English Department Statement on Justice for George Floyd
As a community, we stand with those demanding justice for George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, and an end to the police brutality, systemic racism, and anti-black violence that led to their deaths and the deaths of so many others. We as a department refuse to be silent about hatred, racism, and violence against communities of color, already disproportionately suffering from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, and we stand ready to fight actively all forms of white supremacy. We believe that the highest calling of English as a discipline is to serve as an engine of understanding, empathy, social justice, and change, and the department adds our voices to those of so many others at UConn and around the country and world, in calling for our country’s police forces to acknowledge and commit to dismantling a long legacy of racist abuse.
Here follow links to the study of anti-Black racism and also what we as a community can do about it.
- Ibram X. Kendi’s “An Anti Racist Reading List”: (https://www.ibramxkendi.com/blog/2018/10-cy55m-ms393-tsa64-9kb7c-t5e6w)
Bob Hasenfratz (Head, English Department) and 2019-21 Department Executive Committee Members.
Reopening Campus: ON, TOGETHER
Welcome Back, Huskies: The Plan to Reopen UConn for Fall 2020
The University of Connecticut is actively planning to welcome our new and returning students, faculty, and staff back to our campuses this fall. We are dedicated to working together with public health experts and our state to maintain a quality UConn educational experience while keeping our community healthy.
You can find more information about the University's plans here.
To contact the English Department, please email email@example.com or call 860-486-2141.
- Feature for Margaret Gibson (Prof. Emerita)Margaret Gibson, Professor Emerita and current Poet Laureate for the State of Connecticut, was featured in the Westerly Sun for her work featuring poetry related to nature and the climate crisis statewide. The article can be found on the Westerly Sun website.
- Poem Featured For Kerry Carnahan (PHD ’21)Kerry Carnahan (PhD ’21) has been featured in the Academy of American Poets’ website in their poem-a-day section. Kerry’s poem, [My ancestors are empty words], was featured as the poem of the day for 18 October, 2020. The feature can be found here.
- Promotion for Tina Iraca (PhD ’16)Associate Professor at SUNY Dutchess. Congratulations!
- New Position for Laura GodfreyCongratulations for position at Georgia Military Academy.
- Debut Novel for Crystal Maldonado (’10)To be released Feb. 2, 2021, by Penguin Random House.
- Matthew Jones to NortheasternCongratulations on this post-doc position.
Letters About Literature
The English Department, Connecticut Writing Project, and Neag School of Education are the CT sponsors for this writing competition for grades 4-12. Connecticut Writing Project and Neag School of Education also sponsor the Connecticut Scholastic Writing Awards for grades 7-12.