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Kathy M. Newman, Literary & Cultural Studies Associate Professor, Holds Class Launch of “Apocalypse Now 101” Website and Film ScreeningIn November 2019 Kathy M. Newman, associate professor of Literary & Cultural Studies, celebrated her Freshman English students' launch of their original website "Apocalypse Now 101," plus held a 40th anniversary screening of Coppola film.
City of Asylum Presents Marian Aguiar, Associate Professor of Literary & Cultural Studies, for First CMU English “Outside the Academy” EventOn Nov. 12 Marian Aguiar, Literary & Cultural Studies associate professor, presented in City of Asylum's "Outside the Academy Series," the events' first partnership with CMU English.
Jane McCafferty, Professor of English, Creates Sleepcast for Headspace App: “River City”Headspace, the evidence-based meditation app, launched its first “Happy Healthy America” tour in Pittsburgh Nov. 15 and 16. Saturday's event featured English professor Jane McCafferty and her original Sleepcast "River City," a version of which will be included on the Headspace app for subscribers.
Fall Speaker Series from the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards Welcomes Two Prestigious CMU AlumnaeFor the second year, Carnegie Mellon University’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Writing Awards brought two distinguished writers to campus for the Fall Speaker Series. Department of English alumnae Shannon Gibney (DC 1997) and Sarah Valentine (DC 2000) were this year’s featured speakers.
Jane Bernstein, Creative Writing Professor: On Fiction’s "Dream" Life and Her New NovelJane Bernstein, professor in the Carnegie Mellon University Department of English, has created a writing career across genres. Bernstein’s newest work is "The Face Tells the Secret" (October 2019). Yet for Bernstein, whose work as a CMU professor is to teach writing fiction and nonfiction as separate crafts, the acts of creating a novel rather than a piece of creative nonfiction is also a highly different lived experience.
Cameron Dezen Hammon, Creative Writing B.A. Alum: Memoir and "Falling in Love with Language" at CMU EnglishCameron Dezen Hammon is a Creative Writing B.A. alumna ('97) of the Department of English at Carnegie Mellon University. Now an author and musician, her new memoir "This is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession" launched from Lookout Books on October 22, 2019.
Why Tech Needs Humanities MajorsLeslie Robertson (DC 1989), vice president of software development at Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, recently brought her experience in the tech industry to an interactive talk and roundtable discussion for the Dietrich College Entrepreneurship Speaker Series. Robertson also took the time to hold a smaller, personalized talk with CMU English students the day before.
Shakespeare in the Holodeck: “Shakespeare-VR” Launches from Stephen Wittek, Assistant Professor of Literary & Cultural StudiesIn October 2019 Stephen Wittek, CMU English assistant professor of Literary & Cultural Studies, officially launched "Shakespeare-VR.” A virtual reality project and educational tool, Shakespeare-VR allows students around the world to “step onstage” during performances at Blackfriars Playhouse, the indoor theater used by Shakespeare’s company. The project, which is now available online at shx-vr.com, entails streaming virtual reality media, a curriculum for classroom use, and a selection of readings on virtual reality and humanities education.
Arts Greenhouse Program Re-Launches at Pittsburgh Schiller Middle SchoolAfter a year-long hiatus Arts Greenhouse has relaunched. The program held its first day of classes on October 8 at Pittsburgh Schiller, a STEAM 6-8 magnet school on the Northside.
Simon Initiative Tool Helps Students Polish Writing SkillsCarnegie Mellon University English Professor Chris Neuwirth is helping students learn to write clearly and think about word choices they make through the help of an online tutoring tool, which currently is available by invitation-only.
Announcing the Humanities@CMU InitiativeOn October 2, Carnegie Mellon University's Dietrich College Bess Family Dean Richard Scheines, with Department of English head Andreea Rivitoi, announced the Humanities@CMU Initiative. The effort will promote and advance the university's strengths in the humanities.
CMU Department of English Launches Short Edition "Story Dispenser" MachineIn Spring 2019, CMU's Department of English launched Pittsburgh's first Short Edition "story dispenser" machine in the Cohon University Center.
