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Professor Nathaniel Mackey, Double Trio, is on Duke Alumni Lifelong Learning summer reading list. Duke Alumni’s Lifeline Learning initiative has some suggestions of books from Duke authors for your summer reading nightstand. The 11 titles span the disciplines from the humanities and arts to science and philosophy, as well as novels and poetry. read more about Summer Reads 2022 »

Faculty member R. Darren Gobert will serve as a Princeton short-term visiting fellow, the Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and Department of English. read more about Princeton University Humanities: Council Announces 2022-23 Long-Term and Short-Term Visitors »

Charlotte Susman, professor of English, will chair the search committee for the next dean of Trinity College of Arts and Science. Fellow English faculty member Mark Anthony Neal will also serve on the committee. read more about Sussman to Chair Search Committee  »

Congratulations to the 2022 Critical Essay and Creative Writing Scholarships winners! Stanley E. Fish Award for Outstanding Work in British Literature:  Kari Tora Larsen, ‘22 This award recognizes outstanding work by an undergraduate enrolled in an English course in British Literature. Award for Most Original Honors Thesis:  Taylor Madison Plett, ‘22 This award recognizes a senior student for writing the most original honors thesis. William… read more about 2022 Creative Writing Scholarship Winners »

“It is speech and visibility that give us any political power we have. It is speech and visibility that apparently make us threatening.” Detail from a manuscript essay by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick that was published in 2014 with the title “Censorship & Homophobia,” by Gullotine, New York, NY. The publisher, printer, and binder, Sarah McCarry, discovered the manuscript during her work helping to prepare the collection to come to Duke. The Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture is pleased to announce that the … read more about Work and Love are Impossible to Tell Apart: The Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick Papers »

Congratulations to Professor Priscilla Wald, a member of the Climate Histories of Global Agriculture faculty team, for receiving one of the University-Wide Collaboration Grants on Climate Change. read more about Eight Faculty Teams Awarded University-Wide Collaboration Grants on Climate Change »

Congratulations to Anya Lewis-Meeks on being awarded the 2022 Stephen J. Horne Award for Excellence in Teaching.  Lewis-Meeks, who taught English 110S.03 “Intro to Creative Writing” in the fall semester was selected by Professor Kathy Psomiades, Director of Graduate Studies (DGS), and the advisory committee, Professor Taylor Black and Professor Tsitsi Jaji, based on course evaluations and student nomination. Duke English is excited to award her with this well-earned honor.  Lewis-Meeks listed “building a diverse community… read more about Anya Lewis-Meeks, English Ph.D. Candidate is Honored with Teaching Award  »

Duke Today's recent article on new books by Duke faculty members includes English faculty members Mesha Maren "Perpetual West" and Mark Anthony Neal's "Black Ephemera: The Crisis and Challenge of the Musical Archive" new works. read more about From Ancient Rome to Small-Town Mississippi, New Books by Duke Authors Capture the Imagination This Spring »

During the Spring 2022 semester, Professor Sarah Beckwith was asked to teach one of Duke English's gateway courses. "When the department asked me to teach a 101 class, I knew I wanted to call it ‘Arts of Attention,” stated Professor Beckwith.  We are living in an "attention economy" where our attention is grabbed, bought, and sold. It is a commodity. Our interests, desires, and preferences are data mined for advertising and are funding a new generation of unscrupulous media enterprises. And it is making us all distracted… read more about Professor Beckwith’s English 101S – Arts of Attention »

One important academic lesson of the pandemic was that despite COVID restrictions, many Duke undergraduate students continued to conduct valuable research in collaboration with faculty members. This week, that research was showcased when three juniors were named Faculty Scholars, the university’s highest honor for students presented by faculty. The awards went to Patrick Duan, for research studying historical dynamics of racial and ethnic minorities; Jenny (Yijian) Huang, for developing new statistical methodology for… read more about Three Juniors Selected as Faculty Scholars for Excellence in Research »

