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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

Friday, October 21, 2011


Two quick links today to English-related news items from elsewhere on campus.

First, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities (IPRH), our humanities center, just announced its slate of funded, collaborative research projects for 2011-12. I'm pleased to see that several English Department faculty members are involved. Congratulations are due to all of these groups, of course, and to English department members Justine Murison, Dale Bauer, Spencer Schaffner, Ricky Rodríguez, and Siobhan Somerville, who will be participating in the various interdisciplinary faculty teams associated with the projects.

And second, there was a nice story about Alex Shakar published in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences online News last week.

Note too: If you happen to follow both of the links in the previous sentence, you will be treated to a rare, simultaneous glimpse of two of the very different hairstyles sported upon occasion by the mercurial Dr. Shakar.

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