James Wynn, Associate Professor of English and Rhetoric, Leads Citizen Science Workshop at the RSA’s Summer InstituteTuesday, June 25, 2019
James Wynn, Associate Professor of English and Rhetoric, Leads Citizen Science Workshop at the RSA’s Summer InstituteThough citizen science has been around for almost two centuries, the practice is not well-known — even to those doing the work. From Thursday, June 6 through Saturday June 8, 2019, Associate Professor James Wynn co-led a workshop on these topics at the Rhetoric Society of America’s (RSA) Summer Institute, Citizen Science and Emerging Rhetorics of Science.
Spotlighting Graduate Students: Spring and Summer 2019Thursday, June 20, 2019
Spotlighting Graduate Students: Spring and Summer 2019It may be summer on-campus at Carnegie Mellon University, but the last few weeks of spring and coming summer months of 2019 continue to be filled with the accomplishments of the Department of English's graduate students, both M.A. and Ph.D.
Spotlighting English Undergraduate Students: Spring 2019Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Spotlighting English Undergraduate Students: Spring 2019Each year English undergraduate students at Carnegie Mellon University achieve an array of departmental awards, external prizes, and professional opportunities in their fields. Several English students, however, are recognized through financial awards for research work or internships while undergraduates.
Creative Writing Students Honored at Annual Adamson AwardsThursday, May 30, 2019
Creative Writing Students Honored at Annual Adamson AwardsAs one of the only undergraduate programs of its kind, Carnegie Mellon University’s Creative Writing Program in the Department of English highlights excellence in student writing annually through the Adamson Student Writing Awards.
Diploma Ceremony Celebrates Department of English Class of 2019!Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Diploma Ceremony Celebrates Department of English Class of 2019!At Department of English Diploma Ceremony 2019 at Carnegie Mellon University, 55 graduates and undergraduates received diplomas, with 95 students set to graduate.
2019 Inductees Join Sigma Tau Delta Honor SocietyThursday, May 16, 2019
2019 Inductees Join Sigma Tau Delta Honor SocietyIn an induction ceremony in April, 12 students from the Department of English joined the ranks of the Omega Tau Chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, the International English Honor Society.
Kristina Straub, Director of Literary & Cultural Studies Program, Releases New Routledge AnthologyThursday, May 09, 2019
Kristina Straub, Director of Literary & Cultural Studies Program, Releases New Routledge AnthologyEarlier this year Kristina Straub, Director of Literary & Cultural Studies Program, edited and released "The Routledge Anthology of Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama" (co-edited with Misty G. Anderson from the University of Tennessee and Daniel O'Quinn from the University of Guelph).
Kevin Haworth, Visiting Faculty Member, Publishes First In-Depth Work on Israeli Graphic Artist Rutu ModanThursday, May 09, 2019
Kevin Haworth, Visiting Faculty Member, Publishes First In-Depth Work on Israeli Graphic Artist Rutu ModanKevin Haworth, Visiting Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of English, released "The Comics of Rutu Modan: War, Love, and Secrets" (University of Mississippi Press; April 30), on work by the contemporary living comics artist Modan.
CMU Launches Undergraduate Program in Film and Visual MediaMonday, May 06, 2019
CMU Launches Undergraduate Program in Film and Visual MediaCarnegie Mellon University will offer a bachelor's degree of arts in film and visual media beginning in fall 2019. The program, based in the Department of English, will focus on the critical study of screenwriting and on films as cultural and political texts.
CMU English Celebrates National Poetry Month: Spotlight on Carnegie Mellon University Press and The Oakland ReviewTuesday, April 30, 2019
CMU English Celebrates National Poetry Month: Spotlight on Carnegie Mellon University Press and The Oakland ReviewApril is celebrated as National Poetry Month across the U.S., drawing attention to the multi-faceted values of poetry in daily life — the social, political, educational, and of course the artistic. Carnegie Mellon’s Department of English is fortunate to house two institutions upholding the value of that work: Carnegie Mellon University Press, the school’s independent book publishing press (established in 1975), and The Oakland Review, the Creative Writing Program’s national literary journal edited and managed solely by CMU students (established in 1969).
