Department of English, College of LAS, University of Illinois

Illinois Department of English Blog


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

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summertime blog-rolling

Even in normal times, universities slow down over the summer. This summer, renovations being done in the English building have persuaded faculty members to meet their summer school classes elsewhere and to work, if possible, anywhere BUT in their offices.

It is nice, therefore, to be reminded that academic matters are humming along as usual elsewhere on campus. For instance, our Rare Book & Manuscript Library (an invaluable local institution for literary scholars) is hosting a reception at 3:00 on Wednesday, July 7, to celebrate the launch of their new blog, Non Solus. More information is available there, so click through!

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