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by Elizabeth Gilmer | November 20, 2012
Last Edited: May 08, 2013 by Elizabeth Gilmer
Humanities Department News

Amelia Simmons just received some great news!! Her paper that she presented in Maui over Christmas has been accepted for publication in the journal Contemporary Issues in Education Research. 



Albert Pertalion, instructor in Statesboro, has two poems recently selected for publication.  The first, Verite in Citron Review and the second, Cathedral Swamp in Labletter Journal.  Congratulations to Albert and the Humanities Department!!




UPDATE --- Amelia Simmons presentation at the 2013 Maui International Educational Conference was selected as "Best Paper" in a peer review process.  She also brought back some great pictures.  Congratulations, Amelia!!!




Dr. Val Czerny presented “Mary Poppins: The Inter-War, Outer-Mind Sojourner” at a children’s literature conference at the Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense on September 28, 2012. The conference was entitled “The Children’s Literature in the Interwar Period: Revival and Mutations,” and was coordinated by Anne Struve-Debeaux, who has recently translated into French Hugh Lofting’s 1922 novel, The Voyages of Dr. Dolittle. The conference focused on works that were published during the inter-war period and yielded generative discussions that drew upon past writers’ ideas to illuminate current issues. The keynote speaker, Benoit Peeters, a writer of graphic novels, used a popular French series, The Adventures of Tintin, to discuss the influence of Hergé’s (that is, Georges Remi’s) comic artistry on the thinking of both children and adults. Other scholars focused on, for instance, the works of Benjamin Rabier (whose books about Gédéon, a duck with an unusually long neck, continue to influence almost every child growing up in France), as well as on English, Italian, and Russian works for children. Dr. Czerny’s presentation provided a psychological and philosophical approach to P.L. Travers’s novel, where she presented the concept of a “Poppins” force—a transformative agent within consciousness that is informed by an imaginative principle of interconnectedness. The announcement for the conference appeared online in “Fabula” (, and the conference itinerary has also been noted on other internet sites, including “Le magasin des enfants” (, “Portail de l’Association Internationale des chercheurs en littératures populaires et cultures médiatiques” (LPCM) ( and “BéDé” (

Photographs -Notre Dame, Versailles Courtyard,  Les Invalides, Crossing the Seine, Grand Palais, Sacre Coeur de Monmartre, Orangerie Versailles, Petit Trianon


Amelia Simmons to present at Educational Conference in Hawaii

Simmons to Present at Education Conferences

Amelia J. Simmons, instructor of English and Reading at East Georgia State College, will present her paper entitled Variations In Language: Teaching Within the Confines of Black English in Rural Georgia, at the 2013 Maui International Education Conference to be held January 3-5. Based on the decision of the reviewers and the recommendation of the conference chair, Dr. Ronald C. Clute, Simmons will give an oral presentation on her research. The decision to accept Simmon’s submission to the conference was based on a peer review process. Other than a small stipend from the EGSC Foundation, Simmons is paying her own expenses to the conference.
Her paper, Variations In Language: Teaching Within the Confines of Black English In Rural Georgia, describes how the identification of linguistic differences in Black English helped eradicate the language barrier in a rural Georgia classroom and enhanced the communication between the teacher and the students. Simmons paper has also been accepted for presentation at the 11th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education to be held from January 6-9, in Honolulu, Hawaii. 
Simmons has been an Instructor of English and Reading at EGSC since 2011. She has served for twelve years as an educator of students on the secondary and post-secondary levels. Her first ten years of teaching was spent serving as an English teacher at Burke County High School. Simmons research interests include issues related to teaching through the use of instructional strategies; linguistic variations in the rural South; African American literature and its role within the classroom; the survival of Greek Mythology in our youth; and the great symbolism embedded in American Literature classics. She is the daughter of Thad and Diane Simmons of Statesboro. Her father works in Statesboro at GH Tool and Mold. She was the 1997 Valedictorian of Bulloch Academy and the 2001 Summa Cum Laude graduate of Georgia Southern University.