Sigma Tau Delta Celebrates Banned Books Week 2020

Banned Books Week 2020 (Artwork courtesy of the American Library Association) Harry Potter. To Kill a Mockingbird. The Hate U Give. The list goes on and on. Believe it or not, these are all banned books! This year Banned Books Week runs September 27-October 3. The week in honor of censored books began in 1982 … Continue reading Sigma Tau Delta Celebrates Banned Books Week 2020

#keatscore Mood Boards

The #keatscore mood board that Hannah Rollison (MA '22) created for ENGL 801 "Introduction to Graduate Studies" This fall semester, our M.A. students in ENGL 801 "Introduction to Graduate Studies" are reading and discussing John Keats's ode "To Autumn" as they enhance their skills at close reading. Also this fall semester, during COVID-19, we are … Continue reading #keatscore Mood Boards

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

Hamilton in Context

  Counting down the hours until you can experience Hamilton: An American Musical on the small screen? Re-watching to catch all of the details you missed the first time? We've got you covered, courtesy of student projects from our department's Hamilton course which I had the pleasure to teach in Spring 2018 and Fall 2019. … Continue reading Hamilton in Context

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

On Teaching and Reading the Apocalypse . . . in the Apocalypse — Part I

I start here with one of two blog posts on teaching and reading the apocalypse during a moment when dystopia, which our class so often joked about in those innocent days of January and February, became the stuff of our daily lives. Part I (below) sketches out the initial seven weeks of a class on … Continue reading On Teaching and Reading the Apocalypse . . . in the Apocalypse — Part I

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

Poetry Reading: Good Bones

  For the last day of National Poetry Month, we offer a collaborative reading of Maggie Smith's "Good Bones" from her collection Good Bones, published by Tupelo Press. Be sure to watch until the end -- and thanks to Dan Hoyt for orchestrating the reading and the appearance by our special guest. Enjoy! — Karin … Continue reading Poetry Reading: Good Bones