Additional Program Info
Literature Camp is held in late June and provides an opportunity for students who have a love for stories, poems, novels, and the stage to work with Misericordia faculty and students in a variety of workshop settings, including creative writing, literary adaptation, literature and popular culture, and literature in the multi-media age. The camp explores literature from around the world, including American, multi-ethnic, and English literature, and exposes students to studying English at the college level.
What is Instress:
"Instress is an action of the will—a moral action, for good or evil. Instress is assent, to use Newman's term, to an inscape. To call out an inscape is a pleasure, though not one necessarily leading to God; . . . But the ability to see and instress inscapes is the imaginative faculty that makes love possible." ~ Bernadette Waterman Ward, World as Word: Philosophical Theology in Gerard Manley Hopkins
What is Instress at Misericordia:
An opportunity of the artistic and literary imagination to make possible something—call it love or even grandeur—like the following, from Gerard Manley Hopkins' "God's Grandeur":
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings.
The Alpha Sigma Epsilon chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the international English Honor Society, was founded at Misericordia in 2010. Our chapter combines academic success with community service: students must have a 3.2 GPA in the English major/minor and a 3.0 GPA overall; they are also required to participate in service activities for the community. Past service projects include collecting over 1400 books for flooded local libraries (2011) and raising money to purchase 1200 dictionaries for the Wilkes-Barre School District (2013--2015).
Students can apply for membership after they have completed 3 semesters of college course work and have completed at least 2 English courses beyond the core requirements. Applications are accepted in the Fall (by September 30th) and Spring (by January 30th). For more information, please contact the chapter advisor, Dr. Patrick Hamilton.