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Gifts to the Discretionary Fund of the Department of English will help support costs of activities that make a scholarly community thrive: guest lectures, receptions, student travel to professional meetings, student and faculty mini-grants, conferences, student awards, and class excursions to theaters, museums, and other cultural venues. Your gifts are crucial to the forward momentum of our core missions, and create an immediate, visible impact in our drive for excellence.

In the Department of English, the educational experience begins with internationally-known faculty who teach our students through a vibrant curriculum based both in traditional fields and in newly evolving interdisciplinary ones. Almost all of our classes are small enough to be discussion-based, with faculty often involving students in our research, as well as supervising students in individual study projects. We educate future specialists and non-specialists alike in cultural literacy, critical and analytical thinking, clear expression, and research skills, while preparing current and future graduate students with solid grounding in advanced disciplinary methods and knowledge.

Our learning extends beyond the classroom. Undergraduate Creative Writing Concentrators gather monthly with faculty writers to share a meal, hear student readings, and discuss writing and pre-professional matters. We mount regular panels with guest professionals (from teaching, editing, academia, law, business, and non-profits) speaking about how they used their English degrees to achieve in their chosen fields. We invite students to roundtable conversations with Pulitzer Prize-winning authors. We take groups of students on summer courses to write in India, read British novelists in London and Irish writers in Dublin, and learn about the literature and history of South Africa in Johannesburg. Together, students and faculty contribute scholarly and professional achievements to the greater reputation of the University.

None of these achievements would be possible without your contributions to the legacy of your alma mater.

Should you want to discuss making a special gift to the department, please be in touch with the Office of the Director of Development, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, David Cave, Ph.D., at 617-552-9179.

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