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English Department News

In New Book, Professor Doug Coulson Dissects Shifting Law of Racial Classification

Throughout much of modern American history, to make determinations about the naturalization of immigrants, courts made legal decisions about who was considered “white.” In a new book out this month, Department of English assistant professor Doug Coulson examines this complex dynamics of immigration law and racial rhetoric.

NFL Football: CMU’s Jason England Says, “It’s Not Just a Game”

When President Trump’s comments at a political rally earlier this month ignited a series of NFL players to kneel during the National Anthem, Carnegie Mellon University’s Jason England was paying close attention. For England, a visiting assistant professor of creative writing, sports are far more than just games on a field.

Professor Kathy M. Newman Wants You To Read Banned Books

As part of Banned Books Week, a national celebration of works that have been challenged or banned in various communities for various reasons, the Pittsburgh chapter of the ACLU hosted a panel featuring Associate Professor of English Kathy M. Newman earlier this month to discuss freedom of expression and why books get banned.

Students Channel Emotions, Experiences with Discrimination Through Writing Contest

Since 1999, thousands of western Pennsylvania high school and college students have chosen to react to discrimination by writing about it for Carnegie Mellon University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards.

Book Offers 18 Years of Student Perspectives on “Challenges to the Dream"

A new anthology, Challenges to the Dream: The Best of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Writing Awards at Carnegie Mellon University, includes a powerful selection of the poetry and prose pieces from the writing contest’s history.

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.

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