Faculty Voices from Elon University

In line with its value of civic engagement, Elon University developed the Elon University Writers Syndicate to provide newspapers with guest columns authored by experts in their fields on topics of interest to residents of North Carolina and beyond.

The syndicate is managed by the Elon University News Bureau in coordination with faculty contributors.

Viewpoints shared by this syndicate are those of the authors and not of Elon University.

Recent Columns

In My Words: On July 20, 1969, the earth orbited the moon

In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Associate Professor of Communications Tom Nelson recalls his experience watching the moon landing 50 years. ago. The column was published in The Daily Progress of Charlottesville, Va.

In My Words: Desert islands are for shipwrecked castaways, not for 21st-century nations

In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Professor of English Rosemary Haskell marks the 300th anniversary of the novel "Robinson Crusoe" and compares Crusoe's approach to his isolation and Western civilization with U.S. foreign policy decisions today. The column was published in the Greensboro News & Record

In My Words: Before WWI, the national anthem was star-spangled confusion

In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Associate Professor of Communications Tom Nelson sheds light on the evolution of the national anthem during and after World War I. The column was published in the Greensboro News & Record

In My Words: Housed or unhoused, we all need friendship

In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Professor of English Rosemary Haskell draws from her own personal experiences in addressing the complexity of friendship with someone who is homeless. The column was published by the Burlington Times-News and the Greenville Daily Reflector

In My Words: Twitter 'Cow' lawsuit no laughing matter

In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Associate Professor of Communications Amanda Sturgill draws from her research to look at the potential impact from a defamation lawsuit by former Congressman Devin Nunes that seeks to identify anonymous Twitter users. The column was published by The Burlington Times-News

In My Words: In Black History Month, remember William Monroe Trotter

In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Associate Professor of Communications Tom Nelson recounts the life and achievements of pioneering journalist William Monroe Trotter. The column was published in The Times-News of Burlington and the Fayetteville Observer

In My Words: Government shutdown affected far more people than you think

In this column distributed by the Elon University Writers Syndicate, Associate Professor of Communications Amanda Sturgill offers a look at the extensive ripples the recent federal government shutdown had within the broader population. The column was published in The News & Record of Greensboro