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6. 14. 17 English & African and African American Studies Alumna Named Poet Laureate
6. 5. 17 Harvard College Class of 2017

Harvard College Class of 2017 On Thursday, May 25, 2017, fifty-two English concentrators graduated at Harvard’s 366th Commencement at Tercentenary Theater.  To celebrate the occasion, graduates and their families and friends joined faculty and staff “At Home” in the English Department.  The Class of 2017 was an impressive group that will be... Read more »

5. 30. 17 Four Concentrators Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa

Four Concentrators Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa The English Department offers its congratulations to the following graduating English concentrators who have been inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society, the nation’s oldest and most respected undergraduate honors organization. Josh Ascherman Jessi Glueck Alexandra Grimm Emma Kantor   Read more »

5. 4. 17 Amanda Claybaugh Named Harvard College Professor
5. 1. 17 Bret Johnston Wins the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award
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Bret Johnston Wins the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award From Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award: Bret Anthony Johnston has won the 2017 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award with his story ‘Half of What Atlee Rouse Knows About Horses’. Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University, he was previously shortlisted for Ireland’s Frank O’Connor... Read more »

4. 18. 17 Calligraphy Workshop 2017

Last week students from Medieval and Arrivals courses gathered at Arts @ 29 Garden to practiced the art of hand-lettering with professional calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein from The Abbey Studio. Equipped with feather quills, pots of ink, and sheets of vellum, students followed the guidance of Grebenstein to perfect their scribal work. Check out the... Read more »

3. 22. 17 Bret Anthony Johnston Shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award

Bret Anthony Johnston Shortlisted for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award Bret Anthony Johnston was nominated for his short story Half of What Atlee Rouse Knows About Horses. He is among six other authors shortlisted for the award. The winner will be announced at a gala dinner at Stationer’s Hall in London on Thursday, April 27. Read more about... Read more »

3. 11. 17 Bok Center Teaching Awards for Fall 2016

Bok Center Teaching Awards for Fall 2016 The Department of English extends its congratulations to the following English Teaching Fellows, who were just awarded Certificates of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, for Fall term 2016: Certificates of Distinctions for TFs and TAs Trisha Banerjee (English 168D) Alexander... Read more »

3. 11. 17 Senior Champagne Reception

On Monday, March 6th English Department senior concentrators, faculty, graduate students, and staff gathered in the Thompson Room to toast the Class of 2017. Prior to the celebration, twenty creative thesis writers submitted works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, a graphic novella, and a rap album. Fourteen seniors submitted critical essays ranging in... Read more »

3. 8. 17 Discovering the Humanities at Harvard
2. 15. 17 “Five Myths About Frederick Douglass” by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and John Stauffer

“Five Myths About Frederick Douglass” by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and John Stauffer A recent article published in The Washington Post by Henry Louis Gates Jr. and John Stauffer outlines five myths about Frederick Douglass after President Trump suggested Douglass was still alive at a Black History Month event earlier this month. MYTH NO.... Read more »

1. 31. 17 Read The Latest Undergraduate Newsletter, The Word
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Undergraduate Newsletter Open The Word, Winter 2016-17 Read more »

1. 30. 17 Maria Devlin Wins Bowdoin Prize

Maria Devlin Wins Bowdoin Prize Congratulations to Maria Devlin for winning a Bowdoin Prize for Graduate Essay in the English Language for her essay entitled “Is All Well that Ends Well? Animals and End-Based Ethics in Marston’s The Dutch Courtesan and Shakespeare’s All’s Well That Ends Well.” “The Bowdoin Prizes, some of Harvard’s... Read more »

1. 17. 17 “Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books”

“Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books” In an interview with The New York Times President Obama shares his reflections on the role literature has played in shaping him as a person and politician, and how books and writing will continue to influence him post-presidency. The love for literature runs deep in the Obama... Read more »

12. 13. 16 Welcoming Forty-Nine New Concentrators
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Last month the English Department welcomed forty-nine new concentrators to the program! To celebrate and get to know our new concentrators, faculty members, current concentrators, graduate students, and staff gathered with the newly minted English concentrators at the annual Meet-and-Greet advising event at Cambridge Queen’s Head Pub. Small rotating... Read more »

11. 4. 16 Gordon Teskey Awarded Milton Society of America’s “James Holly Hanford Book Award”

