Now that my wife and I host most of the department parties, I pay more attention to the experiences of the attendees of the department parties. Like any party host, I want everyone at the party to have an enjoyable experience. This past weekend, nearly fifty people came to the English Department’s spring party, which took place in our backyard. During the the party, I took pleasure in seeing lots of people laughing and talking, but I was especially pleased to see Deje McGavran and Matt Rowney engaged in a long conversation. As Jim McGavran’s wife, Deje has attended many English Department parties over the years, but prior to Saturday’s party, she and Matt had never met. Matt, as many of you know, now teaches the courses on British Romanticism that Jim had taught for decades. After the party, Deje told me how meaningful it was to her to get to know Matt. I am sure that for both Deje and Matt their conversation provided them with a sense of continuity and community. There can be no better party favor.
Kudos — As you know, I like to use my Monday Missives to share news about recent accomplishments by members of the English Department. Here is the latest news:
Alan Rauch received a one-month research fellowship at the Library Company of Philadelphia (founded by Benjamin Franklin) and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Also, Alan recently presented a paper titled “Knowledge, Assertion, and Contestation: Children and the Making of Expertise” at the British Women Writers Conference in Auburn, Alabama.
Thomas Simonson, one of our former undergraduate honors students in literature, will be entering the doctoral program in English at UNC Chapel Hill in the fall with a full-funding package.
Sophie Yates, one of our current graduate students, recently presented a paper titled “Moving between Space and Time: Mary Wollstonecraft’s A Short Residence in Sweden as Travelogue and Speculative Document” at the British Women Writers Conference in Auburn, Alabama.
Upcoming Events and Deadlines — Here is information about upcoming events and deadlines:
May 8 — Paula Martinac will launch her new novel, Clio Rising, at Park Road Books on Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at 7:00 p.m.
May 11 — The Commencement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 3:00 p.m.
May 13 — Final grades for the Spring 2019 term must be submitted by Monday, May 13, 2019, at noon.
Quirky Quiz Question — Deje McGavran taught as a lecturer in our English Department for several years before joining the faculty in the English Department at a sister institution of higher education. What is the name of this sister institution?
Last week’s answer: Malin Pereira, Becky Roeder, and Liz Miller
I am not the only member of the English Department who has connections to Madison, Wisconsin. Three members of our faculty earned graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison although only two of them earned their doctoral degrees from there. Interestingly, two of these three faculty members started out in the same cohort of MA students. What are the names of these three faculty members?