The Country That Dines Together Stays TogetherTwo Dietrich College alumnae created Make America Dinner again to bring individuals with diverse ideologies in a non-threatening environment-the dinner table-to respectfully exchange views.
Five CMU Friends Keep the ConnectionIn 1964, five freshmen arrived at Carnegie Institute of Technology and became close friends. More than 50 years later, the women's bond that was forged over studying and becoming young adults together remains strong&#8230;as does their connection to what is now Carnegie Mellon University.
Using an English Degree To Do What You LoveWhat can you do with an English degree? Plenty. Carnegie Mellon University graduates have built diverse careers doing what they love - from publishing to museum administration, children's entertainment and entrepreneurship.
Startup Sparked By a Quest for the TruthTuesday, October 25, 2016
Startup Sparked By a Quest for the TruthLuke Brindle-Khym is passionate about truth and justice. He has taken that passion and turned it into a career and viable business. In 2010, Brindle-Khym launched Quest Research & Investigations LLC (QRI), a firm that collects evidence for civil and criminal litigators and investigates corporate misconduct.
Remembering 9/11Friday, September 09, 2016
Remembering 9/11As the country marks the 15th anniversary of 9/11, a CMU alumna continues to encourage hope and healing in a unique way. Regina Ress, an award-winning storyteller, actor, writer and educator, travels throughout the country to perform "Compassion, Generosity and Grace: Stories from 9/11."
With a Pogo Stick, the Sky's the LimitThursday, August 25, 2016
With a Pogo Stick, the Sky's the LimitNick Ryan (DC'11) is forging his own path-by pogo stick. In 2010, while Ryan was still a student at Carnegie Mellon University, he co-founded Xpogo-an events, media and retail company dedicated to growing the sport of extreme pogo.
Still Something RattlesFriday, August 19, 2016
Still Something RattlesAs a poet and spoken word artist, you could say that storytelling is in Terence Degnan's blood. But it does not end there. Degnan, a former Carnegie Mellon University student who studied creative writing, is also interested in how the world around us makes us who we are.
Q&A with City Theatre Company’s Clare DrobotTuesday, July 05, 2016
Q&A with City Theatre Company’s Clare DrobotThe New York Times once described City Theatre Company as "Pittsburgh's most innovative theater company." As its Director of New Play Development, Clare Drobot (CW'05) is responsible for reading scripts submitted by writers and helping develop the company's season of plays. We recently had a chance to ask Drobot about her work at City Theatre.
Creative Writing Alumna Wins National Fiction PrizeFriday, June 24, 2016
Creative Writing Alumna Wins National Fiction PrizeAnne Ray (CW'00) has won the national Danahy Fiction Prize for her short story, "Please Repeat My Name." She received a $1,000 award for her story, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of the "Tampa Review," the faculty-edited literary journal of the University of Tampa. Ray received a $1,000 award for her story, which will be published in a forthcoming issue of the journal.
Alumni Make Pittsburgh A Better Place Through The Sprout FundThursday, June 23, 2016
Alumni Make Pittsburgh A Better Place Through The Sprout FundThrough their work at The Sprout Fund, English Department alumni Cathy Lewis Long (LCS, PW'91) and Ryan Coon (CW, English'06) are making Pittsburgh a better place to live, work and play. The 15-year-old non-profit organization has made its mark on the city by funding projects like Bike Pittsburgh and GTECH Strategies when they were just in their early stages of development.
From Carnegie Mellon To Simon & SchusterWednesday, June 15, 2016
From Carnegie Mellon To Simon & SchusterChloe Fraboni earned a bachelor's degree in creative writing and English in 2011 and is now an editor and author at Simon & Schuster, which is home to acclaimed novelists, such as Stephen King, David McCullough, Jennifer Weiner and more. Fraboni has launched two children's book series at the publishing company: "The Hidden World of Changers" and "Living in&#8230;"
Johns Hopkins University Accepts LCS Masters Alumnus Into Ph.D. ProgramMonday, June 06, 2016
Johns Hopkins University Accepts LCS Masters Alumnus Into Ph.D. ProgramThis fall, Nathan Doherty (LCS'15) will experience a few firsts. He'll begin his studies in Johns Hopkins University's Ph.D. in English Literature Program and his first journal article will appear in the leading interdisciplinary law journal, "Law and Literature." The article started out as a paper for a course with Associate Professor of English Christopher Warren.
