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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.

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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. ...


Four Briar Cliff students to present at Spanish Undergraduate Research Conference

Mar 30, 2017

Four Briar Cliff University students will present research papers on April 3 at the 5th Annual Spanish Undergraduate Research (SUR) Conference. ...


Sonia Perea-Morales

BCU student to present at international literature and writing convention

Mar 17, 2017

Art and writing double major Sonia Perea-Morales has been selected to present her work at the annual Sigma Tau Delta International Convention. ...


Science Fiction Class

Course at Briar Cliff uses science fiction flicks as teaching tool

Jan 14, 2017

For quite possibly the first time in her life, Nicole Wengert let out a frightened scream in the middle of class. ...


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. ...


Destiny's Spear

In new novel "Destiny's Spear," BCU grad traces trajectory of mythical weapon

Oct 3, 2015

It was the weapon that was wielded by Attila the Hun, the spear of choice of Charles the Great, the lance sought (but never found) by Napoleon, and an artifact reputedly stolen by Adolf Hitler. ...


Summer Book Club

Summer of swashbuckling: Book club tackles Monte Cristo, other classics

Jul 12, 2015

If you think the tale of a wrongly imprisoned sailor in 19th century France makes for an unusual summertime read, chances are Megan Aschoff will nod her head in agreement. ...


Richard Poole

Final act: Briar Cliff theater professor to retire after 37 years

Mar 27, 2015

Richard Poole never wanted to be a teacher. He hitchhiked out west in the 1960s, en route to Alaska to be a railroad welder. He wound up in Portland, Ore., planting trees. ...


BCU students to present at Spanish Undergraduate Research Conference

Mar 17, 2015

BROOKINGS, S.D. — Six Briar Cliff University students will present research on March 23 for the 3rd Annual Spanish Undergraduate Research Conference, a collaborative effort among several higher education institutions from across the Midwest. ...


Jeanne Emmons

BCU Professor: Hearing the music and rhythm of poetry

Mar 1, 2015

When Jeanne Emmons reads poetry, she hears music and rhythm in addition to words. ...


2015 Briar Cliff Review contest winners announced

Jan 21, 2015

The Briar Cliff Review is proud to announce the winners of its 2015 writing contest ...


BCU Professor: "Pioneer fiction" more revealing than history books

Sep 21, 2014

Can great fiction be found in what some have called "flyover country?" Dr. Tricia Currans-Sheehan thinks so. ...