Greetings! I write as the new chair of the English Department to update you on our program:
- This year, seven professors from the English Department are offering new core pilot courses, pairing up with faculty from Chemistry to explore ideas of materiality; with History to probe truth-telling; and with Romance Languages to consider representations of love, sex, and marriage.
- Members of Associate Professor of the Practice Joe Nugent's innovative course paired virtual reality with the works of James Joyce to create a video game called Joycestick.
- Under the guidance of Professor Carlo Rotella, the journalism program is poised to become a minor. Our new colleague Angela Ards will join our faculty next fall as the program's director.
- The flourishing medical humanities minor has helped launch a new lecture series, The Park Street Corporation Speaker Series on Health, Humanity and Ethics, which has featured speakers such as Dr. Paul Farmer, Nicholas Kristof, and Rosemarie Garland-Thomson.
- New faculty books include Associate Professor Jim Wallace and Professor Beth Wallace's monograph on the life of illustrator Garth Williams, Assistant Professor Eric Weiskott's book on medieval alliterative verse, and Assistant Professor Rob Lehman's book on literary and historical form in the modernist period.
In other news, we have welcomed new faculty: Assistant Professor Rebekah Mitsein and Visiting Professor and Interim Director of the Center for Irish Programs James Murphy.
Over the summer we updated our website and launched a new digital initiative, English Now, that highlights English majors in the news, provides updates on the state of the discipline, and lists internships and jobs for current students. Headed by Associate Professor Caroline Bicks, English Now also promotes our new course in professional skills-building. Alums interested in participating in the workshop should contact me; it's a great way to help current majors explore ways to use research and writing skills beyond BC!
Finally, we love hearing news about our graduates. Email us with your updates so we can spread the word.
Chair, English Department