Ph.D. in LCS & Rhetoric Alumni Land Jobs at Civic NonprofitsWednesday, May 18, 2016
Ph.D. in LCS & Rhetoric Alumni Land Jobs at Civic NonprofitsNon-academic career options are an increasingly exciting and fulfilling option for Ph.D. graduates. Take for example, recent graduates of Carnegie Mellon University's English Department's Ph.D. programs, Kurt Sampsel (LCS'15) and Matthew Zebrowski (Rhetoric'15), who are both pursuing nonprofit careers in civic engagement.
English & Professional Writing Alumna, Emily Dobler, Gets PoliticalFriday, May 06, 2016
English & Professional Writing Alumna, Emily Dobler, Gets PoliticalWith 2016 being an election year, Emily Dobler (DC'13) says POLITCO Pro, where she is a copy editor, is more fast-paced and exciting than it already is. Dobler, a Carnegie Mellon University English and professional writing double major, recently joined the POLITICO Pro team, a subscription-based offshoot of the popular politics online magazine, POLITICO.
Grey’s Anatomy: Alumna’s Heart Is In the WorkWednesday, May 04, 2016
Grey’s Anatomy: Alumna’s Heart Is In the WorkIt's been over a decade since Elisabeth Finch graduated, yet she continues to live and breathe the university's motto, "My heart is in the work." Finch, who majored in creative writing and professional writing and minored in drama, is constantly working in various Hollywood writing roles. She's a writer for "Grey's Anatomy" and between seasons, Finch periodically works with IAMA Theatre Company writing one-act plays for the company's 23 Hour Plays Fest and IAMAFest.
MA in Rhetoric Alumna Impacts Communities Through Arts InitiativesWednesday, April 06, 2016
MA in Rhetoric Alumna Impacts Communities Through Arts InitiativesAs the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission's new executive director, Sarah York Rubin hopes to work with other members of the commission to make art increasingly accessible to diverse residents across Santa Barbara County. Even while she was studying in Carnegie Mellon University's Master of Arts in Rhetoric program, Rubin demonstrated leadership potential-one of the characteristics that helped her earn a prestigious Fulbright Scholarship.
Literary and Cultural Studies Alumni Carve Out Diverse Career PathsWednesday, March 02, 2016
Literary and Cultural Studies Alumni Carve Out Diverse Career PathsFrom organizing museum exhibits to developing lecture series, two Carnegie Mellon literary and cultural studies (LCS) alumni are engaging communities into conversation in diverse ways. Rachel Delphia (LCS'03), the Alan G. and Jane A. Lehman curator of decorative arts and design at the Carnegie Museum of Art, is really excited to share with the public an untold story of design in Pittsburgh through the museum's current exhibit.
Meet The Wall Street Journal’s Newest Copy EditorWednesday, February 17, 2016
Meet The Wall Street Journal’s Newest Copy EditorWhile Braden Kelner was working towards his bachelor's degree in creative writing and professional writing at Carnegie Mellon University, he had his heart set on one thing-working in journalism. A private equity editorial internship at Dow Jones, a passion for journalism and being digital savvy would soon help turn his dream into reality.
Creative Writing Alumni Take On HollywoodMonday, January 25, 2016
Creative Writing Alumni Take On HollywoodThere is a good chance that your favorite TV show or movie has a connection to Carnegie Mellon University's English Department. From "Toy Story" to the hottest sci-fi television hits, creative writing alumni are writing, producing and directing. As the co-executive producer of the CW Television Network series "The 100," Javier Grillo-Marxuach (DC'91) works closely with showrunner Jason Rothenberg to bring the program's dark vision to life.
MA in LCS Alum Now Ph.D. Student By Day, Salon Writer By NightThursday, November 19, 2015
MA in LCS Alum Now Ph.D. Student By Day, Salon Writer By NightAfter working as a successful freelance writer and publications manager at the California Shakespeare Theater, Keith Spencer started pursuing a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing at the University of California, Santa Cruz - a notable Ph.D. program.
Are You Ready For Some Football?Friday, October 09, 2015
Are You Ready For Some Football?In his new book, Adam Lazarus (DC'06) goes behind the scenes of the legendary Super Bowl champion Washington Redskins teams during former coach Joe Gibbs' era in the 1980s and early 1990s. Lazarus' "Hail to the Redskins" looks into Gibb's career from a fresh perspective.
