Grad Student Spotlight: Edgar Mihelic

J. Edgar Mihelic (MA '21) When I first entered the English Department as a Master’s student back in the fall of 2005, I had an idea that I was going to be an English professor. There were two things I didn’t know at the time. The first was everything involved in every step of the … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Edgar Mihelic

Meet the New Grad Students

Our new graduate students come to Kansas State University from California and Wisconsin and Florida and all parts of Kansas. They've been spending their pandemic free time learning to crochet and cooking and wandering the great outdoors and Snopesing out faulty family stories. They love their pets. We already love their pets, too! As is … Continue reading Meet the New Grad Students

Found Object: Letter to the M.A. Class of 2022

Location: The bulletin board in ECS 007, one of the large GTA office spaces. Object: Handwritten letter to the rising second-year grad students -- the M.A. class of 2022 -- from Katherine Dubke (MA '21). Observations: 1) Since March 2020 and the unusual and challenging months of remote teaching and learning, a few GTAs continued, … Continue reading Found Object: Letter to the M.A. Class of 2022

ChLA Conference 2021

14 of the 17 faculty, graduate students, and alumni who presented at the 2021 Children's Literature Association (ChLA) Conference, 9-13 June 2021. The Children's Literature Association (ChLA) Conference looked a bit different for 2021, as Covid-19 continued to exercise its influence over professional events -- and so did our annual group photo of faculty, students, … Continue reading ChLA Conference 2021

Congratulations to the M.A. Class of 2021

Today is the graduate commencement ceremony for our 2021 M.A. grads. Since the coronavirus pandemic continues to limit in-person meetings, we offer this brief video celebration: Thanks to our graduate program assistant, Katherine Dubke, for her help editing the above video. Best wishes to the M.A. class of 2021! We look forward to meeting in … Continue reading Congratulations to the M.A. Class of 2021

Found Object: 2021 M.A. Writing Projects

Location: Social media.Object: Project Titles,  graduating M.A. students.Observations: 1) Each spring, for many years, we have displayed the Writing Project and Thesis titles of our graduating M.A. students at our annual spring Awards Banquet.  2) This year, like last year,  K-State's limited operations in response to COVID prompted us to develop an alternative: with the … Continue reading Found Object: 2021 M.A. Writing Projects

April 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for Sparked: George Floyd, Racism, and the Progressive Illusion (Minnesota Historical Society, 2021), where Thomas X. Sarmiento's work appears.   Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As the second spring semester during COVID-19 comes to a close, we celebrate recent faculty … Continue reading April 2021 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

2020-2021 Annual Awards

Irises in bloom in Manhattan, KS ~ early evening, 1 May 2021 This first weekend in May would usually find us at the Alumni Center for dinner, conversation, and celebration. We always look forward to recognizing our award winners at our Annual Awards Banquet. However, like last year, the continuing presence of Covid-19 and the … Continue reading 2020-2021 Annual Awards

Grad Student Spotlight: Katherine Dubke

Katherine Dubke (MA '21) “What’s in Kansas?” My friends weren’t the only ones asking this question. As I flew from Orange County into Kansas City for the K-State English Department’s Graduate Student Visiting Day, I was apprehensive. But why? Of all the English departments I had contacted, the professors and current K-State grad students were genuinely … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Katherine Dubke

Grad Student Spotlight: Winniebell Zong

Winniebell Zong (MA '21) In reckoning with the confessional silence and blame passed down through my maternal bloodline, I have always understood solidarity through womanhood, whose power slowly churned my world into rhythms and a desire for poetic justice. When Nainai asks me, “Will you stay the night with me this time?” When Ma prays … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Winniebell Zong