Greetings from the Department Chair!
As always, please join me in thanking the students working with Prof. Cedric Burrows for putting together this newsletter. As chair of the English department, I am grateful for their efforts, and I am delighted to inform all of you (students, faculty, alumni/ae, FAME members) of the many exciting events that have happened this semester and that are upcoming in the next few months.
FAME (Friends and Alumni/ae of Marquette English) held its annual Fall professional development event for undergraduates, "What ELSE Can You Do with an English Major." The featured speakers were Joel Brennan, CEO of Discovery World; Heather James, Research and Instruction Librarian for the Raynor Memorial Libraries; and Christian Paschke, Marketing Communications Consultant. This was a great event for students across the humanities, not just English majors. For future FAME events, be sure to check out the FAME webpage. And, of course, to support such events, any donations to FAME may be made at the English department’s web page.
The Department of English has hosted or participated in numerous other events this Fall, including:
English students continue their record of first-rate accomplishments here are just a few:
The First-Year English program has expanded its collaboration with the Haggerty Art Museum; all sections are now asked to use the museum for the Visual Culture unit. In January of 2016, the program will welcome a new Director, Dr. Jenn Fishman.
English faculty continue their impressive research activity in a variety of venues. Congratulations to Melissa Ganz, who received a 2015 Way Klingler Young Scholar Award, which funds a competitive research leave for junior faculty. She is using the award to complete her first book, Public Vows: Fictions of Marriage in the English Enlightenment, and to begin a new study of the relationship between criminal justice and eighteenth-century fiction.
To see all the books, articles, and journals that our very productive faculty have published or edited, be sure to read our online faculty profiles.
And, finally, please join me in welcoming Al Rivero the new interim chair of the English department. Al will begin his duties in January.
Happy Holidays, everyone!
John Su, Interim Chair (Fall 2015)