Three Books, One YearMonday, September 28, 2015
Three Books, One YearEver since Michael Rectenwald earned a Ph.D. in literary and cultural studies from CMU in 2004, he's been a prolific writer of significant books. In less than 12 months, he will have published three books, including his most recent, "Global Secularisms in a Post-Secular Age: Religion and Modernity in the Global Age," that he co-edited with distinguished Victorianist scholar George Levine.
How an Aspiring Med Student Is Using Her English DegreeTuesday, September 22, 2015
How an Aspiring Med Student Is Using Her English DegreeAs Carnegie Mellon University alumna Berryhill McCarty (DC'14) goes through the lengthy process of applying to some of the best medical schools in the country, including Columbia, Duke and Harvard, she feels confident that her bachelor of arts degree in English will be valuable to her career in medicine.
MA in LCS Alum’s First Book Examines 1950s NostalgiaMonday, August 24, 2015
MA in LCS Alum’s First Book Examines 1950s NostalgiaMaster of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies Alum Michael Dwyer's first book "Back to the Fifties: Nostalgia, Hollywood Film and Popular Music of the Seventies and Eighties" is not your usual coffee table read looking at 1950s nostalgia.
Danielle Pieratti Wins National Poetry AwardFriday, August 21, 2015
Danielle Pieratti Wins National Poetry AwardThe Idaho Prize for Poetry has selected "Fugitives," a manuscript by Creative Writing alumna Danielle Pieratti (CMU'00), as its 2015 winner. A national poetry competition, the prize annually awards a poet $1,000 for the best book-length collection.
CMU Filmmakers Need Your Vote To Win $100KFriday, July 17, 2015
CMU Filmmakers Need Your Vote To Win $100KThree Carnegie Mellon University filmmakers are competing to win $100K. "We've Met Before" is a short film directed by Yulin Kuang, who earned her bachelor of arts degree in creative writing and international relations and politics in 2012.
English Alumna Wins Major Poetry PrizeWednesday, July 15, 2015
English Alumna Wins Major Poetry PrizeMarci Calabretta has won the 2015 Donald Hall Prize for Poetry. Part of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs Award Series, the award is given annually for excellent new book-length works. Calabretta, who received her bachelor of arts degree in English from CMU's Department of English and had an additional major in creative writing, won for "Hour of the Ox," a collection of poetry about an immigrant family that will be published next year.
News Maker: Alumna Brittany McCandlessWednesday, July 08, 2015
News Maker: Alumna Brittany McCandlessIt's safe to say that Brittany McCandless (DC'08) knew she wanted to be a journalist at a young age. When most kids were playing house or school, McCandless and her brother would take anything that they could get their hands on - such as a TV manual or a book - and turn them into scripts to play news anchors.
Creative Writing Alumna Releases E-book on Alzheimer’sMonday, June 22, 2015
Creative Writing Alumna Releases E-book on Alzheimer’sCarnegie Mellon alumna Amy Berger's (CW'00) new e-book, "The Alzheimer's Antidote," is a remedy for preventing the fear, confusion, and hopelessness Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and their caregivers feel.
Gay Giordano (CW ’82) Debuts Poetry CollectionWednesday, June 03, 2015
Gay Giordano (CW ’82) Debuts Poetry CollectionGay Giordano recently published her first poetry collection of dreamlike poems, "Waking From So Rich A Nightmare." "It is a homage to the lost and sad people I see, read about, and find in literature," said Giordano who graduated with a B.A. in creative writing in 1982. "I grew up in New York City and walked in and around these stories all my life."
Rhetoric Alumna, Jennifer Andrus, Publishes First BookMonday, March 23, 2015
Rhetoric Alumna, Jennifer Andrus, Publishes First BookIn "Entextualizing Domestic Violence: Language Ideology and Violence Against Women in the Anglo-American Hearsay Principle," Ph.D. in Rhetoric alumna Jennifer Andrus discusses how legal views about language, or languages ideologies, fit with, reproduce and recirculate ideas about victims of domestic violence.
Two MAPW Alumni Win Competitive Technical Writing AwardsFriday, March 20, 2015
Two MAPW Alumni Win Competitive Technical Writing AwardsGraduate professional writing alumni, John Geyer and Samantha Reynard, recently won Merit Awards in the Society for Technical Communication (STC) Touchstone Competition for documentation they created while working at Salesforce, a global cloud computing company known for being the global leader in Customer Relationship Management.
