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English Department News
It’s been over a decade since Carnegie Mellon University alumna Elisabeth Finch graduated, yet she continues to live and breathe the university’s motto, “My heart is in the work.” Finch (DC’00), who majored in creative writing and professional writing and minored in drama, is constantly working in various Hollywood writing roles. She’s currently a writer for “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Through new English Department courses like 'The Visual Story: Filmmaking for Screenwriters' and 'Mediated Narrative,' students gained hands-on experience in filmmaking and interactive media this past semester. The courses were taught by the department's new Adjunct Professor, Ralph Vituccio, who has been a mainstay in Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center.
Through Listening Spaces, a project under Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for the Arts in Society’s (CAS) Media Initiative, The English Department's Richard Purcell, along with Richard Randall explored the ethical, political and cultural significance of the digital music revolution. A new book, “21st Century Perspectives on Music, Technology, and Culture,” expands on the project.
This spring, two students from Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of English were inducted into Phi Sigma Iota. The prestigious international honor society recognizes the achievements of outstanding students in academic fields related to foreign languages, literatures and cultures.
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