Looking for Something to Read?

(adapted from an article by Peter Ehrhard)

Faculty in our department recently offered their choices for some of the most interesting, challenging, and absorbing books and articles they read in 2016.

His Bloody Project, by Graeme Burnet. “It’s historical fiction disguised as a memoir and court documents surrounding a triple murder that took place in a remote village in the Scottish Highlands in 1869,” says Dr. Kristine Swenson, chair and professor. “It’s a brutal page-turner that is so evocative of time and place that I really thought it was based on an actual case.”

• Dr. Ed Malone, professor, recommends “Fractured Lands: How the Arab World Came Apart,” a newspaper feature article by Scott Anderson. It took up an entire issue of The New York Times Magazine. “This article examines the catastrophe that has fractured the Arab world since the invasion of Iraq 13 years ago, leading to the rise of ISIS and the global refugee crisis,” according to the article’s teaser.

The Underground Railroad, by Colson Whitehead. “It is a novel about the history of slavery in America told painfully movingly through the life of Cora, who escapes from a plantation via a literal underground railroad,” says Dr. Elizabeth Vonalt, professor emerita and former chair.

Weapons of Math Destruction, by Cathy O’Neil. “O’Neil describes how mathematical models used in business, finance and government are seemingly rigged, and how deregulation of businesses and finance institutions means less free trade, less competition and greater consolidation for the 1 percent,” says Dr. Dan Reardon, assistant professor.

The Goldfinch, by Donna Tartt. “Theo survives an art museum bombing that orphans him. In the midst of the chaos of the explosion, he makes off with a small painting of a goldfinch, which marks his descent into the dark throes of the art underworld,” says Lindsey Dunstedter, lecturer.

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond. “This vivid depiction of impoverished Americans, substandard housing, and the struggles faced by those with few resources and even fewer options will make readers think about the intersections of poverty, housing and social responsibility in a whole new light,” says Dr. Kate Drowne, professor and associate dean for academic affairs in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Business.

The Revenge of Analog: Real Things and Why They Matter, by David Sax. “A reporter explores the growing markets for vinyl records, brick-and-mortar bookstores, Moleskine journals and Detroit-manufactured wristwatches, among other things, to show how the real world is both smart business and more satisfying than the hyperbole of digital technology,” says Dr. Trent Brown, associate professor.

Ramsay Paints the Town Red … and Green and Purple

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The Association for Business Communication Awards Research Grant to Graduate Student

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Dolan Receives UMRB Grant for Second Book Project

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2016 Scholarship Recipients

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Ranade Publishes Article in STC’s Intercom

Amruta Ranade, a graduate student in technical communication at Missouri S&T, has published an article titled "Writing for a North American Audience" in the May 2016 issue of Intercom, the monthly magazine of the Society for Technical … [Continue reading]

Department Welcomes Dr. Sarah Hercula

by Taylor Schubert The Department of English and Technical Communication is pleased to announce the hiring of another professor: Dr. Sarah Hercula will be joining the faculty in Fall 2016. Dr. Hercula is a recent graduate of Illinois State … [Continue reading]

New Journal Features Writing by ENGL 1160 Students

by Arielle Bodine Undergraduate students at Missouri University of Science and Technology now have the opportunity to publish their research in a peer-reviewed journal called Peer to Peer. The first edition of the journal, which includes … [Continue reading]

STC Student Chapter Elects New Officers for 2016

In January, the Missouri S&T student chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) elected new officers for 2016: Amruta Ranade (president), YeonKyung Lee (vice president), and Mariah Thomas (secretary). Chapter members attended the … [Continue reading]