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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

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Spring 2010

The Spring 2010 semester began today, which means that the English Building is bustling and the classrooms are once again full. My own first class of the semester--an upper division Shakespeare class--met early this morning, and I'm really looking forward to working with students this semester. Nice also to see my colleagues striding purposefully thought the halls on their way to classes, and to hear the old, familiar hum of activity from the main departmental office.

Faculty and staff at the University of Illinois have been (understandably) worried for the past few months about the impact of the state's budget crisis upon the university and about the future of higher education here and elsewhere. But that's a topic for another day. Nice, today, to return to the classroom, and thus to be reminded also that the annual cycle of academic work rolls on. Like the song says, the fundamental rules apply, as time goes by.

Welcome back, everyone.

PS -- another really good thing about the start of this semester: the multi-talented Philip Graham brought some exceedingly delicious homemade pizzas in for the staff in 208 today, and I was lucky enough to snag a slice. Thanks, Philip!

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