Jim Daniels Launches New Collection "The Perp Walk" at City of Asylum EventWednesday, April 17, 2019
Jim Daniels Launches New Collection "The Perp Walk" at City of Asylum EventJim Daniels, Creative Writing faculty member and Thomas Stockham Baker University Professor of English is releasing his new collection of short fiction "The Perp Walk" (Michigan State University Press; May 1, 2019). He launched the new book at a reading at City of Asylum on Sunday, April 14.
English Alumnae Jodi Balkan and Meredith Paley Return to Campus for “Real Talk” on Professional Writing and PRTuesday, April 16, 2019
English Alumnae Jodi Balkan and Meredith Paley Return to Campus for “Real Talk” on Professional Writing and PROn April 5, two Carnegie Mellon University Department of English alumnae, Jodi Balkan (1989) and Meredith Paley (Wollins) (1989) returned to campus to give a craft talk and Q&A session about their professional writing and public relations careers. Balkan is President and Founder of BOLD PR, repeatedly named among the best public relations agencies in the beauty and fashion industry. Paley is VP of Public Relations for the national clothing and fashion retailer Talbots.
English Alumna Marion Mulligan Sutton Meets Student Recipients of Her Internship AwardFriday, April 12, 2019
English Alumna Marion Mulligan Sutton Meets Student Recipients of Her Internship AwardEnglish alumna Marion Mulligan Sutton (MM 1965) visited the Department of English to meet the current student recipients of her generous scholarship award, The Marion Mulligan Sutton Internship Award for English/ Writing Majors.
The Oakland Review Debuts at the AWP Conference and Releases Volume XLIVTuesday, April 02, 2019
The Oakland Review Debuts at the AWP Conference and Releases Volume XLIVIn late March 2019, Carnegie Mellon University’s national literary-arts journal The Oakland Review announced the release of Volume XLIV, which is edited, produced, and distributed entirely by Carnegie Mellon University students, and features poetry, prose, and art by writers and artists from around the world. The Oakland Review also attended the AWP Conference for the first time in March.
Technology, Music and Art Come Together at TripTechWednesday, March 20, 2019
Technology, Music and Art Come Together at TripTechFor three days, the teaching, coding and hip-hop worlds will converge at Carnegie Mellon University’s first-ever TripTech event. Taking place March 28–30, TripTech — in collaboration with Google — is organized by Ayana Ledford, director of diversity and inclusion for the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Heinz College of Information Systems and Public Policy; Purcell; and Stephen Wittek, assistant professor of English.
Carnegie Mellon Launches Global Communication and Applied Translation Master's Degree ProgramThursday, March 14, 2019
Carnegie Mellon Launches Global Communication and Applied Translation Master's Degree ProgramCarnegie Mellon University's Departments of English and Modern Languages are now enrolling students in a Master of Arts in Global Communication and Applied Translation Program that will launch in fall 2019. The one and a half-year program is designed especially for individuals interested in becoming translation professionals whose careers involve content generation and state-of-the-art translation technologies.
Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Producer and Alumnus, Presents New Scholarship Award at Craft TalkThursday, March 07, 2019
Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Producer and Alumnus, Presents New Scholarship Award at Craft TalkJavier Grillo-Marxuach, producer and alumnus, presented his family scholarship to the Creative Writing Program in CMU's Department of English, awarded to undergraduate student Anna Anderson.
Creative Writing Professor Jane Bernstein’s Newest Works: From Experience to ImaginationMonday, February 18, 2019
Creative Writing Professor Jane Bernstein’s Newest Works: From Experience to ImaginationOver 2018, Bernstein’s projects included sports writing, a new children’s book loosely based on a true story of family friends’ immigration to the United States, creative nonfiction, and acceptance of her next novel.
Exploring Languages and Cultures Speaks to CMU StudentsTuesday, February 05, 2019
Exploring Languages and Cultures Speaks to CMU Students
The Latest Cool Classes in the Dietrich CollegeWednesday, January 16, 2019