Traditionally when one thinks of a college English course, they would not be surprised to study someone who has won a Nobel Prize in Literature (2016) and a Pulitzer Prize (Special Citation, 2008).  What about someone who has won Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, the Presidential Medal of Freedom and even a Golden Globe for Best Original song? Surely, that would make sense for a Music class, but in English? In Professor Taylor Black's English 290S-01 course, "Bob Dylan," however, you get both and so much more.  This… read more about Professor Black’s Class Field Trip to Bob Dylan Concert »

Twenty-four Duke students received a Benenson Award in the Arts this year to support and sustain their work over the summer months and help launch the graduating seniors into the next phase of their life. read more about Announcing the 2022 Benenson Award Winners »

Do you read crime novels, find yourself scanning the daily newspaper crime report, or love watching true crime television shows? During the 2022 Spring semester, Professor Michael D'Alessandro introduced an updated version of English 290S-2.01, "American Crime, 1800-1914: Fiction and Film."  The concept for this course developed from research that Professor D'Alessandro conducted about nineteenth-century American crime, including some "eye-opening" statistics that left him horrified. He knew right away that, when the… read more about American Crime: Fiction & Film 1800-1914 Taught by Professor D'Alessandro »

We are excited to announce the winners of the 2022 Creative Writing Contests and the Creative Writing Scholarship awardees. Each year the English Department administers writing contests to recognize fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry by English majors and non-major undergraduates. Congratulations to the following students!  Anne Flexner Memorial Award for Fiction Sascha Seinfeld, '23 Download Sascha Seinfeld’s “Mint Ting-a-Ling" (docx - 44.63 KB) Family members and friends of former… read more about 2022 Creative Writing Award Winners »

This spring, Duke English has had the honor of hosting Kenyan author and journalist Peter Kimani as its Blackburn Artist in Residence. His novel, Dance of the Jakaranda – a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year" – was nominated for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award and the inaugural Big Book Award in the UK. Kimani currently writes a weekly column for The Standard.  During his time with the department this semester, Kimani  taught two fiction writing courses:    English 221S: Introduction to the Writing of Fiction … read more about Blackburn Artist in Residence, Peter Kimani »

In a Wednesday night ceremony in New York City, the Whiting Foundation announced the honorees of its 2022 Whiting Award, which is presented annually to ten emerging writers in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Awards are $50,000, one of the most substantial awards sums to exist for emerging writers.  read more about Two Triangle Writers Named Recipients of Prestigious Whiting Award (Including English PhD Alum Alexis Pauline Gumbs) »

VMS 355 / ENGLISH 288 / CINE 212: American Dreams American Movies We have always been told that “art reflects life” and vice versa. This is rarely as true as the reflection of life brought about by American cinema, which is much of the focus of American Dreams American Movies.  Through studying films like "Rear Window," "Casablanca" and "Dr. Strangelove," students in this course examine the cultural history of America and perform some fundamental film analysis. It is an opportunity to “[understand]… read more about Six ALP Courses To Round Out Your Fall Schedule »

Almost a decade ago, Grace Li, Trinity ‘17, read Weike Wang’s elegant, witty look at science and the soul, “Chemistry.” “It was the first time I felt like a book had been written just for me. It’s what made me realize I could write deeply personal, honest books, and that maybe other people would read them.”  What Li didn’t realize at the time was that her own literary canvas of the Chinese-American experience, “Portrait of a Thief”, would leap off the page and onto the Netflix screen. Inspired by the true story of a… read more about Grace Li to speak at Duke’s first Medicine, Literature, & Culture Celebration »

Assistant Professor of English Jarvis McInnis and Assistant Professor of Biology Gustavo Silva founded  Duke's "Black Think Tank" to create a community for Duke's Black faculty scholars. read more about Fostering the Advancement of Black Faculty »

George Williams October 10, 1922 - February 25, 2022  Durham, North Carolina - George Walton Williams was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the son of Ellison Adger Williams and Elizabeth (Simonton) Dillingham Williams on October 10, 1922. He died on February 25, 2022 at the Forest at Duke.  read more about In memoriam: Emeritus colleague George W. Williams »

Ph.D. candidate Carolina Benack shares her thoughts on how being an instructor of record has enhanced her graduate school experience at Duke University. read more about Reflections on Being an Instructor of Record (IOR) »