Katie Warczak is a junior English and History double major and German minor at Ripon College in Ripon, WI. She came into the institution with a 4.0 GPA and valedictorian honors from her alma mater, Oshkosh North High School in Oshkosh, WI, as well as Ripon College's second-largest student grant, the Founder's Scholarship.
Since entering Ripon College, Warczak has been on the Dean's list every semester and in 2014, Warczak earned the Forensic Award, the German Language Prize, and the Dr. Edwin W. Webster, Class of 1919, Scholarship. She was also inducted into Delta Phi Alpha (German Honors Society), Phi Sigma Iota (Foreign Languages Honors Society), and Sigma Tau Delta (English Honors Society) in the same year.
At Ripon College, Warczak is part of the forensics team, debate team, the captain of the Western Equestrian team, and works as a tutor and a manager of the college's Collaborative Learning Center (CLC), an academic help center on Ripon's campus. In addition to these activities and jobs, Warczak has also worked as a reporter for "The Green Laker" newspaper and as an intern for the National Speech & Debate Association.
Warczak's research interests center around modernist literature, specifically the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and modernism's long-term effects. In addition, the Great War's effects on writers in the early twentieth century and the subsequent consequences for these authors' writings fascinates her and is an area of interest she would like to explore at the Newberry Library. Favorite modernist authors and pieces from the modernist era, and in general, include Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby," Ernest Hemingway's "A Moveable Feast," T.S. Eliot's "The Waste Land" and "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock," Sophie Treadwell's "Machinal," and any poetry from Edna St. Vincent Millay. She is also working through bits of Gertrude Stein, notably "Tender Buttons," in an attempt to further understand this "Mother of Modernism."
Beyond the realm of modernism, Warczak enjoys postmodern literature from authors such as Joyce Carol Oates and Kazuo Ishiguro as well as dabbling in other literary eras, specifically the Renaissance and 19th century literature, especially the Romantics and poets such as Emily Dickinson. She is also fascinated by Feminism, Gender or Queer Studies, Postcolonialism and Race Studies, and Deconstruction. While hoping to explore many of these subjects at the Newberry Library this semester, she would like to focus on technology, particularly that of the aforementioned Great War, and its effect on modernist literature.