Ashley Gangi ’21 (Ph.D.) has just accepted a position as an Upper School English Teacher at St. Luke’s School in New Canaan, CT. We’d like to congratulate Ashley and her committee: Wayne Franklin, her major advisor, and Clare Eby, Mary Bercaw-Edwards, and Jerry Phillips, her associate advisors.
Ruth Book ’21 (Ph.D.) has recently accepted a position as lecturer in the Rochester Institute of Technology’s University Writing Program. She will be teaching First-Year Writing and tutoring in their Writing Center.
Congratulations again to Ruth and her committee: Brenda Brueggemann, her major advisor, and Tom Deans, Serkan Gorkemli, and Sarah Winter, her associate advisors.
Congratulations to Wren Halpern, the 2021 Winner for the 2021 Kathleen Gibson McPeek Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to an author with an outstanding essay on a literary text or texts! Written in Fall 2020, Wren wrote their essay in ENGL 3613: Introduction to LGBT Literature. They were nominated for the award by Julia Brush.
Congratulations also to our honorable mentions: Sophie Archambault ’23 (CLAS), Judah Berl ’22 (CLAS) and Catherine Casey ’21 (CLAS).
The English Scholarship Committee received an unusually high number of McPeek essays this year, which is a testament to our passionate faculty who assigned obviously engaging prompts. It was a pleasure to see the breadth of skill that our students hold in writing and analysis, especially across the many courses represented for this past scholarship year.
Congratulations again to all!
Narayani Ballambat ’22 (CLAS), a rising senior who is double majoring in English and Physiology & Neurobiology, is one of twelve UConn IDEA Grant Recipients for Spring 2021. Her project, “Lust in Music: Addressing the Double Standards of Sexually Motivated Music in the 21st Century,” investigates how social standards shape our opinions on male and female artists who produce sexually motivated music.
Miller Oberman ’17 (Ph.D), a former English Literature student, recently had multiple features of his recent poetry.
First, Oberman’s Poem The Win is Loud was a featured poem in the New Yorker for June 14th. This is available on the New Yorker’s website with audio read by the author.
Second, the poem Commas was featured as the Poem of the Day on the Academy of American Poets website.
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 Robinson (History, Gallaudet University), and Erin Moriarity Harrelson (Anthropologist, Gallaudet University).
Brueggemann will be writing all of the interpretive labels for the artwork and the main essay for the exhibit catalog. The exhibit will first appear in the Dyer Art Center @ RIT.
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 Midnight. More information and details on how to pre-order the book are available via Finishing Line Press’s website.
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), 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.
Rylee’s project, “The Film Adaptation as an Essay on the Victorian Novel,” will be comparing Victorian novels to the film adaptations that they inspired, concentrating specifically on how the filmmakers handle the threads of feminism present in the original works.
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.