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.
- Congratulations to Alex GattenRenewable contract as UConn Visiting Assistant Prof and FYW Associate Director.
- Pam Bedore to Run Virtual Workshop on Online Teaching“Using Discussion Boards with Online Teaching." Wed, Aug 19, 1-1:45.
- Good News for Katie Nunnery and Hayley StefanGreat new positions at Tulane and Holy Cross.
- Anna Ziering’s English 2003 Activist WritingKudos to all for this thoughtful, well written collaboration!
- Congratulations to Sean ForbesMellon/UCHI Faculty Fellowship.
- Accolades for Anna Zarra AldrichCongratulations on many awards and achievements!
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.