Gordon Teskey awarded Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford Book Award   The Department of English is delighted to congratulate Professor Gordon Teskey, whose book The Poetry of John Milton (HUP 2015) has been awarded the Milton Society of America’s James Holly Hanford Book Award  for “a distinguished book on Milton.” Previous... Read more »

10. 21. 16 7th Annual Welcome Back Barbecue

Last month over 100 attendees stopped by the Barker Center Lawn to celebrate the last hurrah of summer and chat about classes, literature, and summer adventures with faculty, staff, graduate students, peers, and prospective English concentrators at our 7th Annual Welcome Back Barbecue. Not only do we love welcoming back our own concentrators and members... Read more »

10. 12. 16 Concentrator Lunch Video
10. 5. 16 Gordon Teskey Awarded Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Christian Gauss Award

Gordon Teskey Awarded Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Christian Gauss Award The Department of English is thrilled to congratulate Professor Gordon Teskey, who has been awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Christian Gauss Award for his book, The Poetry of John Milton (HUP 2015). The Christian Gauss Award is awarded for books in the field of literary... Read more »

9. 27. 16 Bok Center Teaching Awards for Spring 2016

Bok Center Teaching Awards for Spring 2016 The Department of English extends its congratulations to the following English Teaching Fellows, who were just awarded Certificates of Distinction in Teaching from the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, for Spring term 2016: Certificates of Distinctions for TFs and TAs – Aparna Chaudhuri (English... Read more »

9. 15. 16 Louis Menand awarded prestigious National Humanities Medal
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  The Department of English is thrilled to recognize and congratulate, Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English, Louis Menand, who has been selected by President Barack Obama for the prestigious 2015 National Humanities Medal.   President Obama will award the medals at a White House ceremony on September 22. Professor Menand was awarded... Read more »

9. 7. 16 English Concentrator George Li Balances Performance and Literature

English Concentrator George Li Balances Performance and Literature Photo courtesy of Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer As a part of The Harvard Gazette‘s new series on the impact of humanities studies in and out of the classroom, Harvard Staff Writer Jill Radsken writes about English concentrator George Li ’18 who is both a piano virtuoso... Read more »

8. 17. 16 Damrosch, Lynch, and Teskey added to Phi Beta Kappa 2016 Book Award Short List

Harvard English Professors awarded three out of five finalist spots for the Christian Gauss award for literary criticism.  The Department of English congratulates Leo Damrosch, author of Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake (Yale University Press, 2015), Deidre Shauna Lynch, author of Loving Literature: A Cultural History (University... Read more »

8. 2. 16 “How Artists Change the World” by David Brooks

The following New York Times article “How Artists Change the World”  by David Brooks explains how Frederick Douglass used photography to alter perceptions of African Americans and references the work of Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Professor John Stauffer. Read a portion of the article below: “As usual, there were a ton of... Read more »

7. 19. 16 A Year in Review 2015-16 | Graduate Program Newsletter
7. 18. 16 Faculty Summer Reads

Faculty Summer Reads Check out our Instagram (@harvardenglish) to see what our faculty are reading this summer! Derek Miller Prof. Derek Miller loves to read on the train! Today he’s reading Elena Ferrante’s second book of the Neapolitan series, “The Story of a New Name.”#facultysummerreads #FerranteFever         Helen... Read more »

7. 18. 16 Ju Yon Kim awarded the Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize presented by the New England American Studies Association
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Ju Yon Kim awarded the Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize presented by the New England American Studies Association The Department of English congratulates Ju Yon Kim for being awarded the 2016 Lois P. Rudnick Book Prize from the New England American Studies Association for the best book in American Studies by a New England area scholar for her book The Racial... Read more »

6. 24. 16 David Alworth awarded 2016 Erving Goffman Award
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David Alworth awarded 2016 Erving Goffman Award The Department of English congratulates David Alworth who was awarded the 2016 Erving Goffman Award for Outstanding Scholarship in the Ecology of Social Interaction from the Media Ecology Association for his book Site Reading: Fiction, Art, Social Form.     “Site Reading offers a new... Read more »

6. 1. 16 Harvard College Class of 2016!

Congratulations, Harvard College Class of 2016! Last week, fifty-nine English concentrators officially became Harvard University alumni. To celebrate this momentous occasion, here in the English Department we hosted a lively “At Home” event in the Barker Cafe. Graduating concentrators brought their families and friends, speaking with faculty, staff,... Read more »

5. 31. 16 Commencement 2016: Congratulations to our Doctoral Graduates!

