Author: Lindsey Lentocha

Amanda Marrone: “When a Seat-of-the-Pantser Embraces Plotting– Sort Of”

Young adult novelist Amanda Marrone will be presenting “When a Seat-of-the-Pantser Embraces Plotting– Sort Of” on November 8, at 6:00pm, in Austin 247. Marrone is the author of UninvitedRevealersDevoured, and Slayed, and her middle school series, The Magic Repair Shop Books, includes the titles The Multiplying MenaceThe Shape-Shifter’s Curse, and Master of Mirrors. For more information about Amanda Marrone, visit her website.



Paul Di Filippo Reading

Paul Di Filippo is a short story writer, humorist, and critic, with more than thirty books to his credit over the course of his three decades as a professional writer. Di Filippo has been nominated for the Nebula, Hugo, Theodore Sturgeon and World Fantasy Awards and has won the British Science Fiction Association Award. He has sold more than two hundred stories, as well as several novels and novellas, including the multi-award-nominated A Year in the Linear City. He was part of the first wave of both steampunk and biopunk, with influential volumes The Steampunk Trilogy and Ribofunk. He is also one of the preeminent critics and reviewers in the science fiction field, with work appearing regularly in the Barnes & Noble Review and elsewhere.

Di Filippo will be reading on November 9, at 6:30pm, in Austin 217.

Pam Brown: “Who’s It? Acting the Actress in ‘Twelfth Night’ or ‘What You Will'”

Pam Brown is an associate professor of English at UConn Stamford, and her talk explores how the famed actresses of Italian touring companies influenced and inspired the Shakespearean stage. Brown will be presenting at the UConn Humanities Institute on the fourth floor of Babbidge Library on Monday, November 6, at 5:00pm. Snacks and refreshments will be served at 4:30pm.

Tara Harney-Mahajan on Irish Women’s Literature

“The Politics of Illegitimacy in McKeon’s Solace” at 12:30 pm, November 2nd, in Austin 445

“Contextualizing Irish Women’s Writing and O’Brien’s Country Girls Trilogy: Revision and Resistance” at 3:30 pm, November 2nd, in Austin 217

Tara Harney-Mahajan received her PhD in English from UConn in 2016 and is currently the co-editor of LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory. Her research interests include 20th- and 21st-century Irish and South Asian literature, with a focus on women writers. Her scholarship has been published in Women’s StudiesNew Hibernia Review, and the Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her talks will consider contemporary Irish novelist Belinda McKeon and canonical twentieth-century Irish writer Enda O’Brien.

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Career Panel Presentation and Discussion

Concerned about jobs for English majors? The upcoming Career Panel presentation and discussion will provide a way to address these concerns.

Scheduled for Wednesday, November 1, 4:00-5:45pm in the Stern Room, Austin 217, this panel will allay concerns about the value of the major and career directions open to English majors. Job options specific to the skills of English majors are now quite varied, and despite a worrying job market, English majors are increasingly in demand. Four UConn English majors, all fairly recent graduates, will present information about their own career and job search strategies. Given their experiences and professions, they have valuable advice and will answer questions that students anticipating the job market have about the logistics and anxieties of job searches and interviews. The panelists below are testimony to the creative ways in which English majors are shaping careers for themselves, and will offer both practical advice and encouragement.

Rachel Craine (‘17), Client Solutions Assistant, AdviceOne, LLC, Glastonbury

Karelyn Kuzcenski (‘16), Ipsos, Research Analyst, Norwalk

Mary Malley (‘16), Assistant Editor, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, New York City

Eric Vo (‘13), Health News Reporter and Editor, Aetna, Hartford


Refreshments will be served. If you have questions, please e-mail

6 English Majors Win Sophomore Honors

Sophomore Honors are awarded to students enrolled in the Honors Program in recognition of their academic achievement, completion of Honors courses, and participation in Honors events during their freshman and sophomore years.

Two hundred and thirty-four students from across UConn received the 2017 Sophomore Honors Certificate at the Fall Honors Ceremony on Tuesday, October 10. Six of these were English majors:

Nicole Gerardin (also majoring in Education)

Kathrine Grant (also majoring in Education)

Alexandra Oliveira (also majoring in Chemical Engineering)

Bailey Shea (also majoring in Communication)

Anna Stachura (also majoring in Journalism)

Clarissa Tan (also majoring in Education)