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This year’s senior honors theses can’t be presented live, but the English Department still wants to celebrate seniors who who will graduate with honors this year. Read their project abstracts below!


Each year the English department recognizes English majors who excel in each our three major tracks: Literature, Writing, and Film & Digital Media. This year the department recognizes the following juniors:

Department of English alumnus Kirby Voss graduated from Loyola University New Orleans in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Film and Digital Media. At 14, Kirby realized he wanted to be a director after watching the 1964 comedy Dr. Strangelove, and that passion for films and filmmaking has inspired him ever since.

Loyola English graduate Weldon Ryckman has a short story at that was a finalist in its recent 10th annual fiction contest. Go Weldon!

Dr. Mark Yakich received the Dux Academicus award at the January 2020 President's Convocation. This is the highest faculty award presented by Loyola University New Orleans. It honors achievements in scholarship, teaching, and service. 

Dr. Hillary Eklund received the 2019 Monroe Kirk Spears Award from Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 for her Spring 2019 article, "Shakespeare's Littoral and the Dramas of Loss and Store." Read the winning piece here:

Department of English alumna Rosalind “Rosie” Seidel credits many of her career achievements to the importance of networking and working internships. She also encourages students to go off-campus and explore New Orleans whenever possible.  

Critically-acclaimed novelist and Loyola English alumna Catherine Lacey '07, recently received rave reviews from the New York Times and Vogue for her second novel The Answers, which is the "Must Read of the Summer," according to Vogue, and one of

English Professor Christopher Schaberg, co-editor of the Object Lessons book series, recently received $250,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities in support of his essay and book project. Object Lessons explores the hidden lives of ordinary things.

Loyola alumnus Peter Falanga ‘12 works for the Portlandia Art Department, which recently won its second Emmy Award for Outstanding Production Design. Falanga has worked on the show for the past four seasons and currently serves as the Art Department Coordinator.


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