

Student writing on the quad in the fall

Our department offers small classes and award-winning faculty.  English students focus on literature, professional writing, or creative writing, while Philosophy majors take traditional or pre-law tracks.  Our M.A., TESOL certificate, and Ph.D. in  English and the Teaching of English prepare graduate students for careers in higher education.

See what courses are offered in our Course Booklet (Spring 2018 offerings) or visit our program page.


Thursday, Feb. 22nd: Audubon Film Screening and Discussion 7-9:30 pm.  Location Wood River Room of the PSUB. The Pocatello chapter of the Audubon Society will host a screening and discussion of the film "Problems with Plastic." Admission is free.  Following the hour-long screening of these materials, the following panelists will discuss challenges in using plastic more sustainably in our immediate Pocatello area and farther afield: Deb Brady, Recycling Coordinator, City of Pocatello Sanitation Department; Donna Lybecker, Professor of Political Science, ISU; Barb North, President, Portneuf Valley Audubon Society; Glenn Thackray, Professor of Geosciences, ISU; The discussion will be moderated by Curt Whitaker, Professor of English at ISU.

Friday, Feb. 23rd: "How to Publish with a University Press: Everything You Need to Know from Draft to Contract". 3-5pm. REND Suite B. Light refreshments will be served.

Friday and Saturday March 30-31st: Endeavor to Transcend: Intermountain Graduate Conference. REND Suites 9:30-6:30 on Friday. 8:30-6:30 on Saturday. The conference is free and open to the public and is sponsored by EGSA (English Graduate Student Association). For more information please visit our website.

Thursday, May 3rd: Black Rock and Sage Launch Party. 5:30-7:00 pm at the Bengal Cafe in the PSUB.




The doctorate in English and the Teaching of English at Idaho State University just received national attention in The Chronicle of Higher Education as a program that helps to set the standard for "teaching the teachers."  Here is the link to the article:

Russell Wahl, Professor of Philosophy and Director, Philosophy Program, has recently had his article "Syllogism in the Port-Royal Logic" published in Sgarbi and Cosci, eds. The Aftermath of Syllogism. London:  Bloomsbury, 2018.

David Lawrimore, Assistant Professor of English, has had his article “Temperance, Abolition, and Genre Collision in Whitman’s Franklin Evans” published in Studies in American Fiction 44.2 (2017): 185-209.   Dr. Lawrimore is also the author of “Rosa and the Role of Female Education the Early Republic” in the Just Teach One Web project, appearing January 2018. To read this contribution to the project, go to:​ ​

Professor Emerita Susan Swetnam has been awarded a book contract by Liturgical Press of Minnesota for a collection of personal essays about caring for hospice patients and the elderly.  It is scheduled to appear in the summer of 2019.  

Erin Gray, M.A. 2011, is the narrator for a new audiobook Heavy by J.J. Anselmi (Rare Bird, 2015), a memoir of the darker side of life in Wyoming. Audio publisher is Findaway Voices

Jessica Winston, Professor of English, recently had her article, "New Resources for Performance History: Consolidated Digital Newspaper Archives and Modern Performances of Gorboduc" accepted for publication in Early Modern Literary Studies.

Jacob Berger, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, has had his paper, "A Defense of Holistic Representationalism," forthcoming in Mind & Language, published in "early view" format online here.


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