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Follow the link in this post to get to the new FB page at Pitt English Graduate Alumni and see more recent department news and photos.
Outtakes from the photo-shoot for the new focal area posters. (For more about the focal areas, see earlier posts!) Special thanks to the fantastic graduate student models and to the University Library System, especially Special Collections for hosting and pulling quite the assortment of "props". The texts photographed during the session are actual library holdings used by graduate students in their research and teaching objectives. If you look closely, you might notice the texts range from Audubon's Birds of America to Huey Newton's interview about the Black Panther party, and from Science Fiction pulp magazines to the digitized maps and images of Historic Pittsburgh (http://www.historicpittsburgh.org/).
[10/26/16] This page has been REPLACED. The new page, Pitt English Graduate Alumni, is set up as a group rather than a page, so it will allow you to post things yourselves and communicate with each other. We've also posted a backlog of department news there and will be posting more regularly. We'll leave this page up a while to give people a chance to find the new page. Come find us at the new page!
Apologies for the long hiatus! Last year was a busy year in the graduate program. We revamped some requirements and created four Graduate Focal Areas based in (but not limited to) the Literature Program. Attached are images from a poster advertising the four new focal areas: Children's Lit and Childhood Studies; Genealogies of Modernity; Media and Material Practices; and Race, Poetics, Empire. Please spread the word, especially to people who might be interested in applying. More info on the website: http://www.english.pitt.edu/graduate/focal-areas-literary-studies
Johnny Twyning, Amy Murray Twyning, and Marah Gubar at Chuck's retirement party.
Chuck Kinder's official retirement party was Friday May 30, and the department held a bash. Old friends attended, including Scott Turow, and Michael Chabon sent a hilarious video tribute.
Current PhD students and recent PhDs gathered for a photo at Pamela VanHaitsma's wedding to Jess Garrity on Saturday. Back row: Justin Sevenker, Beth Matway (barely), Julie Beaulieu, Pamela VanHaitsma, Stacey Waite (barely), Carrie Hall, Peter Moe. Front row: Jessica Isaac, Danielle Koupf, Brie Owen (up a step), Steph Ceraso, Trisha Campbell, and Erin Anderson.
Lauren Berlant (U Chicago) taught the Humanities Center's annual May seminar--"The Affects of the Commons." (The HC is in the space that used to be the Darlington Library, 6th floor CL.) Jonathan Arac is half-visible at the right edge.
An exciting project undertaken by several Pitt PhDs is Rodopi's Dialogue Series (publisher site: http://www.rodopi.nl/senj.asp?SerieId=DIALOGUE, FB https://www.facebook.com/DialogueSeries). Henry Veggian became the series editor in 2011, and Manisha Basu, Petra Dierkes-Thrun, Jennifer Keating-Miller, and Richard Purcell are on the editorial board. Forthcoming titles include volumes on Patrick McCabe, Paul Bowles and Marilynne Robinson, and the editors are always happy to consider proposals for title-specific volumes devoted to literary works of modern American and Anglo-Irish literature.
Steve Carr and new PhD Katie Homar
Faculty in view include Pam O'Brien, Deborah Edwards, Steve Carr, Jean Ferguson Carr, Tom McWhorter, Jeff Oaks, and Geeta Kothari. Below: Seung-Hwan Shin, new PhD in Film, poses with dept. chair Don Bialostosky.
Shalini Puri making remarks as Lit Director. Jean Grace (Director of the Public and Professional Writing certificate program), Jeanne Marie Laskas (Writing Director), David Petterson (Assistant Director of Film Studies, based in French and Italian), and David Brumble (who reads the names of all the graduates) look on.
Pamela VanHaitsma being hooded by Don Bialostosky as David Brumble looks on. Pamela's defense is coming up this Friday, but she took the option summer graduates have to participate in the ceremony.
The English Dept./Film Studies graduation ceremony was held on April 26 in Alumni Hall. Photos courtesy of PhD student Hyo Woo.
Geeta Kothari and Jeanne Marie Laskas after the Creative Writing Awards ceremony on Friday
And here's John Twyning preparing to make closing remarks at the Undergrad Lit Conference.
The 7th annual Undergraduate Literature Conference was held Mar. 28, organized by Jessica Fitzpatrick and Racheal Forlow. Program: http://www.englishlit.pitt.edu/undergraduate/undergraduate-conference/conference-schedule
Most of the photos were lost in a tragic technology accident, but here's an intent audience from one of the sessions. . .
Mariolina Salvatori retired in Dec. 2013, and when she spoke last Thursday at the annual Composition Program Graduate Writing Awards Ceremony, department chair Don Bialostosky honored her career in the department.
Welcome to this page! The cover photo is of one of the light fixtures in 501G, renovated a couple of years ago and now known as the English Commons Room. If you haven't seen the new 501, you can find story and photos in a back issue of The Fifth Floor, the department e-newsletter, here: http://www.english.pitt.edu/eNewsLetter/issue4/spacein501.html
english.pitt.edu "The English Commons Room is an extraordinary architectural renovation. Like the Cathedral, it holds together many different styles and times."
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