English Department Statement on Anti-AAPI Violence

On behalf of the English Department at UConn

In the aftermath of the horrific Atlanta killings and the dramatic rise in the number of hate crimes against Asian and Asian Americans nationally, and especially against women of Asian descent, we call on all faculty and students in our department to fight against Anti-Asian racism, hatred, sexism, misogyny, and violence in all its forms, ones that have a long and terrifying history in the U.S and a long history at our own institution as well. This violence must stop. We stand with Asian and Asian American students and faculty at UConn and Asian and Asian Americans communities across the country and world to condemn this violence and dismantle the racism and sexism that produce it. In so doing, we will be guided by our colleagues and students who have dedicated their scholarly careers to studying and advocating for racial justice and gender equity.

To attend the event below, contact fred.lee@uconn.edu



How Racism and Sexism Intertwine to Torment Asian-American Women - The New York Times (nytimes.com)

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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.


The Department of English is hiring for a non-tenure track faculty position on the UConn Waterbury campus! Details on the position and how to apply are available through the job posting now.

Reopening Campus: ON, TOGETHER

Welcome Back, Huskies: The Plan to Reopen UConn for 2020-21

The University of Connecticut is actively planning to welcome our new and returning students, faculty, and staff back to our campuses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 english@uconn.edu or call 860-486-2141.

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  • Professor Brenda Brueggemann wins Terra Foundation Award
    The Terra Foundation has awarded a $50,000 grant to Professor Brenda Jo Brueggemann and her team for their exhibit/curation project, Shaped by the American Dream: Deaf History through Deaf Art. There are four members on the team: herself, Tabitha Jacques (Director of the Dyer Art Center, National Technical Institute for the Deaf, Rochester Institute for Technology), Octavia […]
  • Veronica Schorr ’19 (CLAS) to Release Debut Chapbook of Poetry
    Veronica Schorr ’19 (CLAS), an English and Psychology student, will be releasing her first poetry chapbook, Conscious Blue, in October 2021 with Finishing Line Press. Awarded the 2018-2019 Collins Literary Prize in Poetry, Schorr is additionally a reviewer for the New York Journal of Books, a writer for Where Love is Illegal, and a judge for NYC […]
  • Bilal Tajildeen ’14 (CLAS) Featured for the Center for Career Development
    Bilal Tajildeen ’14 (CLAS), a graduate of the English program, was recently featured on the Center for Career Development website in an interview that detailed all of the great things he has accomplished since leaving the university — particularly his new position as the Manager of Membership and Culture for the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy. […]
  • Rylee Thomas ’24 (CLAS) Named a Holster Scholar
    Rylee Thomas ’24 (CLAS), a rising sophomore studying English and Communication with a business minor, was recently named a Holster Scholar for the 2020-2021 school year. The Holster Scholar Program is an opportunity available to first-year Honors students that allows recipients to pursue independent research, design, or creative projects in the summer before sophomore year. […]
  • Grad Landings: Arpita Mandal to Mount Holyoke College
    Arpita Mandal ’21 (CLAS, Ph.D) has accepted a one-year visiting lecture position at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She will be teaching twentieth and twenty-first century transnational literature. In addition, we’d like to congratulate Arpita’s committee: major advisor Eleni Coundouriotis, as well as associate advisors Bhakti Shringarpure and Patrick Hogan. Congratulations, Arpita!
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    Anna Ziering, an English Ph.D. student and 2021-2022 UCHI Dissertation Research Scholar, was chosen as one of the 100 doctoral students in the USA and Canada to receive a $20,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood. This award was established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women who are pursuing a doctoral-level degree at […]

Connecticut Student Writers Recognition Night

On May 14, please visit the website of the Connecticut Writing Project for the 33rd annual Recognition Night for Connecticut Student Writers magazine. The event is co-sponsored by the English Department, the Neag School of Education, the Early College Experience program, and the Dodd Center for Human Rights. This year's keynote speaker will be Veera Hiranandani, the author of the award winning The Night Diaries.