Greetings from the Department Chair!
Welcome to another edition of the Newsletter.
As scholars of English in all its varieties, we’ve dedicated our lives to texts – lyrics, speculative fictions, legends, novels, essays—that are vital even if (or maybe especially because) their value can’t always be measured.
This past spring, professors and students in the English Department have explored the consciousness of an Orca whale, traversed the vast lawns of Mansfield Park, and visited a family of Barbadian immigrants in 1950s Brooklyn. A group of Liza Strakhov’s students even descended into Dante’s nine concentric circles of Hell. Now that’s news!
Meanwhile, back in twenty-first century Milwaukee, the Department continues to thrive on multiple fronts. Faculty, students, and affiliated groups (AEGS, FAME) have sponsored many more events than can be listed here. A few highlights include: MuHuCon, the Undergraduate Humanities Conference; a “Stand Against Racism” public event in conjunction with Beth Godbee’s Writing for Social Justice course; a “Best of the Undergraduates” reading at Boswell Books; a Writing Innovation symposium; pop culture nights focused on Game of Thrones; a craft talk by MU English alumnus (and New Yorker author!) Michael Andreasen; and our ongoing Humanities Colloquium featuring speakers on topics ranging from St. Paul to Julia Kristeva.
Several of our faculty members are moving on to exciting opportunities elsewhere, which is, of course, bittersweet for those of us remaining. At the end of the semester, we will say goodbye to Beth Godbee, Ainehi Edoro, Larry Watson, and Tol Foster. All will be missed, and we are grateful for the many ways they’ve enriched our department. In the fall, we will also witness the restoration of Sarah Wadsworth as Chair of the Department.
Finally, I wish to challenge those of us in the Milwaukee area to a race, including people of all ages and abilities. The surprise April snow showers meant that the annual AEGS Shakespeare 5K had to be postponed to the evening of August 23rd. That means that we have all summer to train and, more importantly, to work on our Renaissance costumes.
Many thanks to all, near and far, who continue to help us build and maintain our community of English students and scholars.
Yours in peace,
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