Congratulations to our Doctoral Graduates! Names from left to right: Misha Teramura, Taylor Cowdery, Alexis Becker, Craig Plunges, Michelle de Groot, Matthew Ocheltree, David Weimer, Kathryn Roberts. November 2015 Degrees Alexis Becker: “Practical Georgics: Managing the Land in Medieval Britain, 1000-1450.” Laura Forsberg: “The Miniature... Read more »

5. 19. 16 Kevin Birmingham wins the Truman Capote Award
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Kevin Birmingham wins the Truman Capote Award The Department of English congratulates Kevin Birmingham on receiving the Truman Capote Award, 2016 for his The Most Dangerous Book: The Battle for James Joyce’s Ulysses. Each year an individual recipient is selected by an international panel of scholars and writers on behalf of the Truman Capote Estate.... Read more »

5. 16. 16 English Department Announces Annual Prize Winners for 2015-2016
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We’re thrilled to announce this year’s set of most-deserving prize winners!

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5. 5. 16 Four English Concentrators Awarded 2016 Hoopes Prize

Four English Concentrators Awarded 2016 Hoopes Prize Sixty-Four winners of the 2016 Hoopes Prize were announced this week, including four of our own concentrators. The prize is funded by the estate of Thomas T. Hoopes, Class of 1919, on the basis of “promoting, improving, and enhancing the quality of education… in literacy, artistic, musical, scientific,... Read more »

5. 4. 16 Lynch, Watson, and Whittington Honored Awards
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Congratulations to Deidre Lynch, Nicholas Watson, and Leah Whittington Deidre Lynch was chosen by Dean Smith as Walter Channing Cabot Fellow for the current academic year for her publication, “Loving Literature: A Cultural History” (University of Chicago Press, 2015). These fellowships are awarded on the basis of achievement and scholarly... Read more »

5. 2. 16 Dan Aaron, August 4, 1912 – April 30, 2016
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Our beloved colleague – angelic friend, great scholar, gentle wit – Dan Aaron left us on Saturday 30 April.

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4. 21. 16 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s Death
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Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum, Gift of Paul J. Sachs On Saturday, April 23, we mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Read more about Shakespeare’s life and death at Houghton Library’s Blog. Houghton Library’s exhibit “Shakespeare: His Collected Works,” will be featured until the end of the month. The... Read more »

4. 4. 16 Barbara Lewalski Awarded The Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award

The Paul Oskar Kristeller Lifetime Achievement Award Laudatio composed by James Simpson for the RSA awards ceremony, April 2, 2016: “This award honors a lifetime of uncompromising devotion to the highest standard of scholarship accompanied by exceptional achievement in Renaissance studies. It is intended for a scholar whose accomplishments call to... Read more »

4. 1. 16 Calligraphy Workshop

Professional calligrapher Maryanne Grebenstein from The Abbey Studio gave students from Medieval and Arrivals courses a lesson in hand-lettering last week at Harvard’s Arts @ 29 Garden. About thirty students were given a feather quill, a pot of ink, and a sheet of vellum paper to practice their scribal work.   Check out our pictures from the... Read more »

4. 1. 16 Boylston Prizes for Elocution 2016

Congratulations to Matthew Barrieau and Cherline Bazile, this year’s winners!

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3. 11. 16 Professor Stephen Greenblatt awarded 2016 Holberg Prize

Photo courtesy of The Holberg Prize The Department of English congratulates John Cogan University Professor of Humanities Stephen Greenblatt, who has won the 2016 Holberg Prize. “The Holberg Prize is awarded annually to a scholar who have made outstanding contributions to research in the arts and humanities, social science, law or theology, either... Read more »

3. 2. 16 Senior Champagne Reception
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English Department seniors, faculty, graduate students, and staff came together in the Thompson Room to celebrate the Class of 2016. Director of Undergraduate Studies Jim Engell toasted the seniors, and gave advice for all of their future endeavors as readers and writers. Prior to the celebration, twenty creative thesis writers submitted works of fiction,... Read more »

2. 8. 16 A Winter Welcome: English Concentrator Social
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The Department of English welcomed concentrators back last week with sweet snacks, warm beverages, and book-chic English Department t-shirts. Current concentrators, faculty, graduate students, and staff were all in attendance in the Thompson room to kick-off the spring semester. All enjoyed the delicious treats provided by Petsi Pies, including pies,... Read more »