Alum Ann Blakeslee Wins Award for Technical Communication ResearchFriday, July 13, 2012
Alum Ann Blakeslee Wins Award for Technical Communication ResearchAnn Blakeslee has received the Ken Rainey Award for Excellence in Research in Technical Communication from the Society for Technical Communication (STC). This annual award honors STC members who have made significant contributions to technical communication practice and teaching through their research. The STC is the oldest and largest professional association for technical communicators. Its members are spread throughout every continent and industry in the world.
Alum to Donate Portion of Book Proceeds to CharitySaturday, November 19, 2011
Alum to Donate Portion of Book Proceeds to CharityIn light of the recent scandal at Penn State, alum LeAnn Neal Reilly will be donating a portion of the proceeds from her latest novel, Saint Sebastian's Head, to the Heath Evans Foundation, a charity that provides counseling and therapy to victims of childhood sexual abuse.
MAPW Alum Adam Lazarus Holds Book Signing at Carnegie MellonWednesday, October 05, 2011
MAPW Alum Adam Lazarus Holds Book Signing at Carnegie MellonAlum Adam Lazarus was on campus Monday, October 3, to speak with students and to offer a signing of his new book, "Super Bowl Monday: The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV."
Alum Michael Scotto Makes Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 ListMonday, September 05, 2011
Alum Michael Scotto Makes Pittsburgh’s 40 Under 40 ListAlum Michael Scotto was named to Pittsburgh's 40 Under 40 list, sponsored by Pittsburgh Magazine and PUMP (Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project).
MAPW Alum Adam Lazarus Publishes Book on Super Bowl XXVThursday, August 11, 2011
MAPW Alum Adam Lazarus Publishes Book on Super Bowl XXVAdam Lazarus (MAPW'06) has published his first solo-authored book, "Super Bowl Monday: The New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills, and Super Bowl XXV."
Alum Sarah Smith Awarded Cleveland State University First Book PrizeFriday, June 24, 2011
Alum Sarah Smith Awarded Cleveland State University First Book PrizeSarah Smith has won the 2011 Cleveland State University First Book Prize. Her full-length book of poems, I Live in a Hut, will be published in spring 2012.
Alum Karen Rigby Wins Sawtooth Poetry PrizeFriday, June 17, 2011
Alum Karen Rigby Wins Sawtooth Poetry PrizeKaren Rigby has won the 2011 Sawtooth Poetry Prize for her manuscript Chinoiserie, which will be published by Ahsahta Press in January 2012.
Alum Maureen McGranaghan Publishes Poetry BookMonday, June 06, 2011
Alum Maureen McGranaghan Publishes Poetry BookAttached to Earth, a book of poems by Carnegie Mellon alum Maureen McGranaghan (BHA'99), will be published in July 2011.
Alum Jewell Parker Rhodes Nominated for Best Historical AuthorTuesday, May 10, 2011
Alum Jewell Parker Rhodes Nominated for Best Historical AuthorAlum Jewell Parker Rhodes has been nominated for the "Best Historical Author" award from the GoOn Girl! Book Club for her novel, Douglass' Women. The winner of the award will be announced at the club's 20th Anniversary Gala on May 21, 2011, in Washington, D.C.
Alum John Ackerman Receives "Outstanding Book Award for Civic Scholarship"Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Alum John Ackerman Receives "Outstanding Book Award for Civic Scholarship"Reflections: A Journal of Writing, Service-Learning, and Community Literacy has awarded the "Outstanding Book Award for Civic Scholarship" to Carnegie Mellon alum John Ackerman and David Coogan, editors of The Public Work of Rhetoric: Citizen-Scholars and Civic Engagement.
Alum Laurie MacDiarmid Wins Georgetown Review Poetry ContestMonday, April 18, 2011
Alum Laurie MacDiarmid Wins Georgetown Review Poetry ContestAlum Laurie (Schorr) MacDiarmid ('86) has been selected as the 2011 winner of the Georgetown Review Poetry Manuscript Contest for her upcoming book of poems Consolation Prize.
Alum Ann Blakeslee Honored by Association of Teachers of Technical WritingTuesday, April 12, 2011
Alum Ann Blakeslee Honored by Association of Teachers of Technical WritingCongratulations to Ann M. Blakeslee for her elevation to the rank of Fellow by The Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW). Dr. Blakeslee graduated from CMU with a Ph.D. in Rhetoric in 1992 and is now a professor at Eastern Michigan University.
