Greetings from the Department Chair!
It’s my pleasure to greet you at the end of a very busy semester and share news about the many exciting events and accomplishments of the Marquette English community. First, I wish to thank my fellow faculty members in the English Department as well as my assistant, Wendy Walsh, for their support and hard work throughout the 2016-2017 academic year. I also thank the students at every level, from First-Year English to the Ph.D. program, who make the English Department such a rewarding place to teach and learn.
This semester, the Humanities Research Colloquium brought five speakers to Marquette Hall for presentations and refreshments, including Kristen Foster (History), Dawn Scher Thomae (Milwaukee Public Museum), Heather Hlavka and Sameena Mulla (Department of Social and Cultural Sciences), and poet Melissa Range (Lawrence University). The Colloquium series is funded by an Innovation Grant awarded to Melissa Ganz and Angela Sorby, so many thanks to them for making these events possible.
Far from being the cruelest month, April was replete with intellectual feasts and festivities. The month opened with “Buffy at 20,” a national conference on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, co-organized by Gerry Canavan and James South (Philosophy). This highly successful event, which drew over 100 attendees, was followed a few weeks later by the first ever (and world’s only) Shakespeare-themed 5K race, the first of what we hope will be an annual fundraising event hosted by the Association of English Graduate Students. Next up was Joan of Arc: Hearken to My Voice, a multidisciplinary production made possible by this year’s Way Klingler Teaching Enhancement Grant (directed by my fellow grant recipients Catey Ott Thompson and Connie Petersen) and featuring the creative work of students in Dance, Theatre Arts, and the English Capstone, who performed to much acclaim.
Also in April, FAME (Friends and Alumni/ae of Marquette English) presented “Anything Goes with Shakespeare,” which spotlighted the talents of local luminaries Milwaukee Police Chief Edward Flynn and former Wisconsin Poet Laureate Kim Blaeser; English Department faculty members Rebecca Nowacek, Stephanie Quade, Liza Strakhov, and others; together with Marquette President Michael Lovell, Provost Dan Myers, and Dean Rick Holz. For further details about FAME events, please visit the FAME webpage, or follow FAME on Facebook. Donations to help support these and other events can be made through the English Department’s webpage.
The Department of English has hosted, co-sponsored, or participated in numerous other events this semester, including the following:
The English Department also had a remarkably successful year in the area of Honors and Awards. I hope you will join me in congratulating the following faculty members and students for their stellar achievements:
Last but certainly not least, I wish to thank Cedric Burrows and his Writing Interns for their dedication, hard work, and professionalism in producing the English Department newsletter. You have done all of us in the English Department a great service.
I wish everyone a warm and enjoyable summer break!
Sarah Wadsworth, Chair (Spring 2017)
A graduating senior reflects on her experience as an English major!
Professor discusses her journey and career!
In memoriam: Diane Hoeveler
Anything goes with Shakespeare!