Book of the Month

Ernest J. Gaines died November 5 at the age of 86.

Veronica Makowsky recommends A Lesson Before Dying: "it is a beautiful, moving, devastating novel that, although set decades ago, speaks to current issues of race and incarceration, as well as dignity, responsibility, and love."

Gaines also wrote The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and A Gathering of Old Men. Born into a sharecropping family, he split his early years between school and working in the fields.

Why Study English?


"Perhaps the most powerful argument for why students (and their parents) might want to think twice about abandoning humanities is the data. The National Center for Education Statistics also keeps track of pay and unemployment rates by major.

There’s no denying that the typical computer science major makes more money shortly after graduation than the typical English major.

Contrary to popular belief, English majors ages 25 to 29 had a lower unemployment rate in 2017 than math and computer science majors."

Read the rest of this article and see more arguments for studying English.

Upcoming Events

  1. Feb 22 Teacher-as-Writer Workshop10:00am
  2. Feb 22 Encounters: The Census10:00am
  3. Feb 25 Jenny Spinner: "It's a Woman Speaking"4:00pm
  4. Feb 26 Penelope Pelizzon: "Animals and Instruments"12:00pm
  5. Feb 26 Humanities Fellow Research Talk: Andrea Celli4:00pm
  6. Feb 27 Writers Who Edit, Editors Who Write Series6:00pm
  7. Feb 28 Critical Looking: A Gallery Dialogue12:15am

Professors are People Too


Ali Oshinskie ('17) interviews professors for a podcast series, "Professors are People Too." Read the transcripts to her introduction and interviews, and listen to the podcast on WHUS.


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.