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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,
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Monday, April 29, 2013


I am pleased to announce here that two faculty members from English have received Fulbright awards for the coming academic year.

If you are reading this, you probably know what Fulbrights are, but just in case you do not the wikipedia essay on the program and its history is here.  The program has been funding international scholarly exchange since the 1940s and is dedicated to the sensible proposal that scholarly exchange and intercultural understanding enriches everyone involved.  Fulbright awardees teach and conduct research abroad, so receiving such a grant is typically the start of an adventure!

Bruce Michelson, as of January 2014, will be Fulbright Professor of American Literature for a term at the University of Antwerp.

...and Zohreh Sullivan (Professor Emerita) will be a Fulbright Scholar for 2013-14 at the University of Jordan, where she will also be working on a project dealing with the ways that contemporary Arab writers think through problems of location, dislocation, and historical loss.


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