Grad Student Spotlight: Alyssa Freeman-Moser

Alyssa Freeman-Moser (MA '21) Back in 2011, I was an undergraduate studying (you guessed it!) English at a small liberal arts school in West Georgia called LaGrange College. A professor, popular among students, came into our History of the English Language course chuckling to himself. We asked him what was so funny, and he explained … Continue reading Grad Student Spotlight: Alyssa Freeman-Moser

Found Object: SAGE Colloquium, Fall 2010 and Fall 2020

Location: File folder of past department event flyers, ECS 108.Object: Flyer for the SAGE Colloquium, Fall 2010.Observations: 1) For the past 20+ years, the final event in our department's Fall Colloquium series offers the stage to our M.A. students for a panel session organized by SAGE. 2) SAGE -- the short-hand name for our graduate … Continue reading Found Object: SAGE Colloquium, Fall 2010 and Fall 2020

October 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for The Political Fiction of Ward Just (2020) by Dave Smit, Professor Emeritus     Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As COVID-19 continues, we continue to direct substantial energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting others during the pandemic. … Continue reading October 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

September 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Cover for the special issue of The Chaucer Review (vol. 55, no. 4, 2020) co-edited by Wendy Matlock.     Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. As COVID-19 continues, we continue to direct significant energies towards teaching fall courses and to supporting … Continue reading September 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Summer 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Screenshot from Han Yu's “Response to ‘Make COVID-19 Visuals Gross’” for the Medical Humanities Blog (28 May 2020).    Each month during the academic year, we assemble a newsletter of the department's recent publications, presentations, announcements, and awards. The issue for September typically showcases a substantial amount of research, scholarship, and creative activity that our … Continue reading Summer 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Fall Preview

From "Kansas Fall Color Parade" (Photo: Dr. Megan Kennelly, 2014) It's been a challenging summer, following on a challenging spring, as we navigate a world with COVID-19, but the fall semester is underway -- partly face-to-face and mostly online. We're keeping six feet apart to keep each other and everyone else safe. Until we can … Continue reading Fall Preview

April 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

As we conclude the spring semester and remote teaching in response to the spread of Covid-19, we offer a look at recent faculty, student, and alumni achievements in research, scholarship, and creative activity. Want to catch up on past successes or to find future announcements? Visit our archive of monthly newsletters Reading Matters as well … Continue reading April 2020 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity

Remembering Richard Pitts

Ask almost anyone in Manhattan and they’ll tell you a story about Richard Pitts. They might tell you about how his Wonder Workshop — a museum/day camp/afterschool hangout — instilled in some child a love of learning. Or they’ll tell you about his tours of the Underground Railroad and Kansas’s abolitionist history. They might have … Continue reading Remembering Richard Pitts

2019-2020 Annual Awards

This evening -- Friday, May 1, 2020 -- should have found 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, due to this year's outbreak of Covid-19 and the university's restrictions on events, we are not able to hold … Continue reading 2019-2020 Annual Awards