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November 24th 2015 Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize Winners
Co-founded in 2014 by Assistant Professor Mukoma Wa Ngugi and Dr. Lizzy Attree, the Mabati-Cornell Kiswahili Prize for African Literature announces inaugural winners.
November 18th Hutchinson and Mort Participate in Voices of Freedom
Assistant Professor Ishion Hutchinson and Visiting Assistant Professor Valzhyna Mort will join other local writers to discuss the impact of place and displacement in literature.
November 17th Lurie and Lennon Contribute to Local Anthology
Work of Professor Emeritus Alison Lurie and Associate Professor J. Robert Lennon is highlighted in From the Finger Lakes: A Prose Anthology.
November 9th Kenneth A. McClane on Friendship
W.E.B. Du Bois Professor Emeritus of Literature, Kenneth A. McClane discusses friendship in the 2015 Phi Beta Kappa lecture.
October 28th 2015 Gottschalk Lecturer: Maureen Quilligan
Our 2015 M.H. Abrams Distinguished Visiting Professor, Maureen Quilligan will deliver the Paul Gottschalk Memorial Lecture “When Women Ruled the World” on 11/5/15.
October 22nd New Books Provide Insight on Poetry
Unique views on poetry emerge in new books by Professor of the Practice David Orr and Professor Jonathan Culler.
October 16th Valzhyna Mort on Nobel Prize Winner
Visiting Assistant Professor Valzhyna Mort highlights the life and work of Nobel Prize Winner Svetlana Alexievich in The New York Times Magazine.
October 14th Jonathan Culler Presents His New Book
During a recent Chats in the Stacks book talk, Professor Jonathan Culler shared his new book The Theory of the Lyric.
October 6th English Department Offices Named After Picket Family
David and Rona Picket are generous supporters of our MFA program. As a way to honor them, the English department offices were recently named after the Picket Family.
October 1st Ella Maria Diaz Highlights Chicano Art
Assistant Professor Diaz co-curated an exhibit highlighting the work of Chicano art icon Lorraine Garcia-Nakata. “Navigating by Hand” is on display in San Francisco.
September 30th Alice Fulton Reads Poetry at Historic Event
Professor Fulton read three of her poems at President Garrett’s inauguration. All three are published in the chapbook, including a new piece she wrote for the occasion.
September 22nd Lecture Series Named after Helena Viramontes
Creative Writing Professor and Director Helena Viramontes kicked off the new Helena María Viramontes Lecture Series at CSULB. The series will celebrate US ethnic writers.
September 18th M.H. Abrams Remembered
Family, friends, and colleagues gathered on campus for a memorial celebration to remember M.H. Abrams.
September 16th Seven English faculty books make President Garrett’s recommended reading list

President Garrett’s recommended reading list is intended to spark reflection and intellectual exchange.

September 9th Hutchinson Discusses Vonnegut's Work
Professor George Hutchinson will discuss Vonnegut’s work at the opening of the “So It Goes” exhibit on September 10th at the Johnson Museum. 
September 2nd Van Clief-Stefanon Co-authors Artspace Piece
Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon co-authors A Cherry Timedive, a site-specific piece that will be performed at the future home of The Cherry, a new multidisciplinary artspace in Ithaca.
August 27th M.H. Abrams Memorial Celebration
A memorial celebration for M.H. Abrams will be held at 2pm on Saturday, September 12th in Statler Auditorium, Statler Hall. All are welcome to attend.
August 26th New Novel Highlights Exile
Cornell Chronicle highlights Mrs. Shaw, a new novel by Assistant Professor Mukoma Wa Ngugi.
August 4th The Lamp Goes Dark
Cornell Alumni Magazine showcases a tribute to M. H. Abrams by Paul Cody, MFA ’87.
August 3rd Loss and Mourning Fosters Poetry
Cornell Chronicle speaks with Associate Professor Dagmawi Woubshet about research for his recent book The Calendar of Loss: Race, Sexuality, and Mourning in the Early Era of AIDS.
June 22nd Literature in the Family
Assistant Professor Mukoma Wa Ngugi celebrates the accomplishments of his father Ngugi wa Thiong'o and presents his book Nairobi Heat to the president of Kenya.
June 9th Awards Honor Faculty and Graduate Students

Professor Juffer receives academic advising award, associate professor Raskolnikov receives teaching award, and PhD candidate Danielle Morgan wins teaching assistant prize.

June 3rd Marianne Marsh Recognized with Excellence Award
Cornell’s Employee Recognition Team awarded a 2015 Management Award to Marianne Marsh, Administrative Director for the Department of English.
May 29th Department of English Honors Graduates at Diploma Ceremony
Sixty-eight degree candidates honored during the 2015 English Department Diploma Ceremony at Statler Auditorium.
May 27th Mukoma Wa Ngugi Selected as Neustadt Prize Juror
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.
May 27th Helena Viramontes Introduces Anthology
Professor Helena Viramontes provides foreword for All About Skin: Short Fiction by Women of Color.
May 18th Jonathan Culler Highlights Cornell Accomplishments
To celebrate Charter Day, Professor Jonathan Culler reflects on 50 years worth of Cornell accomplishments that transformed the humanities, as part of panel discussion.
May 15th Jeremy Braddock Presents on The Firesign Theatre
Cornell Chronicle on Jeremy Braddock’s paper "The Firesign Theatre’s Wax Poetics.” Braddock serves as Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies.
May 6th Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon Revists the Great Migration

Associate Professor Van Clief-Stefanon responds to a Lawrence painting as part of PBS NewsHour's “Revisiting the Great Migration through paintings and poetry.”

April 23rd Remembering M.H. Abrams
Influential literary critic and Cornell English professor, M.H. "Mike" Abrams passes away at 102. Cornell Chronicle highlights his lifetime achievements.
April 15th Phyllis Janowitz memorial gathering on campus
A gathering to remember and celebrate the life and work of Phyllis Janowitz will take place Friday, April 17, at 11:30 a.m.
April 1st Darkness and light in Fulton's new poetry collection
Cornell Chronicle talks with Professor Alice Fulton about her new collection of poetry Barely Composed.
March 31st Students gain novel insights from faculty reading
Daily Sun article features readings by professors J. Robert Lennon and Valzhyna Mort.
February 12th Ella Diaz wins Woodrow Wilson Fellowship
Assistant Professor Diaz has won a Woodrow Wilson Foundation Career Enhancement Fellowship. She teaches in both the English department and Latino Studies.
January 16th Morgan adds to his literary awards
Professor of English and best-selling author Robert Morgan wins awards for two of his latest works.