1. 28. 16 National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations
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The Department of English congratulates Leo Damrosch, author of Eternity’s Sunrise: The Imaginative World of William Blake (Yale University Press, 2015), and James Wood, author of The Nearest Thing to Life (Brandeis University, 2015), for their nominations for National Book Critics Circle Awards in the category of Criticism. Read more »

1. 22. 16 Spring 2016 Visiting Faculty Courses
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We are so excited for our Spring 2016 course offerings from visiting faculty! English 190GN: The Graphic Novel           The word-and-image medium of comics as a narrative form.  How to read comics and what they teach us about reading, in addition to the creative practices that go into making them.  We will examine antecedents including engraved... Read more »

1. 15. 16 Remembering C. D. Wright

The Department of English remembers C. D. Wright. This video was taken at the Woodberry Poetry Room’s inaugural Fall 2014 reading during one of the many times C. D. Wright shared her talent and art with the Harvard community. Read more »

12. 10. 15 Art Novels 179b: Book Cover Interpretation
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Professor David Alworth’s Art Novel 179b students submitted book covers this week that they designed based off of discussion from novels on the course syllabus, including Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov, 10:04 by Ben Lerner, and Another Country by James Baldwin. Students spent the semester delving into... Read more »

12. 7. 15 English Concentrator Named a 2016 Rhodes Scholar

The Department of English extends its congratulations to English concentrator Yen Pham, who was awarded a 2016 Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University next year. Pham is set to graduate at the end of this semester, and plans to study the contemporary literature of migration while at Oxford. According to a Harvard Crimson article, she became... Read more »

12. 2. 15 Welcoming New Sophomores
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Last month, the Class of 2018 declared their concentrations and the Department of English welcomed fifty-two sophomores to the program! To celebrate and get to know our new concentrators – faculty members, current concentrators, graduate students, and staff gathered with new sophomores at the annual Meet-and-Greet and Advising event at Cambridge... Read more »

9. 14. 15 A Reading of Daniel Aaron’s “Commonplace Book, 1934-2012″
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6. 3. 15 English Department Announces Annual Prize Winners for 2014-2015

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s set of most-deserving prize winners!

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4. 17. 15 Boylston Prizes for Elocution 2015
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Congratulations to Tomi Adeyemi and Zoe Hitzig, this year’s winners!

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3. 20. 15 Celebrating our Seniors!

Earlier this month, English Department seniors, faculty, teaching fellows, and staff came together in the Thompson Room to celebrate the Class of 2015. Chair James Simpson toasted all of our concentrators, offering a special nod to thesis writers. Prior to the reception, thirteen creative thesis writers submitted works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry,... Read more »

1. 28. 15 Tuesday & Wednesday Class Cancellations and Makeup Classes

Tuesday Courses Rescheduled This Week Only (1/26–/1/30) English 90cp: Contemporary American Playwrights (Derek Miller) rescheduled to Thursday 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Barker 114 English 90hv: When Harlem Was in Vogue (Marina Bilbija) rescheduled to Thursday 2:00pm – 4:00pm, Barker 018 English 90sh: The Poetry of Seamus Heaney (Helen Vendler) rescheduled... Read more »

11. 21. 14 Welcoming our Sophomores
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Last Wednesday, the Class of 2017 declared their concentrations and we welcomed fifty-six sophomores to the English Department.

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11. 6. 14 Professor Werner Sollors Celebrated In “Keywords”

Approximately 120 guests gathered at the Barker Center Saturday to celebrate the retirement of English and African and African American Studies Professor Werner Sollors.

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9. 18. 14 Bok Center Teaching Awards for Spring 2014
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The Department of English extends its congratulations to the English Graduate Teaching Fellows who have just been awarded Certificates of Distinction in Teaching for the Spring 2014 term.

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9. 12. 14 Welcome Back BBQ 2014
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Welcome to the 2014-15 academic year.

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8. 28. 14 A Warm Welcome to our New and Visiting Faculty!
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The English Department is pleased to welcome our new and visiting faculty members for 2014

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6. 13. 14 Graduate Commencement 2014
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Congratulations to our eleven new PhDs!

