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Cooking Across Borders

Boston College (BC) Dining Services has been partnering with Lynne Christy Anderson, the school’s director of English language learning, on culinary events for her students for years. However, one held last month held special resonance as it came amidst a brewing political controversy regarding immigration policy and focused on the cuisine of one of the countries at the center of the imbroglio: Syria.

Before Fake News Came False Prophecy

Stories that gain popularity by presenting readers' fantasies and nightmares as current events are hardly new, writes Eric Weiskott, who explores the effect of false prophecies in medieval Britain in an essay for The Atlantic.

"Watch," a poignant poem by Professor Suzanne Matson, appears in the latest issue of The Cortland Review.

Will Mother and Baby Homes Commission advertise to the hidden Irish diaspora?

James M Smith is associate professor in the English department at Boston College. He is author of Ireland’s Magdalen Laundries and the Nation’s Architecture of Containment, and a member of JFM Research.

Joystick: A Gamifiction of Ulysses

An author as prescient as Joyce deserves an approach as adventurous as we dare.

This autumn, an english class at Boston College designs their own Digital Humanities Joycean project using all the imaginative and technical skills they can muster. Working together, the students and faculty bring as many analytical tools as they can to bear on this preposterous book to create "Joycestick", a virtual reality gamifiction of Joyce's pièce de résistance.

Follow their progress at http://joycestick.bc.edu"

Fresh Ink Issue #17

Fresh Ink Issue #17 is now open, the annual compilation of essays drawn from BC's First-Year Writing Seminar.

Lines As Fine As Charlotte's Web

On the 20th anniversary of the death of Garth Williams, a leading illustrator during what many consider to be the golden age of children's literature, Professor of English Elizabeth Kowaleski-Wallace reflected on his contributions in a piece for Boston Globe "Ideas." She and her husband, Associate Professor of English James Wallace, are co-authors of a new biography of the artist.

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