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Five Things To Know About Great Teaching

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Good teachers aren’t born that way, even the best ones admit that it took years before they felt comfortable in front of the classroom. Experience helps, but mentoring from other teachers is a critical component. Read More »

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The Pen Ten: An Interview with Poet Tsitsi Ella Jaji

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

The PEN Ten is PEN America’s weekly interview series. This week, Cave Canem, a national organization committed to cultivating the artistic and professional growth of Black poets, speaks with Tsitsi Ella Jaji, winner of the Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize for a second-book... Read More »

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8 Tips for Writing a Bestselling Book

Thursday, November 14, 2019

As a senior English major, I’ve taken several creative nonfiction writing classes at Duke, during which my professors have encouraged us to seek out small local publications in Durham or Chapel Hill in the hopes of being published. Read More »

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The world’s top economists just made the case for why we still need English majors

Thursday, November 14, 2019

A great migration is happening on U.S. college campuses. Ever since the fall of 2008, a lot of students have walked out of English and humanities lectures and into STEM classes, especially computer science and engineering. Read More »

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Jay Arora: From Slop to Soul

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Jay Arora is a senior pursuing an interdisciplinary major in English and Public Policy. While he has enjoyed English since a young age, he came into Duke planning to major in Public Policy because he questioned the viability of majoring in English. But after taking Public Policy 155, Jay realized... Read More »

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Fall Books: Clean Hands, Aging Brains, Evangelical Women and Other Great Reads

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The latest publications from Duke authors Read More »

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Duke Creative Writing Is on the Rise

Monday, November 4, 2019

For undergraduates interested in creative writing, the halls of the English department in the Allen Building come with a few history lessons. Read More »

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Reframing the PhD: Takeaways from the English Department’s Careers Panel

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Given the state of the academic job market, I was worrying about job prospects before I even entered my English Ph.D. program. I remember, when I visited Duke with my prospective cohort, asking the Director of Graduate Studies about their job placement statistics. I received a carefully worded... Read More »

DEMAN Weekend 10th Anniversary

English Alums Participating in 2019 DEMAN Weekend

Friday, October 25, 2019

The weekend of November 1-2, 2019, will mark the 10th Annual DEMAN (Duke Entertainment, Media, and Arts Network) Weekend at Duke.  DEMAN Arts & Media weekend is the annual signature event at Duke that brings together students and alumni interested in creative industries.  DEMAN Weekend is a... Read More »

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A Decade of DEMAN: How a Networking Weekend Has Blossomed

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Alumni in entertainment and other creative industries will return to campus November 1-2 for panel discussions and meetings with students Read More »