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Six Week Film School follows Broadway to film. Popular Hollywood adaptations of classic Broadway plays will be the focus for the Six Week Film School.  [Read the rest]
ISU professors Rick Valentin and Rose Marshack play in their band Poster Children.
Redbird media: Latest creative works by ISU faculty. Here are the latest creative works by Illinois State faculty. [Read the rest]
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Publications Unit launches Undiscovered Americas, a first-of-its-kind book series. The Publications Unit in the Department of English recently launched Undiscovered Americas, a new translation and lost/out-of-print book series that is a subsidiary of its Downstate Legacies literary imprint. [Read the rest]
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Re-Believing Peter Elbow: An English class meets a legend. The students in the class “Major Figures in the Teaching of Writing” did more than read the work of a pioneer of teaching writing, they talked with the man himself. [Read the rest]
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"The best thing that I've experienced in the Illinois State University English Department is the compassion that the faculty have for their students. Whether it be offering scholarly assistance, giving advice on getting a job or internship, or providing a guiding hand, they help ensure the current and future success of their students."

—Dylan Maroney, Junior, English

"Being in Illinois State University's English Studies program has been amazing. There are so many course offerings to explore and so many new interests to discover. The vast range of courses has really benefited me, as I am a double major, and thus I can better tailor my academic experience to fit my unique plan."

—Alexa Parker, Junior, English & Anthropology

"Coming out of high school unsure about what I wanted to do, I find myself picking up skills that make me a more marketable professional and will help me find a job in whatever field I decide to make a career in."

—Mason McCoy, Senior, Publishing