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Welcome to the Department of English blog.



My name is Vicki Mahaffey and I took over as
head of the department on July 1, 2016. I'll be using this site to post updates and information of interest to our faculty, students, and alumni,
along with reflections about our discipline(s) in particular and the humanities in general. As anyone who has ever worked or studied here knows, the Department of English is a vibrant place. If you have something you'd like to see posted here, or if you want to contact me about the content of this blog, drop me an email at vmahaffe@illinois.edu.


Tuesday, December 9, 2008

The Baby Milton

John Milton was born on December 9th in the year 1608, so today is the 400th anniversary of his first laureate screech and cry.

Our own Feisal Mohamed will be appearing on a BBC Radio program planned in honor of this anniversary--he will be discussing Milton’s controversial closet drama Samson Agonistes with Neil Forsyth during the December 9th episode of BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves. The show will air live from 3:00-4:00 p.m. CST, but they keep streaming audio of their episodes up for a week following initial airing.

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