This year our faculty and students produced many kinds of scholarly and creative work. I hope you enjoy our inside look at some of the highlights in the English Department:
- Joe Nugent and his students collaborated on a digital exhibition guide to the new McMullen Museum exhibition The Arts and Crafts Movement: Making It Irish.
- Aeron Hunt was awarded a 2015 Choice Award for an Outstanding Academic Title for her book Personal Business: Character and Commerce in Victorian Literature and Culture (University of Virginia Press, 2014).
- Caroline Bicks coauthored Shakespeare, Not Stirred (Perigee Books, 2015), recipes for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres inspired by Shakespearean characters, combined with sidebars of Renaissance cultural lore.
In other news, our teaching continues to explore interdisciplinary avenues to the world. Three English faculty taught sections of the Enduring Questions Core Pilot Courses. We will be offering summer courses abroad again, including my own Writing Out of Place in Mussoorie, India. Last year, thanks to the generosity of donors earmarking gifts for English, a first-generation college student was able to afford the trip—his first international study experience. Addressing incoming freshmen as a mentor in the Opportunities Through Education program, he described the course as "life-changing," and urged them to seek out similar study-abroad opportunities. Thanks for helping us make experiences like this possible.
This semester I have several alumni sharing their career narratives in my new English Major Career Planning Seminar, a one-credit, hands-on experience in vocational discernment and job-seeking strategy. Thank you for continuing to tell us how your English degree has made a difference in your professional life. Please stay in touch.
Chair, English Department