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Briar Cliff lecture series to explore challenges faced by immigrant and refugee learners

Jan 23, 2019

Briar Cliff University will host its annual Prairie Fire Lecture Series at 7 p.m. on March 26 in the St. Francis Center on the Briar Cliff campus. This year’s presentation, “This Is Me,” will highlight the unique challenges immigrant and refugee learners face and strategies to assist them.

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Briar Cliff English and writing professor publishes article on the zombie apocalypse and energy

Dec 14, 2018

Briar Cliff University English and Writing Associate Professor Dr. Matthew Pangborn has recently published an article for the Journal of American Culture entitled “The Zombie Apocalypse Is a Failed Energy Transition.” ...


Briar Cliff professor authors book on eighteenth-century American perspectives

Nov 19, 2018

Matthew Pangborn, associate professor of English and writing at Briar Cliff University, has recently authored a book examining late 18th and early 19th-century narratives by Americans writing from the imagined perspective of fictive Eastern travelers. ...


Author highlights Briar Cliff professor’s teaching methods in new book

Nov 12, 2018

Briar Cliff assistant professor of English Patricia Taylor has been featured in the book, “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching” by Josh Eyler, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Rice University. ...


Briar Cliff reading series to feature renowned author James Schaap

Oct 24, 2018

Briar Cliff University will host a reading by author James C. Schaap on Thursday, November 8 from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Meis Recital Hall on Briar Cliff’s campus. Schaap’s visit is part of the University’s Phil Hey Reading Series. ...


Jamie Jacobsen

STUDENT BLOG: Teacher Appreciation Day

May 8, 2018

In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, Jamie Jacobsen ('18) shared a letter to a professor who changed her life during her time at The Cliff. ...


Briar Cliff announces 2018 department ceremonies and commencement plans

Apr 24, 2018

Briar Cliff University is pleased to announce its plans to honor the University’s 2018 candidates for undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees. ...


BC Review 30th Poster

The Briar Cliff Review to celebrate 30 years with reception at Sioux City Art Center

Apr 9, 2018

The Briar Cliff Review, Briar Cliff University’s award-winning annual literary journal, will celebrate 30 years of publication with a reception, gallery talk and reading on Thursday, April 19 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Sioux City Art Center. ...


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Briar Cliff to host poetry reading by retired BCU professor Jeanne Emmons

Feb 21, 2018

Briar Cliff University will host a poetry reading by Jeanne Emmons on Wednesday, February 28, at 7 p.m. in Meis Recital Hall in Heelan Hall on the BCU campus. This event is free and open to the public. ...


Briar Cliff to host award winning fiction writer

Sep 8, 2017

Briar Cliff University will host a special reading of It Turns Out Like This by writer Stephen Coyne on Wednesday, September 20 at 7 pm in Meis Recital Hall on Briar Cliff’s campus. The public is encouraged to attend. ...


Jamie Jacobsen, Harry Potter Critique

Hogwarts on the hot seat: Examining the gender politics of Harry Potter

Apr 22, 2017

As a young girl growing up in Treynor, Iowa, Jamie Jacobsen remembered falling in love with all of the film adaptations of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series of books. ...


Briar Cliff Review recognizes emerging writers and artists for 29 years

Mar 31, 2017

Tricia Currans-Sheehan loves the "new book smell" — the aroma of the ink that lingers on freshly printed editions of The Briar Cliff Review, the internationally renowned literary magazine she has been editing for nearly three decades. ...


Tim Bascom

Iowa author speaks at Briar Cliff, recalls teen years spent in Ethiopia

Oct 6, 2016

At its core, a good memoir is like the lens of a camera. So says Tim Bascom, the Iowa author who spoke recently at Briar Cliff University. ...


Zombie Literature at Briar Cliff

Correct term: "zombie" or "living impaired person"? Briar Cliff students discuss ...

Apr 30, 2016

Briar Cliff students discuss horror in literature during a three-credit course taught by BCU assistant English professor Matthew Pangborn. ...


BCU professor: What do zombies tell us about ourselves?

Nov 21, 2015

When Matthew Pangborn reads about zombies, he sees parables about the dangers of climate change, the decay of urban centers and the relationship between parents and their children. ...


Short stories, big talent: Briar Cliff Review gives emerging writers first exposure

Oct 31, 2015

For the past 28 years, the Briar Cliff Review has become an internationally-renowned literary magazine that gives up-and-coming writers and artists their first major exposure. ...