Monday, December 07, 2009
Contact: Pat Dickson, University Communications 304-746-1971

Marshall University Graduate Humanities program celebrates 30th anniversary with reception, release of anthology

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Marshall University Graduate Humanities program is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a reception and the release of a Humanities anthology, Constellations, on Friday, Dec. 11 on the South Charleston campus.

The public is invited to join the celebration at 7 p.m. in the Marshall University Graduate College Library.  Copies of Constellations will be available and students in Mark Moore’s fall collage seminar will be exhibiting their work.  In addition, there will be music, stories and slides reflecting the breadth and scope of work done by Humanities students over the past 30 years. 

“The Graduate Humanities Program is an interdisciplinary program that brings together faculty and students from a variety of backgrounds to collaboratively explore the intersection of the arts, culture, literature, and history within an open, exploratory, and experimental graduate-level educational environment,” Dr. Luke Eric Lassiter, program director, said. 

Recent Humanities graduate Kathryn Santiago edited the anthology, which includes submissions from present and past students and faculty. 

“We wanted to do something to celebrate the 30th anniversary and we hit upon the idea of expanding it from taking submissions from just one class to a program-wide project.  The book’s articles are very diverse; there are different writing styles and wildly different subjects,” Santiago said.

The anthology contains poetry, essays, fiction and personal narratives along with articles from past Humanities newsletters. In addition, there is a section devoted to the display of work done by students in various art classes.  

The 150-page Constellations was printed by the University of Nebraska Press. 

The Humanities program has gone through several transitional stages since it was first established in 1979.  Its origins can be traced back to a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to establish an M.A. in Humanistic Studies (now the M.A. in Humanities) at what was then known as the West Virginia College of Graduate Studies – or COGS as it was often called.  After a move from Institute to South Charleston in 1992, the graduate college merged with Marshall University in 1997 and was renamed the Marshall University Graduate College (MUGC).

Since 1980 when the program graduated its first student, 134 people have earned an M.A. in Humanities.  It was to commemorate the creative and scholarly work done by students and faculty over the past 30 years that prompted Santiago to take on the task of compiling a volume showcasing their work.

“I can attest that it is a fitting tribute to the diverse perspectives of our program’s students and faculty,” said Lassister. “Indeed the collection of articles and essays aptly reflects the varied interdisciplinary perspectives and approaches that have long made our program one of the most distinctive in the region.”

“I would like to see something along the lines of this anthology continue.  We were able to put out a really high quality product.”  Santiago said.   “People who take Humanities classes continue to contribute; they write or draw or work in many other ways.  It would be a wonderful way to showcase their work with an occasional anthology.”

For more information about the Graduate Humanities Program or the 30th anniversary celebration call 304-746-1923 or 304-746-2022 or e-mail

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