April 17th, 2014
Critical Race with Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o and Ndirangu Wachanga
April 18th, 2014
Lecture by Kirsten Gruesz (UCSC, Literature)
April 25th, 2014
English Department Roundtable (EDR)
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New Books by English Faculty
Philip Lorenz explores power as dramatic metaphor in his new book.

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Mukoma Wa Ngugi's Library of Congress Reading posted on YouTube
April 16th
Professor Ngugi read from his work and discussed the state of contemporary African literature, highlighting African languages and culture.
PhD student wins national award
April 10th
Adin Lears
Adin Lears receives a 2014 Woodrow Wilson fellowship for her dissertation.
A fascinating memoir of Anita Reynolds edited by George Hutchinson
February 17th
A memoir of a woman untethered by race, who was a contemporary of Nella Larsen, has recently been published and was edited by George Hutchinson.
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