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 kenna.coyle@nicholls.edu 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.

Online BA in English via Nicholls Online

Students can earn a Bachelor of Arts in English via Nicholls Online.

The English program offered through Nicholls Online currently offers three areas of concentration:  Creative Writing, Literary Studies, and / or Professional Writing. Students will begin this program by registering for two gateway courses, English 220 and 266, which will provide a foundation for their studies.  English 220 is designed to discuss the specific areas of concentration and employment opportunities for each so that students can make an informed decision prior to selecting an area of concentration.  English 266 allows students to refine writing skills needed to successfully complete the program so that they can enter the program with confidence.  Students will also find a wide variety of electives to choose from before entering their area of concentration, such as American, British, and / or World Literature and the literary genres of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, and even film.  In keeping with national trends in the study of literary works, students will encounter a number of timely and attractive themes that address global issues.  Students complete the course by registering for the capstone, English 405, where they can reflect on what they learned as an English major, further discuss career options, and complete materials necessary to enter the next phase of  their career, whether the workplace or an advanced degree.  We welcome you to the  program at Nicholls and look forward to working with you.

Courses offered throughout the year during 6, 8-week “semesters.”