This Week in English

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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This Week in English | March 26 – April 1, 2018

Accepted Student Days This week’s bulletin arrives a day later than usual because I spent Monday morning meeting with accepted students and their family members and friends from Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine in the first of two “accepted student days” planned for this spring. Two current English Majors, Christopher King and Olivia Welch, were on […]

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This Week in English | March 19 – March 25, 2018

Mark Your Calendars for an Artful Week We’re back from a too-brief break to an eventful week of verbal and visual art brought to campus by the English Department in partnership with the Honors College, the McGillicuddy Humanities Center, the King Chair, and the Franco-American Center. Details below, but so that you can mark your calendars, here’s the rundown (links are to Facebook event pages): The Happening Series features […]

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This Week in English | March 12 – March 18, 2018

UMaine at CCCCs Convention in Kansas City This Week: Updated As I mentioned in last week’s bulletin, the annual meeting of the College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC) takes place March 14 -17 in Kansas City. The robust roster of UMaine participants includes Abigail Adent, Joanna Crouse, Ryan Dippre, Dylan Dryer, Kelly Hartwell, Nicholas Sanders, and Elizabeth Zavodny. At […]

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