News and Events

A Literary Loose Canon

Dr. Jon Blandford talks about what contemporary English students study and what we teach at Bellarmine for podcast Perks of Being a Book Lover.

Shrapnel Maps

Poet and Professor Philip Metres gave a public reading from his new book, Shrapnel Maps, and visited the English Capstone class to discuss Sand Opera in February, 2020.

Avant-garde Animation

Dr. Barker gave an introduction for an “Avant-garde Animation” program in the Harvard Film Archive Series Mapping Gray Zones: The Inexact Beauty of Early West German Cinema, at Harvard University in November, 2018.

Inauguration Poem, 2017

Frederick Smock, Kentucky's Poet Laureate and Associate Professor of English, reads his poem written for Dr. Susan M. Donovan's inauguration.

Women in Leadership Impact Award

Dr. Jessica Hume won the Women in Leadership Impact Award from the Women in Leadership Cohort at Bellarmine University for her outstanding work in the Galileo Learning Community and Health Humanities program.

Diving In

Dr. Jennifer Barker lectured on “Diving In: Filming the Empire at Sea” at Kwansei Gakuin University, in Osaka, and on “American Identity in Golden Age Hollywood Film” at Nanzan University, Nagoya, Japan.

Reading Merton in the Rain

Indiana University Distinguished Professor Emeritus Scott Sanders visited Dr. Tudor’s non-fiction creative writing class to speak to the students about writing before his lecture on “Reading Merton in the Rain.”


Dr. Annette Powell published a reflection essay on the “Postracial” in Rhetorics of Whiteness: Postracial Hauntings in Popular Culture, Social Media, and Education. This collection won the 2018 CCCC Outstanding Book Award in the Edited Collection category. Learn more.

The Animated Fuzzy Avant-Garde

In January Dr. Jennifer Barker presented a program of animated shorts at the Orion cinema in Helskini, Finland, called “The Animated Fuzzy Avant-Garde.” The program was originally featured as a master class at the Midnight Sun Film Festival in Sodankylä, Finland in June. Learn more.

Domestic Detective Fiction

Dr. Jon Blandford published the article “Home and Away: Reinvestigating Domestic Detective Fiction” in the edited collection from Cambridge University Press, A History of American Crime Fiction. Learn more.

Faulkner’s Two Prohibitions

Dr. Conor Picken published the article “The Noble Experiment? Faulkner’s Two Prohibitions” in the edited collection Faulkner and History, from the University Press of Mississippi. Learn more.

Antifascist Aesthetics

Dr. Jennifer Barker lectured on “Antifascist Aesthetics” at the International Conference on Fascism and Antifascism in Our Time, at the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, in Hamburg, Germany. Learn more.


Dr. Annette Powell published “(Un)Dressing the Black Male Body” in QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, from Michigan State University Press

Spectacular Judgments

Dr. Jon Blandford published “Spectacular Judgments: Law and Disorder in the Nineteenth-Century Visual Imagination” in the Routledge Companion to Law and Humanities in Nineteenth-Century America.

The Stranger

Dr. Jennifer Barker wrote “The Stranger: Murderers Among Us” for Olive Films’ DVD release of Orson Welles’ The Stranger (1946). Learn more.

Frederick Smock Inducted as Kentucky Poet Laureate

Joined by fellow writers, friends, students, teachers and state dignitaries, Frederick Smock was inducted as the Kentucky Poet Laureate for 2017-18, May 1 at the Old State Capitol in Frankfort.

Read more about Smock's induction.