WKU Students Create Blog for “Literary New England” Tour

From logging your current feelings on Myspace, to showing the world what you’ve learned in a different country through Western Kentucky University - blogging is an up-and-coming way to provide commentary or news on any particular subject on the web.

A blog, short for web log combines text, images and links to web pages and other media related to its topic. Not only can the Average Joe have their very own blog, but the readers also have the ability to leave comments in an interactive format. Various blogs focus on photographs, sketchs, videos, music, or audio and WKU students are are emplementing some of these elements in their very own class blogs.

Western Kentucky University students participating in a two-week “Literary New England” course are writing about the experience in a blog.

To read the entries and view photographs from the University Honors program students as well as other faculty and staff on the trip, visit www.wku.edu/honors/LitNE/.

The WKU group is spending the May term visiting the homes of authors, including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Henry David Thoreau, Harriett Beecher Stowe, Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Bronson Alcott, William Bradford, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Mark Twain.

The trip includes visits to several historic sites, a viewing of the Emily Dickinson collection at Harvard’s Houghton Library and a whale-watching excursion off the coast of Massachusetts.

Students participating in “Literary New England” include Robert Deignan, Jessie Magee and Brooke Shafar, all of Louisville, Ky.; Dawn Winters, Rebekah Russell, Isaac Russell, Cameron Carr-Calvert and Belita Goad, all of Bowling Green, Ky.; Laura Hess of Auburn, Ky.; Shawn Bivin of Franklin, Ky.; and Ashley Belcher of Owensboro, Ky. Other participants include English faculty member Walker Rutledge, graduate assistant Derick Strode and Alicia Pirtle, a staff member at WKU’s Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.

To create you’re own web log, be sure to visit sites such as www.blogger.com, where you can get started.

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