Creative Writing Reading Series, Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 Creative Reading Series Dates

Tuesday, February 19: Themed reading in celebration of African-American History Month.

Wednesday, March 13: Mosaic 2019 Preview Reading, a Scholars Expeaux Event. Open Mic to follow.

Wednesday, April 17: Senior Showcase + Open Mic.

All readings will take place in Colonel’s Retreat at 5:00 PM.

Udall Awarded an Academic Affairs Award for Teaching Excellence

Jay Udall awarded an Academic Affairs Award for Teaching Excellence sponsored by Regions Bank at the Spring 2019 University Convocation. Mr. Udall is a faculty member and current Poet Residence. He has taught a wide range of creative writing and literature courses at Nicholls. His poem “Walking Home” is featured on US Poet Laureate Tacy K. Smith’s podcast “The Slowdown.” The poem is from Mr. Udall’s most recent book Because a Fire in Our Heads, which won the 2017 XJ Kennedy Poetry Prize. Mr. Udall is the author of six poetry books.

Jay Udall with President Clune and others

2014 Undergraduate Humanities Symposium Program

Panel A–Monday, February 17 12:00-1:30 PM, Student Union Captain’s Room

Reassessing Artistic Value & Notions of Progress in Art

–Danielle Evans–Hoeniger’s Theory of Art Restoration

–Tessie Rodrigue–Mondrian’s Victory: The Evolution of Piet Mondrian’s

Painting in New York City

–Taylor LeBlanc–Austrian Artists & their Models as Muses

Moderator: Dr. Deborah Cibelli

Panel B–Tuesday, February 18, 2:00-3:15 PM, Student Union Captain’s Room

Getting a Lot out of a Little: Single Texts that Open Large Questions

 –Rosalyn Stilling–Analysis of the Body & Communication

–Brandon Naquin– “Allons!” A Universal Call to Freedom in Walt

Whitman’s “Song of the Open Road”

–Wendy Mai–The Banner of Lady Dai & her Journey Towards Immortality

 Moderator: Dr. Todd Kennedy

Panel C–Tuesday, February 18, 5:00-6:15 PM, Student Union Captain’s Room

Disciplinary Regimes: Creating, Challenging, & Critiquing

–Celeste Hope–Black Swan & The Dreamers: How The MPAA Rates Sexuality

–Kostas Smith–Modern Piracy: The Oldest Sins in the Newest Ways

Moderator: Dr. Scott Banville

The Third Annual Humanities Symposium is presented by Sigma Tau Delta, the Department of Languages & Literature, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Student Programming Association.


The Department has, during the holiday season, begun partnering with The Haven, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and Hope for Animals, an animal shelter, both located in the LaFourche and Terrebonne Parishes. Clothes, toys, and necessities for families are purchased and wrapped from their holiday “wish lists” and donations of dog or cat items are collected and distributed.

This spring, we are also planning on adding the “spring drive” for school supplies for The Haven shelter. According to directors, there is always a substantial need for school supplies each fall, ranging from paper, pens, colors, to school clothes for teenagers. This drive will “wrap” up during the last week of the spring semester. If you have an interest to participate in either or all of these activities, we welcome any and contributions. Please contact the Languages and Literature Department at 985-448-4453 or with any questions.

Wrapped Gifts
Wrapped Gifts for the Haven


2nd Annual Undergraduate Humanities Symposium Results

Second Annual Undergraduate Humanities Symposium Results

Congratulations to all the students who participated in the Second Annual Undergraduate Humanities Symposium.

Prizes for best papers have been awarded to the following students:

First Place–$100

Brandon Naquin, “An Assessment of Wildness in “Walking” and The Blithedale Romance

Second Place–$55

Danielle Evans, “The Art of the Story: An Examination of Kara Walker’s Silhouettes”

Third Place–$25

Lillie Connor-Flores, “Skeletons in the Chimney: One Man’s Struggle with Sexuality and Society”


All of the students who participated in the Second Annual Undergraduate Humanities Symposium enriched the intellectual atmosphere of Nicholls.