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6. 12. 14 Harvard College Class of 2014!
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Last month, on a sunny Thursday morning, forty-eight English concentrators officially became Harvard University alumni.

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5. 21. 14 English Department Annual Prize Winners, 2013-2014

We’re thrilled to announce this year’s set of most-deserving prize winners!

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5. 8. 14 Five Seniors Win Thomas Temple Hoopes Prizes

This year’s winners in English are: Rumur Dowling, Sorrel Westbrook Nielsen, Tarina Quraishi, Jennifer Soong, and Kevin Sun.

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5. 6. 14 Margaret Atwood visits the English Department
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Acclaimed novelist and poet Margaret Atwood joined Bret Johnston for a conversation on the writing life on Friday morning, May 2.

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4. 23. 14 Amy Hempel elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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The Department extends its congratulations to Senior Lecturer on English Amy Hempel, who has just been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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4. 22. 14 Absalom, Absalom!
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  Concentrators, faculty, and other members of the Harvard community packed the Thompson Room last Thursday to hear David Alworth, Assistant Professor of English, read and discuss an excerpt from William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, as part of the Department’s “Readings in the Parlor” series. If you missed it listen to audio recording... Read more »

4. 18. 14 Boylston Prizes for Elocution
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The final round of the 2014 Boylston Prizes For Elocution was held on Monday, April 7th in the W.S. Fong Auditorium. Beginning with nineteen contestants in the preliminary round, which was held on April 2nd, the list of finalists was narrowed down to eight undergraduates: Julian Lucas, Matthew Barrieau, Aisha Down, Sorrel Nielsen, Myles McDonough, Alice Abracen, Nathan Hilgartner, and Cassandra Euphrat Weston.

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4. 17. 14 Sam Marks Published in Humana Festival Collection
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Sam Marks’ original play, The Delling Shore, has been published in the Humana Festival collection.

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4. 2. 14 Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Receives Peabody Award for “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”
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The Department of English congratulates Alphonse Fletcher University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., who has just won a Peabody Award for his PBS documentary series “The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross.”

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3. 19. 14 Bok Center Teaching Awards for Fall 2013
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The Department of English extends its congratulations to the English Graduate Teaching Fellows who have just been awarded Certificates of Distinction in Teaching for the Fall 2013 term.

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3. 14. 14 Leo Damrosch awarded National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography
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The Department of English congratulates Professor Leo Damrosch, who just won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Biography for his newest book, “Jonathan Swift: His Life and His World.”

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3. 10. 14 Celebrating our Seniors
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English Department seniors, faculty, teaching fellows, and staff came together for the Senior Champagne Reception to celebrate the Class of 2014.

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2. 14. 14 Junior Tutorial Prizes Awarded
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We are happy to announce that Nora Wilkinson ’15, a joint concentrator in English and History of Art & Architecture, is the winner of the Kiely Prize for Outstanding Junior Essay. For her part in guiding Nora’s work, graduate Teaching Fellow Kathryn Roberts has been awarded the Francis James Child Prize for Excellence in Teaching.

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1. 15. 14 Roger Stoddard Awarded Bibliographical Prize
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The former Senior Lecturer on English and Senior Curator in the Houghton Library has just won the American Printing History Award for his book, “A Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American Verse Printed from 1610 Through 1820.”

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1. 5. 14 Seamus Heaney Memorial Celebration: Event Video
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Complete video footage from the Seamus Heaney Memorial Celebration on November 7th, 2013, is now available online.

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12. 4. 13 Classroom Magic, featuring Profs. Paulus and Garber
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The Harvard Gazette chronicles how Professors Marjorie Garber and Diane Paulus have teamed up to connect the Class of 2017 with The Tempest.

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11. 22. 13 Announcing the Paul John Balson II Fund
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Mr. Balson’s gift will support and enhance individual and small-group instruction in the department, especially at the undergraduate level.

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11. 19. 13 Department Welcomes Sixty New Concentrators
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Our faculty and staff were thrilled to meet with and welcome sixty sophomores to the English Department!

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11. 17. 13 Homi Bhabha to Address UNESCO
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On Tuesday, November 19, Prof. Homi Bhabha will address a Special Plenary Session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris.

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10. 25. 13 Novelist Allan Gurganus Visits the English Department
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as part of our Writers in the Parlor series.

