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How to understand subjectivities remote from one’s own in time, space, or social location? How to evaluate divergent interpretations of the same text or utterance? How to reconcile cultural sensitivity with freedom of expression?

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Ivy Wilson and Laura Brueck (Department of Asian Languages and Cultures) have received a large grant from the Buffett Institute for Global Affairs to support a two-year initiative on “Race, Caste, and Colorism,” which will look comparatively at India, the Caribbean, and the US and engage faculty from several units. This grant continues Ivy’s long-term work catalyzing new research collaborations across units in ethnic studies and the humanities, a role that also defines his current work as Director of the Black Arts Consortium. 

Evan Mwangi has been named the new Melville J. Herskovits Professor of African Studies. This chair recognizes Evan’s international reputation as one of the leading scholars of Anglophone African literature. Details on his investiture will be released at a later date, when we can gather in person to honor his accomplishments.  

Harris Feinsod has received a Provost Grant for Research in Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts for his book in progress Into Steam: The Worlds of Maritime Modernism. This is a new grant opportunity and highly recommended for others looking to supplement their research funds.  

Natasha Trethewey

Natasha Trethewey was announced as one of the winners of The Cleveland Foundation’s  86th annual Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards for her book, Memorial Drive.  The awards recognize books that have made important contributions to the understanding of racism and human diversity.  Cleveland poet and philanthropist Edith Anisfield Wolf established the book awards in 1935, in honor of her father, John Anisfield, and husband, Eugene Wolf, to reflect her family’s passion for social justice.

Kelly Wisecup has received the 2021-22 Newberry Consortium in American Indian and Indigenous Studies/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for her project “Indigenous Anthologizing in the Great Lakes.”  More about the NCAIS can be found here.

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Litowitz MFA+MA in English and Creative Writing

This program offers intimate classes, the opportunity to pursue both creative and critical writing, and close mentorship by renowned faculty in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Our three-year curriculum gives students time to deepen both their creative writing and their study of literature. Students complete two degrees concurrently --an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in English.

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MA in English Literature

Designed to be completed in one year and flexible in its requirements, our Master's in Literature allows students considerable freedom in choosing courses in English and in related disciplines. Most are planning to move on to Doctoral study elsewhere, improve their credentials as teachers in secondary schools and community colleges, or to take their experience into the business and publishing sectors.

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PhD in English Literature

Our PhD program offers advanced study and research in literary history, criticism, and theory, with excellent opportunities for study between both disciplines and departments. Courses within the department cover major genres, periods, authors, and a broad range of methodological and theoretical approaches. Significant support in professional development and on the job market are cornerstones of the program.

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Biss and Trethewey both represented in Time Magazine's 100 Must-Read Books of 2020
Trethewey, Biss, Webster, and Dybek named to NewCity's 2020 Lit 50
Two essays by Lauren Jackson published in The New Yorker

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