English classes regularly incorporate travel to local, regional, and farther-flung destinations into the syllabi. Locally, classes have visited Wexner Center for film screenings and "talk back" sessions with directors, strolled art walk routes in Old Towne East, examined manuscripts in Ohio State University's Rare Books Library and Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum. We've journeyed to Yellow Springs and the Ohio Caverns to find inspiration for creative writing; students have built their own itineraries for class travel to Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC to practice travel writing. We've carpooled, ridden trains, and taken buses on multiple trips to Chicago to see play performances and attend conferences. We've visited museum exhibits and discussed aesthetic choices with directors & choreographers in New York City.
ENGL 2910: Literary Locations
In Spring 2014, our experimental course, Literary Locations, debuted as the first English course devoted exclusively to enriching students' classroom-based scholarship with international travel. Dr. Patti Frick and Dr. Alison Prindle led students on a Spring Break trip to London where they visited on-site literary and cultural landmarks such as the Dickens Museum, The Globe Theater, Bloomsbury (home to Virginia Woolf and her literary circle), Sherlock Holmes' London, the Museum of London, the Victoria and Albert, the British Museum, and the Tate Gallery, as well as a guided day-trip outside of London.
In May term 2016, Dr. Shannon Lakanen and Dr. Janice Glowski (of the Art Department) traveled with students to Thailand where they volunteered at Elephant Nature Park Sanctuary outside of Chiang Mai and Salak Phet Village School in Koh Chang National Park in another version of Literary Locations that was cross-listed with SYE 4509: The Art of Travel: Thailand.
Student Travel Grants
The English Department annually awards travel grants to current English majors seeking assistance to complete archival or field research for critical or creative work, travel to literary festivals or readings, or attend and/or present their work at creative or scholarly conference. Applications are submitted by students and reviewed by faculty each fall semester. Download the guidelines for the 2016-17 Student Travel Grant. Submissions for grants are due by October 7, 2016.
Students are encouraged to develop independent excursions to enrich their creative or scholarly work: study the letters and manuscripts of your favorite author in library archives; reach out to publishing, advertising, non-profit, etc. professionals to arrange shadowing visits with them so you can learn more about how their industries works; immerse yourself in different geographical areas for your next creative project; contact your favorite contemporary author to arrange an in-person interview; etc.
if you're interested in attending conferences, here are some annual opportunities that have been of interest to Otterbein students in previous years:
- Midwest Modern Language Association Conference
St. Louis, MO ~ Nov 10-13, 2016
- Modern Language Association Conference
Philadelphia, PA ~ Jan 5-8, 2017
- Associated Writing Programs National Conference
Washington, DC ~ Feb 8-11, 2017
- Louisville Conference in Literature and Culture Since 1900
Louisville, KY ~ Feb 23-25, 2017
- Sigma Tau Delta National Conference
Louisville, KY ~ Mar 29-Apr 1, 2017
- Ohio University Spring Literary Festival
Athens, OH ~ TBA in early April 2017
- National Undergraduate Literary Conference
Ogden, UT ~ TBA early April 2017
- Sarah Lawrence College's Poetry Festival
Bronxville, NY ~ TBA in late April 2017
- Riverteeth Nonfiction Conference
Ashland, OH ~ TBA late May 2017