I’m excited to present work from my ongoing project on early modern brewing texts at the very first IJBS Online Seminar Series this summer. My paper, “Reading Intemperance: Drink and Dissenting Writers in Early Modern England,” explores how dissenting writers such as Richard Baxter and John Bunyan think through the relationship of the body and the individual’s moral agency by making use of key biblical texts and exemplars.
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MCC Public Policy Essay Contest Regional Winners Announced
April 12, 2021
NORTH NEWTON, Kan. – The Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Central States announces the regional winners of the annual high school essay and video contest. The contest is open to Mennonite, Brethren in Christ and other Anabaptist youth of high school age and to all youth who attend Mennonite high schools within the United States and Puerto Rico. Youth were required to write a four to six-page essay on one of three topics – gun violence, immigration or police reform and racial justice.
Titus Roesler, a senior at Freeman Academy in Freeman, South Dakota won first place for his essay, “Gun Violence: It’s Time to Take Action” winning the top prize of $100. Angel Hernandez, a senior at Freeman Academy received second place for her essay, “Gun Violence – How can we restrict it.” Third place was won by Charles Hu, also a senior at Freeman Academy. Hernandez and Hu received monetary awards of $75 and $50 respectively. All three essays will advance to the national level of the contest.
The judge of the contest was Donovan Tann, English Professor and the Language Arts chair at Hesston College, in Hesston, Kansas. When asked about the experience of judging the essays he said, “As I read through the essays and letters, I appreciated seeing how these young writers connected their research and faith commitments to some of today’s most pressing issues. Their work demonstrates the value of considering multiple perspectives, which is particularly important in our polarized climate.”
The three winning essays have been submitted for competition in the national essay contest. The MCC Washington Office will announce winners by the end of April. Through this contest MCC encourages youth to explore the relationship of faith and public policy as well as increase awareness for the advocacy work of MCC’s Washington office. To learn more about the work of MCC’s Washington Office, see mcc.org/washington.
A special note of thanks to Freeman Academy’s English teacher, Clara Beseman for making this essay contest a part of her curriculum.
UD Talks: Language and Literature
The mission of the Department of Language and Literature is to provide students writing and reading competencies, critical and analytical thinking skills, and literature-based insights and examination of values.
“One of the things that I love about English is that almost every student at the University of Dubuque has an opportunity to be a part of our classes, whether it’s in writing, creative writing, language study, or our literature classes.” – Donovan Tann, Associate Professor of English
Collegeville Institute – Short-Term Residential Scholar (2022)
I’m excited to work on my upcoming book project as a Short-Term Residential Scholar at the Collegeville Institute (Collegeville, MN) this coming February and March!
RSA: The Seventeenth Century
Excited to discuss my work in this morning’s Renaissance Society of America panel on seventeenth-century literature in what promises to be a wide-ranging discussion about genre, memorializing the past, and material culture.
Feature: Teaching in a Pandemic
Interview: Tony Brown on Paul Robeson’s life and legacy
Baritone Anthony Brown talks with Prof. Donovan Tann about Paul Robeson’s impact and legacy as well as his show, “I Go On Singing,” which celebrates Robeson’s life and work. Brown has been a part of Hesston College (Hesston, KS) for some time, including serving as Artist in Residence. For more on Brown’s show, “I Go On Singing,” visit: https://igoonsinging.com/
New Publication: Experimental Science and Speculation in Cavendish’s Convent of Pleasure
More details at Project Muse: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/782995?fbclid=IwAR2Ga0TwFD2me6fVTQ12XNBPNUlkkX94u6LdhvuA8hCv38JHQ-2eOz6ugMc
Discovering New Voices: Hesston College
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Donovan Tann is an English professor teaching World Lit, Literature of Race, Ethnicity and Gender, Intro to Film, College Writing, Advanced Critical Research and Argument and First-Year Experience. This year, he is "excited to help [his] students to discover new voices and perspectives, whether they are discussing challenging topics, reading a graphic novel, or making sense of a film that doesn't look like anything they've ever seen before." #meetmemonday #wearehesstoncollege