Asian Heritage Month Book Recommendations

The month of April is Asian Heritage Month here at Hope College. It is worth drawing our attention to this year’s event in particular, as over the last year, Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders have been targeted victims of violence and unjustly and incorrectly blamed for the pandemic. This has been the case across […]

March is National Reading Month: Hope College and Ready for School Collaborate for Our Youngest Readers!

On Friday 2/26, Hope College featured a live virtual visit with author Kwame Alexander in conjunction with national Black History Month*. The virtual talk was entitled, “Light for the World to See: A Conversation with Kwame Alexander.” Alexander’s visit was a collaborative effort of several Hope organizations: the NEA Big Read Lakeshore, Black Student Union, […]

Get To Know Your English Professors: Round 2!

Here is the second round of #GetToKnowYourProfs! We hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about our faculty! Michael Brooks How long have you been at Hope? I graduated from Hope in 2013 and began teaching here last autumn (2019). Favorite Subject to teach? My favorite class to teach is Outdoor Writing, an ENGL 113 class thematically […]

“Learn to love, and leave all else”: Piers Plowman and Pandemic

The worst pandemic in European history, the Black Death, helped prepare the way for the first great flourishing of English literature not long after. How the first makers of modern literature responded to the traumas of their time can help us think about how to respond to the pandemic and injustice we continue to face. […]

#KeepingHope: Hosting the First VIRTUAL Michigan Medieval & Renaissance Undergraduate Consortium

by Marla Lunderberg “Thank you for your presentation. Does anyone have any questions?” A pregnant pause. The kind that sometimes tempts me to fill the silence with my own voice, my own questions. But after a moment, my computer screen shows a mic being unmuted. A student’s voice rings in my headphones. My student is […]

Searching for Marriage: From Primary Sources to Digital Tools

Marriage. One of the world’s most traditional institutions, present in every culture, the same across centuries and millennia — at least until recently. Right? Um, not quite. In fact, as Hope students taking the new Cultural Heritage course “Marriage in the Modern Age” this semester could tell you, none of that is true. Everything from […]

Coming Out of COVID-19: The Early Bird Catches the Worm

By Ernest Cole COVID-19 has disrupted a good part of our daily routines or what was considered normal living: life as we knew it. From waking up in the morning to going to bed at night, Americans are confronted with the challenges of a different mode of living. For us in the teaching profession, COVID-19 […]

The Rap and Poetry Gods Broke It Down to this Stuttering Boy

Teaching Rap as Poetry by Pablo Peschiera In my poetry classes, I often teach the basic structures of poetic rhythms through rap music. I use rap songs from artists like Public Enemy, Run DMC, Fu Schnickens, Queen Latifah, Eminem, LL Cool J, Lizzo, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar and many others. This no accident. Rap and […]