This Week in English

This Week in English | October 4-10, 2021

Remembering Playwright William Yellow Robe, Jr. A memorial event for playwright and long-time English department colleague William Yellow Robe Jr. will take place in the Cyrus Pavilion this Thursday, October 7, starting at 3:30pm. The event, organized by his friend and collaborator Margo Lukens, will be live, in-person (with mandatory masking), but a Zoom link […]

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This Week in English | September 27-October 3, 2021

As we enter the fifth week of classes, a soggy “family and friends” weekend has yielded to the crisp, dry, and cool conditions that make autumn so memorable in Orono. Below you’ll find information about upcoming events and opportunities, along with some glimpses into the teaching and scholarship underway in (and around) Neville Hall this […]

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This Week in English | September 20-26, 2021

New Writing Series Resumes on September 30 We were celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the New Writing Series when the pandemic forced it into hiatus following Laird Hunt’s reading on March 5, 2020. (Hunt’s new novel, Zorrie, was longlisted for a National Book Award last week.) On Thursday, September 30, the NWS resumes with an […]

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This Week in English | September 13-19, 2021

Greetings and Fall Update Greetings on a gorgeous autumn day in Orono, everyone, and welcome to the first installment of This Week in English since May 2021! We use this bulletin during the academic year to keep in touch with current students, alums, faculty and staff, and friends of the department. If you have a […]

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This Week in English | May 2-9, 2021

English Department Recognition Ceremony This Friday  The English Department will celebrate the completion of this most unusual academic year and recognize some of the many accomplishments that resilient students and faculty members have achieved along the rocky way in a ceremony via Zoom (link by request) on Friday, May 7, starting at 4pm EDT. We’ll welcome […]

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This Week in English | April 26 – May 2, 2021

Naminata Diabate Presents in Rosalie Purvis Class Today at 2pm Dr. Naminata Diabate will present at talk to Dr. Rosalie Purvis’s Performance Studies class this afternoon at 2pm via Zoom (open to the community but registration required). Her topic is “Menstrual Cloths in Paris: Globalization and Its Elucubrations.” Dr. Diabate’s book Naked Agency is currently […]

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This Week in English | April 19-25, 2021

Lots to celebrate in this installment of the weekly bulletin! If you have good news to share with the wider departmental community, please do not hesitate to be in touch. And if you’re free Friday afternoon, do drop by (scroll down for details).  Sarah Penney Named Outstanding Graduating Senior  Sarah Penney will be recognized as […]

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This Week in English | April 12-18, 2021

Transformer Tales in the New Yorker The issue of the New Yorker that appeared online yesterday and will be on newsstands on April 19 includes a “letter from Maine” (in the tradition of E.B. White) by Alice Gregory that centers on the partnership of Penobscot Nation member Carol Dana and the linguist Frank Siebert. As […]

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Three humans walk on a leafy path.

This Week in English | April 5-11, 2021

Welcome to the hundredth installment of This Week in English! The first bulletin circulated back on September 5, 2017, and apart from a hiatus in the first months of the pandemic we’ve been at it ever since. If you enjoy these glimpses into the life of the Department, please consider contributing an update from your […]

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This Week in English | March 21-April 5, 2021

Congratulations to Ryan Dippre Ryan Dippre was one of seventeen faculty members across the UMaine campus whose promotion and tenure was approved by the Board of Trustees on March 22. Dippre, who directs our nationally recognized first-year composition program, has published a monograph and an edited volume on lifespan writing and also studies writing program […]

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