Carlin Metz Directs Staged Reading

Liz Carlin Metz, Smith V. Brand Endowed Chair in Theatre Arts, directed a stage reading Chicago Premiere of the Serbian play, The Balkan Spy by Dušan Kovačević, renowned Serbian playwright, and translated by Professor Dennis Barnett (Coe College), on May 28 as part of the annual International Voices Project Festival of International New Plays performed in Chicago.

Behling Articles Published

Laura Behling, professor of English, has two articles forthcoming. The first, “Creating a Career Preparation Course for Students in the Humanities” will be published on The Wiley Network this month.  The second, “Unsightly Evidence: ‘Female Inversion’ and the U.S. Woman Suffrage Movement,” (a chapter from her 2001 monograph, The Masculine Woman in America, 1890-1935) has been selected for inclusion in 100 Years of Women’s Suffrage: A University of Illinois Press Anthology, scheduled for publication in early 2020. 

Behling also recently led a faculty workshop on developing empathetic syllabi at McKendree University, Illinois.

McAndrew Published in Newsweek

An essay by Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, titled “America is Facing an Intellectual Humility Crisis,” was published in Newsweek. The essay appeared in more than three dozen other media outlets nationally and internationally.

McAndrew has also done interviews or been featured in a wide range of media during the past two months, including The Huffington Post, Stylist Magazine, CNBC, and LiveScience. He was recently the featured guest for an hour-long interview about gossip on “Talk with Francesca” on WATD FM 95.9 in Boston.

McAndrew, Alumna Present Paper

Frank McAndrew, Cornelia H. Dudley Professor of Psychology, presented a poster at the annual meeting of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology in Portland, Oregon. The senior author on the poster was Allie Bird ’18, and the research was based on her senior project at Knox titled “Does Namesaking a Child Influence Attachment Style?” Her research will also be published in the March issue of the North American Journal of Psychology.

Conner, Sarkisian Paper Accepted

Christopher T. Conner, visiting assistant professor of anthropology-sociology, and Eden Sarkisian ’19 have had their paper titled,  “Comparisons in Rural and Urban Gay Identity,” accepted to the Midwest Sociological Society Annual Meeting, to be held this March in Chicago. This project was funded, in part, by a Knox COFER grant. The two have helped organize three sessions titled: “The Struggle is Real:  Neo-Bohemias, Gayborhoods, and Beyond”; “We Own The Night”; and “Forgotten Founders and Other Social Theorists.” Papers presented in this session will be accepted for publication in a forthcoming guest edited journal by Conner. Additionally, Conner is also an active member who serves on  two MSS committees. View preliminary program information.

Nick Adams Short Story Contest Deadline January 25

The English Department invites student entries for the 2019 Nick Adams Short Story Contest, an annual contest sponsored by the ACM and dating back to 1973.

Submission Criteria:

1. Entrants must be enrolled students in good standing at Knox but need not be English majors or enrolled in an English course.

2. Submissions are limited to one story per author.

3. Submitted stories need not be written especially for the contest, but stories cannot have been previously published off campus. (Note: publication in an on-campus journal or winning an on-campus prize does not exclude a story from entry.)  

4. Entries must be double-spaced and paginated. Each submission must also include, as part of the same document, a title page with the author’s name, complete contact information, and the title of the story. Do not include your name in headers/footers on the story proper.

5. Please save file as YourName.doc or YourName.docx, and submit as an attachment to Do not share the file on Google Drive.

6. Each submitted manuscript is limited to 10,000 words.  


Entries must be received electronically (.doc or .docx only to by Friday, January 25, by 4:00. For more information on the history of the contest, and to read about this year’s judge, see the ACM’s website. Please direct questions to Professor Chad Simpson ( or Professor Cyn Fitch (