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Blackburn Festival "The Mackey Sessions" in Review

Thursday, October 11, 2018

To begin the Fall 2018 semester, the English Department unveiled its long-planned Blackburn Festival: The Mackey Sessions. The product of well over a year of planning, the three-day poetry festival centered on the work of Duke’s own Professor Nathaniel Mackey, a prolific poet whose work... Read More »

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'The Mackey Sessions'; Duke Professor Headlines Three-Day Poetry Festival

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Jazz threads through the work of prize-winning poet and Duke professor Nathaniel Mackey. The two – jazz and poetry -- come together during this year’s Blackburn Literary Festival, which has been dubbed “The Mackey Sessions.” The three-day poetry festival takes place Sept. 20-22 at venues on campus... Read More »

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Officials Monitoring Path of Hurricane Florence: Classes Cancelled After 5pm Wednesday

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Due to potential storm impact from Hurricane Florence, Duke has decided to cancel all classes after 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. In order to ensure essential operations during this time, Duke will activate the severe weather and emergency condition policy beginning at noon on Thursday, Sept.... Read More »

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“They Call Me Ms. Hill” and Why You Should, Too: on She Begat This: 20 Years of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’

Friday, September 7, 2018

They Call Me Ms. Hill” and Why You Should, Too: on She Begat This: 20 Years of ‘The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill’ by Joan Morgan To read Joan Morgan expound upon the significance of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill is really to listen to her (and others) unpack two decades... Read More »

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From Duke Student to Duke Employee

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

After graduating from Duke in May, some alumni now work at Duke Read More »

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Creative Collaboration, or Lessons Learned as a Graduate Student Representative

Monday, August 27, 2018

Every April, graduate students in the English department elect two of their colleagues – one who has already passed the hurdle of the prelim exams we do in year three, the other who still has them looming ahead – to act as representatives of the Graduate English Association (GEA). Read More »

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ENG 338S Milton With Professor David Aers

Monday, August 27, 2018

Every class, Prof. Aers opens by asking what we thought of the day’s reading, and every time there’s a long pause that follows. I don’t know what’s going through the heads of my classmates, but for me it’s usually something along the lines of “I have no idea what any of this means.” John Milton is... Read More »

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ENG 269 Classics of American Lit, 1820-1860 With Professor Michael D’Alessandro

Friday, August 24, 2018

Finally, we have arrived at my favorite American poet, Walt Whitman. After a semester navigating the pre-Civil War American literature, I have discovered new loves for Edgar Allen Poe, Washington Irving, Solomon Northup, Henry David Thoreau, and others. Professor D’Alessandro has taken us through... Read More »

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ENG 336 Shakespeare through 1600 with Professor Joesph Porter

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

I shuffle through the crowded chairs, making my way to my usual spot at the back of the classroom. Absentmindedly thumbing through my book, the words of arguably the greatest writer in English history moving beneath my fingers a dozen pages at a time, I wait for class to begin.  Prof. Porter sits... Read More »

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America’s Bilingual Roots

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Dominika Baran reminds us of the history and value of America’s multilingual past Read More »