English Literature


English Professor Interviews Actor Sean Astin of the Lord of the Rings Film Trilogy

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English Professor Constance G. Wagner, director of the writing program, recently attended a lecture at Hudson County Community College (HCCC) where she received the opportunity to interview actor Sean Astin about his role as Samwise Gamgee in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. The interview will appear in a forthcoming issue of Silver Leaves, […]

English Professor Heads to Manhattan to Share Knowledge About Infamous Hollywood Ten

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William Luhr, Ph.D., professor of English, was recently interviewed by John Yurko, director of the Media Educators Association, about the Hollywood Ten. Dr. Luhr shared his knowledge about the 10 motion-picture producers, directors and screenwriters who ultimately spent time in prison after defying Congress and refusing to answer questions regarding their possible communist affiliations. As […]

Professor Talks Tolkien at DragonCon 2015


Professor Constance Wagner, director of the writing program, spoke on several panels at the Tolkien track at this year’s DragonCon, a gathering of fantasy and science fiction fans as well as writers, artists and scholars. Wagner’s discussion topics at different talks, which spread over the Labor Day weekend, covered the evolution of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writing process for The […]

English Department Staff Member Receives Recognition for Outstanding Community Service

Barbara A. Kuzminski, administrative assistant to the English department, was nominated for the Russell Berrie Foundation‘s “Unsung Hero” award and received a certificate of appreciation on on Friday, May 1. She was recognized for her contributions and selfless acts in her quest to increase registered organ and tissue donors and lower the transplant wait list numbers in […]

Dr. Kathleen Monahan ’70 Receives Distinguished Teaching Excellence Award

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Professor and Chair of the English Department Kathleen Monahan, Ph.D. ’70, was chosen by her peers to receive the prestigious George F. Johnson, S.J., Faculty Award for excellence in teaching and success in leading students to greater knowledge. She received the honor at the John J. Delaney ’50 Alumni Reception on May 14 where Shambree […]

Dr. Luhr on Film Podcast

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William Luhr, Ph.D., professor of English, recently appeared as a film noir expert on an episode of Dan Schneider’s well-known film podcast. View the full interview below.

Students Present at the Society of Applied Anthropology Meetings in Pittsburgh


Eleven Saint Peter’s University students, who worked with five members of the Saint Peter’s faculty, presented papers at the Society of Applied Anthropology Meetings in Pittsburgh in March. The students are members of the Latin American/Latino studies program, the sociology and urban studies program, the English department and/or the Title V program. The papers included: […]

Sigma Tau Delta Induction Ceremony


The induction ceremony for the international English honor society Sigma Tau Delta was held on April 15. Congratulations to the new inductees, which include Marissa Baron ’16, Siobhan Gordon ’15, Nicholas Mederos ’15, Jennifer Mejia ’16, Emma Ryan ’15, Lauren Squillante ’16 and Ashley Taylor ’15. Sigma Tau Delta member Jessica Facchini ’15 also received her honor cord along with […]

Dr. Luhr Appears on One-on-One with Steve Adubato

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William Luhr, Ph.D., professor of English at Saint Peter’s University, was a recent guest on the program One-on-One with Steve Adubato. In the interview, Dr. Luhr discussed his book, Film Noir (New Approaches to Film Genre). He explained how to classify the film noir genre and demonstrated how it is still seen in movies today. […]

Students Inducted Into Sigma Tau Delta

On April 3, the English department inducted members into Sigma Tau Delta, the International Honor Society. Also, current senior members were given their honor cords. Alumnus John Wargacki ’85 gave an inspiring speech on how he became an English major. Inducted were Jessica Facchini ’14, Marissa Fontanez ’14, Gabrielle Sepulveda ’14 and Michelle Tinajero ’14. […]


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