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10. 21. 13 Poetry in America Series: Elisa New
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Powell M. Cabot Professor of American Literature Elisa New will be teaching a series “Poetry in America” as part of the online HarvardX initiative. The series launches next week and it’s “an opportunity for students everywhere to talk about poetry.” The series will take place at various locations and includes special guest... Read more »

10. 15. 13 Bret Johnston Writes New Documentary “Waiting for Lightning”
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“The perspective that bound us together was the desire not to make a documentary about skateboarding. We wanted skating to be a character in the film, but not the main character.”

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9. 12. 13 Welcome Back BBQ
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Over 100 attendees came out in the summer heat for some southern hospitality and cuisine— with a touch of English charm— at this year’s annual Concentrator Barbecue.

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8. 30. 13 Department Remembers Seamus Heaney
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Faculty, students, and staff of the English Department join in grief at the death on August 30th 2013 of Seamus Heaney, who was Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory from 1984 to 1995 and Ralph Waldo Emerson Poet in Residence until 2006.

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8. 13. 13 Harvard Horizons Scholar Talk: featuring Liz Maynes-Aminzade!
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Harvard Horizons has recently released recordings from their May 2013 Symposium. Click through to watch Liz’s talk, “Macrorealism: How Fiction Can Help Us Understand a Networked World”!

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6. 21. 13 Radio Boston Interview with Stephen Burt
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In this Radio Boston broadcast Stephen Burt discuses his new book of poetry, Belmont.

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6. 13. 13 Stephen Burt Gives TED Talk
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Stephen Burt gave a talk on poetry at the TEDGlobal 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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6. 7. 13 Mapping the Future of the Humanities at Harvard
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The role of the humanities… “is to develop habits of mind…develop a sense of how to reason rigorously, how to express ideas in a compelling way, and how to write well. And then to have at your disposal the categories through which to approach complex problems. We want to make that clear, and then find a way to draw students into our courses.”

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6. 6. 13 Elisa New to Teach HarvardX Course
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Elisa New to teach two courses in the fall term of the on-line HarvardX program.

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5. 31. 13 Harvard College Class of 2013!
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Yesterday, on a sunny Thursday morning, sixty-four English concentrators officially became Harvard University alumni.

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5. 30. 13 Congratulations to our new PhDs!
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On a blisteringly hot day in May, ten of our wonderful graduate students received their doctorate degrees.

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5. 17. 13 English Prize Winners 2013

The Department of English is thrilled to announce this year’s group of prize recipients.

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5. 17. 13 Belmont: A New Book of Poetry by Stephen Burt
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The new book of poetry is about “parenthood and kids and how the responsibility of adults and the imagination of children coexist and inform on another,” as well as a book about “escapes, and imaginary other lives, and the other people who we can be if we are not ourselves, and the places we can go to do that.”

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5. 16. 13 Amanda Claybaugh Wins Prize for Excellence in Teaching
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Amanda Claybaugh Wins Prize for Excellence in Teaching

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5. 1. 13 Premio di storia letteraria Natalino Sapegno awarded to Prof. Stephen Greenblatt
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Prof. Stephen Greenblatt has received the 2013 Premio di storia letteraria Natalino Sapegno.

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4. 27. 13 English Well Represented at 2013 Harvard Arts First Festival
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Students and faculty participated in this year’s Harvard Arts First Festival.

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4. 8. 13 Jorie Graham at the Blacksmith House Poetry Series
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As Part of the Blacksmith House Poetry Series sponsored by the Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Jorie Graham read from her latest poetry collection, Place. Read more »

3. 29. 13 Liz Maynes-Aminzade named Inaugural Harvard Horizons Scholar
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English graduate student Liz Maynes-Aminzade has been named one of the Inaugural Harvard Horizons scholars as part of the Harvard Horizons initiative. The Horizon Scholars will present their ideas in compelling, short-format talks at the Harvard Horizons Symposium on May 6, from 4:30–6 p.m., at Sanders Theatre, with a reception to follow. Read more... Read more »

2. 22. 13 Portrait of Henry Louis Gates Jr. Installed in the National Portrait Gallery
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Harvard commissioned portrait of Henry Louis Gates Jr., given to the National Portrait Gallery.

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1. 26. 13 Jorie Graham Awarded the International Nonino Prize
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Professor Jorie Graham has won the International Nonino Literary Prize; she is only the third US recipient since the award was established in 1984. Read more »