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In This Issue:

  • Back in Black

    • By:  Fannetta Jones

  • blah blah blah
    • By: Alex Nall

  • A Year to Remember:  1859

    • By:  Noelle Templeton

  • Quotables

  • Survey Says

Back in Black

by Fannetta Jones






by Alex Nall                                                 


            A Year to Remember:  1859

          by Noelle Templeton

     1859 was a significant year for the world.  Billy the Kid was born, Alexis de Tocqueville died, Londoners heard Big Ben’s first chimes, and Oregon joined the Union.  Dickens published
A Tale of Two Cities, and as we all know, Darwin’s Origin of the Species was released as well, but the Darwinpalooza event held on Thursday, February 18, concentrated on three other works that were published that year.  Students, faculty, and staff crowded into the Highlander Room to see Professors Simon Cordery, Rob Hale, and Dick Johnston present three different pieces of literature and their significance in 1859.

Associate Professor of History Simon Cordery began the discussion by explaining the world in 1859 was transitioning from the early to the mid-Victorian era.  He briefly addressed the political and technological advancements taking place that year before drawing our attention to an important literary work:  Samuel Smiles’ Self-Help.  Smiles, who also worked as a doctor, newspaper editor, and secretary for the railways, used his book to encourage individualistic behavior and the development of character, two important features during the rise of labor unions and the Industrial Revolution.

Next to address the crowd was our very own Rob Hale; he began with a review and then plot summary of George Eliot’s Adam Bede, also known as the “Masterpiece of the Century.”  Bede, a story of unrequited love, class disparity, and tragedy, represents three dominant virtues from the highlighted year:  realism, morality, and freedom.  Like Smiles, Eliot wrote of individual freedom and secular, rather than religious, morality.

Last to take the podium was Dick Johnston, Associate Professor of Political Economy and Commerce.  His explication of On Liberty by John Stuart Mill included similar themes highlighted by the previous two speakers, namely freedom, individuality, and morality.  Mill encouraged expressing opinions, challenging the status quo, and learning from one’s mistakes. 

Darwin and his contemporary shared values and practices, as Professor Hale identified.  All four writers were interested in close observation, embraced secular morality, practiced free-thinking skepticism while encouraging individualism, and despite interacting in elite, intellectual circles, they had a common interest in the disadvantaged.  Even 151 years after the publication of their works, the ideas of Smiles, Eliot, Mill, and Darwin are strongly influential.



"Happiness is not a potato, to be planted in mould, and tilled with manure." 
(Charlotte Bronte’s Villette) –Rob Hale

"This here the colored matron Brandy and her friends call her Thudnerbuns. She do not play. She do not smile. So we shut up and watch the simple ass picture." - (Toni Cade Bambara's "Gorilla, My Love") –Danny Weber

“Experience was of no ethical value.  It was merely the name men gave to their mistakes” (Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray) -Noelle Templeton


Survey Says!!!!

What would you title your autobiography?

I Just Wanted a Place to Sit Down: How the English Major Led to My Career in Writing by Danny Weber

Going Rogue by Kayt Griffith

Oh wait...has that already been taken?? Darn.






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  • Join Sulci Thursdays at 9pm in Mellinger Learning Center.

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Tuesday 9-11am
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Fannetta Jones

Alex Nall

Noelle Templeton


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