Student Activities

Learning and literature at Union are not restricted to the classroom. English majors often participate in Mountebanks, the College dramatic society, contribute to Idol, the College arts and literary magazine, and write for Concordiensis, the student newspaper. In addition, those students interested in literature sometimes edit, and frequently publish in, The Minerva Review, an undergraduate scholarly journal for students from Union, Hamilton, Skidmore, Wellesley, and Siena.

Moreover, in the last ten years, students have had the opportunity to hear and meet visiting writers as prominent as Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anne Enright, Carlos Fuentes, Allen Ginsberg, Seamus Heaney, Denise Levertov, Czeslaw Milosz, Toni Morrison, and Robert Pinsky. The department has also helped to sponsor recent visits by such literary and cultural critics as Kathryn Pollett and Barbara Ehrenreich.

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The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Arts Award “enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad.  Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually.  In 2014, the Foundation will select up to 20 recipients for this award.” (The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s description of their “Graduate Arts Award”).