English Department

Welcome to the Department of English! With more than 50 full-time faculty representing five fields, we are the largest academic department on campus. Our size and our diversity allows us to offer students a unique experience to learn about language and literacy to prepare humans to be careful and compassionate thinkers and creative problem-solvers.

Hemingway Literary Center Presents

Music of Armenia and its Diaspora:
A Story of Tragedy, Resilience and Renewal

DATE: Sunday, February 2

TIME: 5:30 pm

LOCATION: Hemingway Center Gallery

The BSU faculty Brass Quintet, along with local speakers Rachel Emenaker and Jo-Ann Kachigian, present a night full of Armenian music and stories which are sure to be both culturally enriching and entertaining. Come join us to experience the beauty, history, and culture of Armenia in a new way.

For more information contact: cherylhindrichs@boisestate.edu
Free and open to the public, light refreshments provided.
For free parking code, email: english@boisestate.edu

Lit for Lunch

“Exile, Refuge, Home”

Explore how narratives shape our understanding of diaspora, displacement, and discovery.

Book discussions are free and open to the public.

  • Date: Friday, February 14
  • Time: 12:10 – 1:00 PM
  • Location: Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Bingham Room, 3rd Floor
  • Book: Franz Werfel, The Forty Days of Musa Dagh:

Based on the true story of people of several Armenian villages along the coast of present-day Turkey and Syria who defied Turkey’s deportation order and fortified a plateau on the slopes of Musa Dagh Mount Moses in 1915, holding out hope for the warships of the Allies to save them. Based on true events.

Books are available at Rediscovered Books on 8th street between Main and Idaho which gives a 10% discount and at the BSU Bookstore in the Student Union Building (208-426-1362), which gives a 25% discount. For more information, contact BSU English Professor Cheryl Hindrichs,

Michal Temkin Martinez - Associate Professor, Director of Linguistics, Director of The Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab

Faculty Spotlight

Michal Temkin Martinez is interested in improving the experiences of undergraduate linguistics students locally and nationally. As Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation grant (with colleague Dr. Kazuko Hiramatsu), Temkin Martinez is co-facilitating a Faculty Learning Community to improve the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in linguistics. Locally, Temkin Martinez works closely with students outside the classroom, living on campus as a Faculty in Residence and supervising interns as director of the Mary Ellen Ryder Linguistics Lab. Last year, Temkin Martinez received the David S. Taylor award — Boise State’s highest award for service to students.

Choose YOUR Future!

“An English degree, what are you going to do with that? My degree was in English, so I think the answer to that question is, you can be a fighter pilot or a university president.” -Dr. Marlene Tromp, President of Boise State University