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This Week in English | October 1 – 7, 2018

New Writing Series Event Report Last Thursday fiction writer Eugene Lim traveled in from New York to kick off the nineteenth year of New Writing Series programming hosted by the English Department and the Center for Poetry and Poetics (formerly the National Poetry Foundation). Lim was introduced by Greg Howard. He opened his set with […]

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This Week in English | September 24 – 30, 2018

Whether you’re reading Hamlet with Professor Bicks, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof with Professor Brucher, Sir Orfeo with Professor Harlan-Haughey, or History of Wolves with Professor Neiman, I hope this crisp fall weather finds you hitting your stride as we enter the fourth week of the semester. Writing Center Hosts Musicians On September 18th, […]

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This Week in English | September 17 – 23, 2018

I hope the new academic year has begun well for everyone! As we enter the third week of the semester, I thought it would be a good time to resume the weekly bulletins that I began last year. If you have an item you’d like to see included in a bulletin, please send it along […]

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Chair’s Statement on Behalf of the English Department

Dear Students, Colleagues, and Friends of the English Department, The English Department is deeply committed to offering an equal opportunity for University of Maine students to experience a high-quality education in an environment that is safe, respectful, and free from harassment, discrimination, and unprofessional conduct. As chair of the department, I feel a special responsibility […]

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This Week in English | May 7 – May 13, 2018

Wicks Fellows Reading Tonight The two outgoing Wicks Fellows of the UMaine English Department will offer a public reading of their work tonight at 6pm in the Black Bear Taproom at 19 Mill Street in downtown Orono. There will be a table-reading of the opening scenes from Peter Lowe’s Labor Day, a film adaptation of The Shoemaker’s Holiday, by Thomas Dekker. And […]

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This Week in English | April 30 – May 6, 2018

Departmental Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday As the academic year draws to an end, we will gather to celebrate the wide-ranging accomplishments of students and faculty in the English Department. Please plan to join us at the Hill Auditorium in Barrows Hall on Wednesday afternoon, which is also Maine Day. Light refreshments will be available starting at 4pm and the ceremony itself […]

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This Week in English | April 23 – April 29, 2018

Capacity Audience for Inaugural King Chair Lecture by Patricia Wen Provost Jeff Hecker, President Susan Hunter, and King Chair Caroline Bicks welcomed a capacity audience to Wells Conference Center on Friday for Patricia Wen’s talk on “Getting It Right: Investigative Journalism in a ‘Post-Truth’ Age.” Among the English faculty and students to pose questions to the editor of the […]

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This Week in English | April 16 – April 22, 2018

First off, let’s take a moment to observe Patriots’ Day by reading this poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson. That solemn task accomplished, we’re off into the eventful twelfth week of the semester… Accepted Student Day and Open House On Friday, April 13, English majors Eric Arnold, Kimberly Crowley, Anna Kulinski, and Melissa Pawley generously helped me welcome about a dozen students, […]

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This Week in English | April 9 – April 15, 2018

Dylan Dryer Presents on Wednesday The Faculty Research and Scholarship Presentation Series, which is organized by Assistant Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Elizabeth Neiman, continues its spring 2018 season with a lecture by Associate Professor of Composition Studies Dylan Dryer this Wednesday at 4pm in the Writing Center. Dryer’s topic is “The Present Futures of Writing Studies in Departments of […]

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This Week in English | April 2 – April 8, 2018

Laura Cowan Receives Steve Gould Award This Morning Associate Professor and former department chair Laura Cowan has been honored with this year’s Steve Gould Award. The annual award is presented to members of the UMaine community who have, by their conduct, demonstrated superior qualities of unselfishness and compassion in the course of serving UMaine and its ideals. It […]

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