Research in the English Department involves the study of literary subjects, of language and the various expressions of a culture. Our methodology includes critical reading, inquiry, thought, and debate. English “labs” are libraries, museums, classrooms, conference rooms, even hallways, cafés, and campus quads—any place where thinking or conversation occurs. Through conferences, working groups, seminars, speaker series, literary readings and other modes, we challenge ourselves to study and learn, to extend the boundaries of our knowledge, to hone our comprehension and expressive skills, and to strengthen our imaginations. The results of our research are books, journals, films, essays, poems, stories, and lectures.