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Barely Composed
New Books by English Faculty
Alice Fulton reimagines the great lyric subjects in her new book of poems.

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Mukoma Wa Ngugi Selected as Neustadt Prize Juror
May 27th
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One of nine jurors selected for this prestigious international award, Assistant Professor, Mukoma Wa Ngugi will provide his perspective from both the US and Kenya.
Helena Viramontes Introduces Anthology
May 27th
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Professor Helena Viramontes provides foreword for All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color.
Jonathan Culler Highlights Cornell Accomplishments
May 18th
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To celebrate Charter Day, Professor Jonathan Culler reflects on 50 years worth of Cornell accomplishments that transformed the humanities, as part of panel discussion.
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