Alum Lillian-Yvonne Bertram Wins Award for Poetry CollectionTuesday, March 22, 2011
Alum Lillian-Yvonne Bertram Wins Award for Poetry CollectionLillian-Yvonne Bertram is the 2010 winner of the Benjamin Saltman Poetry Award for her manuscript But a Storm is Blowing from Paradise. Bertram graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 2006 with degrees in Creative Writing and Hispanic Studies.
Ludmila Hyman Accepts Position at CMU QatarTuesday, March 08, 2011
Ludmila Hyman Accepts Position at CMU QatarLudmila Hyman has accepted the position of Assistant Teaching Professor at CMU's Qatar campus, where she will begin teaching in spring 2012.
English Department Alumnus Jim Stratman Presenting Workshop at Pitt LawMonday, January 17, 2011
English Department Alumnus Jim Stratman Presenting Workshop at Pitt LawOn January 27th at 12:00 pm, alumnus Jim Stratman, who was a member of the English Department's very first Ph.D. in Rhetoric class, will be running a workshop at the University of Pittsburgh's law school.
CPID Alum Melissa Clarkson Receives Award from STCThursday, January 06, 2011
CPID Alum Melissa Clarkson Receives Award from STCMelissa Clarkson, CPID '08, received a Distinguished Award for work that she entered in a regional competition held by the Society for Technical Communication (STC).
Rhetoric Alum Betsy Bowen Named Connecticut Professor of the YearThursday, January 06, 2011
Rhetoric Alum Betsy Bowen Named Connecticut Professor of the YearBetsy Bowen, who earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric from CMU in 1988, was named the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching Connecticut Professor of the Year.
Oopali Operajita (MAPW ’95) Plays Key Role in India’s Concert for President ObamaThursday, December 09, 2010
Oopali Operajita (MAPW ’95) Plays Key Role in India’s Concert for President ObamaNoted choreographer and classical dancer Oopali Operajita (MAPW '95) served as the artistic director and choreographer for the Concert for President Barack Obama, hosted by Indian President Pratibha Patil at India's presidential palace on November 8, 2010.
Alumni News: Christopher Ward Publishes ArticleTuesday, November 30, 2010
Alumni News: Christopher Ward Publishes ArticleChristopher Ward, who graduated from CMU in 2007 with an MA in Rhetoric, recently published an article in the book "Error: Glitch, Noise, and Jam in New Media Cultures," edited by Mark Nunes.
PhD Student Emily Klein Wins Prestigious Teaching AwardThursday, July 15, 2010
PhD Student Emily Klein Wins Prestigious Teaching AwardPhD in Literary and Cultural Studies student Emily Klein won the 2010 H&SS Student Teaching Award.
MAPW Alum Adam Lazarus Publishes BookThursday, July 15, 2010
MAPW Alum Adam Lazarus Publishes BookAdam Lazarus (MAPW '06), along with Carnegie Mellon History Professor Steven Schlossman, co-authored the recently published book "Chasing Greatness: Johnny Miller, Arnold Palmer, and the Miracle at Oakmont" (New American Library, 2010).
Veronica Olson Receives Steinberg AwardThursday, July 08, 2010
Veronica Olson Receives Steinberg AwardVeronica Olson (MAPW '10) is the 2010 recipient of the Erwin R. Steinberg MAPW Scholarship. Each year, this scholarship is awarded to the 3rd semester MAPW who excels in Style, a course that Steinberg taught for many years in the MAPW program.
Operajita (MAPW'95) Works for Global SustainabilityFriday, April 30, 2010
Operajita (MAPW'95) Works for Global SustainabilityAlumna Oopali Operajita is dedicating her talents to a good cause: global sustainability. In 2007, Operajita (MAPW '95) created the Al Gore Sustainable Technology Venture Competition, of which she is chair and founder, in honor of Nobel Laureate Al Gore.
CW Alum Adam Atkinson and the Pittsburgh LiteratiTuesday, July 28, 2009
CW Alum Adam Atkinson and the Pittsburgh LiteratiCMU Creative writing alumnus Adam Atkinson was featured in a story about the thriving literary scene in Pittsburgh, in Monday's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Schriver and Hayes Win CPTSC Assessment AwardThursday, June 11, 2009