New Website

The English program has a new website:


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Georgina Lightning Update

There was a nice article published recently in the Edmonton Journal profiling filmmaker, Georgina Lightning, who visited and spoke at UMF last fall as part of the Native American Film and Performance Forum. Just click on the excerpt below to go to the full article:

She’s a film director, writer and actor who won emerging artist of the year at the White House Projects annual EPIC awards for her 2010 film Older Than America, a feature-length film about residential schools. She toured that film to screenings across North America and picked up 23 awards.

The reactions she got to that troubling story of the pain and abuse passed down through generations convinced her that more must be written about the paths to healing afterward. That’s what she’s back in Edmonton to do, using initial commitments and help in kind from the National Film Board, Alberta Film Commission and Truth and Reconciliation Commission to get started on a $4.5-million trilogy of documentaries looking at native depression and suicide, trauma and the healing strength of traditional ceremony.

Performing Gatsby

Unsurprisingly, last week’s Gatsby event at the Emery Arts Center brought out a literary crowd, including a lot of folks from English and the Humanities—onstage and in the audience.

Photos courtesy of the Emery Community Arts Center


Don’t miss this Great Gatsby event—you might even see an English professor or two in the guise of a Gatsby character.