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2019–2020 Awards and Announcements

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The 2019 EGO committee with keynote speaker Dr. Ariana Ruiz at the 16th Annual EGO/ΣΤΔ conference Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate… Continue reading

Teaching from Home–Covid-19 Empties Simpkins Hall

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English’s home in Simpkins Hall is the envy of faculty and students across the Western campus. A magnificent Works Progress Administration building from the 1938, its beautiful stone facade, high ceilings, oak woodwork,… Continue reading

Letter from the Chair

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In English, we are students of the imagination. This is the great strength of reading the traditions of literature. Works of poetry and fiction ask us to imagine the world, and I believe… Continue reading

Bonnie Sonnek Retires

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On the occasion of Dr. Bonnie Sonnek’s retirement, I was honored to make the following speech at the College of Arts and Sciences Holiday Reception in the Lamoine Room of the University Union… Continue reading

2017-2018 Awards and Announcements

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Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students.  We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English scholarships this… Continue reading

2016-2017 Awards and Announcements

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Award Winning Students Each spring, the English Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students.  We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English scholarships this… Continue reading

2015-2016 Awards and Announcements

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Award Winning Students Each spring, the English and Journalism Departments awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students.  We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English… Continue reading

Dean Johnson: English Alum Writing His Way Into the Future

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When you talk to Dean Johnson (BA English ‘61, MA ‘68) about his remarkable career as a teacher, journalist, editor, and writer, he often says “I had the good luck to be in… Continue reading

2014-2015 Awards & Announcements

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 Award Winning Students Each spring, the English & Journalism Department awards $20,000 in scholarships and fellowships for our graduate and undergraduate students.  We are pleased to announce the following students were awarded English… Continue reading

What the English Faculty Is Reading

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As this academic year winds down, The Mirror and the Lamp asked the faculty about what books made the biggest impact this year, and what they are looking forward to reading this summer.… Continue reading