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English Department News

Two English Students Named Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars

The Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars Class of 2018 has been announced—and eight seniors from the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences have been selected. This list includes senior Amber James, a major in technical writing, and Maria Navarro-Gutierrez who has a major in professional writing.

Atom Atkinson Takes Talents, Passions to Iconic Chautauqua

As visitors descend upon the thriving lakeside educational community of Chautauqua, New York, Carnegie Mellon University creative writing alumnus Atom Atkinson thinks about how to transform the group's literary arts experience.

Alumna's Double Life is One for the Books

Where are you at 3 a.m.? Carnegie Mellon University Department of English alumna Khristina Chess is in front of her computer, Mountain Dew-infused, writing her next young adult novel.

Dress is a Work From the Heart

Carnegie Mellon University added some high-tech light to the bright lights of Broadway during the 71st Annual Tony Awards on Sunday, June 11. The university, known as one of the top theater arts conservatories in the world, showed an additional dimension when a "wearable tech" dress made its debut on the red carpet at Radio City Music Hall.

Documentary Class Takes Students To Cuba

One way to learn about an unfamiliar place is to step behind the lens. That is exactly what Carnegie Mellon University students did this semester to learn about Cuban artists.
Ralph Vituccio, associate teaching professor in the Entertainment Technology Center, and filmmaker Andres Tapia-Urzua created a transformative documentary-making course that took students to Camagüey, Cuba during spring break, and let them add “international documentarian” to their resumes.

English Major Melanie Diaz Earns Fulbright Award

Among the six Carnegie Mellon University seniors who have been named Fulbright award winners, one of them will be graduating from CMU English this spring.

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